There are a lot of things that can make your Windows 10, 8 or even 7 operating system unbootable. Viruses, corrupted system files, the hard drive reaching the end of its life-span, software installation that went haywire and the list could go on forever. Granted, Windows came a long way since XP and it’s a lot harder to break it, yet not impossible, especially if you had installed it a long time ago and never cleaned it. What if this occurs right when you have to send an important email or retrieve crucial files for a meeting and you are in a hurry? Simple, have a Windows 10 PE stick available, boot from it, retrieve your files and you are saved from a very unfortunate situation. Note, the time you need to create it varies from one hour and up to five hours.
Go to http://win10se.cwcodes.net/Compressed/ and click the first package from the left to start the download.
Head to your Downloads folder, look for Win10PE_SE_2017-02-02.zip and extract it.
Now go to https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-iso-download-tool and click Windows ISO Downloader.exe.
From your Downloads folder run Windows ISO Downloader.
From the right bar, select Windows 10, then select the lasts Home/Pro edition and click Confirm. Select your language then click the Confirm button below.
Select either 32bit or 64bit. It’s up to you which one. 32bit should do just fine as you are not going to use Win10PE for your daily work, but rather for emergencies and 32bit will make it compatible with older hardware.
Making a Windows 10 PE ISO
Go to your Downloads folder or the folder where you have previously extracted the archive, and run BuilderSE.exe, then look for the Windows iso file.
You have three options. You can burn the image to a disk, you can extract the image using WinRAR or any other program, or you can mount the image using DeamonTools or similar software. Either way, to the Source tab from Windows Builder and point the Source Directory to the root of the folder. It will the drive you have mounted or the folder in which you have extracted the iso or the DVD drive, depending on which method you choose. After that, click Play.
Now, Win10PE will start making a bootable version from the iso you have downloaded. While this should work with most versions of Windows 10, you might encounter some errors if you use other sources that the official one Microsoft provides. This process could take some time, depending on your system speed.
After the image was created, go to the folder where you have the Builder and navigate to the ISO folder.
Inside you will find the ISO file you have created. Burn it on a disc or make a bootable flash drive using Rufus and you are ready to go.
To use it, just boot the machine from the disk or drive and it will start like any normal operating system.
Things to keep in mind
The system is not meant to be a main operating system. No changes you make while booting Win10PE will be kept. Its sole purpose is for you to recover your files, send an email of needed, delete malware and repair other Windows installations.
After making a bootable flash drive, you can place any portable apps the drive. You will be able to fully run them.
The speed of the operating system will be based on the speed of the media it is on. It will be slow on a DVD disc and very fast on a USB 3.1 flash drive.
It’s better not to mess with WinBuilder’s settings unless you are sure about what you are doing.