Create WinPE 4.0 Acronis True Image 2013 Plus Pack ISO

IMPORTANT: You must have BOTH Windows AIK and Windows ADK installed on your workstation prior to following this guide.

I am also assuming you have had some prior experience with AIK/ADK and are familiar with the Command Line and drivers (*.inf).

Directions below are for a x86 WinPE 4.0 environment. If you want to create a x64 image, simply swap out my “x86” entries as “amd64” when running commands.

1 – Open ADK’s “Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment” from an Elevated Command Prompt (right-click, run as Administrator)

Windows 7: Start orb > All Programs > Windows Kits > Windows ADK > Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment

Windows 8: Start key > Right-click on “Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment” tile

2 – Enter the following command:

copype x86 c:\winpe_x86

3 – Enter the following command:

copy "c:\winpe_x86\media\sources\boot.wim" "c:\winpe_x86\winpe.wim"

Note: Keep your command prompt open for additional steps below.

4 – Open the Acronis WinPE ISO Builder from an Elevated Command Prompt

5 – Click “Next” to begin. Select the “winpe.wim” file in the C:\winpe_x86 directory. Click “Next”. Name your Acronis WIM file, or accept defaults. Click “Next”, “Proceed”.

The WinPE 4.0 file will now be mounted, injected with the Acronis media, and saved as a new WIM file. If it fails here, you probably didn’t have both AIK and ADK installed (links at top of post for download).

Optional – Add Additional Drivers (chipsets, storage controllers, etc. I like the Dell Driver CABs as I work with a bunch of Dell PCs):

A – Switch back to your “Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment” Command Prompt.

Create a spot to copy drivers into the Acronis WIM:

md c:\winpe_x86\drivers

Store your driver files in this location. Grab your chipsets, storage controllers, NICs, etc. and place them in here.
B – Mount the AcronisMedia.WIM File to inject the drivers:

dism.exe /Mount-Wim /WimFile:c:\winpe_x86\AcronisMedia.wim /index:1 /MountDir:c:\winpe_x86\mount

C – Inject the drivers into the Acronis WIM:

dism /image:c:\winpe_x86\mount /Add-Driver /Driver:c:\winpe_x86\drivers

D – Save the changes to Acronis WIM:

dism.exe /Unmount-Wim /MountDir:c:\winpe_x86\mount /commit

Note: Don’t have Windows Explorer open to the directories you are working with in the Environment Command Prompt as it sometimes doesn’t “unhook” nicely.

6 – We need to copy two files in order to generate the ISO file. Switch back to your “Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment” Command Prompt if you skipped adding drivers in the steps above. You should be in the following directory: c:\winpe_x86

If you are using a 32-bit Version of Windows 7 or Windows 8 desktop to make the ISO:

copy "c:\program files\Windows Kits\8.0\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Deployment Tools\x86\Oscdimg\etfsboot.com"
copy "c:\program files\Windows Kits\8.0\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Deployment Tools\x86\Oscdimg\oscdimg.exe"

If you are using a 64-bit Version of Windows 7 or Windows 8 to make the ISO:

copy "c:\program files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Deployment Tools\x86\Oscdimg\etfsboot.com"
copy "c:\program files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Deployment Tools\x86\Oscdimg\oscdimg.exe"

7 – Copy the Acronis WIM to the correct location before creating the ISO (you will be asked to over-right the existing “boot.wim” file, enter “y” to confirm):

copy "c:\winpe_x86\AcronisMedia.wim" "c:\winpe_x86\media\sources\boot.wim"

8 – Change your working directory if you aren’t currently in it:

cd "c:\winpe_x86"

If you run a “dir” command, you should see a list of folders, the “winpe.wim”, “AcronisMedia.wim”, “etfsboot.com”, and “oscdimg.exe” files.

9 – Create the ISO file:

oscdimg.exe -b"etfsboot.com" -n Media "c:\winpe_x86\MyAcronisMedia.ISO"
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12 responses to “Create WinPE 4.0 Acronis True Image 2013 Plus Pack ISO

  1. It doesn’t work for WinPE 4.0 x64…

    ATI Winpe plugin is 32-bit only.
    WinPE 4.0 x64 support 64-bit apps only 😦

    There is only one backup and recovery sollution plugin fo WinPE 4 x64 I have found.
    It is Macrium reflect. Unfortunatelly it doesn’t work as described…

    Problem is that for UEFI secure boot I need WinPE 4.0 x64 as it is only working sollution.
    If anyone knows about working backup and recovery solution can you please post it here 😉

  2. > IMPORTANT: You must have BOTH Windows AIK and Windows ADK installed on
    > your workstation prior to following this guide.

    I read somewhere that you can’t have both installed on same machine. I did some customization of WinPE 2.1 and then I installed ADK. I got error with WinPE 4.0. Not sure if it related to WIMMount filter driver.

    • I installed both and didn’t have any issues with it. I was WinPE 3.0 and WinPE 4.0.
      I would be interested if you have a link or could post your error.

      • Unfortunately I can’t post the error I saw in dism.log. But if memory serves me better, it was a dism mount operation.

        However I did found a presentation from Microsoft stating that ADK and AIK can’t coexist. It is from TechEd 2012 Australia from Michael Niehaus
        Senior Product Marketing Manager, Windows Deployment

        Deploying Windows 8: What’s New – NET

  3. I followed the above instructions and end up with a nice .ISO but not a usb stick.

    What am I missing here ?

  4. FYI – You must use Acronis True Image/Plus Pack 2013 build 5551 or it will error out when mounting the boot.wim (winpe.wim) file.

  5. Acronis 2013 and 2014 give the following error: To be able to modify WinPE 2.0 or WinPE 3.0 images, install Acronis WinPE ISO Builder on a computer where Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) is installed.

    I followed the instructions and I thouhght I was creating a WINPE 4.0 iso. Is this true or sis I create a WinPE 3.0 iso ?

  6. Hey I would really appreciate if u could make a video and post it on YouTube cuz I know slot of ppl who need help doing this to their tablets but are visual learns
    Plz n thanks

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