Guest WinPE



Using winpe with vmware is possible only if you use version 2.0. After you download it, you create a iso. There are techniques you can use to "inject" drivers into it, but you can also add some lines to the vmx config file
  • creating the winpe 2.0 image
  • injecting the network drivers / using e1000 emulation
  • partitioning with diskpart
  • starting the install and specifying the system partition.

Creating a WinPE 2 image


Injecting Drivers or using the e1000 hardware

edit the .vmx file to add the line "ethernet0.virtualDev = e1000"

Using diskpart

Setting the Registry

  • Between4_8GB
  • Between8_32GB
  • GreaterThan32GB
In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.

If there is no LessThan4GB, on the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD value.nType LessThan4GB as the new entry name.


  • diskpart
  • select disk 0
  • clean
  • create partition primary
  • select partition 1
  • active
  • exit
  • reboot

Starting the install


net use n: /user:<user>
cd os\windows\Win3003Ent-R2-With-SP2\disc1\i386
winnt32 /syspart:c: