Copying applications into Windows PE

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 16 Dec. 2008 / Last Updated on 29 Sept. 2008]

You can copy applications into your Windows PE build environment by using the xcopy command.

You can copy applications into your Windows PE build environment so that you can use them when booting bare-metal systems using Windows PE. For example, to copy an application named App.exe into your Windows PE build, you could use the xcopy command like this:

Xcopy /chery app.exe "c:\winpe_x86\base\program files\app\app.exe"

Note that this will only work if app.exe does not have any dependencies on files or components that cannot be installed on Windows PE. For example, you can't add Remote Desktop Connection client to Windows PE.

For more information on deploying Vista, see my series of articles titled Deploying Vista on, and see also Part 2: Deployment in the Windows Vista Resource Kit, Second Edition from Microsoft Press.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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