AOMEI has just released another fantastic free utility for Windows operating system. AOMEI PE Builder is a handy tool to create bootable media based on Windows PE without having to install Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK).
The bootable media can then be used to manage hard drives, backup data in the event of system failure or fix Windows issues.
Since PE builder is based on Windows PE, it includes the familiar taskbar, start menu and Windows explorer.
The PE Builder has been packed with Partition Assistant Standard and AOMEI Backupper Standard software, meaning you can use the bootable CD/USB to manage your hard drive and backup your data without booting into Windows operating system. In other words, if your PC is not bootable, you can use this free tool to backup your data before attempting to reinstall Windows.
AOMEI PE Builder free features
# Enables you create WinPE based bootable media without WAIK
# Allows you add your own portable tools
# Allows you Add hardware drivers
# Offers Familiar user interface with taskbar, start menu and desktop
# Lets you access the internet and scan your PC
In addition to those two applications from AOMEI, PE Builder also includes Windows system recovery & repair, and Windows built-in disk management tools.
As you can see from the above picture, the bootable environment is identical to the familiar Windows desktop.
Coming back to features, you can personalize and enhance the bootable media by adding portable tools and drivers. For instance, you can add 7-Zip, VLC, Notepad++ and many other favourite tools to the bootable media with the help of PE Builder. Ability to add your own set of tools is surely the highlight of this software, as none of the free PE builders out there offer this functionality.
The other cool factor is that you can use the bootable media built by PE Builder to remove viruses and other suspicious files from your PC, as it lets you connect to the internet and scan your PC using an antivirus of your choice.
The current version (1.0) of PE Builder is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Server 2008 R2 and Server 2012. The download size of the executable is about 60 MB and can be downloaded from the link provided at the end of this article.
It’s very important to know that the current version of PE Builder isn’t compatible with Windows 8.1, meaning you can’t install PE Builder on Windows 8.1, XP, and Vista to prepare the bootable media. However, bootable media created on Windows 7 or 8 will work great on Windows 8.1 and above versions.
The PE Builder lets you prepare bootable DVD, USB or an ISO file. Install PE Builder on your Windows 7 or 8 PC and launch the PE Builder wizard to begin creating your bootable media containing your favourite set of tools and familiar interface.
All in all, one of the most useful tools released in a while for Windows users. We recommend you try this free tool right now!