Create a custom Windows PE image with deployment script using asdcmd tool

Acronis WinPE plug-in is a modification of Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Agent for Windows that can be added to a WinPE image to boot bare-metal or crashed machines

You need to have Acronis True Image Plug-in for BartPE installed and WinPE distribution file unpacked to build a WinPE ISO

Make sure you have Windows AIK installed, and then build WinPE with the Acronis plug-in from Acronis Media Builder

So erstellen Sie ein bootfähiges Medium mit WinPE ADK (PE 4.0, PE 5.0) für Windows 8.

Dieser Artikel betrifft:


  1. You have Acronis Disk Director 11 installed on Windows 7/2008 R2;
  2. You open Windows Event Viewer (Start-Run -> eventvwr.msc) and in Application Log see errors similar to the following one:

    Level: Error
    Source: SideBySide
    Event ID: 33

Stellen Sie sicher, dass das Windows AIK installiert ist, wenn Sie ein WinPE Medium mit Acronis Plug-In über den Acronis Media Builder installieren möchten.

You must always use 32-bit drivers for WinPE-based media creation for the purpose of proper hardware recognition (WinPE media created this way will work correctly on 64-bit systems as well). However, for Acronis Universal Restore purposes you'll also need to specify 64-bit system drivers for the system to load correctly after the recovery.

Dieser Artikel beschreibt die Vorgehensweise, falls Sie Probleme bei der Erstellung von bootfähigen WinPE-basierten Medien mit Acronis True Image haben.

Stellen Sie sicher, dass Sie genau den Anweisungen folgen, die in der Benutzeranleitung zur Erstellung bootfähiger Medien, die auf dem Windows Preinstallation Environment beruhen, beschrieben sind: Webhilfe: 'WinPE-basierte Notfallmedien erstellen'.

Acronis products allow you to create Linux-based bootable rescue media as well as WinPE-based bootable rescue media

This article instructs how to collect an application's memory dump file under WinPE/WinRE-based bootable media.

The dump file is required for investigating cases of application crashes and hangs.


Acronis Disk Director 12.5 is installed on the same machine with a different Acronis product, e.g. Acronis Backup 12.5 or Acronis True Image 2019.

When creating WinPE-based bootable media, it is not possible to select both products to add them to media.


Product limitation.


As a workaround, create a separate WinPE media for each product.


Make sure you have Windows AIK installed, and then build WinPE with the Acronis plug-in from Acronis Media Builder

To skip the introduction part and jump over to the step-by-step instructions, click here.

This article describes how to create a WinPE-based bootable media with Acronis True Image 2017 in Windows. Note that this guide does not cover any WinPE customizations, like adding custom drivers, startup scripts etc. The resulting media will have the default set of drivers from the installed ADK/AIK.

For more recent versions of Acronis True Image see:

This article describes how to proceed if you have faced an issue with creating WinPE-based bootable media with Acronis True Image.

Make sure you are following instructions from the user guide on creating bootable media based on Windows Preinstallation Environment: Web Help: Creating WinPE-based rescue media.

Creating a bootable media with WinPE you are able to add drivers to the bootable environment. Bootable Media Builder supports both 32-bit and 64-bit WinPE distributions. The 32-bit WinPE distributions can also work on 64-bit hardware. However, you need a 64-bit distribution to boot a machine that uses Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI).

(!) PE images based on WinPE 4.0/5.0 require approximately 1 GB of RAM to work.


Acronis Bootable Media builder offers new bootable media creation modes: "Simple" and "Advanced". Simple media creation mode requires minimum user interaction and is recommended as the default choice.

For those who are interested in how it works, and for troubleshooting purposes, this article explains the logic behind the Simple bootable media creation mode in Acronis True Image 2018.


1. You installed Bootable Media Builder and appropriate Windows AIK/ADK for creating WinPE media.

2. WinPE media creation fails with the following error:

The user attempted to mount to a directory that is not empty. This is not supported.  

This article describes how to proceed if you have faced a problem with building WinPE-based bootable media with one of the following products: