WinPE

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

Symptoms

  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

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.

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 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.

Introduction

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.

Symptoms

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.

Cause

Product limitation.

Solution

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:

Symptoms

1. You created a WinPE-based bootable media in Acronis Backup 12.5 or Acronis Backup Cloud

2. When you try to boot a target machine with this media, the error message appears:

Error 0x1480001: An EFI runtime error

Cause

The issue is under investigation. 

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.

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