Building the Windows Imaging Environment

Unlike the Linux Imaging Environment, the WinPE imaging environment is not distributed with Theopenem due to licensing reasons. You will need to build it yourself. I have created an automated tool to do this for you. The WinPE Imaging Environment must be created on a Windows 10 computer. Only WinPE 10 and newer will be supported, however the WinPE Imaging Environment supports imaging client computers with Win7, Win8, or Win10.

  • Begin by installing the Windows ADK. On that page click the link that says Download the Windows ADK for Windows 10, version xxxx

  • During installation, select all default options until you reach the Features Page. On the features page select Deployment Tools, uncheck everything else.

  • Once again navigate to the Windows ADK. This time click the link that says Download the Windows PE add-on for the ADK, version xxxx

  • Install the Windows PE add-on will all the default options

  • Download and extract the WIE Builder from Theopenem downloads

  • Login to the Toems-UI and select Admin Settings->Client Com Servers. Copy the URL for the com server this WIE will connect to.

The WIE does not have the ability to dynamically select a com server like the LIE does. It will only connect to the server that's been copied from the previous step

  • In the package that was unzipped, right click on ToemsPE-Build.cmd and select edit

  • Paste in the com server URL where it says ComServerURL=. Overwriting the with your com server url.

  • Save and close the file.

  • Right click on ToemsPE-Build.cmd and select Run as Administrator

  • After the the script is done(It may take up to 10 minutes), look in the builds directory for the output.

  • If you are PXE booting, merge the tftp folder with your Theopenem Tftp Folder located at c:\program files\theopenem\tftpboot. You must do this on every com server. Change your PXE Mode in Admin Settings->PXE / Boot Menu->PXE Settings to the appropriate WinPE architecture. WinPE also works with the Toems Proxy DHCP to support both Legacy BIOS and EFI PXE booting simultaneously.

  • If you are using a USB / ISO, there are 3 iso files. A 32 and 64 bit ISO, that both work on Legacy BIOS and EFI systems, and a Super ISO. The Super ISO works on all 32 and 64 bit Legacy BIOS, and EFI systems with a single ISO. You can use something like Rufus to copy these ISO’s to USB.