Best Free Backup Software with Bootable Windows PE

If a computer system crashes, WinPE bootable CD or USB can help you boot the computer. Free backup software - AOMEI Backupper Standard is a good assistant to create bootable Windows PE.


by Delia Updated on September 18, 2023

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What Is Windows PE

Windows PE is short for Windows Preinstallation Environment which is the minimum Win32 system with limited services. It is used to prepare the computer for the installation of Windows, so a network file server can copy disk image and boot the Windows installer.

It supports to connect to a share network and when WinPE boots, the network can be used. Users can use WinPE to create, delete, format and manage NTFS file system partition. It is fast to boot WinPE, because the requirements to boot the environment are not high. WinPE can be burned not only to CD/DVD, but also to hardware.

Once system crashes, a WinPE bootable disk can help to boot your computer without reinstalling system, but how to restore system from WinPE? There is free backup software WinPE to help you.

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Free Backup Software WinPE - AOMEI Backupper Standard

The WinPE free backup software - AOMEI Backupper Standard can help you backup and restore system from Windows PE.

  • It offers multiple backup types. You are able to backup and restore files, folders, system, partitions, and disks based on your needs.

  • It supports various backup destinations. You can back up the important data to a removable USB, CD/DVD, NAS and external/internal devices.

  • It provides the bootable media creation feature. You are allowed to create a WinPE bootable disk to boot your computer in case of system crash.

Wanna have a try? Just download AOMEI Backupper and learn how to use it step by step from the next part.

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How to Create a WinPE Bootable Disk via AOMEI Backupper

There are two kinds of bootable disc supported in AOMEI Backupper: Linux boot disc and Windows PE boot disc. And you can choose different kinds of storage media for bootable media creation, including USB, CD, and DVD. Now follow the instructions below:

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Click “Tools” from the left panel and select “Create Bootable Media”.

Step 2. In the pop-up window, choose “Windows PE – Create bootable disc based on Windows PE” and click “Next”.

Bootable Disc Type

Tips: Windows PE bootable disc brings more features of AOMEI Backupper than Linux bootable disc. For example, you can run system backup from WinPE bootable disc while it can’t be done from Linux disc.

Step 3. Specify storage media. Then, click “Next” to run the process.

Select Storage Media


  • When creating WinPE bootable disc, if the system is Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008, please download Windows AIK. If your OS version is above Windows 7, or Windows 2012 R2, you can directly create WinPE disc.

  • If you want to create a bootable media in Windows Server, you should use AOMEI Backupper Server.

  • Also, you can choose to enable the boot option of AOMEI Backupper recovery environment by going to Tools > Recovery Environment. It enables you to backup or restore without booting Windows as well.

Step 4. When the media creation is successful, you can plug it into any Windows computer to boot it into WinPE. Press the BIOS key during startup and select the bootable media as the first boot option, then the interface of AOMEI Backupper should pop up, allowing you to to make use the backup & restore functions.

Step 5. In the Backup tab, you can choose any option you want. To backup hard drive without booting Windows, just choose Disk Backup.

Disk Backup

✍ More useful features:

>> Schedule Backup: You can back up data for you automatically and periodically at a regular basis, such as Daily, Weekly, Monthly.

>> Backup Scheme: You can choose backup methods here, or Enable Automatic Backup Cleanup (requires upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional) to delete old image files automatically.

Enable Automatic Backup Cleanup

With backups in hands, you can also restore system from bootable disc when you need. Just go to “Restore” > “Select Image File” and follow the wizard to perform the file/system recovery.


AOMEI Backupper Standard is the best free backup software WinPE. It has a lot of powerful functions to help to protect computer data and boot system in case of system crash. What’s more, AOMEI Backupper is specialized sync and clone software which enables you to copy data from one hard drive to another. Try it now to discover more!

Delia · Editor
Delia owns extensive experience in writing technology-related blog posts, and has been a part of AOMEI since 2020 to provide expertise in data security and disaster recovery. She works with Windows operating systems, SQL databases, and virtualization platforms such as VMware and Hyper-V, specializing in troubleshooting and advising on data protection and migration.