What Is AOMEI Bootable Media and What Is It Used for?

AOMEI Bootable Media is a kind of rescue media like Windows recovery media or Linux live CD. It contains a lightweight version of Windows (called Windows PE) or a Linux system and as well as free bootable media creator - AOMEI Backupper Standard. Below are some advantages of this feature:

  • Support two bootable disc type: Windows PE and Linux. The first one is more flexible, customizable, and compatible. You can add custom drivers, download Windows PE environment automatically over internet, and use all the features built-in this software. While for Linux, it's a functionally restricted and you can use it to perform restore and clone operations only.
  • Provide three bootable media: CD/DVD, USB and ISO file. 
  • Support both UEFI and Legacy BIOS boot mode. 
  • Compatible with all the Windows systems (Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista), regardless of computer brands(Lenovo, WD, ASUS, HP, etc).

Then, what is it used for? You can use it to restore system backup or disk backup previously created by AOMEI Backupper, especially when your windows system has crashed and cannot boot up correctly. Besides, there are many useful features you can use, for example, File Backup, Disk Clone, Partition Clone, Basic Sync, etc.

How to Create Bootable USB based on Windows PE 

AOMEI Backupper Standard allows you to create both Windows PE (WinPE) and Linux kernel based bootable media easily, to be used as rescue media for emergency usage. Before that, you need to download the freeware and install it on your computer.

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Here take how to create bootable Media in Windows 10 as an example and show you the detailed steps.

1 Insert a blank CD-R/-RW, DVD-R/-RW disc or plug in an empty USB stick into your pc.

2 Start AOMEI Backupper, click Tools and then select Create Bootable Media.

Create Bootable Media

3. In the Bootable Disc Type, select the "Windows PE" option. Tick “Download Windows Creating Environment from internet if your computer does not have a WinPE creating environment and click "Next".

Windows PE

Backupper will check whether the system meets the corresponding requirements. If not, the Windows Creating Environment may need to be downloaded. Or, Windows AIK/ADK may need to be installed.

You may need to install Windows AIK(Windows XP/7) / Windows ADK(Windows 8 later). Starting from Windows 10, version 1909, you also need to download the Windows PE Addon and run the included installer after installing the ADK.

Starting with AOMEI Backupper version 4.0.4, you can download a pre-built Windows PE from the AOMEI server, by selecting "Download WinPE creating environment from the internet", Windows AIK/ ADK is no longer required. And this option will be checked automatically if there is a network connection and it is detected that the system does not have a WinPE creating environment.

4. Select "USB Boot Device" and Click Next to start the bootable media creation process.

Export ISO File

Notes:

  • Some older computers may not support booting using a USB stick. In such cases, opt to create a disc with CD/DVD instead. 
  • You can also choose "Explore ISO File" if you don't have any of these media, which allows you to create a bootable ISO image file. Also, you can manually burn ISO to Disc later via a third-party burning tool. 
  • You can also click the "Add Driver" button to add the “inf” files of that driver you need on your computer.

5. Wait for the process to create bootable USB in Windows 10 and click "Finish".

Finish

How to Create Linux Bootable Disc in Windows 10

Creating a Linux-based bootable media is similar to the steps used to create Windows PE bootable media. Except for ticking Linux in the Bootable Disc Type window, the only difference is that you don't need to download and install Windows AIK/ADK during the bootable USB creation process.

Linux Bootabe Disc

Tips:
  • AOMEI Backupper is unable to create bootable media on a GPT type USB stick or external hard drive/SSD.

  • The created bootable media supports both UEFI and Legacy BIOS boot modes. But Bootable disks made by 32-bit systems only support the traditional legacy boot mode unless you tick the Download Windows Creating Environment from internet option and then recreate the bootable disk.
  • AOMEI Backupper is a professional and powerful system image creating and system recovery software. Besides that, it can also back up and restore file/folder, partition and hard disk as well as clone system, hard drive, and partition.
  • Except for Create Bootable Media, you still use AOMEI PXE Boot Tool (available in the Workstation edition) to boot multiple computer simultaneously or enable Windows 10 recovery environment in the boot menu.  

How to boot the crashed computer up using the bootable media

1. Insert the bootable media (CD, DVD, or USB stick) into the computer, turn the computer on and press the required key for your system to enter the BIOS/UEFI.

NOTE: different computers use different keys to achieve this. Typically, it will either be the Del key or the F2 key. Press this key repeatedly immediately after power-up until you see the BIOS/UEFI screen.

2. Once in the BIOS/UEFI, locate the Boot menu and look for the "Boot Sequence" or something similarly named. Within this section, alter the boot priority/sequence to ensure the inserted CD/DVD or USB stick is at the top of the list. Save the changes (usually by pressing the F10 key and confirming) and the computer will automatically restart and will boot from the inserted bootable media.

Bios Boot

If you haven’t got a bootable media when accidents happen, don’t worry, you can create one immediately on another healthy computer, no matter the type of PC, just as long as it has AOMEI Backupper installed on it (The free version is sufficient).

Summary

Creating bootable disc or USB with AOMEI Backupper is helpful when your computer run into issue, you can use it to restore system image or disk image created by this software and get your computer back. Also, it allows you backup files or clone disk without booting into Windows. For more advanced features, please download it to have a try!