How to Create Windows PE & Linux Bootable Disc?

AOMEI Backupper allows you to create both Windows PE (WinPE) and Linux kernel based bootable disc easily, to be used as rescue media for emergency usage.

Note: To create a bootable disc, you need to prepare blank CD/DVD-R/RW discs, USB media or external hard disk which can be written to.

To create a bootable disc click the "Utilities" tab, and then select "Create Bootable Media". In the pop-up window, there are two bootable disc types: Windows PE and Linux. We suggest you create a bootable disc based on Windows PE, which provides more flexible and convenient operations than a Linux bootable disc.

Create Bootable CD

Create Windows PE Bootable Disc

1. Select "Windows PE" and click "Next" button. AOMEI Backupper will check whether your system meets the corresponding requirements. If not, you may need to install Windows AIK. Learn more about Windows AIK and how to install it.

Select Windows

2. Click the "Next" button to continue.

3. If you want to use a USB device or CD/DVD as the bootable media, please plug it into the computer in advance. You can also choose "Explore ISO File", which enables you to create an ISO image file. Then, click the "Next" button to create Windows PE bootable disc.

Export ISO

4. Wait for the process to complete and click "Finish".


Create Linux Bootable Disc

Creating a Linux bootable disc is similar to the steps of creating Windows PE bootable disc. The only difference is that you can create this kind of bootable disc without meeting any requirement, so there will be no need to download and install Windows AIK. However, as mentioned, a Linux bootable CD might be less compatible.

Linux System

  • AOMEI Backupper allows you to manually add additional drivers when creating a Windows PE bootable disc.
  • If you choose to create an ISO image file, make a note of the path where you saved the image file so you can easily find it subsequently.
  • After you complete creating the ISO file, you can manually burn it to a CD/DVD/USB device. Windows 7 and later has an integrated burning utility; you can invoke this by right click on the .iso file, and select -> Open With -> Windows Disc Image Burner. Alternatively you can use 3rd-party burning software. For more guidance please follow the tutorial on how to burn ISO file to CD/USB.