Create Windows PE & Linux Bootable Disc with AOMEI Backupper

Posted by @AOMEI

April 20, 2018

If you can not boot your Windows operating system, you can start your PC using AOMEI bootable media on CD/DVD, or USB stick -- a bootable, lightweight version of Windows/Linux and AOMEI Backupper -- to restore your backup image.

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

AOMEI Bootable Media is a kind of rescue media like Windows recovery media or Linux live CD, it contains a lightweight Windows (called Windows PE) or Linux system and AOMEI Backupper, you can use it to restore the system backup created by AOMEI Backupper especially when your windows system is crashed and could not boot up correctly. 

How to Create AOMEI Bootable Media?

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.

To create a bootable Media:

1 Insert a CD-R/ RW, DVD disc or plug in USB flash drive to your pc.

2 Start AOMEI Backupper, in the Utilities Tab, select Create Bootable Media, two types of bootable media are available: 

  •               Windows PE-based bootable media--- more flexible, customizable (add custom drivers)  recure media, you can start the backup/restore/clone process within it. 

  •               Linux kernel based bootable media-- function restricted recure media, you can use it to do restore and clone.   


Create Windows PE Bootable Disc

1. Select "Windows PE" and click "Next" button. 


2. Chose "Create legacy bootable disc"  or "Create UEFI bootable disc"  then  Click Next.  the two options enable the bootable media to boot from legacy MBR mode or  GPT/UEFI, Please view your motherboard user manual for information on choosing boot options at PC startup.

  • You may need to install Windows AIK(Windows XP/7) / Windows ADK(Windows 8 later). Learn more about Windows AIK/ADK and how to install it. 

  •  Starting with AOMEI Backupper 4.0.4 version, you can download a pre-build PE from AOMEI server by selecting "Download WinPE creating environment from the internet", Windows AIK/ ADK is no longer required. 


3. Click Next to start the burning process.

     You can also choose "Explore ISO File", which enables you to create an ISO image file, you can burn this ISO manually via third-party burning tool Learn More: How to burn ISO to Disc 


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/ADK.


  • AOMEI Backupper allows you to manually add additional drivers when creating a Windows PE bootable disc.

Extended Readings

After you successfully create a bootable disk, when can it be put into usage? As mentioned in the start, you need to make use of a bootable disc when your current system fails to boot up. When you rely on the bootable device to boot the computer up, you can, on the one hand, migrate the important data out, on the other hand, restore OS back from a former created system image. 

Tip: AOMEI Backupper is a professional and powerful system image creating and system recovery software. Besides that, it can also backup and restore file/folder, partition and hard disk as well as clone system, hard drive, and partition. 

How to boot the crashed computer up to the bootable disk? Just connect it to the computer, power on the machine, get into BIOS and change the boot sequence to the bootable disc. Then, exit BIOS and boot form AOMEI bootable disk. 

Tip: If you haven’t got a bootable device when accidents happen, don’t worry, you can create one immediately on another healthy computer no matter the computer’s system is. What you need is just a system to boot the failed computer up and then make a remedy.