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Thursday, July 30, 2015

WinPE versions

Ok we are booting into Windows PE but how do we determine / identify the version.

First of all we need command support in the WIM file (F8), then in the command prompt we can use the command ver

From Windows 10 PE (10):

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From Windows 8.1 PE (5.0):

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But for 5.1 and 5.0 this command will show the same value.

If you start registry editor and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinPE\version you will find the real Windows PE version:

From Windows PE 10:

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From Windows PE 5.1:

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This leads to the following table:

Windows PE ver command Registry Based on (from Wikipedia)
2.0 6.0.6000 2.0 Vista
2.1 6.0.6001 2.1 2008
2.2 6.0.6002 2.2 2008 SP2
3.0 6.1.7600 3.0 Windows 7
3.1 6.1.7601 3.1 Windows 7 SP1
4.0 6.2.9200 4.0 Windows 8
5.0 6.3.9600 5.0 Windows 8.1
5.1 6.3.9600 5.1 Windows 8.1 update 1 (manually update)
10 10.0.10240 10.0.10240.16384 Windows 10

For older versions please take a look at this article on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Preinstallation_Environment

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