How to run Microsoft WinPE commands

Microsoft provides many WinPE useful tools to fix a Windows computer. The following are the steps how to run Microsoft WinPE commands.


There are two ways to run Microsoft WinPE commands. One way is to run Microsoft WinPE commands from Windows installation DVD (only available on Windows Vista and above installation DVD). Another way is to run Microsoft WinPE commands from Lazesoft boot disk.


lazesoft media builder select target WinPE boot disk version

lazesoft media builder select target WinPE boot disk version

To run Microsoft WinPE commands from Lazesoft boot disk:

  1. Download and install the newest version of freeware Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home Edition.
  2. After launching Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home Edition, then click <Burn CD/USB disk>.
  3. Select the Windows version which you want to fix on the Lazesoft Media Builder home page.
  4. Follow the Lazesoft Media Builder wizard to burn a Lazesoft boot CD/DVD/USB flash disk.
  5. Reboot your laptop/server/desktop computer from the new burned Lazesoft boot disk.
  6. Choose <Windows Recovery> module on the boot disk.
  7. Select your Windows installation.
  8. Click <Repair Tools> tab and then click <Command Prompt> to launch Command Console.
  9. You can run the following commands from the launched Command Console:

arp: The TCP/IP address resolution protocol maps between MAC and IP addresses

assoc: Manage associations between file extensions and file types/applications

bcdedit: Manipulate Windows Vista Boot Configuration Data store

bootcfg: Enables users to manage contents of the boot.ini file (Vista uses BCD but maps to boot.ini)

cd: Change/list directory command

chkdsk: Checks layout and structure of Windows disks, with some repair capability

chknfts: Checks layout and structure of NTFS volumes at boot time

cls: Clears the command window

color: Lets users set foreground (text) and background color in the command window

copy: File copy command

date: View or set today’s date

del: File delete command

dir: List directory contents

diskpart: Create, modify, and manage disk partitions at the command line

doskey: Command line editing, recall, and macro definition tool

echo: Repeats input text verbatim

endlocal: Ends localization of variables in a batch environment

erase: Deletes one or more files

exit: Closes command window environment (reboots WinPE, closes WinRE command window)

find: Search for input text string in one or more target files

format: Format hard disk, UFD, or floppy disk

ftp: Invoke command line File Transfer Protocol client services

ftype: Use to display filetypes or to manipulate files by type

ipconfig: Display or manage Windows TCP/IP configuration

md: Make new directory (same as mkdir which is not listed here but works)

more: Manages screen output in screen-size chunks

mountvol: List, create, or delete a volume mount point

move : Move files, renames files and directories

net: A whole family of network service and function controls

netsh: Another whole family of network service and function controls

nbtstat: Display statistics related to NetBIOS over TCP/IP traffic on the network

netstat: Display general TCP and UDP connections, port assignments, and activities

path: Show or manipulate contents of the Windows path variable

pathping: Send an orderly sequence of PING commands to all nodes on a network path

ping: Send an ICMP echo request to some target address to assess reachability and response time

popd: Changes to directory specified in the pushd command (command extensions must be enabled)

print: Provides access to print services from the command line

prompt: Changes command prompt shown in the command window to solicit input (command extensions must be enabled)

pushd: store desired directory target for popd (command extensions must be enabled)

recover: recover readable data from a damaged or defective disk drive

reg: command line registry editing/inspection tool

regedit: Both WinRE and WinPE will open the built-in Windows Registry Editor

regsvr32: use to register or unregister OLE and ActiveX controls, important for troubleshooting

rem: inserts a text comment into a batch or script file

ren: same as rename; use to rename files or directories

replace: replace one or more files in a source directory from a target directory

rmdir: delete directory (also rd)

robocopy: robust file copy for Windows offers wide range of copy controls/checks

route: inspect and manage the contents of TCP/IP static routing table

rundll32: manages relationships between DLLs and devices on a PC; important troubleshooting tool

set: inspect, add, alter, or delete global environment variables

setlocal: inspect, add, alter, or delete local environment variables

sfc: system file checker; use with /verifyonly to check Windows OS files

start: opens a separate window to run a program or command

subst: use to associate a path with a virtual drive letter

time: view or set current time

title: sets title for command window

tracert: traces all routers between sending and target Internet hosts

type: writes contents of target file to command window display

ver: displays Windows version in use

verify: verifies accuracy of file copies upon completion

vol: display or alter disk/volume name

xcopy: tool for copying multiple files and entire directory structures

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