Updated: October 20, 2013

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

The windowsPE configuration pass is used to configure settings specific to Windows® Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) in addition to settings that apply to installation.

For example, you can specify the display resolution of Windows PE, where to save a log file, and other Windows PE-related settings.

The following diagram illustrates the windowsPE configuration pass.

WindowsPE configuration pass

The windowsPE configuration pass also enables you to specify Windows Setup-related settings, including:

  • Partition and format a hard disk.

  • Select a specific Windows image to install, the path of that image, and any credentials required to access that image.

  • Select a partition on the destination computer where you install Windows.

  • Apply a product key and administrator password.

  • Run specific commands during Windows Setup.

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