BCD entry for winpe only launches Preparing Automatic Repair


I'm attempting to reboot a computer into a flash drive media containing Windows PE, but every time it only launches Preparing Automatic Repair. Here is my powershell that generates the new bcd entry:

$drive = (get-location).Drive.Name + ":"

$output = bcdedit /copy '{current}' /d "automaticabd"

$variable = "{" + $output.Split('{')[-1]
$variable = $variable.TrimEnd('.')

"Attaching $variable to device partition $drive"
bcdedit /set $variable device partition=$drive
"Attaching $variable to osdevice partition $drive"
bcdedit /set $variable osdevice partition=$drive
"Setting $variable path to EFI: \EFI\Boot\bootx64.efi"
bcdedit /set $variable path \EFI\Boot\bootx64.efi

"Other settings..."
bcdedit /set $variable systemroot \windows
bcdedit /set $variable winpe yes
bcdedit /set $variable  recoveryenabled No

bcdedit /bootsequence $variable

All operations are completed successfully, and it appears as though the entry is correct to my knowledge:

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But, when I restart the computer I used to get the message "Repairing Automatic Recovery" which would then eventually go into Windows Recovery environment. I have since added bcdedit /set $variable recoveryenabled No, which makes it so it cannot possibly go into the recovery environment, but I get a different error now:

The application or operating system couldn't be loaded because a required file is missing or contains errors.

File: \EFI\Boot\bootx64.efi Error code: 0xc000007b

But, if I go into boot options and select this file manually, it boots into winpe just fine.

I'm not really sure what's going wrong, any help would be greatly appreciated.

How can I fix my code to allow me to successfully boot into Windows PE on my flash drive?

asked on Stack Overflow May 31, 2018 by GrumpyCrouton

1 Answer


This problem can be depending from a different perspective of what is named as c: between the moment you run the powershell and the moment the system is going to boot.

Can you try this ?

Boot by using the USB drive open a console and type:

bcdedit / export C: \ SAVEDBCD

I expect that C: in this case should correspond to your pendrive, isn't it ?

Then reboot normally, execute your powershell script.

You should notice that the pendrive letter you get in $drive is not c:\ since when the system started the C:\ is already occupied from the hard disk primary windows partition.

Now compare the previously saved SAVEBCD file with the one present in c:\boot\bcd, you should make them equal in order to have the boot working , so likely you just need to start your code with:

answered on Stack Overflow Jun 7, 2018 by P. Lion

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