Create a Windows PE Rescue Environment

To create a Windows PE Rescue Environment

  1. From the menu, click Other Tasks > Create Rescue Media.  The Rescue Media wizard is shown. Create Rescue Media Wizard


  2. You have a choice of two types of rescue media:

PE Version



Created using the Windows ADK, this is a Windows 8 based PE environment with support for later hardware, UEFI boot and Secure Boot systems.


Created using the Windows AIK, this is a Windows 7 based PE environment which may work better on some legacy systems, or may be useful if drivers are not available for your Windows 8 hardware.

  1. Select the option applicable and click Next.

  2. The Rescue Media Drivers page will be shown.  This step in the wizard will list devices that may be required to restore an image in the Windows PE environment, e.g.: RAID controllers.  Note that it is not necessary to add drivers for all the devices, you only need to add drivers for devices that will be used in a restore or image process.  See Further Reading for more topics.  Click Next when all required drivers have been set for devices.

    Applies to: Standard, Professional and Server Editions of Macrium Reflect only.

  3. If you do not have a PE environment ready to use, Reflect will then offer to create one.


  4. Click Next to continue. If there are any Windows PE components or tools missing on your system then these will be automatically downloaded.

  5. After the successful creation of the Windows PE environment the Burn Rescue Media page is shown.


  6. To scan for unsupported devices such as hardware that has been added to the computer each time the rescue media loads, select Check for unsupported devices as Rescue media loads.

  7. To maintain the boot message 'Press any key to boot from CD/DVD', select Prompt for key press to continue booting from the Rescue media. If you are having problems with your key presses being detected on boot, you can un-select this option.

  8. If you have a UEFI system and are creating a USB rescue environment, you will be offered the option to create UEFI bootable media. It is recommended you select this option.

  9. If you have purchased a Technician's License, you will be offered the option to create rescue media with portable application support. To do this, check this option. Portable Application Support.

  10. Select the media as follows:

  11. Click Finish to begin creating the media.

    Note: If you have problems creating a disk, you can try burning it using your preferred CD/DVD writing software. To use 3rd party burning software, save the image as an ISO image file. To create an ISO image file, select CD/DVD Burner, and select Create ISO image file from the list. Your preferred CD/DVD writing software should know what to do with the ISO image file.


  13. Shutdown and boot your computer with the Rescue media.
  14. In Windows PE, start PE Explorer and make sure you can see all the appropriate drive letters and their contents. Also make sure that the backup location is accessible.  If the disks are not detected by Windows PE then you may need to add drivers to the Windows PE build and create new rescue media.

You should now have your Rescue media ready to restore an image.  Keep the media in a safe place.