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Anyone know how to enable proxy in WinPE 3.x?

I've tried to run through the same steps that I have to do under Win2k8 R2, but netsh.exe under WinPE is a different version that doesn't support winhttp settings.

Anyone else had to deal with proxy under WinPE?

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  • 2 months later...

netsh file in pe is the same however i stumbled on a few reg keys for netsh that allow you to add functions. I copied all dlls referenced from my local win7 registry at


along with the keys themselves to the winpe image by loading the SOFTWARE hive from the mounted wim image windows\system32\config directory to HKLM\Temp.

There were a few helper dlls it couldn't load so i took them back out.


I was left with this


I now have winhttp command in netsh.

Also I ended up just hard coding my proxy config from local registry into winpe registry. The key is at

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Connections\WinHttpSettings

Just copy it to HKLM\Temp (or wherever you loaded WinPE SOFTWARE hive).

I'm testing the final product now.

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