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doestergaard

WinPE 3.0 (PXE) - Stuck at Windows is loading files... screen

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I have a PXE setup that I want to be able to support UEFI.

So far I have been able to make it boot, but I'm stuck at the screen "Windows is loading files..." - it reaches 100% but never goes further. Even 1-2 hours goes by and nothing still happens. (no errors either)

I have downloaded Windows AIK and the supplement tools (SP1) - where the 64bit version of WinPE has support for UEFI. (winload.efi)

My TFTP looks like this:

\bootx64.efi

\bootmgr.exe

\boot\boot.sdi

\boot\boot.wim <-- 64bit WinPE

\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\BCD

I know that WinPE 3.0 is old, but I dont have the time to upgrade our deployment solution as of right now.

Hope someone can help me with this. :)

Thanks in advance!

Edited by doestergaard

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2 hours ago, doestergaard said:

I have downloaded Windows AIK and the supplement tools (SP1) - where the 64bit version of WinPE has support for UEFI. (winload.efi)

Use (at least) the WinPE from the ADK for Windows 8 (not the RC version). The WAIK for Windows 7 WinPE does not work well enough in EFI mode. I had to abandon it entirely.

WinPE3 x64 worked on the first generation of UEFI 2.3.1 boards (Intel 67/77 era) well enough, newer boards saw issues like this.

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