On this topic, I will show you how to download and install WindowsRE add-on for windows ADK Toolkit in Windows 11 or Windows 10, or windows 8.1 OS.
ADK stands for Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit, and WinPE or WindowsPE stands for Windows Preinstallation Environment. Both tools can be used together to customize Windows images, and to test the quality and performance of system, its components, and the apps running on it.
In Windows 10 version 1803 and older editions, WinPE was included in ADK setup, but in Windows 10 version 1809 or newer versions and in Windows 11, WinPE addon installation is separated from the ADK installation, however, in both cases it can’t be installed or used without ADK installation.
So, to install WindowsPE, you have to download and then install Windows ADK files first.
Note:Microsoft recommends to install WinPE that is the same or newer version than installed windows version. Don’t install older version to avoid incompatibility issue during image deployment processes.
So if you have windows server, windows 10 or windows 8, download the applicable version according to your system from this list.
Double click the downloaded file to start it
Chose the second option if you have selected the same option with adksetup in previous part
then click Next to continue
Click Accept option to download Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) files for offline use.
If your internet connection is lost while downloading files, you will see this error message:
“Setup cannot locate cab or MSI file or whatever is the file type that failed to download”.
To fix that, close Setup and start it again, or download the lost file using IDM or another downloader as followings:
Press Windows logo + R keys from keyboard to open Run tool
Type this path and press Enter to open ADKWINPEADDONS Folder”
Open last log file and navigate to the end of file
Locate the problematic URL and copy it
Download the file using IDM or internet browser and memorize the downloading path
Chose Locate Content on a Local Computer or a Network Share”, and navigate to the downloaded path to load the file.
After finishing download process, you have to install both tools manually If you chose the second installation option on the first part of this topic. If you have selected the first option, you don’t need to apply the next part.
HOW TO INSTALL WINDOWS ADK TOOLKIT OFFLINE IN WINDOWS 10 OR WINDOWS 11?