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EaseUS Partition Master Pro 10.2 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — EaseUS Partition Master Pro 10.2

EaseUS Partition Master Processional is an easy-to-use yet excellent disk management tool.
$39.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 575 (67%) 281 (33%) 50 comments

EaseUS Partition Master Pro 10.2 was available as a giveaway on January 13, 2015!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$29.95
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The easiest way to configure automatic file/folder backup!

EaseUS Partition Master Processional is an easy-to-use yet excellent disk management tool. With its intuitive interface, users can easily resize, copy, and recover the partitions. It allows us to extend system or non-system partitions, freely drag partitions to move the unallocated spaces and migrate OS to another HDD or SSD.

Besides the main functions, users can convert MBR to GPT, convert basic partition to logical partition, clone the entire disk etc. Compared with other versions, the latest EaseUS Partition Master Professional is better compatible with SSD, better support to UEFI motherboard and GPT drive.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1; CPU: at least with X86 or compatible CPU with main frequency 500 MHz; RAM: equal or larger than 512MB; Disk space: Hard disk drive with 100 MB of available space

Publisher:

EaseUS Software

Homepage:

http://www.easeus.com/partition-manager/epm-pro.html

File Size:

39.3 MB

Price:

$39.95

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#29

I still think MiniTool Partition Wizard is the best. But who hates free giveaways here.

Reply   |   Comment by Alwaysonline  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

EaseUS Partition Master Pro 10.2 has some great features, including the bootable WinPE ISO w/out the need to install a large WAIK pack that I have anyway. Very useful tool, one that I keep on hand.

That said, even though I rate the software as 4 star, what keeps it from being a 5 Star offering is that there's no option for partition alignment for existing partitions. Some of the 100% Free options, such as the 2013 version of Mini Tool Partition Wizard, and that of AOMEI, offers this essential feature. The reason it's needed? Sometimes we clone from HDD to SSD, and alignment is a must have, not optional feature, and if using this tool to do the job, as EaseUS Todo Backup, it may take place anyway.

Otherwise, this is a good software to have, can't beat having a WinPE CD or Flash drive to use for certain operations.

Reply   |   Comment by Cat Tilley  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

From the 6th line of the write-up at the top of this page.

Besides the main functions, users can convert MBR to GPT

Please do not just because you can, if you do not know what you are doing or why.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#26

I have used this software for a long time with no problems. Thanks GAOTD and EaseUS.

Reply   |   Comment by drneuro  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#25

Highly Recommended. I seldom comment but wanted to +1 this offering.

I'm a systems security consultant and a longtime fan of EaseUS and it's consumer disk utilities for Windows. This is one of a few tools I've suggested to both clients and peers---it's a time saver for IT professionals, and intuitive for consumer users---particularly for Windows SSD and partition resizing operations. There's only two or three paid Windows disk utilities I'd be comfortable recommending, and this one is probably the best overall for consumers.

Very capable developers, solid company, responsive personnel. I've audited several offerings for my enterprise clients. My experience has always been professional and transparent (unlike yesterday's developers).

One annoyance are the misleading buttons for backup and recovery operations (which have existed for years this solution)---it is simply a hyperlinks to their sales website with other offerings (unbundled from this solution). Cross selling is fine, but this should be separated from the main interface in a paid and licensed product. A minor quibble. The backup solutions are very good too!

Best regards / Atenciosamente / Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Atentament​ ​/ Cordialement / Met vriendelijke groeten / שלום עליכם

LL
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Reply   |   Comment by LL  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#24

I've been getting this for a couple of weeks now at random. I've downloaded and unpacked the program, trued to run it, it comes up and says "Connecting to GOG" and then pops up "Failed to launch program". I've shut down my anti-virus and firewall and I still get it. I missed the Zoom player with the same issue.

Any suggestions?

Reply   |   Comment by Colin  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#23

I have a brand new laptop with 500 GB hard and would like to divide it. Can this software do this? I have downloaded it and installed but so far i can only see that it can manage already generated partition. But still...can it divide my hard?

Reply   |   Comment by hardgirl  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

You will likely first need to shrink the o/s partition, which probably takes up all of the hard disk or almost all if you also have a recovery partition. After you finish shrinking the large partition, you can create a new partition out of the new chunk of unallocated space.
A Warning - if you take some sort of power hit during your partition shrink, you might end up with an unusable system, so it would be prudent to be sure you have a good backup before doing the shrink.
Also, don't shrink too much as you'll need room to add files and install new software.

Reply   |   Comment by inmocean  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

Fortunately I know how to edit the Registry and was able to correct the install loop by deleting some things in the registry. It then failed to rename a .dll file during install as my antivirus would not allow that. I had to disable the antivirus to get around that. It also creates a startup tray item (which I told it not to create a Quick launch in the tray) and the main program as well as other parts wants to access the Internet. I opted out of sharing customer program. Other than those issues Easeus has been an excellent Partition program as well as their other programs are top notch.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#21

Install wanted to uninstall ver 10.0. I clicked yes to uninstall then clicked Next. It is stuck in a loop as it keeps saying it wants to uninstall previous version which it already uninstalled. Now I can't install the new version and have lost the previous version.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#20

I opened the EaseUS Partition Master Pro 10.2 program again and saw an Activate button in the upper right corner. I clicked on it and entered the code. It worked. I wish I'd noticed that Activate button earlier.

Reply   |   Comment by Rich OBrien  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#19

I spent 20 minutes attempting to register EaseUS Partition Master Pro 10.2. I was told my email does not exist or is "locked" even though I've used it for years. It does exist and is not locked. Attempting to register was a total waste of time. I use MiniTool Partition Wizard and wanted to take a look at the new 10.2 version of EaseUS Partition Master Pro.

Reply   |   Comment by Rich OBrien  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

I created a bootable CD using the program. The last message I got in the process was "WinPE ISO is created successfully, Create an emergency disc." Following the instruction on their website I then restarted the computer from the CD, but the Partition program did not automatically launch after bootup as the website said it would. The regular Windows desktop came up. If it had launched, the next step would have been "Add driver from main menu of EaseUS Partition Master" to the CD. Please help.

Reply   |   Comment by TommH  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#17

Dear EaseUS - I installed and then hit the "Activate" button in the upper right and pasted the code from today's Readme.txt. Correct?

Also, please confirm that I have a permanent license now - the window caption changed from "Trial Edition" to "Professional Edition". So it looks good, but please confirm.

Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by glnz  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)

To know for certain, click on Tools and then try to create a bootable tool. If it lets you do that then you're good. Trial version won't allow it.

Reply   |   Comment by TommH  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#16

Hmm the only Linux filesystems supported are ext2/ext3 which are kinda phasing out. Most distros' default to either ext4 or BTRFS. So the Linux partition tools remain the only supporting (nearly) all filesystems.

Reply   |   Comment by Jack  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#15

What does this actually do with respect to portioning, nothing.

Wanna resize your partitions, this is the rude boy to use.

Partition Assistant Pro Edition v5.6

Given away here before, worked a treat for me when my windows drive was getting too small.

Reply   |   Comment by The Major  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)
#14

This software exists for quite some time. It's therefore fairly likely it will be able to do what it's supposed to do.

However!

Exactly BECAUSE it has been around for quite some time I would expect it to be capable of handling drives formatted with the exFAT file system too which has been around for a fair number of years by now... but it isn't.

The 64GB USB3 flash drive currently attached to my system formatted as exFAT is 'identified' by this software as "Other" and when you choose the "Format" function exFAT is not amongst the available formats.

When can we finally expect to see support for exFAT in this software? WAY overdue EaseUS!

- Ben -

Reply   |   Comment by Ben  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Maybe reading the following will help you:-
http://www.howtogeek.com/73178/what-file-system-should-i-use-for-my-usb-drive/

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#13

Good Application!!!I already had it's previous version. No complaints till now it was working fine. Thanks to GAOTD to provide it's new version in FREE..

Reply   |   Comment by Mark Henly  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#12

Hello ,i tried to create Winpe Bootable USB, i choose Export ISO to desktop ,i click proceed and it took me to another window, which asks for Microsoft WinPE component is required: it has two option
1)Download from Microsoft.
2)WinPe Component Location.
I choose 2) Winpe component location, which has a Browse buttom, it is looking for a zip file.
and i have already installed KB3AIK_EN.iso that i downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=5753
I don't understand what part of WinPe component zip file is it looking for. Could anyone shed some light, i need to make a WinPe bootable disc.

I tried following the link provided from comment #3:
Which took me to the link:
http://www.easeus.com/partition-manager-guide/create-winpe-bootable-disk.html
But that i very self explanatory and quick learning curve, that doesn't require trivial snapshots.

So any suggestion. Awaiting reply.

Reply   |   Comment by MaccuaMan  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

I can help.

1) Mount your AIK ISO file.
2) You need to install only the WinPE environment from this disk. It MUST be installed - so that the EaseUS Partition Manager finds the installation directory. Normally : C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\

But it is better to load the latest version via option 1) 1)Download from Microsoft. Then you can be sure to have the right version for your computer and operating system.

HTH
Greetings from Germany
Karl

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)

That directory name u gave was for Win7 and 8.1 would only be available after installing WAIK 4.0.iso. Right!
What would be the for WinXP.

Awaiting reply.

Reply   |   Comment by MaccuaMan  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Since XP Microsoft changed the way they install Windows -- now most everything important is contained in .wim files or .esd files [encrypted .wim files]. You can find WinPE .wim files in the *installed* AIK folders, or sometimes with Windows version updates [e.g. win10 builds or win8 -> win8.1], with some apps that provide their own WinPE setups etc. WinPE .wim files can also be included in a larger .wim image. If/when in doubt, Google.

Directly to your question, for the win7 AIK you linked, the winpe.wim files are by default at C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools\ with the AIK installed. Note that there is more than one choice depending on hardware. Note also that since you're talking about booting from the WinPE.wim, to some extent in use that .wim is hardware & Windows version agnostic.

If your hardware will run win7, or 8, or 8.1, or 10, it should run that version's WinPE. You're not interfacing or interacting with the installed OS, so whether or not they match should be irrelevant. Likewise, most 64 bit hardware can run 32 bit OSes perfectly well, though the opposite cannot be said. Using a bootable USB stick set up for 32 bit **may** increase the hardware compatibility re: where it will run, what drivers can be used etc.

That previous paragraph also applies to systems running XP. If a later Windows version will run on that hardware, it's WinPE should also.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#11

EaseUs Partition Master Pro 10.2 is of amongst the Top Best partitioning tool for any Professional(PC)Computer/s Drive/s Partitionist can use. A Must Have!!!...Many ThKs!!!!EaseUS Software/GAOTD/Team. (WARNING!)If one does'NOT'know how to partitionalize one's PC drive...Seek First!!!(Professional Advisor)before trying. ThKs!..

Reply   |   Comment by Studiopro  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#10

Like EaseUS and GAOTD. How is today's version different from EaseUS Partition Master 10.0 ? Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by glnz  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

What's New in Version 10.2

Create a WinPE bootable media without installing AIK/WAIK, saving your valuable time and energy.

Multiple language supported: English, Deutsch, Español, Français, Português, Polski and 日本語.

Reply   |   Comment by janet  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#9

I've used the free version for years. I install it on a new machine, reconfigure partitions to my liking, and then uninstall. I've never had occasion to reinstall. GOTD programs can be installed only on the day they are made available. Am I correct that this PRO version will be of no use to me in configuring my next drive, that is, it won't eliminate my need for the free version? Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by JerryWithaJ  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#8

Used an older version and was very satisfied so upgraded for free. After installing I get a pop up window which offers to sell me Partition Master Professional for $39.95. I thought this GAOTD version was the Pro version? EaseUS can you please clear up the confusion.

Reply   |   Comment by Gabbai  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Have you activated the programn after install with the provided key??

Reply   |   Comment by Edu  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#7

Hi Sarah, I really appreciate having a contact person at the vendor. I have used Easus Backup for many years and the program has never let me down - recommended!
During the install of Partition Master Pro I got a warning from my firewall (Comodo). I choose to ignore it but I thought I should let you know.

Reply   |   Comment by Urbanquintus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#6

Hi,

This is Sarah from EaseUS, hope everyone would like the EaseUS Partition Master and the giveaway. And thanks GOTD, the wonderful platform. Besides partition tool, EaseUS also offers data backup/transfer/recovery and iPhone data recovery, you can visit our official site ( http://www.easeus.com/ ) to learn more.

Please don't hesitate to contact us ( sara.monica@easeus.com ), if you have any question about the giveaway.

Have a nice day.

Reply   |   Comment by Sarah  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+74)

Hello Sarah :-)

just wanted to state my respect and appreciation for your comment.

It is definately an important part relating to the question that i posted here earlier.

Offering direct response and contact even to the "not yet ;-) " paying customers, definately is a big plus while considering the choice of a software company for a major system relevant software...

Have a nice day too :-)

Reply   |   Comment by wannalearn  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#5

Hi Friends!

I did notice recently that quiet a lot different new companies come up with special "Harddrive Managing" solutions.
I was just curious if there is just some public available code-kit that they all use, or are these all proprietary inhouse developments from scratch ?
Reason for asking is: ...
long time ago when i was building my first pc's there were basically 2 companies known as reliable "Harddrive Managing" softwaremakers...
"PowerQuest" and "Acronis" if i remember right... later there was "Paragon" as well.. Their "Harddrive Manager" was always my favorite btw...

Are there any serious experts around who could let us know, based on technical facts, if these newcomers can compare to those classic companies tools, in terms of reliability, stability and technical flawlessness ?

... or is it all the same basically anyway ? ( Interface design.. ease of use... etc...)

Seriously lookin forward to some enlightening comments from the pro's here ;-)

Friendly greetings to all, and have a great day !

wannalearn

Reply   |   Comment by wannalearn  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_boot_record
Scroll down and you will see, that its not the disk partition what make these programs differently (and good, or not so). They all have to use the same HEX codes to edit the drive!
The difference is in another detail. It is what makes them different in disk failure recovery probability! That is what really matters. Thats what you pay money for. Well today it is free.

Reply   |   Comment by Burni  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

Yes Burni...

absolutely right... how can a HD managing software be helpful in a disaster case.. is indeed a major important ability.

well .. letting the topic "file recovery" aside (which involves getting back just recently written files...) ... i always used to create a so called "Disk Image" when i was done building a system with all important software ready installed.

In case of being left with a broken system, restoring that image,
seemed to me always the fastest and easiest way to get a working computer back.

btw. that is a question to Sarah from easeUS... :
Does this version of Partition Master Pro include this disk imaging feature ?

Reply   |   Comment by wannalearn  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Purely FWIW, if you have a disk/partition image backup, & can easily restore it, the **ONLY** time recovery becomes an issue is if you lose something not yet backed up. In a word, don't. Use one of the many available strategies, e.g. syncing or mirroring, so files & the data they hold are not stored only in one place where they can be lost.

As relates to partition software...
Always backup 1st before you work with partitions -- stuff happens. Know how to restore that backup(s), & know that the software you use to restore that backup is compatible with all the hardware -- when you *REALLY* need to restore a backup is not the time to find out that the bootable USB stick you created won't work etc.

It can be helpful to make sure the system you're working on is in good shape... CPU &/or fan throttling may only work in Windows, while many partition operations & restoring a backup takes place outside of Windows. Drives are often going to be highly stressed working with partitions or restoring a backup. A power failure [no matter how brief] can spell disaster when either is going on. Be aware that marginal external drives might be fine in Windows, but when run constantly outside of Windows may experience problems. Note that the cheapest media, especially BD, may give errors a couple/few days after they're burned.

Finally, note that the EaseUS docs [as linked in Charsdfsk's post] show how their software can inject drivers into the bootable disc or USB stick. Test the bootable media you create & see if it works with your hardware -- if not, Windows itself might not include the drivers necessary to make your system work. In that case you have to find them, & have them available so they can be included in or on your bootable media. That may also be one case BTW where using the WinPE.wim from another Windows version, or 32 bit instead of 64, **might** help.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#4

Download and Install with ease on Windows 7 based system

It’s previous version offered by GAOTD on May 21 2014

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/partition-master-pro-10-0/

99% features in both the versions are same

Users who already have its older version can directly upgrade it by clicking on “Help””Check for Update”

In my opinion it a trustworthy company producing good software’s. Users who are new to ease products can try Partition Master, anyways it’s FREE on GAOTD!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Benao Gibson  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
#3

How to create WinPE bootable disk of EaseUS Partition Master Pro: http://www.easeus.com/partition-manager-guide/create-winpe-bootable-disk.html

Reply   |   Comment by Charsdfsk  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+44)
#2

I have been using EaseUS Partition Master Free for more than 3 years. I am happy and satisfied with its service . Yet It has not failed or created any nuisanse on my system as well as on any of my friend's system during the basic operations such as creating,moving or resizing , merging of partition.

The Free version can not create WinPE bootable Disk

Check the Edition Comparison.

^Thumbs Up^

At the same time I want to say that I had no such major issues with AOMEI Partition Assistant as well.
I'll rate both the partition tool 5 Star.

Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Jahid  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+72)

Also used this companies partitioning programs for many years, both paid and free, without the slightest problem.
Before I do any partitioning I always get the disc in the best possible condition, clear any junk, defragment the disc, no idea if this is necessary but never had any problems when modifying partitions.

In my experience this company make really good solid programs that have never cause the slightest problem.
This program is also very easy to use, sounds good to me.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+49)

Same here- never had any problems so far...

Reply   |   Comment by IVAN  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

I personally prefer AOMEI Partition Assistant to EaseUS Partition for one simple reason. EaseUS Partition corrupted my harddisk, resulting in a complete reinstallation and the loss of all data on that harddisk. I'm going to keep EaseUS Partition to use the Migrate OS to SSD feature as I'll be upgrading my 7200RPM HDD to an SSD soon.

Reply   |   Comment by Yang Yang  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#1

Installed and registered without problems on a WIn 8.1.3 Pro 64 bit system.

We had the previous version Pro 10.0 on May 21, 2014. Here are the old reviews:
http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/partition-master-pro-10-0/

The software is digitally signed CHENGDU YIWO Tech Development Co., Ltd.

As last time, this PRO version does not:
Support Windows Server 2012/2008/2003
Repair RAID-5 volume


This version supports..
Create a WinPE bootable media without installing AIK/WAIK, saving your valuable time and energy.

I tested the creation of a bootable disk. The 470 MB ISO was created in some minutes, taken the data from the operating system. I am not sure, if this works on older Windows versions.

A reliable Chinese company and one of the many partition tools. I did not test the partitioning itself, assuming, that this standard operation would work.

If you don't have a partition tool, why not take this. You can make the bootable ISO anyhow, keep this and remove the program.
Uninstalled via reboot. I rely on bootable media for these operations.

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+90)

Oops!

Tested the generated ISO. Copied with YUMI 2.0.1.2 on an USB stick. File is contiguous.

Booted the USB stick, the WIN 8 logo appeared, together with the moving circle, showing, that Windows was booting. After a minute or so, the boot process stopped without message or warning and the system rebooted again.

In my case the bootable disk does not work. Test it, before you rely on a working bootable media.

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+89)

After a very simple install and registration and reading your comments regarding a boot disk decided to make one of my own.
Selected to create a CD boot disk, on start it downloaded WinPE, it then started to create an ISO file this took a few minutes, then it burned it to disk.
Absolutely no problems booting from this disc which on opening revealed the partition program.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+59)

Quote (from EaseUS website): "What's New in Version 10.2
Create a WinPE bootable media without installing AIK/WAIK, saving your valuable time and energy."
But, as XP-Man noticed, "...on start it DOWNLOADED WinPE..." (Win.AIK)???

Reply   |   Comment by mishasin  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

On the same machine but using Windows 7 hard drive equally simple installation, registration and creation of boot CD.
This time did not show downloading WinPE but still created a functional boot disk.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

I usually appreciate your comments, but not this one.

The ISO worked for you as they claim.

The fact you couldn't get the USB stick you then made to boot is your problem, not theirs.

Reply   |   Comment by DD  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

If it helps at all...

There's a difference between downloading WinPE [&/or similar] vs. the AIK for whatever Windows version -- the AIK needs installed & takes 1GB+.

Booting to USB is now sometimes a can of worms. USB 3.0 may/may not work depending on hardware, while different brands/models of USB 2.0 sticks don't want to work period. UEFI bios may require the USB stick be formatted to FAT32 - exfat may/may not work when you have files >4GB. UEFI bios may have a compatibility mode that's used with CDs/DVDs, but may or may not be used with USB sticks. Reportedly creating the partition & formatting a USB stick that you intend to boot from may have to be done from the command line -- a small app called RUFUS may or may not help or work. If the bios has Secure Boot, it may have to be turned off [when/if possible] to boot from a USB stick.

Sometimes you can test a bootable USB stick with a VM... Google for directions on how to set up a [usually temporary] link to the USB stick in VBox, noting that when you add it to the VM you might need to use Host I/O Cache.

I don't know how reliable it is as a testing method, but I would think a recovery USB stick created in win8/8.1/10 should boot, & if it doesn't, you've got problems somewhere, likely in the stuff I mentioned earlier. It is possible to create a Recovery USB stick, then copy the files you want on the USB stick over the files & folders for recovery. You *may* however have to change some of the file & folder permissions &/or ownership of those files/folders.

That all said, there's often very little that's mystical about WinPE as an alternative to a small *nix setup. If you wanted to mount & alter the WinPE .wim that's one thing, but if all you're after is some OS to support the running of whatever app from a bootable USB stick, if a *nix version is offered & it works for you, you might not want to kill yourself getting WinPE working if it doesn't on the 1st try.

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