Windows® Recovery Environment (Windows RE) is an extensible recovery platform based on Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE). When a computer fails to start, Windows automatically fails over into this environment, and the Startup Repair tool in Windows RE automates the diagnosis and repair of an unbootable Windows® 7 installation. Furthermore, Windows RE is a starting point for various tools for manual system recovery. The primary audience for this technology includes original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), original device manufacturers (ODMs), and corporate IT professionals, who want to develop a recovery solution.

In this Section

What Is Windows RE?

Describes the benefits, common scenarios, limitations, dependencies, and related technologies.

How Windows RE Works

Describes the Windows RE architecture.

REAgentC Command-Line Options

Describes the REAgentC command line options used to customize Windows RE.

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