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Setting recovery partition to active then boot from there

  1. #41

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    You should have these on your usb stick:

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    set your bios to boot from usb. before any hard drives.

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  2. #42

    Posts : 34
    Windows 8

    All I'm copying are the 3 folders. I don't know where I could get the bootmgr and the .efi. Do I need a special way in copying the files inside ISO or copying and paste is fine?

    Wait, does the ISO file need to be a .iso or just a normal folder?
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  3. #43

    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64

    Some of the files may be hidden and or Hidden System files. You may have to set the view options to see them.

    On my recovery drive, I have the same files and folders with the addition of the reagent.xml file which is placed there if you have selected to copy the contents of the partition. In the sources folder are the install.swm (1-4) that are the image needed for a reset. There also seems to be a recover folder which contains a folder named old and seems to contain the Windows 8 Winre.wim and the reagent.xml file for the original install.

    I think I will wait until you and SIW2 have your process worked out to see what happens.
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  4. #44

    Posts : 5,357
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    You definitely need bootmgr and bootmgr.efi on the usb stick. It won't boot otherwise.

    No idea what you are doing wrong, those files should be in the iso folder on your HD. It all works fine here. Maybe your a/v is interfering.

    Never mind, you can copy them from :




    copy and paste is fine.

    I can't tell from your description if the program worked, you should have lots of files in the iso folders, perhaps better check.

    It needs to be an .iso image file if you are burning it to cd/dvd.

    If you are using usb stick, then you do not need an .iso file. You can just copy the contents of the ISO folder onto a formatted usb stick as in the screenshot a couple of posts up.
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  5. #45

    Posts : 34
    Windows 8

    I copied the 2 files the windows but still nothing happens when booting from USB. I also used the the boot override (Im not sure what it does) to force my USB to boot but my screen just blinks black and nothing happens.
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  6. #46

    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1

    Hi all,

    I followed the steps and managed to make a copy of the recovery partition on a USB stick. However, it would not restore/install Windows onto the SSD in the Taichi21?

    It went into a repeated loop of recovery boot and said the required partition could not be found. The USB stick had 11GB of stuff on it so the image was there.

    Help anyone?
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