How to clean install Windows 8.1 & have Windows backup working, UEFI mode install.
Using Windows 7 Partitioning layout.
To clean install:
1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums
Select disk 0
Create partition efi size=200
Format quick fs=FAT32
Create partition msr size=128
Create partition primary
Format quick fs=NTFS
2) UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
Last edited by theog; 27 Oct 2013 at 15:51.
In both those cases, where is winre.wim?
For the oem scenario, is it on the reovery partition?
For the clean install, is it on the win 8.1 partition?
WarningI personally DO NOT RECOMMEND using this METHOD below,
as you loose the Windows Recovery Tools.
Delete the 300mb Windows Recovery Tools Partition.
I used Paragon 12 Pro, Bootable WinPE4 disk.
PARAGON Software Group - partition manager, drive backup, hard disk partitioning
NO WinRE.wim on C:/
Honestly, I liked using the built-in backup tools for redundancy, including images. I've always used Macrium in conjunction with wbadmin because I've experienced restoration issues with both at some point.
I still suggest not using a Recovery Partition over 350 MB. But the exact origin of such a partition, which was not on the original install, has become a little clouded.
I now know, a Windows 8 to 8.1 upgrade using the RTM and the setup utility from it, will make an additional 350 MB partition in addition to the original 300 MB partition and set the Recovery to use it. An Upgrade from the store maintains the original 300 MB partition and thus will probably cause the Imaging error.
Whether one is created during a re-imaging operation is now in doubt, but still a possibility, if you were even able to create a System Image in the first place.
Tomorrow afternoon, I will be changing my current Windows Store Updated 8.0 to 8.1 install to the larger partition and will post the steps using Partition Wizard 7. This process is already described in some other threads, but I will put it here also, if anyone is interested. I have already changed my other install, which originally had the errors, and it creates images normally, so the answer to your question is use a 350 MB partition if you decide to go that way.
You do have the option of creating 350 MB of unallocated space by shrinking the OS partition, but you would have to copy the old Recovery partition or its contents and reset the recovery image to the new location.
If anyone doubts the need for a larger partition to solve this problem, check out the size of Winre.wim file currently on this system.
Volume in drive T is Recovery
Volume Serial Number is 8476-8552
Directory of T:\Recovery\WindowsRE
10/24/2013 05:15 PM <DIR> .
10/24/2013 05:15 PM <DIR> ..
06/18/2013 10:08 AM 3,170,304 boot.sdi
10/24/2013 05:15 PM 1,013 ReAgent.xml
10/24/2013 05:07 PM 267,405,025 Winre.wim
3 File(s) 270,576,342 bytes
2 Dir(s) 14,077,952 bytes free