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  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    you can unclick copy recovery partition, to make the repair only usb drive.
    @theog

    that's good information. Do you only get that option when you have an oem partition?
    yes.

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for that Thoeg! Since I have had a limited exposure to OEM setups, I did not know that option even existed because I always wipe em' clean right after I make the factory recovery discs.

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  3. #13


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    I don't have an oem recovery partition, It works ok for me.

    It is very easy, similar to windows 7. Just register a folder containing an install.wim, then you get the option.

    If you haven't got an install.wim , you can make one of those customrefresh.wim things, rename it to install.wim , then register the folder it is in . The trouble with those customrefresh things is they have big chunks missing, you can't do proper clean install with it. You also have to tell 8/8.1winre the image number, win7 is cleverer than that, it can figure it out all by itself.


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    You can UNCLICK copy Recovery Partition, to make the Repair only USB Drive.
    @Theog

    That's good information. Do you only get that option when you have an OEM partition?
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  4. #14


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    Windows 8.1


    I don't have an oem recovery partition, It works ok for me.
    Neither do I and it works for me too as I suggested in my original post so am I missing something else? The only difference I noticed was I did not have the untick option that Thoeg suggested and I assumed that optiion was not available/necessary because I did not have an OEM structure. So, if you are finding something different, could you please explain a bit further because I have already learned one new thing here so why not learn something else new as well?

    Thanks,

    my2cents
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  5. #15


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    If you don't get the option to add recov partition ( coz you haven't got one ), you can use any install.wim. If you had the full install.wim ( or install.swm , or Install.esd - it accepts any of those ), then you wouldn't need to do this because you have the proper installl media. If you haven't got that, you can trick it.

    e.g. at admin command prompt:

    md d:\myimage
    recimg -createimage d:\myimage
    (takes a while )
    ren d:\myimage\customrefresh.wim install.wim
    reagentc /setosimage /path d:\myimage /index 1 /target C:\Windows
    reagentc /enable
    recoverydrive

    The snag there is the customrefresh thing is incomplete , you can't do a proper install with, only that very limited refresh thing.
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    If you don't get the option to add recov partition ( coz you haven't got one ), you can use any install.wim
    e.g. at admin command prompt:

    md d:\myimage
    recimg -createimage d:\myimage
    (takes a while )
    ren d:\myimage\customrefresh.wim install.wim
    reagentc /setosimage /path d:\myimage /index 1 /target C:\Windows
    reagentc /enable
    recoverydrive
    Oh OK, I now see that your response was targeted at a different response; however, it generically seemed to apply to mine as well and that is why I asked so thank you for that clarification.
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  7. #17


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    The windows 7 version is excellent. Simplest is to copy the dvd/iso contents onto a partition. The command is

    reagentc /setosimage /path <install.wim_directory> /target <windows_directory>

    eg. reagentc /setosimage /path d:\sources /target c:\windows

    You get a number options

    1) run setup.exe from the hard drive for a repair install.

    OR

    2) Boot winre (F8 key) and you have the additional option to install unattended from the image on your HD.

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    OR

    3) Boot winre from F8 then run setup for the full range of installation choices.

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    OR

    4) Boot up win7 recovery cd and you can still do option 3 above.
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    When I first got this PC, I made the Recovery DVDs as instructed. Now, I want to make a Recovery Flash Drive, but HP only allows creation of one Recovery item.

    Is there a way to create a Recovery flash drive after I've already made DVDs?

    Help?
    I want to say thanks to everyone who responded. Seems as how it's a moot point now, since the computer will be off to the HP hospital in a couple of days. I found that I could use the Recovery Manager from within Windows, so I tried that first. It didn't work. Then I had to use the Recovery Disks, but Recovery would get to the third disk/57% and then I was told Recovery Manager couldn't restore my computer using the factory image. By the time I went to HP with the problem, UEFI bios couldn't find the hard drive nor the DVD drive!

    She's under warranty until October 2014, so I entered chat with the HP tech(s) and they couldn't help me online. They initiated a service order and are sending me the box and packing to return the computer to HP for repair. Looks like I'll get it back restored to the original factory settings.

    There's a lot I don't understand about what happened . . . I am thinking there's some kind of issue with that particular system if you try to restore it to factory settings, but then who am I . . .

    Welp, I can tell ya that I've built my own systems since around 1990, built several for others, repaired I don't know how many, and I've never had a system eat my lunch like that li'l ole HP did!

    I will say, though, that I got good service and the repair won't cost me a dime, just a couple of weeks between UPS bringing me a box, sending it to HP, 6 to 9 days for repair and then the return. Yeh, a couple weeks if I'm quite lucky.

    It's been an experience, to say the least!
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  9. #19


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnova View Post
    Found this on google, worked for me, since I can't find my dvd's that I had made, I used this below and was able to run it again on a 32g usb.

    using this will allow you to make the dvd's or the usb anytime you want.

    from command prompt (admin)

    attrib -h -s C:\ProgramData\Hewlett-Packard\Recovery\hpdrcu.prc
    attrib -h -s C:\Users\Hewlett-Packard\Recovery\hpdrcu.prc

    recovery image drive (Mine is on R not D, so change the D below to match yours)
    attrib -h -s D:\hpdrcu.prc

    ren C:\ProgramData\Hewlett-Packard\Recovery\hpdrcu.prc hpdrcu.prcbak
    ren C:\Users\Hewlett-Packard\Recovery\hpdrcu.prc hpdrcu.prcbak

    recovery image drive (Mine is on R not D, so change the D below to match yours)
    ren D:\hpdrcu.prc hpdrcu.prcbak
    Thank you, Sunnova! I think it stinks that HP only permits a one-time Recovery DVD set. After all, everybody loses something once-in-awhile. I'll file this one away for future reference . . . when I get my computer back.
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  10. #20


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64-bit


    Very welcome Wynona, hope all goes well with the system repair.
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