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Too many recovery partitions?

  1. #21

    Hi Jimbo45,

    I am not Chelsea manager but he is my favorite manager. I like his don't give a damn way of doing business. No time to be nice. Wish his teams played prettier football . His teams seem to play rugby and kickboxing at times. Then again the whole football business need a lot of clean up to make it wholesome.

    I already have the WIN 8 recovery partition on a USB drive. I have upgraded to WIN 8.1 and backed up the system image using File history on an external HDD. It comes to about 30GB after disabling hibernation and after doing a disk clean up and getting rid of Windows.old. I have played around with Macrium, Minitools, Partition Guru.

    This is not really a problem from a practical point(since I have the system image backup) but after upgrading to 8.1 no 8.1 recovery partition is created. Recovery still points to Win 8 partition. I was trying to create an 8.1 recovery partition so that if i try to do a reset it resets to 8.1 and not 8 which is where copying the install.esd from 8.1 upgrade comes into play if I understand correctly. I like to have that option just for the heck of it.


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  2. #22

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    dism /get-WIMinfo /WIMFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install.esd
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  3. #23

    Hi, here is the output:

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    C:\WINDOWS\system32>dism /get-WIMinfo /WIMFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install.esd

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 6.3.9600.17031

    Details for image : R:\RecoveryImage\install.esd

    Index : 1
    Name : Windows Setup Media
    Description : Windows Setup Media
    Size : 445,737,644 bytes

    Index : 2
    Name : Microsoft Windows PE (x64)
    Description : Microsoft Windows PE (x64)
    Size : 1,146,668,365 bytes

    Index : 3
    Name : Microsoft Windows Setup (x64)
    Description : Microsoft Windows Setup (x64)
    Size : 1,245,727,504 bytes

    Index : 4
    Name : Windows 8.1
    Description : Windows 8.1
    Size : 12,638,397,448 bytes

    The operation completed successfully.


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  4. #24

    so pointed recovery to index 4. Created recovery drive from file history and tried to use it do a reset and got a bootloader error.

    So it does not look like i am doing this right. Superheroes please help.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>reagentc /info
    Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and system reset configuration

    Windows RE status: Enabled
    Windows RE location: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition5\Recove
    Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: cacfb6c7-ee88-11e3-8a4e-d361599d49
    Recovery image location: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition7\Recove
    Recovery image index: 4
    Custom image location:
    Custom image index: 0

    REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.
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  5. #25

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    LOL. Where did you get that esd from ? Seems to contain boot.wim, and install.wim
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  6. #26

    So this is interesting.

    Tried to reset (not using recovery drive (8.1) i created earlier) from Update and Recovery and it worked as system reset to 8.1 version seemingly using only drivers from MSFT and not OEM which means setosimage to 8.1 worked. Then I restored from the 8.1 image backup.

    So why did I get the bootloader error when I tried to use the recovery drive? Does not look like it was created properly even though Windows said it was done.

    Also what are the other three indexes ( 1, 2, 3)
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  7. #27

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    Answered above. That is handy.
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  8. #28

    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    LOL. Where did you get that esd from ? Seems to contain boot.wim, and install.wim
    I copied it over before windows restarted after upgrading to 8.1 from Windows Store
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  9. #29

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    It is from the store?

    Could be useful. I might bre able to make something but it may take a while.
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  10. #30

    I followed your instructions from earlier
    Too many recovery partitions?

    "If you haven't got those, and you upgrade via the store:
    when it shows 100% and it asks to restart, close the window and show hidden files and you should find C:\$Windows.~BT\sources\install.esd
    Copy that somewhere safe before restarting."

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