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Recovery partition present but Windows can't find/use it

  1. #11


    Posts : 15
    WIndows 8.1


    Hi KYHI,

    Thanks for your help so far.

    It's a 30GB tablet SSD. The recovery partition is ~5GB. I cloned the partition earlier, before I assigned it drive letter R.

    I messed up the file structure when I was typing it out, you're right - the custom.wim. ESP.wim and Install.wim are located in the same folder:

    R:/recovery/WindowsRE/Winre.wim
    R:/Windows Images/custom.wim
    R:/Windows Images/ESP.wim
    R:/Windows Images/Install.wim

    R:/Windows Images/ResetConfig.xml contents as requested:

    Code:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <!-- ResetConfig.xml -->
    <Reset>
        <Run Phase="BasicReset_BeforeImageApply">
                <Path>\MSRM.cmd</Path>
                <Param>A</Param>
                <Duration>20</Duration>
        </Run>
        <Run Phase="BasicReset_AfterImageApply">
                <Path>\MSRM.cmd</Path>
                <Param>B</Param>
                <Duration>20</Duration>
        </Run>
        <Run Phase="FactoryReset_AfterDiskFormat">
            <Path>\MSRM.cmd</Path>
                <Param>C</Param>
                <Duration>20</Duration>
        </Run>
        <Run Phase="FactoryReset_AfterImageApply">
            <Path>\MSRM.cmd</Path>
                <Param>D</Param>
                <Duration>20</Duration>
        </Run>
        <SystemDisk>
            <WIMBoot>1</WIMBoot>
            <DiskpartScriptPath>Repartition.sp</DiskpartScriptPath>
            <MinSize>10000</MinSize>
            <WindowsREPartition>4</WindowsREPartition>
            <WindowsREPath>Recovery\WindowsRE</WindowsREPath>
            <OSPartition>3</OSPartition>
            <RecoveryImagePartition>4</RecoveryImagePartition>
            <RecoveryImagePath>Windows Images</RecoveryImagePath>
            <RestoreFromIndex>1</RestoreFromIndex>
            <RecoveryImageIndex>1</RecoveryImageIndex>
        </SystemDisk>
    </Reset>
    I didn't run Get-ImageInfo as R:\windows does not exist (sorry about that typing hiccup, my mistake).

    Thanks

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  2. #12


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    <WIMBoot>1</WIMBoot>
    your system WAS using wimboot images

    your OS Registeration PATH string is

    Reagentc /Setosimage /Path "R:\Windows Images" /Target C:\Windows /Index 1

    After you register your OS image - you can then RESET your PC back to factory
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  3. #13


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Now - we are hoping that the clean install of windows did not overwrite your factory WinRE.wim
    As your tablet is a touch screen - the factory adds your drivers to the WinRE.wim so you have usuable hardware while in recovery..

    If it has been over written, then you will not be able to use the tablet to recover the factory images, as you will not have the keyboard or touch features
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  4. #14


    Posts : 15
    WIndows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    <WIMBoot>1</WIMBoot>
    your system WAS using wimboot images

    your OS Registeration PATH string is

    Reagentc /Setosimage /Path "R:\Windows Images" /Target C:\Windows /Index 1

    After you register your OS image - you can then RESET your PC back to factory
    Awesome! I'll run that command and let you know the results.

    Before I do, one quick question: you mentioned that the custom.wim file contains the (manufacturer's?) customizations - is there a way of excluding these customizations and instead recovering a clean(ish) 8.1 using just the Install.wim? I'm probably way off the mark here but I thought I'd at least ask.

    Thanks.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    We will work on that LATER if you want to experiment..

    Right now we have to get back into factory mode - as there are certain things we need to aquire from the system first..

    then we can prep the images as we want to..

    is there a way of excluding these customizations
    problem right NOW is we do not know what the customizations actually are or where
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  6. #16


    Posts : 15
    WIndows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Now - we are hoping that the clean install of windows did not overwrite your factory WinRE.wim
    As your tablet is a touch screen - the factory adds your drivers to the WinRE.wim so you have usuable hardware while in recovery..

    If it has been over written, then you will not be able to use the tablet to recover the factory images, as you will not have the keyboard or touch features
    I have an OTG cable, USB hub, mouse and keyboard, I think this would work (if required).

    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    We will work on that LATER if you want to experiment..

    Right now we have to get back into factory mode - as there are certain things we need to aquire from the system first..

    then we can prep the images as we want to..

    is there a way of excluding these customizations
    problem right NOW is we do not know what the customizations actually are or where
    I'm going to run Reagentc /Setosimage /Path "R:\Windows Images" /Target C:\Windows /Index 1 and see what happens. If all goes correctly I should be able to create a Windows 8.1 recovery USB which includes the recovery partition files (via the "Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive" option). From my understanding this is the recommended (and only) way of restoring a Windows 8.1 device via the recovery partition.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    you would create the recovery USB from control panel > recovery > create a recovery drive..

    From my understanding this is the recommended (and only) way of restoring a Windows 8.1 device via the recovery partition.
    You can refresh and reset via the Host OS - BUT it is dependent on HD files being present and works slightly different from
    the USB Recovery which allows you to RESET a bare hard drive, so no need for Host OS
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  8. #18


    Posts : 15
    WIndows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    you would create the recovery USB from control panel > recovery > create a recovery drive..

    From my understanding this is the recommended (and only) way of restoring a Windows 8.1 device via the recovery partition.
    You can refresh and reset via the Host OS - BUT it is dependent on HD files being present and works slightly different from
    the USB Recovery which allows you to RESET a bare hard drive, so no need for Host OS
    Okay, thanks for that. I'm creating a recovery USB (including files from recovery partition) now, will keep you posted.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    once you get it created
    go into the "sources" folder on the USB
    Unhide your system files
    and post a pic of the folders contents..
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  10. #20


    Posts : 15
    WIndows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    once you get it created
    go into the "sources" folder on the USB
    Unhide your system files
    and post a pic of the folders contents..
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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