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New ASUS laptop has no recovery disk utlity!

  1. #31


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    No it shouldn't take that long. It will take a little longer than it takes to boot to windows. UEFI is the one you want.

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  2. #32


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    No it shouldn't take that long. It shouldn't take much longer than it takes to boot to windows. UEFI is the one you want.
    Yes, I actually pressed ENTER on UEFI option. It was Boot Option #2. I'm posting this comment using my older HP laptop because my ASUS laptop has been taking this long since 4pm yesterday afternoon. My usb flash stick is still blinking as I type this. What do you recommend I should do? Should I just ESC and try again, or just do a reset? I hate that ASUS is making this difficult on users by not letting them burn recovery discs even though the manual says so in the retail box.
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  3. #33


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    You'll likely have to reset or power down and try again. ASUS isn't the only one. Windows 8 throws a bit of a kink in things with its reset and refresh options. I wish I could help more but I've long since done a clean install and wiped the factory partitions. My factory recovery partition is gone so there is no need for me to make a recovery drive. I install from a 4 gig thumb drive and can boot from that and do most of what you can do from the recovery thumb drive anyway. How fast you boot from the thumb drive depends on how fast it is, Cheaper slower drives will take longer, still it should ne minutes not hours. I'm off to take me dog for a walk, I'll check back on this thread latter on. You might want to start over and make a new drive. Good luck.
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  4. #34


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    Can one of you post up screenies of the recov partition and disk mgmt and dir the recov partition , that way we will find out how to make proper media from it.

    When I know what it on there and where everything is, it should be doable with a simple batch file or similar.
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  5. #35


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    You'll likely have to reset or power down and try again. ASUS isn't the only one. Windows 8 throws a bit of a kink in things with its reset and refresh options. I wish I could help more but I've long since done a clean install and wiped the factory partitions. My factory recovery partition is gone so there is no need for me to make a recovery drive. I install from a 4 gig thumb drive and can boot from that and do most of what you can do from the recovery thumb drive anyway. How fast you boot from the thumb drive depends on how fast it is, Cheaper slower drives will take longer, still it should ne minutes not hours. I'm off to take me dog for a walk, I'll check back on this thread latter on. You might want to start over and make a new drive. Good luck.
    Thanks for the advice. Yeah, I'm pretty much stuck between a rock and a hard place now. I can't believe I just didn't bail out after 1 hour of my ASUS laptop being pre-occupied for nothing. Stupid me! Anyway, do you think I can just do exactly what you did, and do a clean install and wipe the factory partitions too? I'd certainly appreciate the steps needed to do what you just did because it seems as though you're more content just doing a clean install rather than deal with ASUS' shenanigans. Where can I get a Windows 8 ISO clean install? I couldn't find a download for it in the links given in the thread. Maybe I overlooked it...can you please direct me the right way? Thanks again.
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  6. #36


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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Can one of you post up screenies of the recov partition and disk mgmt and dir the recov partition , that way we will find out how to make proper media from it.

    When I know what it on there and where everything is, it should be doable with a simple batch file or similar.
    SIW2, I posted screen caps of the contents (18.8gb) in the USB flash stick that I made a recovery drive out of (basically, copied the recovery partition from PC to the recovery drive using Windows "Create a recovery drive"). I've since gave up on this method and am reluctant to boot up from USB through BIOS until I can get better options/suggestions.

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  7. #37


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    Thanks, will take a look at that when I have a mo.
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  8. #38


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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Can one of you post up screenies of the recov partition and disk mgmt and dir the recov partition , that way we will find out how to make proper media from it.

    When I know what it on there and where everything is, it should be doable with a simple batch file or similar.
    Mine is just your typical Windows 8 layout, all my factory partitions are now gone. I've since wiped and reused the recovery thumb drive. I think you'll find the actual system image used for the factory recovery, the one done via a Windows 8 reset, is in a wim file in the recovery partition. When you copy the recovery partition to the recovery drive that's what gets copied over and the reason why you need a large drive. I went from a 750 gig spinner drive to a 128 gig SSD. I was trying to recover to the SSD with the image from the 750 gig factory drive. I couldn't get there from here.
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  9. #39


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    From the screenies, looks like you can just apply it. Copy your user folder somewhere first in case you want to fish stuff out later. Then format the windows partition and apply the wim to the original windows partition:

    Dism /apply-image /imagefile:F:\sources\install.swm /swmfile:install*.swm /index:1 /applydir:D:\

    You would need to adjust the paths depending where the install.swm is and the target partition.
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  10. #40


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    Is there a file on there called boot.wim? I can't see it in the screenies.
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