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New ASUS laptop has no recovery disk utlity!

  1. #41


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    Windows 8 64-bit OS


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Is there a file on there called boot.wim? I can't see it in the screenies.
    No, I don't see a boot.wim file located in the recovery drive. I screen-grabbed everything shown in the USB stick including all folders/directories (I think I may have even done a duplicate screen-grab on img 8 & 9).

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  2. #42


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    can you zip up a copy of F:\boot\bcd and post it up?
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  3. #43


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    If it will help any, this is a shot of my recovery drive. This is not an OEM system, but I set up my system to use the custom .wim to Reset Windows 8. Booting to the recovery drive and selecting Reset, should reinstall the .wim.

    The boot.wim is a hidden system file and the options in folder options must be enabled to see it.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails ResetImages.JPG  
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  4. #44


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    Windows 8 64-bit OS


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    can you zip up a copy of F:\boot\bcd and post it up?
    I attached a compressed file labeled as "BCD.zip" to this post. I tried to compress the entire recovery drive, however during the compression process was almost finished, it said that my USB stick didn't have any space left to complete the zip file.
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  5. #45


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    Thanks. As expected:

    Code:
    Windows Boot Manager
    --------------------
    identifier              {bootmgr}
    description             Windows Boot Manager
    locale                  en-US
    inherit                 {globalsettings}
    default                 {default}
    displayorder            {default}
    toolsdisplayorder       {memdiag}
    timeout                 30
    
    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier              {default}
    device                  ramdisk=[boot]\sources\boot.wim,{7619dcc8-fafe-11d9-b411-000476eba25f}
    path                    \windows\system32\boot\winload.exe
    description             Windows Setup
    locale                  en-US
    inherit                 {bootloadersettings}
    osdevice                ramdisk=[boot]\sources\boot.wim,{7619dcc8-fafe-11d9-b411-000476eba25f}
    systemroot              \windows
    custom:250000c2         1
    detecthal               Yes
    winpe                   Yes
    ems                     No
    Device options
    --------------
    identifier              {7619dcc8-fafe-11d9-b411-000476eba25f}
    ramdisksdidevice        boot
    ramdisksdipath          \boot\boot.sdi
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  6. #46


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    I just went through the entire Reset process on my system. It took about an hour for my system to finish. You should know, my system only has basic software, so there are no large programs that need to be recovered.

    After you boot to the Recovery drive, and probably the UEFI version, as you stated, you see a blue screen with locations. After that, a page showing the Windows 8 install, which you choose. There is a login page and one of the next pages after you go through troubleshooting and get to Reset, will ask you questions about cleaning all the drives, or just the one where Windows is installed.

    This may all be shown in the tutorial, I do not know, but did you see such choices while you were doing yours?
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  7. #47


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    Thanks, that explains it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    If it will help any, this is a shot of my recovery drive. This is not an OEM system, but I set up my system to use the custom .wim to Reset Windows 8. Booting to the recovery drive and selecting Reset, should reinstall the .wim.

    The boot.wim is a hidden system file and the options in folder options must be enabled to see it.
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  9. #49


    Posts : 3
    windows 8 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    The asfixwfr.exe file was e-mailed to me by ASUS tech support. It ended up being pretty useless for me. I never bothered to make a disk set, I opted for using a USB thumb drive for my recovery drive. I've since ditched the idea of ever using the recovery drive and erased it. I downloaded a Windows 8 ISO file from TechNet and use that to do a clean install when necessary. The TechNet install media reads my embedded code and then activates online no problem. IMHO clean installs are the way to go to avoid all the OEM bloat that comes bundled with the factory install.
    alphanumeric, I went through very much the same things that you did, and I'm glad I found this thread. I got a new ASUS Q200E yesterday. I used EaseUS Partition Manager, merely to resize my C: to make it into C: and D:. Somehow that screwed everything up while doing the partitioning, and I get this error. It says the file is missing or contains errors.
    File: \windows\system32\winload.efi error code: 0xc0000225. I'll research that later and try to see why it happened. But that's for the future!

    I had created a recovery USB drive yesterday, just as you had done, but I had not made any other backups. I know, that's not smart, but I figured this repartitioning was not risky, and I'd do backups later (no DVD drive on this ASUS Q200E). Booting from that recovery USB drive is getting me nowhere...it says a necessary partition is missing. Wow, something really got hosed.

    I have another version of Windows 8 that I bought in Dec. but never used. I have that ISO file on a USB drive, and I booted it. But it's getting an error about the Product Key not matching. I've read another forum that says I can put a PID.txt file on the USB drive and make them match. But then, won't the system have that older key? Maybe that shouldn't matter, but I'd rather have this new key that came with the laptop.

    So...finally I'll get to the point! You mentioned that you got the ISO file for Windows 8 from Technet. Would that be the best way for me to get this done? I looked on Technet's site, but I don't see where the ISO files for Windows 8 are. I do see stuff about 8.1. I doubt that would work for me. So can you point me to the right place where I could get a "good Windows 8 ISO" that will boot and let me keep the Product Key that is currently embedded in the system?

    Thanks for your help! Your trials and tribulations taught me a lot.
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  10. #50


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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    You can't download from TechNet without a valid subscription. You have to have an account to download ISO's. The first time I did my clean install I used an ISO I downloaded from bit torrent. I didn't have a TechNet account at that time. I just compared its MD5 hash code to what is listed on TechNet. They matched so I took the chance and used it. Latter on when I got my Microsoft MVP I downloaded the TechNet ISO to replace the other one from bit torrent. Both images read and used my embedded product code.

    I also got that "necessary partition is missing" message when I tried to use my recovery thumb drive to restore to my SSD. I've seen that happen before where repartitioning breaks the link to the OEM recovery partition. The link or hook that ties it to the function key is likely in the boot loader/boot partition. Adding an extra partition skews things and now its pointed at the wrong partition. To be honest I don't know enough about how it works to fix it.

    If that other version is an upgrade version that would explain the product key not matching. There is a tutorial for doing a clean install with an upgrade version. Whether or not that will use the embedded key is another matter. Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    You may want to look at this too, Product Key - Find for Windows 8
    And this, Product Key Number - Change in Windows 8
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