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  1. #11


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    Post a screenie of what is on the usb stick. See if there are files called boot.wim and install.wim - they will likely be in a folder called sources.

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    Will do, thanks so much for your help!!!
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  3. #13


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    Recovery screenies


    Click image for larger versionClick image for larger version I did not see boot.wim and install.wim. I will look to see if I can find them on the Windows 8.1 install

    found boot.wim and install.wim on the Windows 8.1 install DVD and they are huge files. Is this what needs to be in the sources folder to boot the factory recovery install files?
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    The recovery image will be an install.wim of some kind - might be split into several smaller files, usually with the .swm extension.

    If you have the install dvd, why don't you use that?

    Installation usually goes like this:

    Boot.wim is loaded into ram. The setup program runs from ram and extracts the image from install.wim onto your selected partition.

    Oem recovery setup programs will sometimes also repartition the drive exactly as per factory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    The recovery image will be an install.wim of some kind - might be split into several smaller files, usually with the .swm extension.

    If you have the install dvd, why don't you use that?
    The install DVD is for Windows 8.1 developer and asks for a product key. Asus recovery partition files have an embedded product key code that Microsoft says they can provide for me, but Asus insists that it is something that Microsoft provides. Mom and dad don't agree on this one I am looking into trying to inject the recovery partition files (factory Asus) into a new install DVD using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit but have never used the toolkit before, it should be Microsoft easy, right? Unless there is an easier method
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    What is in these two folders?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    The recovery image will be an install.wim of some kind - might be split into several smaller files, usually with the .swm extension.

    If you have the install dvd, why don't you use that?

    Installation usually goes like this:

    Boot.wim is loaded into ram. The setup program runs from ram and extracts the image from install.wim onto your selected partition.

    Oem recovery setup programs will sometimes also repartition the drive exactly as per factory.
    So, basically just add the boot.wim and the install.wim into the 'sources' folder of the Asus factory recovery partition files and see what happens?
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    No. What is the sources folder now?

    If it looks like everything is there, you should be able to add a boot menu entry for the recovery partition and select it.

    You would need to give the recov partition a drive letter and add it to the menu
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    Sources is empty. Recovery, I believe has something, will check in a bit
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    Something might be missing. What is the used space of the usb atick?
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