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cmd.exe Administrator X: commands

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    cmd.exe Administrator X: commands


    I am trying to restore my Asus a55a laptop to factory setting from the cmd.exe Adminstrator shell. What commands might one use to select the recovery partition files and do a 'reset' from these files? I have little trouble finding tutorials in Linux but am not sure how to find such tutorials for Windows. Any help would be appreciated.

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    The restore to factory settings is not a Windows function and cannot be accessed from the command line. This can only be done at system startup. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
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    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8





    You can use the ASUS version of
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    warning   Warning
    Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED



    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    You can use Reset to recovery to factory setting.
    How to do a Reset
    Reset Windows 8
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    I did not have a blank disc at the time, so I was unable to make a recovery disk. All I have is the recovery partition and a developer's version of 8.1. That being said I actually have the Windows 8 recovery partition (from the factory) and I have the Windows 8.1 developer preview recovery partition that will restore 8.1. The factory F9 now longer works because the machine is now dual booting Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 8.1 developer. The factory recovery partition is intact and what I have tried is:

    1)Installing and running Asus recovery-I think it is looking for F9 recovery stuff that is not longer there-instead of going to restore from the recovery partition (from the factory-intact)

    2)I tried making a recovery usb from within Windows 8.1 but it is using 8.1 files instead of the files from the recovery partition (factory files)


    Observation: Who could have possibly imagined that having the customer make recovery disks was a good idea? (while I concede that this is a good money making move-it really bends the customer over the proverbial stump)

    And btw, you no longer get a product key for Windows 8 it is embedded in the recovery partition files-not human viewable from what I have been told by Microsoft and Asus
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    Please post a screen shot (full screen) of Disk Management.

    Switch to the Desktop. Press Windows key+r, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter or click GO. Make it full screen.

    How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums (says it's for Vista but also works with Win 7/8).

    Once you have the image saved, start a new reply, click on Go Advanced.
    Click on the Paperclip Icon next to the Smiley Icon.
    In the Manage Attachments window, click Browse and navigate to where you saved the image and select it.
    Click the Upload button.
    Close the Manage Attachments window.
    Click on the Paperclip Icon again and select the image you uploaded. It will be placed in your post.
    If there is a Recovery Partition, you can try making it the Active partition from Disk Management then reboot. It should boot to the Recovery partition and start the restore to factory.
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    Disk screenshot


    Click image for larger version I have the disk management tool open but cannot find the setting to make it active
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    F: is the real recovery partition and it's already set as Active. It shows as a Removable disk though, is that right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    F: is the real recovery partition and it's already set as Active. It shows as a Removable disk though, is that right?
    Actually those are the files I backed up on a usb. I did try installing from usb but it barked that it was a unusable device or something to that effect. I looked around to see if I could make an iso from the recovery partition files (factory) but didn't find anything. Did try Winusb in Ubuntu but only had the Windows 8.1 developer iso
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    What happens when you use RESET?
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    It goes through the paces and goes to reboot. It appears that when I installed 8.1 that my recovery partition got wiped-at least it shows 100% unused. I will go back in on the Linux side and add the factory partition files and try the rest again. I will also see if the factory files will fit within the 8.1 recovery partition as well
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