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How to make a custom "reset" folder?

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    [Solved] How to make a custom "reset" folder?


    I know that by using recimg, you can make a custom refresh image. And I hear that you cannot use it to reset Windows to factory state. is that so?

    if so, how do I do that?

    also, is it possible to store the recovery image in a hidden partition. hidden in the sense, the drive letter is not automatically assigned when you refresh/reset Windows, nor can you do it from Disk Management. only from diskpart. however, if i can still use reset while keeping the recovery image in a hidden folder in C: drive, that is still fine i guess.

    the thing is, the recovery partition of my Dell Latitude 10 tablet is destroyed (it's Dell's fault though) and even though i can easily recover Windows as I have an iso image and can use the USB to reinstall windows like we normally do on our desktops, i want to sell the tablet and i want to make it recoverable via the recovery features in Windows 8. without the ability to recover, the value of the tablet will be pretty low. if all else fails, i will have to buy a cheap USB flash drive, make it a recovery drive and give it with the tablet. sucks!

    it is fine if i have to update to Windows 8.1, if it makes it possible in Windows 8.1 even though it was not in Windows 8.

    cheers...
    Last edited by Anusha; 15 Nov 2013 at 10:18. Reason: Fixed

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    Maybe contact the computer maker & see if you can get recovery disks.
    Pass the cost on when you sell it.

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    That is out of the question. I just cannot give them disks. This is a tablet.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I found this on the dell site:

    Click image for larger version

    Found here:

    http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/la...09152537461010

    This is all I can find to try to help you solve your problem.
    Maybe someone else can offer better assistance.
    Good luck.
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    the thing is, the recovery partition of my Dell Latitude 10 tablet is destroyed (it's Dell's fault though)
    How did DELL destroy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    the thing is, the recovery partition of my Dell Latitude 10 tablet is destroyed (it's Dell's fault though)
    How did DELL destroy?
    i updated to windows 8.1
    it broke stock recovery functionality - from Dell's backup and recovery software as well as from windows pc settings
    their backup and recovery software had to be updated to do recovery thereafter
    i also made a recovery USB drive at this point just in case
    i did that and i could recover - to windows 8 though
    dell's software had done something to the recovery image and now i cannot use recovery in windows 8 anymore
    the date of image file was the date i updated their software. they tampered it (i'm sure it was to make it compatible with windows 8.1)
    now even when i updated to windows 8.1 and used their latest software, i cannot use recovery. it crashes just as soon as i start recovery
    i tried the USB drive and it gave an unknown error mid way.
    basically, now i don't have a working OS on the tablet

    but i could install windows using a USB boot drive i made. since i have access to MSDN, i could get the version that had on the tablet. even though it is from MSDN, the oem key worked.

    now i need to "fix" recovery. i don't want Dell's software to do that for me. i want to do it using windows' own recovery features.

    i'm reading this:
    Windows PE: Windows Preinstallation Environment Overview

    it is a lot of work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anusha View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    the thing is, the recovery partition of my Dell Latitude 10 tablet is destroyed (it's Dell's fault though)
    How did DELL destroy?
    i updated to windows 8.1
    it broke stock recovery functionality - from Dell's backup and recovery software as well as from windows pc settings
    their backup and recovery software had to be updated to do recovery thereafter
    i also made a recovery USB drive at this point just in case
    i did that and i could recover - to windows 8 though
    dell's software had done something to the recovery image and now i cannot use recovery in windows 8 anymore
    the date of image file was the date i updated their software. they tampered it (i'm sure it was to make it compatible with windows 8.1)
    now even when i updated to windows 8.1 and used their latest software, i cannot use recovery. it crashes just as soon as i start recovery
    i tried the USB drive and it gave an unknown error mid way.
    basically, now i don't have a working OS on the tablet

    but i could install windows using a USB boot drive i made. since i have access to MSDN, i could get the version that had on the tablet. even though it is from MSDN, the oem key worked.

    now i need to "fix" recovery. i don't want Dell's software to do that for me. i want to do it using windows' own recovery features.

    i'm reading this:
    Windows PE: Windows Preinstallation Environment Overview

    it is a lot of work.
    Why not just use Macrium Reflect? A tablet can't have the much data to back up you could probably Use a 32 GB USB thumb drive as a bootable recovery media with your restore Image on the same drive?
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    voila! found a solution and it worked PERFECTLY!!!
    Windows 7/8 - OEM Recovery Partition Creator

    i made a recovery image after installing the drivers for the touch screen and wifi,
    which are not installed for this tablet by default.

    both inbuilt reset and refresh work great, i did each a few times to confirm.
    i wonder if they partition format is a bit different to what was originally there. i don't care though.
    it is better this way (not needing unnecessary bloat).

    only issues are
    1. i had to include the OEM key (which i managed to extract from ShowKey.vbs) in the autounattend.xml (no big deal really)
    2. the recovery partition is 11GB in size. i'm asking if i can resize it after setting it up. i'm sure the image is only about 4GB actually.
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