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Setting recovery partition to active then boot from there

  1. #21


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    well i did copy the partition using the checkbox but im not sure its working. Yes, the recovery flash drive appears in the "use a device" option but when I click on it, it sends me back to advance options screen. when i try to do the restore option from there, it says the media inserted is invalid.

    another thing. after i copied the recovery partition and rebooted, the drive i assign on the partition was gone and it went back into being hidden. is that alright?

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  2. #22


    Posts : 5,357
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    You could boot up winpe, find the drive letters for your installation partition, and the partition containing install.wim. (Drive letters will be different from winpe - that is normal - you must the letters as seen from winpe )

    Then you can create a folder on your installation partition called Windows.old.

    Move the following into the Windows.old folder:

    Click image for larger version

    Then Apply the install.wim to the installation partition.

    E.G if your installation partition is E and your install.wim is in F:\recoveryimage\install.wim (letters as seen from winpe )

    Your install.wim is big and may contain 2 images, check first by typing at cmd prompt:

    dism /get-wiminfo /wimfile:F:\recoveryimage\install.wim

    Assuming there is only image,

    At a cmd prompt, type:

    Dism /apply-image /imagefile:F:\recoveryimage\install.wim /index:1 /ApplyDir:E:\
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  3. #23


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    i dont quite understand. In your example, what is the installation partition? F is supposed to be the hidden recovery partition right?

    and im not sure where to get this winpe.
    Windows PE USB: Install Windows PE to a USB drive
    is this site?
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  4. #24


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

    You can make a WinPE4 for Windows 8 without copying Recovery Partition.

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    CD version, Windows 8 only
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)
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  5. #25


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    I've already created a recovery drive using my external hard drive.
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  6. #26


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    jgcvaleroso, from the owner's manual for that computer, it shows several Recovery Options for your system.

    They all start with hitting F9 after a restart and being able to get into those options. And a Restart and Start for powered down may not behave the same way.

    First you should have a Refresh option, which you cannot do because you do not have the Windows 8.1 Source files.

    Then you have the Reset, which should work since you have registered the 8.0 image. The Fully Clean the drive option should reinstall Windows 8 from that registered image and set your system back to a Factory condition. So far the external drive has not been required.

    There are also other Advanced Options, but I will assume you just want to Reset right now, which will remove all of your personal files.

    Please be specific in choosing words describing what process you are using, and be as accurate and complete as possible in describing the result and any messages of that action.

    So, you restart your system and hit F9 to access the recovery options. You then select Reset and Fully clean the drive. Does the process work to this point? What happens if it tries to Reset the drive? You could try the "Just remove my files" option, but that might lead to a version conflict with 8.1. Of course the Fully clean option may also lead to the same situation.

    I am guessing the boot.wim you have available on your system is invoked if the system needs to boot into an Offline condition. Which would be the same thing as booting to a recovery drive...
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  7. #27


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    Yes, I have accessed the recovery option using both:
    • by hitting F9 after a complete shutdown.
    • by going to PC settings and selecting Advance startup.

    (I assumed both have the same result)


    Okay, so after I selected the "Reset your PC" option, its moves to the next screen which tells me what will that option do. After clicking Next, it will load up a bit and then it will ask for a boot media to continue. Thats about it. I'm stuck at that point.
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  8. #28


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    here are pictures to be exact.

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  9. #29


    Posts : 5,357
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Very simple:

    1. MOVE ( or delete ) the existing windows files on your intended install partition. Best to move them in case you want to dig something out later. Just create a folder on the install partition called anything you like, then MOVE those folders into it.

    2. Tell dism to apply the image from install.wim onto that partition. It doesn't matter where install.wim is as long as you point dism at it. It could be on an hd , flash drive, anywhere you can see it.


    E.G If install.wim is in Z:\MYFATBUM\INSTALL.WIM and your intended install partition is letter Y

    Dism /apply-image /imagefile:Z:\MYFATBUM\INSTALL.WIM /index:1 /ApplyDir:Y:\
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  10. #30


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    You can't do the above from within your existing Windows of course.

    Therefore, boot up windows recovery environment ( that loads into ram and does not run from the hard drive ) . Do it from there.

    Windows recovery environment can be accessed lots of ways. You can get at it via Advanced boot menu and select "repair my computer", or you can boot up any win8 install dvd and select "repair my computer".

    It is probably easiest to use my little program to make a better version of windows recovery environment for you.

    Get it from POST 4 on this page. New Free AOMEI partition manager 32 and 64 bit - Windows 7 Help Forums


    Ir doesn't matter if you haven't got any of the programs mentioned on that page, it will make the enhanced recovery environment ( also called pe or winpe ) anyhow.
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