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Setting recovery partition to active then boot from there

  1. #1


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8

    Setting recovery partition to active then boot from there


    so this is an on-going problem for me. It started from a broad problem and with some help from good people, ive narrowed down my situation. I lost my restore link to the recovery partition after i installed another version of windows.
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    This is a ASUS x550L with a pre-installed Windows 8 inside. What i need to do is set my recovery partition as active, boot from there, use that to reformat/re-install windows on drive C. I just dont know how to do it.

    I saw this links while i was searching for solutions though i dont know if i can use them.
    [SOLVED] Need help booting Asus recovery partition. [Archive] - My Digital Life Forums
    Set boot partition as Active partition.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I wish I had more accurate info for you, but I don't have an OEM system, so I am not familiar with how it might have been set up originally. But since you have a UEFI system, you don't really set a partition to "Active".

    Since you are wanting to Reset your system to Factory specs, I assume the system originally had some process to do that which required some special key combination at boot. Do you know what that was and do you know for sure it no longer works?

    If you create a Recovery Drive in Windows 8.1, does it show the "Copy Recovery Partition Contents" check box as being active?

    Could you open an administrative command prompt and type the following command. Copy and paste the results in your next response.

    reagentc /info

    I think your answer is going to be in the original Recovery Partition. If we had a copy of the BCD store in that partition, we might be able to set up your system to use it again as a boot option, but I cannot say for sure.
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  3. #3


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


    The other thread:
    https://www.eightforums.com/installat...luation-4.html

    Did you try your F9 key?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    @Saltgrass
    ok so heres the whole story. I downloaded an evaluation version of win8.1 enterprise, burned it, and installed it in my drive C. I did not reformat any other drives other than C and D. Now, when i try to reset at factory default, which is windows 8 (pro, i think), it asks for a boot media thing(which i dont have because i didnt make a recovery drive at first). All i can do is insert the windows 8.1 evaluation drive again to continue.

    For this prosses and special key, i really have no idea what those are nor how to check for them.

    No, the "Copy Recovery Partition Contents" are grayed out.

    Heres what came up after using the command:

    C:\Windows\system32>reagentc /info
    Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and system reset configuration
    Information:


    Windows RE status: Enabled
    Windows RE location: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition2\Recove
    ry\WindowsRE
    Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: bcf5bc08-00eb-11e3-add2-f7fae2dfb9
    cc
    Recovery image location:
    Recovery image index: 0
    Custom image location:
    Custom image index: 0


    REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.


    Whats BCD, and how can i show it to you?


    @theog
    yeah ive tried pressing f9 during boot up. From there, the same thing happened; it asks for a boot media to start the reset.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    The reagentc command shows no image is registered for a reset on your system. So, unless you know there is a ~ 15 GB Recovery partition on your system, you may need the factory recovery media.

    You should be able to find out what the recovery process for your system is. On some systems it might be hold some key when you turn the system on, but they all seem to be different....You have the manuals...please check.
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  6. #6


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    If you can find the install.wim or install.swm on your recovery partition, you can register it. Hopefully it will then be available on the create recovery drive thing.

    Are you able to see the contents of the recovery partition ? The install.wim will likely be in a folder called "sources".

    If you can't see it, then use a free partition manager to give it a letter. If it doesn't want to give it a letter, then change the partition ID to 0x07 first.

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    Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
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  7. #7


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


    When you have found the install.wim, open an elevated cmd and type : ( this assumes install.wim is in N:\sources folder change it to the location of your install.wim )

    reagentc /setosimage /path N:\sources /index 1 /target C:\Windows

    ( then press enter )

    reagentc /enable

    (then press enter)

    recoverydrive

    (then press enter)
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  8. #8


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    As SIW2 mentions, to register the factory image to reset your system, you need to run the command he shows. I had forgotten you did show a 30 GB recovery partition which probably contains the install.wim file you need. But you do need the path to that file for the command.

    I would suggest you use Diskpart from an Adminsitrative command prompt to assign a drive letter to the partition and then you can first, find the path you need, and then use that drive letter in the command mentioned.

    Diskpart
    lis dis
    sel dis 0 <-- if this is the correct drive
    lis par
    sel par 6 <-- if this is your 20 GB partition Restore partition
    assign letter="N"

    To remove the letter later, use the same sequence above except change assign to remove

    remove letter="N"

    SIW2 has forgotten the system is a UEFI install and the Partition ID he mentions is not appropriate since it needs to be a GUID number. But you should not have to change that anyway, but as he suggests, it might be a special ID used by OEMs.

    But when the image is registered, it will be available to copy to a flash drive and be available for a reset operation. How this may interact with the OEM processes, I do not know.

    Just to see if there are any OEM options set up to boot a special Recovery image, you might use the Administrative command prompt and type the command below. You can right click and mark the listing and then copy and paste it to your response. It may not help, but not sure right now.

    bcdedit /enum all
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  9. #9


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    ok. i have assigned a letter drive for the recovery using command promp.
    When i tried to look inside the new drive in My Comp, it was empty. Is there something wrong with it?
    But when i explore the drive using a manager, i can see the folders and the .wim file.
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    reagentc /setosimage /path N:\sources /index 1 /target C:\Windows
    should i just change "sources" to "recoveryimage"?

    @Saltgrass
    heres what came out after typing in bcdedit command

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]
    (c) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


    C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit /enum all


    Firmware Boot Manager
    ---------------------
    identifier {fwbootmgr}
    displayorder {bootmgr}
    {bcf5bc02-00eb-11e3-add2-f7fae2dfb9cc}
    {d1931cec-4acd-11e3-825a-806e6f6e6963}
    {d1931ced-4acd-11e3-825a-806e6f6e6963}
    {d1931cee-4acd-11e3-825a-806e6f6e6963}
    timeout 2


    Windows Boot Manager
    --------------------
    identifier {bootmgr}
    device partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume1
    path \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi
    description Windows Boot Manager
    locale en-US
    inherit {globalsettings}
    integrityservices Enable
    default {current}
    resumeobject {bcf5bc0a-00eb-11e3-add2-f7fae2dfb9cc}
    displayorder {current}
    toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
    timeout 30


    Firmware Application (101fffff)
    -------------------------------
    identifier {bcf5bc02-00eb-11e3-add2-f7fae2dfb9cc}
    description UEFI OS


    Firmware Application (101fffff)
    -------------------------------
    identifier {d1931cec-4acd-11e3-825a-806e6f6e6963}
    description UEFI:CD/DVD Drive


    Firmware Application (101fffff)
    -------------------------------
    identifier {d1931ced-4acd-11e3-825a-806e6f6e6963}
    description UEFI:Removable Device


    Firmware Application (101fffff)
    -------------------------------
    identifier {d1931cee-4acd-11e3-825a-806e6f6e6963}
    description UEFI:Network Device


    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {bcf5bc07-00eb-11e3-add2-f7fae2dfb9cc}
    device ramdisk=[\Device\HarddiskVolume2]\sources\boot.wim,{ramd
    iskoptions}
    path \windows\system32\boot\winload.efi
    description WinPE
    osdevice ramdisk=[\Device\HarddiskVolume2]\sources\boot.wim,{ramd
    iskoptions}
    systemroot \windows
    nx OptIn
    detecthal Yes
    winpe Yes


    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {bcf5bc08-00eb-11e3-add2-f7fae2dfb9cc}
    device ramdisk=[\Device\HarddiskVolume2]\Recovery\WindowsRE\Win
    re.wim,{bcf5bc09-00eb-11e3-add2-f7fae2dfb9cc}
    path \windows\system32\winload.efi
    description Windows Recovery Environment
    locale en-us
    inherit {bootloadersettings}
    displaymessage Recovery
    osdevice ramdisk=[\Device\HarddiskVolume2]\Recovery\WindowsRE\Win
    re.wim,{bcf5bc09-00eb-11e3-add2-f7fae2dfb9cc}
    systemroot \windows
    nx OptIn
    bootmenupolicy Standard
    winpe Yes


    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {current}
    device partition=C:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.efi
    description Windows 8
    locale en-US
    inherit {bootloadersettings}
    recoverysequence {bcf5bc08-00eb-11e3-add2-f7fae2dfb9cc}
    integrityservices Enable
    recoveryenabled Yes
    isolatedcontext Yes
    allowedinmemorysettings 0x15000075
    osdevice partition=C:
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {bcf5bc0a-00eb-11e3-add2-f7fae2dfb9cc}
    nx OptIn
    bootmenupolicy Standard
    detecthal Yes


    Resume from Hibernate
    ---------------------
    identifier {bcf5bc05-00eb-11e3-add2-f7fae2dfb9cc}
    device partition=C:
    path \Windows\system32\winresume.efi
    description Windows Resume Application
    locale en-US
    inherit {resumeloadersettings}
    recoverysequence {bcf5bc08-00eb-11e3-add2-f7fae2dfb9cc}
    recoveryenabled Yes
    isolatedcontext Yes
    allowedinmemorysettings 0x15000075
    filedevice partition=C:
    filepath \hiberfil.sys
    bootmenupolicy Standard
    debugoptionenabled No


    Resume from Hibernate
    ---------------------
    identifier {bcf5bc0a-00eb-11e3-add2-f7fae2dfb9cc}
    device partition=C:
    path \Windows\system32\winresume.efi
    description Windows Resume Application
    locale en-US
    inherit {resumeloadersettings}
    recoverysequence {bcf5bc08-00eb-11e3-add2-f7fae2dfb9cc}
    recoveryenabled Yes
    isolatedcontext Yes
    allowedinmemorysettings 0x15000075
    filedevice partition=C:
    filepath \hiberfil.sys
    bootmenupolicy Standard
    debugoptionenabled No


    Windows Memory Tester
    ---------------------
    identifier {memdiag}
    device partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume1
    path \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\memtest.efi
    description Windows Memory Diagnostic
    locale en-US
    inherit {globalsettings}
    badmemoryaccess Yes


    EMS Settings
    ------------
    identifier {emssettings}
    bootems No


    Debugger Settings
    -----------------
    identifier {dbgsettings}
    debugtype Serial
    debugport 1
    baudrate 115200


    RAM Defects
    -----------
    identifier {badmemory}


    Global Settings
    ---------------
    identifier {globalsettings}
    inherit {dbgsettings}
    {emssettings}
    {badmemory}


    Boot Loader Settings
    --------------------
    identifier {bootloadersettings}
    inherit {globalsettings}
    {hypervisorsettings}


    Hypervisor Settings
    -------------------
    identifier {hypervisorsettings}
    hypervisordebugtype Serial
    hypervisordebugport 1
    hypervisorbaudrate 115200


    Resume Loader Settings
    ----------------------
    identifier {resumeloadersettings}
    inherit {globalsettings}


    Setup Ramdisk Options
    ---------------------
    identifier {ramdiskoptions}
    description Ramdisk options
    ramdisksdidevice partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume2
    ramdisksdipath \boot\boot.sdi


    Device options
    --------------
    identifier {bcf5bc09-00eb-11e3-add2-f7fae2dfb9cc}
    description Windows Recovery
    ramdisksdidevice partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume2
    ramdisksdipath \Recovery\WindowsRE\boot.sdi
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  10. #10


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    so i changed "source" to "recoveryimage" and it said the operation was successful. Im still not sure though if that was correct but i continued on. after typing in the last command, the recovery window appeared and i could access the checkbox below. then it asked for a 16gb flash drive to continue on.

    question: can i use an existing partition or an external hard drive instead of a USB for copying the recovery files? i only have an 8gb usb and an empty external drive.
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