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Unable to use built-in ASUS recovery partition

  1. #161


    After I reset my PC using the installation media that I created from the Evaluation version of Windows 8.1, it says my license is valid for 90 days.
    I've noticed I can no longer press F11 to get back to the recovery menu. It would usually show the "F11" option when I pressed Enter on boot.
    It just disappeared, it no longer is there. The reset must have wiped it.
    I am now stuck again. Is there a way I can get recovery media from somewhere else? or Is there a solution to this?

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  2. #162


    Posts : 5
    windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    My first step would be to get a new hard drive to replace the original. You could then use it to recover with a Recovery Drive, which will recover your system to bare metal. If you had a System Image Backup of the original Windows 8 install, or even your Windows 8.1 install you could use that to put yourself back to at least where you are now.

    Why would you want to get back to where you are now? Because some of the roadblocks are being thrown up because a different version of an OS is already installed on the system. It might be necessary to remove that before a reset will succeed. Speaking for myself, I am reluctant to recommend anyone remove an OS without knowing for sure they have a backup. If you had the original drive removed from the system and safe, you would be protected.

    But if no other procedure would work, you could apply the factory image back to your system, and use the Microsoft Deployment process to get the system back to a functional state. Knowing the Index number for the OS image would be essential, and that information may be contained in your Reagentc /Info listing.

    If SIW2's procedure would reset to bare metal, that would be great.

    Ordering media from the OEM is also a possibility. If it contained an image to restore the system, you would also be protected.
    This entire hassle started because the computer is no longer running as smooth as it should. I think the option that you have indicated is a little bit extreme for me. I am running windows 8.1 and like it and would like to format the windows drive and make a clean install in order for the computer to run smoothly again.
    The thing is that i am thinking about downloading and creating an usb stick an installing windows 8.1 from it and then using my serial number to register it (if it won't register by itself as I do not have a serial number written anywhere and i think the system activates using the OEM on board activation). This is my guess and would need to use one of those programs that tell you the serial no.
    Anyway, if i will try this i do not know if i will lose the partition with the kit, or if the computer will successfully authenticate or if things like the backlit keyboard will any longer work (and where should i get the asus software that currently came with the laptop).
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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  3. #163


    @ 320i24v

    and where should i get the asus software that currently came with the laptop
    You will find all the drivers and utilities for your model from the below link.

    https://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultra...Desk_Download/


    Besides basic drivers, you should install ATKACPI driver and hotkey-related utilities and ASUS Wireless Radio Control. Other utilities can be avoided.
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  4. #164


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Are the file SIW2 provided earlier in this thread still available somewhere?
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  5. #165


    Are the file SIW2 provided earlier in this thread still available somewhere?
    You will find the latest version in new versions of simple winpe maker - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  6. #166


    Posts : 5
    windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Anshad Edavana View Post
    @ 320i24v

    and where should i get the asus software that currently came with the laptop


    You will find all the drivers and utilities for your model from the below link.

    https://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultra...Desk_Download/


    Besides basic drivers, you should install ATKACPI driver and hotkey-related utilities and ASUS Wireless Radio Control. Other utilities can be avoided.
    Thank you kindly for your reply! Really helpful!
    Any thoughts about my idea? Is it OK to format the laptop the old fashion way and boot from a different USB stick containing windows 8.1 x64 in order for a flawless clean install?
    Just a couple of question though:
    1) what are your opinions? yes, no, why?
    2) why the new 8.1 version activate itself? or will i be able to activate it using the serial number?
    3) right-clicked my computer and said i am running windows 8.1 and that's it. didn't say anything else. just windows 8.1. should i download the windows 8.1 version and not the pro, etc. as i won't be able to activate it?

    Thank you guys!
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  7. #167


    @320i24v

    If your PC works fine without issues, there is no need for a clean install. The error message you are receiving - "A required drive partition is missing " - is not your fault. Your current OS is "Win 8.1" but the recovery image on the laptop is for "Win 8.0" which is the OS originally shipped with your model. When you try to "Refresh" or "Reset" your machine, the recovery environment is looking for "Win 8.1" installation image but all it can find is the "8.0" image in the recovery partition. So the "Reset" function will just display an error message similar to the one you are receiving.

    Unfortunately there is no official solution exist to fix this. If Microsoft simply provided an installation image with 8.1 update, we won't have this issue. The only workaround exist is to download either MSDN or Technet version of "Win 8.1 x64" DVD image from net and use it to reset your current Windows installation. The below link will provide you more details.

    Need help formatted genuine windows 8 in lenovo
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  8. #168


    Posts : 1
    Win 7/ Win 8/ OSX / Various Linux


    I hit this same error when trying to restore my asus x200ca didn't have all that much data that I cared about so I formatted the os partition. recovery software worked perfectly afterwards and then I just updated to 8.1.
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  9. #169


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    Hi guys, new to the forum, but I thought I should post what I've been through (thank you Microsoft).

    Unfortunately the steps on this post didn't work for me, probably because I only had a working XP machine, and I coudn't create the boot USB stick even though I was able to get the winre.wim and install.wim files but here's my story:


    So I had Windows 8.1 on my ASUS K55V, it was having issues like BSOD and shutting off randomly, so I decided to do the recovery, only to find out that windows 8.1 breaks the factory link to recovery.

    So it asked for media and I used a windows 8.1 ISO to continue the recovery. Now I had an unlicensed windows 8.1 installed with no ASUS drivers etc. Since it was unlicensed I tried to apply my original ASUS OEM key but it wouldn't accept it. But since I wanted my OS legally licensed I thought I could format it install windows 8 from a dvd then, since it was downgraded to Windows 8 it would allow me to then use the recovery partition, or so I thought...

    So I tried to boot a windows 8 but my bios woudn't let me boot from it, so I changed the settings to enable CSM launch, and then finally it would boot, so off I went and formated the OS partition and tried to install it only the get an error: "Windows cannot be installed to this disk the selected disk is of the gpt partition style.".

    Fantastic, now I have no OS and can't install one. When rebooting of course it would say there was no bootable media on the PC. So after spending an entire afternoon trying to solve the problem and googling everywhere I was about to give up and thank Microsoft by installing a linux OS and move on. But then I remembered that I should go back to the BIOS/UEFI and disable CSM again and reboot, to my surprise it stated to attempt to repair the OS even though it wasn't there, so of course it wouldn't repair and it would open up the windows 8 blue screen with the troubleshooting options. So I thought it something still has to be there, how would the screen show up with a formatted OS partition? Must be reading another partition, maybe the recovery partition? So still hopelessly I clicked on the Reset PC icon and I was almost shocked when I saw it starting to recover normally.

    At the end it recovered successfully to ASUS factory settings!!! First thing I did was to use the windows recovery drive utility and copied the recovery partition to a 16Gb usb stick. No way I'm going through all that again!

    At the end I found it very weird not sure if formatting the OS and allowing the PC to open the troubleshooting options on a lower level did it, but I'm happy now!

    Sorry for the long post, but it may help someone out.
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  10. #170


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1


    Hi guys,

    Can you provide the tool developed by siw2 (RE64v7i.zip) to create a bootable usb drive? The dropbox links are all broken.
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