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Unable to use built-in ASUS recovery partition

  1. #191


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    @iddqd It is strange, I have an ASUS 2702 All-in-0ne and did the 8.1 update where I got the 450 MB partition. Resetting the system from within Windows was no problem...... The Factory reset will not work after the 8.1 update.

    My system probably has the same install as yours, with Index 3 being the correct image, but most of the laptops seem to be using Index 2.

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  2. #192


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


    @iqdd,

    It is a lot easier to do it with this, and win8 installation media is not required ( I don't think brad has it anyway). That is why I went to the bother of making it. IIrc, I have put winntsetup in the one below. That is easiest of all.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/1dhwsc3zz084lgc/REv19.zip
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  3. #193


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    It is just too bad we don't seem able to repair the actual problem.........
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  4. #194


    Posts : 1
    windows 8


    Hi!! I have the same problem and have done what you Guys have done. But i cant come into the programme that iSaw listed.
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  5. #195


    Posts : 6
    Win 8.1


    Let me first explain that I am not experienced in fixing computers, so I've had to stumble through this long thread trying to make sense of what it's all about. I've managed to get to the point where I can use a partition manager to find and copy the Win 8.0 winre.wim and install.wim files. I have identified the location of the recovery image on partition 7 and have confirmed that index 2 is the correct setting. Both reagentc and Diskpart commands work fine.

    I've downloaded SIW2's command line zip (post 192). Now my problem is working out how to use it. For example, an error message comes up :

    'The device does not support symbolic links''.

    but it continues anyway and looks for WinRE. Eventually, it comes up with:

    'bootable wim not found would you like to d/l winpe from ms?' Should I do this?

    Assuming winpe solves my immediate problem, what do I then do?

    I think what I'm asking for is a step-by-step explanation of exactly how I create a bootable flash drive with all the relevant files on it using the program that SIW2 has so kindly provided. .I get confused trying to refer back to instructions from previous posts, which are not always up-to-date, not applicable to my situation or too darn techie for my feeble brain!

    I bit the bullet, and loaded winpe. During the process, it asked whether I wanted to load wim drivers. I don't know the answer to that either! Anyway, it created the ISO but when I tried to burn it an error occurred: 'The selected disk image isn't valid'
    Last edited by Cogent1; 07 Jul 2014 at 09:36.
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  6. #196


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    @ Cogent1, first you need to understand, the thread started just after the 8.1 update was released, and the update process has changed at least 3 times since then.

    But what are you actually trying to do and what messages are you getting regarding a Reset? SIW2 will have to answer specific questions concerning his utility.
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  7. #197


    Posts : 6
    Win 8.1


    @ Cogent1, first you need to understand, the thread started just after the 8.1 update was released, and the update process has changed at least 3 times since then.

    But what are you actually trying to do and what messages are you getting regarding a Reset? SIW2 will have to answer specific questions concerning his utility.
    Thanks for your quick response. I quite understand that changes occur very frequently and I am not being at all critical about that. It's just that for a non-technical person, it's easy to get confused about what is relevant. So a clear summary of all the steps currently needed would be a boon.

    Basically, I've got the same problems as other Asus users. I foolishly upgraded to 8.1 immediately I received my notebook and before backing up. I assumed that the upgrade would be beneficial rather than detrimental. That was before I knew about the incompatibility of the product keys and the way 8.1 alters the partitions. So now, I get 'a required drive partition is missing' when I try a reset. I tried a backup on to a flash drive using Asus's recovery program, but that too cannot find the partition. Diskpart shows the Recovery Image on Partition 7 and reports it as Healthy.
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  8. #198


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    The Factory Reset will, in many cases, no longer function after the update. So make sure you have tried the reset starting from the Charms bar and Settings, Change PC Settings, and Update and Recovery.
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  9. #199


    Posts : 6
    Win 8.1


    Thanks Saltgrass, but the error message about missing drive partition occurs whether I use Windows, the f9 key on reboot or an external drive. I am hoping that SIW2's program will be the answer, if I can get it to work.
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  10. #200


    Posts : 22
    Win8 / 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    @iqdd,

    It is a lot easier to do it with this, and win8 installation media is not required ( I don't think brad has it anyway). That is why I went to the bother of making it. IIrc, I have put winntsetup in the one below. That is easiest of all.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/1dhwsc3zz084lgc/REv19.zip


    Hello siw2 i've downloaded your tool and thanks
    I also read all this thread and in particular here:
    Unable to use built-in ASUS recovery partition

    I found screenshot of it? am i right?

    I would like to install it and use some of the tools (like see indexes in my *.wim), and prodkey
    how can i do that?

    i'm afraid to launch the CMDs...

    ...do it install other software? or do it copy or move any wim file?
    I'd like to undesrtand how does it work, what exactly is?

    Thanks
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