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Unable to use built-in ASUS recovery partition

  1. #211


    Posts : 6
    Win 8.1

    Not clever enough, I'm afraid!


    Quote Originally Posted by obev0098 View Post
    Hello, I assume this hasn't been resolved yet? Having the same difficulties however need recover asap
    MY problem IS resolved, but not by any of the methods described in this thread.

    After studying all the responses and getting some sort of handle on the problem, I then received some advice from SIW2 on making a bootable drive using his SIW19 command language routine. I received some confusing error messages and was unsure about what options I should take at times because I had no idea what was the right course. Nevertheless, I was successful in creating a bootable drive. The program throws up an interface with a variety of options, but without any instructions. I chose the option 'REC'. This set the recovery routine in train, and I thought I was home and dry. But it got as far as language options, then keyboard options before dropping back to language again and that was it. It may work better for you, perhaps my partitions were damaged beyond repair.

    I then tried another option from SIW2 which involved modifying the reagentc settings. After much effort (which would have been 2 minutes work for someone who knew what they were doing), I successfully got the right syntax together. Unfortunately, it resulted in one of those vague error messages along the lines of 'something ain't right'. Then I couldn't find the right syntax for restoring the default setting for reagentc.

    At that point, I realized I just don't have the technical expertise to work fluently with command language and that I was banging my head against a brick wall. I was very grateful for SIW2's advice, but I was not clever enough to be able to follow it with any confidence. I was also eager to restore my system asp, just as you are.

    So this is what I did:

    I checked the key code in UEFI for my Windows 8 original installation using Belarc Advisor. I used a legal CD of Windows 8 to do a full installation using a generic 8.1 code (334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT). I believe that a Windows ISO is available online which will install with the same code, but use a genuine Windows site. After installation, I activated windows 8.1 using the UEFI key for Windows 8. Of course I then had to reinstall all the ASUS drivers and utilities, but I had my system back and I was able to create a recovery drive and a system image. I retrieved my personal files from a backup I did before reinstalling.

    If you are more confident of your abilities than I was, by all means use SIW 19 to try and restore your system. If that fails try the method I've described. I'd be interested to hear the outcome.

    BTW, Asus tech. support was of the chocolate teapot variety. The mantra was; 'send it back, we'll keep it for 14 days and charge you what we like! And no, we don't supply recovery disks for Windows 8.'
    Last edited by Cogent1; 12 Jul 2014 at 15:53. Reason: typo

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  2. #212


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    It doesn't have to be that hard, I can do it from within Windows. As long as you have the path to, index, and name of the Recovery Image, it can be done in a few easy steps. BUT, you have to be willing to format your C: partition.

    The basic steps are to use the Windows Recovery options to boot into a Command Prompt. Use Diskpart to add a drive letter to the Recovery Image partition and format the C: drive. Then use Dism.exe to apply the image.

    After that, a couple of cleanup items using BCDedit to change the description in the OS loader and the recoverysequence (if necessary).

    SIW2's utility, I believe, does some of this and automates some steps, but I have not yet tried it to be sure. There are so many variants to configurations, it is hard to provide one process which would work for all.
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  3. #213


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    d/l this:

    slightly different versions.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/dd2jecmia3s0x00/RE64v7i.zip

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/rzaxya9kuip47xk/RE86v7i.zip


    extract like this:


    Attachment 35428

    you will have this:


    Attachment 35424

    put your 8.0 winre here:


    Attachment 35425


    Run as admin on cmd file:


    Attachment 35426




    It will ask if you want to d/l recuva to be included. Up to you.

    It also asks if you want to make an iso. Up to you.

    After it has finished ( about 2 mins) you will see a folder called iso.

    Copy all the folders from inside that (not the iso folder itself - all the folders from inside it ) onto your fat32 formatted flash drive.

    Attachment 35427

    Then copy your install.wim, or install.swm files into the sources folder on the flash drive.

    That's it.

    Boot it up and you will get a menu. To install from .swm files, click the SWMINSTALL button on the menu. Browse to the Install.swm file. You will want to select the image called Push Button Reset or similar, it is probably image 2.
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    Hello my friend,

    First of all, I'm new here, so thanks a lot for that!

    I did the same mistake and of course have the same problem of "Qub1".

    I tried the links above with the solution you offered, but it's off, and did the same steps he did, but I think without the configs sent by you, it doesn't work.

    Please, could you help me too to fix that?

    Thank you!
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  4. #214


    Posts : 5,357
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin
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  5. #215


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,377
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    I'd suggest an easier method for the future -- simply BACKUP the image via an external 3rd party backup program like acronis which will backup these "special partitions" so you can recover whatever happens -- and also backup your RUNNING OS as well regularly.

    If you feel you can handle Linux another way which is FREE is to download a Live CD / USB - boot it up and then copy the partition to external device via the DD command - this will copy ANY type of partition. READ carefully the command first though.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. #216

    Same problem


    I having the exact same problem. Any chance you still have these to zips so that I might use them?

    I would greatly appreciate it,

    JE

    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    d/l this:

    slightly different versions.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/dd2jecmia3s0x00/RE64v7i.zip

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/rzaxya9kuip47xk/RE86v7i.zip


    extract like this:


    Attachment 35428

    you will have this:


    Attachment 35424

    put your 8.0 winre here:


    Attachment 35425


    Run as admin on cmd file:


    Attachment 35426




    It will ask if you want to d/l recuva to be included. Up to you.

    It also asks if you want to make an iso. Up to you.

    After it has finished ( about 2 mins) you will see a folder called iso.

    Copy all the folders from inside that (not the iso folder itself - all the folders from inside it ) onto your fat32 formatted flash drive.

    Attachment 35427

    Then copy your install.wim, or install.swm files into the sources folder on the flash drive.

    That's it.

    Boot it up and you will get a menu. To install from .swm files, click the SWMINSTALL button on the menu. Browse to the Install.swm file. You will want to select the image called Push Button Reset or similar, it is probably image 2.
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  7. #217


    Posts : 22
    Win8 / 8.1


    Hello everyone, following this thread to this point for a similar problem.
    My laptop Asus N550JV Win8 Pro preinstalled
    I changed my partition size but left alone the 2 recovery and system
    easeus creted the quoted error
    i corrected it as suggested now:

    the reset/refresh function works from within Windows

    the problem is:

    when i start the pc with F9 to access the asus recovery environment:
    1. from here refresh/reset does not work
    refresh: disk blocked
    reset: cannot find partition.
    2. when i restart Windows it goes to automatic repair... everytime

    I have my original winre partition (n.2) ok in place
    the OEM recovery 20GB partition (n.10) ok in place
    reagentc checked and set OK

    how may i correct this problem?
    is there a conflict between reagent.xml in Windows and the reagent.xml in the recovery partition?

    Thanks
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  8. #218


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Could you attach a picture of your Disk Management window and the output of a reagentc /info command?

    After an 8.1 update, the F9 functions may very well cease to work because of procedures used by Microsoft during the update.
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  9. #219


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1



    Thank you very muchSIW2 !!

    In order to inform others:

    I made several updates from Windows 8 to 8.1 without affect the restoring process, my problem was change the pre-configured partitions, excluding the (DATA D partition.

    "That I think is totally under-informed by windows and asus, once there is no warnings about change the D: (data) partition, only as everybody knows, the restoring ones.

    Thanks
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  10. #220


    Posts : 22
    Win8 / 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    Could you attach a picture of your Disk Management window and the output of a reagentc /info command?

    After an 8.1 update, the F9 functions may very well cease to work because of procedures used by Microsoft during the update.
    hello saltgrass, thanks

    i cannot upload pics from the quick reply window, maybe i need more posts?
    I'll try to upload on a server

    Anyhow the recovery environment works from within Windows so it seems ok,
    now a new problem:
    when i press f9 i got a BSOD with error 0xc0000225.
    the only way to restore the boot is to boot with the recovery usb and give bootrec /rebuildbcd.

    Now i decided to delete all the recovery partitions and live with acronis images

    How can i disable the F9 at this point? i want to get rid of all the WINRE functions....

    Thanks
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