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Unable to use built-in ASUS recovery partition

  1. #21

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    Your attached link to photo leads nowhere, btw.

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  2. #22

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    Windows 8.1

    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    The 8.1 ent trial is no use to you.

    You need 8.0. There are links to 8.0 ent trial , but it means d/l the whole thing and extracting winre from the big install.wim.

    Much easier for you to have a look with pgpro and see if there is a folder on the 300mb partition called Recovery\WindowsRE. Good chance 8.0 winre.wim will still be hiding out in there.

    Here is what it looks like :

    ( EDIT - I just saw the 350mb partition in your screenie. That is where 8.1 winre.wim should be. )

    You may be able fix reagent by replacing the .xml files with templates. Check where everything is first.
    Why wouldn't I be able to use the 8.1 iso's? I do have 8.1 installed, but since the laptop came with 8.0, does that mean the 8.1 iso wouldn't work?

    Also, I took a look with pgpro, and I found the winre.wim file here:
    Click image for larger version

    Now what to do with those files? And where would I be able to get those template xml files you were talking about?

    Also, I don't think I meant to attach anything :P so that may be why
    If you were talking about the output of the /disable command, I think I fixed it
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  3. #23

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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    Enterprise is a different ISO/SKU from Pro.
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  4. #24

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    Attachment no good.

    8.1 trial will let you install trial version good only for 90 days. It will not let you refresh to 8.0. ( It is ridiculous, but tell that to MS )

    You don't have an CORE/PRO 8.1 install.wim to use as far as I can tell.

    Looks like you only have the original factory install.wim which you said came as 8.0

    Therefore you need 8.0 winre.wim to utilise the 8.0 factory install.wim.
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  5. #25

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    Now what to do with those files? And where would I be able to get those template xml files you were talking about?
    You will have to show us where they are.
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  6. #26

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    Windows 8.1

    Yeah I found it but since the attachments don't seem to work, here it is uploaded on Flickr:

    pgpro by Quincy Bakker, on Flickr

    Also, the output of the command:

    cmd2 by Quincy Bakker, on Flickr
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  7. #27

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    OK try replacing the .xml file next to winre in your screenie with this one.

    Also replace the .xml file in windows\system32\recovery.
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  8. #28

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    Windows 8.1 x64

    The reagentc command will also fail if the BCD Store does not have the correct information. You might run the command below in a command prompt and attach the results.

    bcdedit /enum all > %userprofile%\Desktop\bcdtext.txt

    The Windows 8.1 upgrade added the 350 MB partition, which is where the Windows 8.1 Recovery Tools are located. It should have been set up correctly and the reagentc command should be working. The Winre.wim file should be in a Recovery\WindowsRE folder, so in order to /setreimage, you would need a drive letter on that partition. The Windows 8.0 Winre.wim file is in the 900 MB Recovery partition and the reagent.xml file should make reference to it.

    You can assign a drive letter and run the reagentc commands from the administrative command prompt. Use Diskpart and after selecting the disk and the correct partition, use the assign letter="T" command. If you want to check the contents, after you exit Diskpart, go to t: and use the dir /a command.

    In the listing below, I am looking at the Restore partition that contains the install.wim for resetting the system. It works the same way for the smaller partition.


    Microsoft DiskPart version 6.3.9600

    Copyright (C) 1999-2013 Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: WATCHER

    DISKPART> lis dis

    Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
    -------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
    Disk 0 Online 233 GB 1024 KB *

    DISKPART> sel dis 0

    Disk 0 is now the selected disk.

    DISKPART> lis par

    Partition ### Type Size Offset
    ------------- ---------------- ------- -------
    Partition 1 Recovery 300 MB 1024 KB
    Partition 2 System 99 MB 301 MB
    Partition 3 Reserved 128 MB 400 MB
    Partition 4 Primary 149 GB 528 MB
    Partition 5 Primary 68 GB 150 GB
    Partition 6 Recovery 15 GB 218 GB

    DISKPART> sel par 6

    Partition 6 is now the selected partition.

    DISKPART> assign letter="T"

    DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.

    DISKPART> exit

    Leaving DiskPart...


    Volume in drive T is Recovery
    Volume Serial Number is 94C6-8FC7

    Directory of T:\

    01/18/2014 12:42 PM <DIR> RecoveryImage
    0 File(s) 0 bytes
    1 Dir(s) 10,263,478,272 bytes free
    Last edited by Saltgrass; 18 Jan 2014 at 13:20.
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  9. #29

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    Windows 8.1

    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    OK try replacing the .xml file next to winre in your screenie with this one.

    Also replace the .xml file in windows\system32\recovery.
    Just tried that, I still get the exact same error message. This problem is getting really annoying. Also the reagentc command still doesn't work. I think we're running out of options
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  10. #30

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    Windows 8.1

    Found something interesting:
    My original ReAgent.xml file contains these strings:
    <WinreLocation path="\Recovery\WindowsRE" id="0" offset="315621376" guid="{72d98fd5-afa6-4935-8df5-b325a9c2b722}"/>
    <ImageLocation path="\Recovery\WindowsRE" id="0" offset="315621376" guid="{72d98fd5-afa6-4935-8df5-b325a9c2b722}"/>
    <OsInstallLocation path="\RecoveryImage" id="0" offset="978718818304" guid="{72d98fd5-afa6-4935-8df5-b325a9c2b722}" index="2"/>

    The ReAgent.xml file is in the Recovery partition, which does indeed contain the WinRE and ImageLocation folders referenced above. However, the OsInstallLocation folder it points to isn't in the Recovery partition at all, but it is in the Restore partition. So would copying the contents of my restore partition to my Recovery partition fix the problem? I'm asking here first before I mess anything up
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