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Unable to use built-in ASUS recovery partition

  1. #401


    Posts : 8
    8.1


    Okay, thanks again. I'll give it a shot.

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  2. #402


    Posts : 8
    8.1


    The software gives a message that says to make sure you have your product key whey you're ready to install. I know you said it automatically pulls your product key but I have to be sure that it does that because i dont know what my product key is. Any insight?
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  3. #403


    Posts : 2,676
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    If you had a retail key (non-embedded) then you need to have it ready.. Otherwise no, it just reads the key..

    but if you want to record your OEM Bios key > ProductKey Finder
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  4. #404


    Posts : 8
    8.1


    Okay, so I went ahead and used the link you gave me, used a thumb drive and did the clean install of windows 8.1.. What is weird now is that I only have 40gb free on a 500gb hard drive. I now also have 9 partitions. What happened?

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  5. #405


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote from this post:

    On the Where do you want to install Windows? screen, you'll need to delete all of the partitions (see screenshot below). Select a partition and click on the "Delete" option for each partition.



    Once you have deleted all of the partitions, you only see Drive 0 Unallocated Space (see screenshot below).

    Click on the "Next" button. The installation of Windows 8.1 will begin. All the required partitions are created automatically during the install.

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  6. #406


    Posts : 8
    8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

    Just Clean install windows 8.1 instead.. that software will read your windows 8 key and install windows 8.1.. No more store upgrades..
    I used the quoted link to create the installation media on a thumb drive. I never got an option to pick where I wanted to install Windows. I opened up the file on the thumb drive and browsed to the setup.exe and windows basically did everything on its own. The only choices I got were the Windows account setup options and what not.
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  7. #407


    Posts : 8
    8.1


    I went and read the post that you linked to and figured out what I was doing wrong. Thanks for all the help! I'm now on a fresh install of windows 8.1!
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  8. #408


    Posts : 2,676
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    After reading your comment - I know what you did wrong too..

    Glad You Got It..
    Enjoy!!
    KYHI
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  9. #409


    Posts : 6
    Win 8.1


    Hi SIW2 and everybody else.

    Could you or anybody tell me the working link for the Rev tool (or send me the tool itself) so I can try to get out of the same pickle most everybody else on this forum got into? The links I found on this forum are all "404".

    I can access the necessary .wim file. My problem is that the built-in WinRe process (partition 2) can't seem to "see" the partition with the image (partition 7) and keeps asking me for the installation media..... <sighs>.

    PS - All partitions are still there and have data in it, I checked.
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  10. #410


    Posts : 2,676
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    right click start flag > command prompt(admin)
    type> diskpart
    type> select disk 0
    type> list volume

    you will see a lot of volumes without drive letters assigned..
    Now find the 10-20GB volume #

    type> select volume # (# being the volume number without a drive letter)

    type> assign letter=r

    you can now Browse thru R and find Install.wim or Install.swm(s) - those are your Factory recovery Images..

    type> exit (to exit diskpart)

    type> reagentc /disable

    type> Reagentc /Setosimage /Path R:\RecoveryImage /Target C:\Windows /Index 1

    assuming the install* file(s) are on "R" and in a folder called "RecoveryImage"
    Note: Change "drive letter" and "folder name" to suit your system setup

    type> reagentc /enable
    reboot PC
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