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Unable to use built-in ASUS recovery partition

  1. #41


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    Windows 8.1


    Ok, so I've extracted the WinRE.wim and install.wim files from the Recovery and Restore partitions respectively, now where should I put these? Can I simply put them on the root of an NTFS formatted USB stick, and reboot into the recovery environment? Will it then detect the USB as an installation media?

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  2. #42


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Format flash drive to fat32. ( max size per file is 4gb with fat32) .Put correct directories on flash drive.

    Put winre.wim and install.wim in the "sources" folder.

    I will do the directory structure for you and post it up in a zip. Might be about an hour as I have to go out just now.
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  3. #43


    Posts : 35
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Format flash drive to fat32. ( max size per file is 4gb with fat32) .Put correct directories on flash drive.

    Put winre.wim and install.wim in the "sources" folder.

    I will do the directory structure for you and post it up in a zip. Might be about an hour as I have to go out just now.
    Ok thanks for that
    However the install.wim file is larger than 4GB, about 13GB, is there a tool to split it into segments of 4GB each and will that work?
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  4. #44


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Qub1, here is how to split it. As to how to make it work, SIW2 will have to answer that. He is much smarter on all this.

    Splitting an Image

    Found this one on how to do it with DISM: Split a Windows Image (.swm) File to Span Across Multiple DVDs

    This wim/swm stuff gets confusing. The files on my flash are 4gb swm files. Pretty sure you have to have number sequenced file. Mine are named install.swm through install8.swm. I guess that is where setting up the directory structure comes in.
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  5. #45


    Posts : 35
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Qub1, here is how to split it. As to how to make it work, SIW2 will have to answer that. He is much smarter on all this.

    Splitting an Image

    Found this one on how to do it with DISM: Split a Windows Image (.swm) File to Span Across Multiple DVDs

    This wim/swm stuff gets confusing. The files on my flash are 4gb swm files. Pretty sure you have to have number sequenced file. Mine are named install.swm through install8.swm. I guess that is where setting up the directory structure comes in.
    Thanks for that, I'll have to download the WAIK (for the imagex tool to split the file), it'll take a while since it is 1.7GB in size.
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  6. #46


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    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Qub1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Qub1, here is how to split it. As to how to make it work, SIW2 will have to answer that. He is much smarter on all this.

    Splitting an Image

    Found this one on how to do it with DISM: Split a Windows Image (.swm) File to Span Across Multiple DVDs

    This wim/swm stuff gets confusing. The files on my flash are 4gb swm files. Pretty sure you have to have number sequenced file. Mine are named install.swm through install8.swm. I guess that is where setting up the directory structure comes in.
    Thanks for that, I'll have to download the WAIK (for the imagex tool to split the file), it'll take a while since it is 1.7GB in size.
    Lol, I was just going to say it seems you need imageX to do it right. I'm learning something here too.
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  7. #47


    Posts : 35
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Qub1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Qub1, here is how to split it. As to how to make it work, SIW2 will have to answer that. He is much smarter on all this.

    Splitting an Image

    Found this one on how to do it with DISM: Split a Windows Image (.swm) File to Span Across Multiple DVDs

    This wim/swm stuff gets confusing. The files on my flash are 4gb swm files. Pretty sure you have to have number sequenced file. Mine are named install.swm through install8.swm. I guess that is where setting up the directory structure comes in.
    Thanks for that, I'll have to download the WAIK (for the imagex tool to split the file), it'll take a while since it is 1.7GB in size.
    Lol, I was just going to say it seems you need imageX to do it right. I'm learning something here too.
    Oh no I didn't mean thanks for that in a negative way, lol, I really did mean thanks Its just a shame that they have you download a package 1.7 GB in size for just one single tool.
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  8. #48


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I didn't take it negative at all. I just found the imageX thing myself and came back here and saw your post is all. We're fine.

    Sure hope you get this figured out. I think SIW2 is your best hope.

    Agree about the large download for one tool.
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  9. #49


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


    You don't need to d/l the whole thing LOL. Never mind, he has probably done it by now. I am just knocking up a .cmd file to create a usable bootable wim and the directory structure which needs to be copied to the flash drive.
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  10. #50


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    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    You don't need to d/l the whole thing LOL. Never mind, he has probably done it by now. I am just knocking up a .cmd file to create a usable bootable wim and the directory structure which needs to be copied to the flash drive.
    Yea, I found a site that has a utility to download just the essentials. Don't know if OK to post the link here though. I PM'd him but probably too late. You're a good guy for taking the time to do this.
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