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Unable to use built-in ASUS recovery partition

  1. #51


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    You can split an image by using the DISM /split-image command..already in Windows 8.

    I still do not understand why the reagentc /info command would not run. It usually works even if the /enable and /disable ones will not. Maybe if I had the info I asked for, I would know...

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  2. #52


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    You can split an image by using the DISM /split-image command..already in Windows 8.

    I still do not understand why the reagentc /info command would not run. It usually works even if the /enable and /disable ones will not. Maybe if I had the info I asked for, I would know...
    I think what you asked for got lost in all the back and forth on this one. I'm sure watching it closely as would like to see if this can be made to work. Could save the old bacon in many situations. I probably didn't help with my babble.
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  3. #53


    Posts : 37
    Windows 8.1


    I think the EASEUS partition manager caused all these problem. It changes the partition type of recovery partition to OEM. So it is not working for you. You need to change partition id of recovery drive manually.
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  4. #54


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    I think what you asked for got lost in all the back and forth on this one. I'm sure watching it closely as would like to see if this can be made to work. Could save the old bacon in many situations. I probably didn't help with my babble.
    Probably so, but it is interesting to see what is being tried. While trying to figure out what SIW2 is doing, I learned you can rename Winre.wim to boot.wim and use it to boot.

    I did try putting the install files on a recovery drive manually once but the Reset could not find the image. I assumed it was because the reagent.xml file was missing or incorrect.

    I suppose the OP would know about the EaseUS thing ariftwister is referring to. It is easy to check the ID of the recovery drive.
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  5. #55


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


    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:


    Click image for larger version

    you will have this:


    Click image for larger version

    put your 8.0 winre here:


    Click image for larger version


    Run as admin on cmd file:


    Click image for larger version




    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.

    Click image for larger version

    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.
    Last edited by SIW2; 30 Apr 2014 at 12:21.
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  6. #56


    Posts : 35
    Windows 8.1


    WOW, thank you so much! I can't thank you enough for creating this tool and putting your time in it, and I'm sure its use won't just be lost on me, looks like it could help a lot of people facing similar problems! Anyway I'm going to try it out now and I'll report back with the results.
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  7. #57


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


    Anxious to see your results. This is going straight into my folder of goodies. Will help a lot of people if it works.
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  8. #58


    Posts : 35
    Windows 8.1


    Hey, I'm back and I'm happy to say the problem is resolved

    I used your tool and it worked great, until I selected my install.wim file. It said that the file contained multiple recovery images (or something similar) and it gave me the option to choose from a list of about 4 images. I didn't know which one to choose so I decided to come back to the forums to ask. And then I saw the post ariftwister made. EaseUS had set the type of my recovery partitions from Recovery to OEM, and so Windows had trouble finding them (since it was looking for a Recovery partition).

    So I did the following to fix it:
    - Open CMD
    - Type diskpart
    - Type list disk
    - Select the disk with the recovery partition, using select disk # (mine was select disk 0)
    - Type list partition
    - Select the recovery partition, using select partition # (mine was select partition 6). The partition has OEM listed as its type.
    - Then I used set id=27 to set the id to that of Recovery, but since my drive was GPT and not MBR, it didn't work.
    - So, I did some Googling and found that for a GPT disk I had to use set id=DE94BBA4-06D1-4D40-A16A-BFD50179D6AC
    - So I did set id=DE94BBA4-06D1-4D40-A16A-BFD50179D6AC
    - It succeeded, so I again typed list partition and it was now listed as Recovery!
    - Rebooted into the Recovery Environment, and it detected my Restore partition and allowed me to reset.

    I couldn't be happier
    And also thanks to everyone for the help, and even though I didn't fully use your tool SIW, I'm sure it can help others a lot, and I really appreciate you making it.

    I'm going to restore now, and if it succeeds I'll come back here and mark this thread as solved.
    Last edited by Qub1; 19 Jan 2014 at 08:25.
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  9. #59


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Qub1 View Post
    So, I did some Googling and found that for a GPT disk I had to use set id=DE94BBA4-06D1-4D40-A16A-BFD50179D6AC
    Can be found for example here.

    Sample: Configure UEFI/GPT-Based Hard Drive Partitions by Using Windows PE and DiskPart

    rem == 1. Windows RE tools partition ===============
    create partition primary size=300
    format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"
    assign letter="T"
    set id="de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac"
    gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001

    rem === 5. Recovery image partition ================
    create partition primary
    format quick fs=ntfs label="Recovery image"
    assign letter="R"
    set id="de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac"
    gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
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  10. #60


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,487
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Way to go SIW2, , and you others that helped. This stuff could be tutorial material, or maybe a sticky thread. I dare say there are a few other people that ended up in a very similar situation.
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