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Need help reinstalling Windonws 8 from USB

  1. #11


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    I have contacted ASUS and they recommended that I purchase a recovery disk however the recovery disk for my product isn't available on their website so they instead want me to send my laptop off to be repaired which I will likely have to pay for anyway because technically it was my fault. I don't want to send it off for repair, is there any other way I can get windows back on my laptop? Like I said in the original post, I have a recovery drive that I made, surely I can do something with this?

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  2. #12


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    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I think the best is you make an image of your systems. That is a lot easier to deal with for recovery than having to reinstall. Also have a look at this: Refresh Windows 8
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  3. #13


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    NOTE: How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key. -> link

    NOTE: Here is info about reagentc /info -> link

    How to install Windows 8 to a blank hard drive from the Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive.

    If you have created a Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive by selecting the option "Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive" (see screenshot below).

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    Normally, you do not need to change the UEFI firmware (BIOS) settings. For example, you do not need to change the boot order of drives, or disable Secure Boot, or enable Legacy BIOS (aka CSM) boot mode. But on some computers, you may need to enable the boot menu before you can access it.

    - Connect your Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive.
    - Restart the computer.
    - Press the correct key to enter the boot menu (see this link for help). Or, if you have a Lenovo computer, you can also press the NOVO button when the computer is turned off and then select "Boot Menu".
    - Select your USB flash drive from the boot menu.
    - Select your language and keyboard layout (if displayed).
    - Select the "Troubleshoot" option.
    - Select the Reset your PC option.

    When you see the question "Do you want to repartition the drives on your PC? All your files will be removed." (see screenshot below), click on "Yes, repartition the drives".

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    But if you receive the following error message: "Unable to reset your PC. A required drive partition is missing." or "Unable to reset your PC. The system drive cannot be found.", then the Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive is not able to automatically install Windows 8 to a blank hard drive.

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    What should I do if the Reset your PC option not work?

    You can manually create the required partitions (special GPT attributes are required beyond just the empty partitions) and manually restore using your Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive.

    View at the link below "5.1 Create a DiskPart script" and "5.2 Create the deployment script".

    Step-by-Step: Windows 8 Deployment for IT Professionals

    This tutorial is only for Windows 8 64-bit (not for 32-bit).

    NOTE: For some reason, the ApplyImage.bat (a batch file line: dism /Apply-Image...) is not working as it should on all Windows 8 OEM computers and that's when the installation fails.

    Open the sources folder on the Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive, and you can see either the install.wim image file or the split image files: Install.swm, Install2.swm, Install3.swm, etc.

    Why the Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive does not always contains the install.wim image file?
    - With GPT partitions only FAT32 can be used on the USB boot media.
    - With FAT32 you can't put a file larger than ~4GB on the drive.

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    1.

    The Windows RE tools partition size is 1000 MB. Do not decrease the Windows RE tools partition size or you will receive the error message "There is not enough space on the disk", when you run the ApplyImage.bat batch file.

    The recovery image partition size is 20480 MB (20 GB). NOTE: You can decrease the recovery image partition size. For example, you can use 4000 instead of 20480 for the recovery image partition, if your Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive contains the install.wim image file.

    Save the following code as CreatePartitions.txt

    Code:
    rem == CreatePartitions.txt ==
    rem == These commands are used with DiskPart to
    rem    create five partitions
    rem    for a UEFI/GPT-based PC.
    rem == Usage: diskpart /s ScriptFileName
    rem == Example: diskpart /s D:\CreatePartitions.txt
    rem ================================================
    select disk 0
    clean
    convert gpt
    rem == 1. Windows RE tools partition ===============
    create partition primary size=1000
    format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"
    assign letter="T"
    set id="de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac"
    gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
    rem == 2. System partition =========================
    create partition efi size=260
    format quick fs=fat32 label="System"
    assign letter="S"
    rem == 3. Microsoft Reserved (MSR) partition =======
    create partition msr size=128
    rem == 4. Windows partition ========================
    rem ==    a. Create the Windows partition ==========
    create partition primary 
    rem ==    b. Create space for the recovery image ===
    shrink minimum=20480
    rem       ** NOTE: Update this size to match the size
    rem                of the recovery image           **
    rem ==    c. Prepare the Windows partition ========= 
    format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows"
    assign letter="W"
    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
    rem ================================================
    list volume
    exit
    2.

    > OPTION ONE <

    The sources folder contains the split image files: Install.swm, Install2.swm, Install3.swm, etc.

    Save the following code as ApplyImage.bat

    Code:
    @echo off
    rem == ApplyImage.bat ==
    rem == These commands copy the selected image file to
    rem    predefined hard disk partitions on a UEFI-based computer.
    
    rem == Usage: ApplyImage.bat WimFileName
    rem == Example: D:\ApplyImage D:\sources\*.swm
    rem == Example: D:\ApplyImage D:\sources\install.wim
    
    rem == Copy the image to the recovery image partition =======================
    md R:\RecoveryImage
    xcopy %1 R:\RecoveryImage\
    
    rem == Apply the image to the Windows partition =============================
    rem == OPTION 1. The split image files: Install.swm, Install2.swm, Install3.swm, etc.
    dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install.swm /SWMFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install*.swm /Index:1 /ApplyDir:W:\
    rem == OPTION 2. The install.wim image file.
    rem == dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install.wim /Index:1 /ApplyDir:W:\
    
    rem == Copy the Windows RE Tools to the Windows RE Tools partition ==========
    md T:\Recovery\WindowsRE
    xcopy /h W:\Windows\System32\Recovery\Winre.wim T:\Recovery\WindowsRE\
    
    rem == Copy boot files from the Windows partition to the System partition ===
    bcdboot W:\Windows
    
    rem == Register the location of the recovery tools ==========================
    W:\Windows\System32\reagentc /setreimage /path T:\Recovery\WindowsRE /target W:\Windows
    
    rem == Register the location of the push-button reset recovery image ========
    W:\Windows\System32\reagentc /setosimage /path R:\RecoveryImage /target W:\Windows /index 1
    > OPTION TWO <

    The sources folder contains the install.wim image file.

    Save the following code as ApplyImage.bat

    Code:
    @echo off
    rem == ApplyImage.bat ==
    rem == These commands copy the selected image file to
    rem    predefined hard disk partitions on a UEFI-based computer.
    
    rem == Usage: ApplyImage.bat WimFileName
    rem == Example: D:\ApplyImage D:\sources\*.swm
    rem == Example: D:\ApplyImage D:\sources\install.wim
    
    rem == Copy the image to the recovery image partition =======================
    md R:\RecoveryImage
    xcopy %1 R:\RecoveryImage\
    
    rem == Apply the image to the Windows partition =============================
    rem == OPTION 1. The split image files: Install.swm, Install2.swm, Install3.swm, etc.
    rem == dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install.swm /SWMFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install*.swm /Index:1 /ApplyDir:W:\
    rem == OPTION 2. The install.wim image file.
    dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install.wim /Index:1 /ApplyDir:W:\
    
    rem == Copy the Windows RE Tools to the Windows RE Tools partition ==========
    md T:\Recovery\WindowsRE
    xcopy /h W:\Windows\System32\Recovery\Winre.wim T:\Recovery\WindowsRE\
    
    rem == Copy boot files from the Windows partition to the System partition ===
    bcdboot W:\Windows
    
    rem == Register the location of the recovery tools ==========================
    W:\Windows\System32\reagentc /setreimage /path T:\Recovery\WindowsRE /target W:\Windows
    
    rem == Register the location of the push-button reset recovery image ========
    W:\Windows\System32\reagentc /setosimage /path R:\RecoveryImage /target W:\Windows /index 1
    3.

    Copy CreatePartitions.txt and ApplyImage.bat to the root directory of your recovery USB flash drive (see screenshot below).

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    4.

    Start the computer from the Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive and select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt (see screenshot below).

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    5.

    Warning: This will completely deletes all data contained on the primary hard drive.

    Run the Diskpart script.

    diskpart /s D:\CreatePartitions.txt

    Where D is a drive letter of your recovery USB flash drive.

    You can use this at the command prompt to see what drive letters are in use: diskpart > list volume > exit

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    6.

    Run the ApplyImage.bat batch file.

    NOTE: If you receive the error message "File not found - Winre.wim" when you run the ApplyImage.bat batch file, then you should be able to install Windows 8, but refresh and reset does not work.

    > OPTION ONE <

    If the sources folder contains the split image files with a .swm extension, then run the following command.

    D:\ApplyImage D:\sources\*.swm

    Where D is a drive letter of your recovery USB flash drive.

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    > OPTION TWO <

    If the sources folder contains the install.wim image file, then run the following command.

    D:\ApplyImage D:\sources\install.wim

    Where D is a drive letter of your recovery USB flash drive.

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    7.

    Once everything is done, remove your recovery USB flash drive, close the Command Prompt window and select Continue - Exit and continue to Windows 8 (see screenshot below). The installation of Windows 8 will begin.

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    8.

    Once you finished the Windows installation, you can verify the Windows RE information (see screenshot below).

    In the elevated command prompt, type: reagentc /info

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    You can also type commands: diskpart > select disk 0 > list partition (see screenshot below).

    Partition 1: Recovery 1000 MB - Windows recovery environment (Windows RE) tools
    Partition 2: System 260 MB - EFI system. Boot loader program, drivers used by firmware at boot time, etc.
    Partition 3: Reserved 128 MB - Microsoft Reserved (MSR)
    Partition 4: Primary - Windows 8 installation partition. The partition size will depend on the size of your hard drive.
    Partition 5: Recovery 20 GB - Recovery image

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    NOTE: The MSR (Reserved) 128 MB partition is not visible within Disk Management utility, but it is listed with command line utility (diskpart).

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    NOTE: Before upgrade to Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store, you do not need to install all Windows 8 updates from Windows Update. You only need to install KB2871389 update, then you’ll be able to install the Windows 8.1 update via the Windows Store. Download and install KB2871389 update from link or from Windows Update.

    KB2871389 (direct download link)
    - All supported x86-based versions of Windows 8: http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...871389-x86.msu
    - All supported x64-based versions of Windows 8: http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...871389-x64.msu

    But if you've opened the Windows Store and you don't see the Windows 8.1 update, then you will need to also install KB2917499 update.
    Last edited by genet; 18 Sep 2015 at 22:00.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    When you try to refresh/reset your PC from the Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive.
    - Refresh your PC: "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again."
    - Reset your PC: "Unable to reset your PC. A required drive partition is missing."

    The Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive do not re-create partitions on a hard disk or install Windows 8 to a blank hard disk.

    You can manually create the required partitions (special GPT attributes are required beyond just the empty partitions) and manually restore using your Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive.

    NOTE: Before you start, make sure that the sources folder contains *.swm files in the Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive (see screenshot below).

    Why the USB boot media does not contain the install.wim image file?
    - With GPT partitions only FAT32 can be used on the USB boot media.
    - With FAT32 you can't put a file larger than ~4GB on the drive.

    Attachment 41324

    1.

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

    Save the following code as CreatePartitions.txt

    - In this example, the recovery image partition size is 20480 MB (20 GB).

    - In this example, the Windows RE tools partition size is 1000 MB. Do not reduce the size of the partition or you will receive error message "There is not enough space on the disk", when you run the batch file.

    Code:
    rem == CreatePartitions.txt ==
    rem == These commands are used with DiskPart to
    rem    create five partitions
    rem    for a UEFI/GPT-based PC.
    rem == Usage: diskpart /s ScriptFileName
    rem == Example: diskpart /s D:\CreatePartitions.txt
    rem ================================================
    select disk 0
    clean
    convert gpt
    rem == 1. Windows RE tools partition ===============
    create partition primary size=1000
    format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"
    assign letter="T"
    set id="de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac"
    gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
    rem == 2. System partition =========================
    create partition efi size=260
    format quick fs=fat32 label="System"
    assign letter="S"
    rem == 3. Microsoft Reserved (MSR) partition =======
    create partition msr size=128
    rem == 4. Windows partition ========================
    rem ==    a. Create the Windows partition ==========
    create partition primary 
    rem ==    b. Create space for the recovery image ===
    shrink minimum=20480
    rem       ** NOTE: Update this size to match the size
    rem                of the recovery image           **
    rem ==    c. Prepare the Windows partition ========= 
    format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows"
    assign letter="W"
    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
    list volume
    exit
    2.

    Samples: Applying Windows, System, and Recovery Partitions by using a Deployment Script

    Save the following code as ApplyImage.bat

    - In this example, the image file is *.swm (install.swm, install2.swm, install3.swm, etc.)
    - In this example, the recovery image path is R:\RecoveryImage

    Code:
    @echo off
    rem == ApplyImage.bat ==
    rem == These commands copy the selected image file to
    rem    predefined hard disk partitions on a UEFI-based computer.
    
    rem == Usage: ApplyImage.bat WimFileName
    rem == Example: D:\ApplyImage D:\sources\*.swm
    
    rem === Copy the image to the recovery image partition =======================
    md R:\RecoveryImage
    xcopy %1 R:\RecoveryImage\
    
    rem === Apply the image to the Windows partition =============================
    dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install.swm /SWMFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install*.swm /Index:1 /ApplyDir:W:\
    rem === dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install.wim /Index:1 /ApplyDir:W:\
    
    rem === Copy the Windows RE Tools to the Windows RE Tools partition ==========
    md T:\Recovery\WindowsRE
    copy W:\windows\system32\recovery\winre.wim T:\Recovery\WindowsRE\winre.wim
    
    rem === Copy boot files from the Windows partition to the System partition ===
    bcdboot W:\Windows
    
    rem === Register the location of the recovery tools ==========================
    W:\Windows\System32\reagentc /setreimage /path T:\Recovery\WindowsRE /target W:\Windows
    
    rem === Register the location of the push-button reset recovery image ========
    W:\Windows\System32\reagentc /setosimage /path R:\RecoveryImage /target W:\Windows /index 1
    3.

    Copy CreatePartitions.txt and ApplyImage.bat into the root dir of your recovery USB flash drive.

    4.

    Boot to the System Recovery Options screen using your recovery USB flash drive and select:

    - Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt

    5.

    Run the Diskpart script.

    Warning: This will completely deletes all data contained on the Disk 0

    diskpart /s D:\CreatePartitions.txt

    Where D is a drive letter of your recovery USB flash drive.

    6.

    Run the ApplyImage.bat batch file.

    D:\ApplyImage D:\sources\*.swm

    Where D is a drive letter of your recovery USB flash drive.

    7.

    Once everything is done, remove your recovery USB flash drive, close command prompt window and select "Continue - Exit and continue to Windows 8".

    8.

    Once you finished the Windows installation, you can check the information of the Recovery Environment (see screenshot below).

    In the elevated command prompt, type: reagentc /info

    Attachment 41325

    You can also type commands: diskpart > select disk 0 > list partition (see screenshot below).

    Attachment 41326

    Attachment 41327
    Thank you very much for your reply, I have followed these steps up to step 8 and it has successfully booted into Windows.
    Thanks a lot, you're a real life saver.

    I just have one question - When running the .bat file, after it had finished applying the image it came up saying that W:\windows\system32\recovery\winre.wim does not exist, is this normal or should I be worried?

    When I run reagentc /info it says "Windows RE status: Disabled"
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  5. #15


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by onefourone View Post
    When running the .bat file, after it had finished applying the image it came up saying that W:\windows\system32\recovery\winre.wim does not exist, is this normal or should I be worried?
    I don't know what is wrong with it. I didn't get any error messages when I run the script and batch file.

    But if you got an error message "There is not enough space on the disk" (when you run the batch file), then the Windows RE tools partition size (1000 MB) is too small.

    - In this example, the Windows RE tools partition size is 1000 MB. Do not decrease the partition size or you will receive error message "There is not enough space on the disk", when you run the batch file.

    Quote Originally Posted by onefourone View Post
    When I run reagentc /info it says "Windows RE status: Disabled"
    This only mean that you can't refresh/reset your computer, but everything else is fine.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by onefourone View Post
    When running the .bat file, after it had finished applying the image it came up saying that W:\windows\system32\recovery\winre.wim does not exist, is this normal or should I be worried?
    I don't know what is wrong with it. I didn't get any error messages when I run the script and batch file.

    But if you got an error message "There is not enough space on the disk" (when you run the batch file), then the Windows RE tools partition size (1000 MB) is too small.

    - In this example, the Windows RE tools partition size is 1000 MB. Do not decrease the partition size or you will receive error message "There is not enough space on the disk", when you run the batch file.

    Quote Originally Posted by onefourone View Post
    When I run reagentc /info it says "Windows RE status: Disabled"
    This only mean that you can't refresh/reset your computer, but everything else is fine.
    I both of the files untouched, I left that value at 1000 MB. When I look in disk management it shows exactly the same as the last 2 screenshots in your guide. Do you think this is something I should worry about or is it okay?

    I'm going to start updating to 8.1 etc and get all of my programs installed.

    Thanks again for your help, I greatly appreciate it!
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  7. #17


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by onefourone View Post
    Do you think this is something I should worry about or is it okay?
    This only mean that you can't refresh/reset your computer, but don't worry about that, because the computer otherwise works correctly.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 53
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    How do you install Windows 8 to a blank hard disk from the Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive?

    When you try to refresh/reset your PC from the Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive.
    - Refresh your PC: "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again."
    - Reset your PC: "Unable to reset your PC. A required drive partition is missing."

    The Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive do not re-create partitions on a hard disk or install Windows 8 to a blank hard disk.

    You can manually create the required partitions (special GPT attributes are required beyond just the empty partitions) and manually restore using your Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive.

    View at the link below "5.1 Create a DiskPart script" and "5.2 Create the deployment script".

    Step-by-Step: Windows 8 Deployment for IT Professionals

    NOTE: Before you start, make sure that the sources folder contains *.swm files in the Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive (see screenshot below).

    Why the Windows 8 recovery USB does not contain the install.wim image file?
    - With GPT partitions only FAT32 can be used on the USB boot media.
    - With FAT32 you can't put a file larger than ~4GB on the drive.

    Attachment 41324

    1.

    Save the following code as CreatePartitions.txt

    - In this example, the recovery image partition size is 20480 MB (20 GB). You can decrease or increase the partition size.
    - In this example, the Windows RE tools partition size is 1000 MB. Do not decrease the partition size or you will receive error message "There is not enough space on the disk", when you run the ApplyImage.bat batch file.

    Code:
    rem == CreatePartitions.txt ==
    rem == These commands are used with DiskPart to
    rem    create five partitions
    rem    for a UEFI/GPT-based PC.
    rem == Usage: diskpart /s ScriptFileName
    rem == Example: diskpart /s D:\CreatePartitions.txt
    rem ================================================
    select disk 0
    clean
    convert gpt
    rem == 1. Windows RE tools partition ===============
    create partition primary size=1000
    format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"
    assign letter="T"
    set id="de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac"
    gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
    rem == 2. System partition =========================
    create partition efi size=260
    format quick fs=fat32 label="System"
    assign letter="S"
    rem == 3. Microsoft Reserved (MSR) partition =======
    create partition msr size=128
    rem == 4. Windows partition ========================
    rem ==    a. Create the Windows partition ==========
    create partition primary 
    rem ==    b. Create space for the recovery image ===
    shrink minimum=20480
    rem       ** NOTE: Update this size to match the size
    rem                of the recovery image           **
    rem ==    c. Prepare the Windows partition ========= 
    format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows"
    assign letter="W"
    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
    list volume
    exit
    2.

    Save the following code as ApplyImage.bat

    - In this example, the image file is *.swm (install.swm, install2.swm, install3.swm, etc.)

    Code:
    @echo off
    rem == ApplyImage.bat ==
    rem == These commands copy the selected image file to
    rem    predefined hard disk partitions on a UEFI-based computer.
    
    rem == Usage: ApplyImage.bat WimFileName
    rem == Example: D:\ApplyImage D:\sources\*.swm
    
    rem === Copy the image to the recovery image partition =======================
    md R:\RecoveryImage
    xcopy %1 R:\RecoveryImage\
    
    rem === Apply the image to the Windows partition =============================
    dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install.swm /SWMFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install*.swm /Index:1 /ApplyDir:W:\
    rem === dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install.wim /Index:1 /ApplyDir:W:\
    
    rem === Copy the Windows RE Tools to the Windows RE Tools partition ==========
    md T:\Recovery\WindowsRE
    xcopy /h W:\Windows\System32\Recovery\Winre.wim T:\Recovery\WindowsRE\
    
    rem === Copy boot files from the Windows partition to the System partition ===
    bcdboot W:\Windows
    
    rem === Register the location of the recovery tools ==========================
    W:\Windows\System32\reagentc /setreimage /path T:\Recovery\WindowsRE /target W:\Windows
    
    rem === Register the location of the push-button reset recovery image ========
    W:\Windows\System32\reagentc /setosimage /path R:\RecoveryImage /target W:\Windows /index 1
    3.

    Copy CreatePartitions.txt and ApplyImage.bat into the root dir of your recovery USB flash drive.

    4.

    Boot to the System Recovery Options screen using your recovery USB flash drive and select:

    - Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt

    5.

    Run the Diskpart script.

    Warning: This will completely deletes all data contained on the Disk 0

    diskpart /s D:\CreatePartitions.txt

    Where D is a drive letter of your recovery USB flash drive.

    6.

    Run the ApplyImage.bat batch file.

    D:\ApplyImage D:\sources\*.swm

    Where D is a drive letter of your recovery USB flash drive.

    7.

    Once everything is done, remove your recovery USB flash drive, close command prompt window and select "Continue - Exit and continue to Windows 8".

    8.

    Once you finished the Windows installation, you can verify the Windows RE information (see screenshot below).

    In the elevated command prompt, type: reagentc /info

    Attachment 41325

    You can also type commands: diskpart > select disk 0 > list partition (see screenshot below).

    Partition 1: Recovery 1000 MB - Windows recovery environment (Windows RE) tools
    Partition 2: System 260 MB - EFI system. Boot loader program, drivers used by firmware at boot time, etc.
    Partition 3: Reserved 128 MB - Microsoft Reserved (MSR)
    Partition 4: Primary - Windows 8 installation partition. The partition size will depend on the size of your hard disk.
    Partition 5: Recovery 20 GB - Recovery image

    Attachment 41326

    Note: The Reserved (128 MB) partition is not visible within Windows Disk Management GUI-control utility, but it is listed with command line utility (diskpart).

    Attachment 41327
    This is likely a pointless question...

    But if you don't mind, should I leave the .txt file's code untouched (if I want to leave the partition size the same as in the example of course) IE - I don't need to delete the pointers in your code? For example the annotations you put in the code to desribe the function of the line etc. Many thanks!
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  9. #19


    Posts : 53
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    By the way, ingenious workaround.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by rowlands111 View Post
    This is likely a pointless question...

    But if you don't mind, should I leave the .txt file's code untouched (if I want to leave the partition size the same as in the example of course) IE - I don't need to delete the pointers in your code? For example the annotations you put in the code to desribe the function of the line etc. Many thanks!
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