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Need help reinstalling Windonws 8 from USB

  1. #21


    Posts : 53
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    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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    Thank you for your help with this. Cheers!

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  2. #22


    Posts : 1
    Vista, Win8.1


    Hi!

    I have a problem when using genet's method. After running ApplyImage.bat it begins applying image until 57% done it says:

    Code:
    Error 1392
    
    The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable.
    
    The DISM log file can be found at X:\windows\Logs\DISM\dism.log
    File not found - Winre.wim
    0 File<s> copied
    Boot files successfully created.
    REAGENTC.EXE: No valid image found in the specified path.
    
    Directory set to: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition5\RecoveryImage
    
    REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.
    Install-directories are separated in five pieces. Any advice to solve the problem?

    I have Lenovo G505s laptop with Windows 8.1 preinstalled and I'd like to change a new hard drive on it.
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  3. #23


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    Hi. Stumbled across this site/thread whilst coming to a halt swapping a HDD to SSD in my kids Toshiba Satellite / Win 8 laptop.

    I created a Windows 8 Recovery USB, swapped out the old HDD (600gb), popped in the new Samsung SSD (120gb) and ran through the Win8 Reset PC process. Stopped at the error message "Unable to reset PC. A required drive partition is missing" - then found this thread (esp GENET process).

    Keen to give it a whirl...however my Win8 Recovery USB has a single file named INSTALL.ESD in the SOURCES folder - not install.wim or multiple install.swm files.

    Am I going to hit a brick wall straight away if the file type is not the same as in GENET's instructions?

    Thanks all.
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  4. #24


    The fix isn't working for me. I'm getting 'Diskpart was unable to open or read the script file, Make sure the file you specified exists'.

    Any help much appreciated as this is currently driving me up the wall.

    Thanks.
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  5. #25


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by RayReardon View Post
    I'm getting 'Diskpart was unable to open or read the script file, Make sure the file you specified exists'.
    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. #26


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by RayReardon View Post
    I'm getting 'Diskpart was unable to open or read the script file, Make sure the file you specified exists'.
    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
    Thanks mate. I had tried various drive letters except C: which it turned out to be.

    Was having problems with the batch file part but it seems to be working now.

    Many thanks for taking the time to post this info up
    Last edited by RayReardon; 18 May 2015 at 17:40.
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  7. #27


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by onefourone View Post
    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"
    md R:\RecoveryImage
    xcopy %1 R:\RecoveryImage\

    It's giving me error:
    "File not found - %1
    0 File copied"

    I have .swm files in usb.
    Any solution plz?
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  8. #28


    Quote Originally Posted by hashim5003 View Post

    md R:\RecoveryImage
    xcopy %1 R:\RecoveryImage\

    It's giving me error:
    "File not found - %1
    0 File copied"

    I have .swm files in usb.
    Any solution plz?
    Not a definite answer but I had issues with another system since my post above and none of this worked. It was because it hadn't copied to the USB properly, so it could be worth you creating your usb recovery drive again.
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  9. #29


    Posts : 2
    win 8


    hi all
    new on forum i tried the recovery process as described in post 13 everythig complets the image get applied winre.wim file copied successfully then i get error : failure when attepting to copy boot files.
    i cant boot to install win 8

    any help appreciated please

    Eggie
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  10. #30


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by eggie View Post
    i cant boot to install win 8
    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
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