Sorry not more help. Take it as a lesson to always create recovery media as soon as you get a new computer. Don't rely on the drive recovery as drives fail and we like to mess with them too much.
Recommended UEFI-Based Disk-Partition Configurations
- If you have an OEM PC that came with Windows 8 preinstalled and updated to Windows 8.1, the Windows 8.1 update will create a second Windows RE tools partition (350 MB or 450 MB).Recommended Configuration: System Recovery
The recommended configuration includes a Windows RE tools partition, a system partition, an MSR, a Windows partition, and a recovery image partition.
To configure Windows RE tools and recovery image partitions, identify the partitions as utility partitions by setting the partition type:
- In the DiskPart tool, after you have created and formatted the partition, use the command set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
- Here is info about reagentc /info -> link
- The size of recovery partitions is different for different computers.
- The System partition (EFI System partition) contains the boot loaders for the installed operating systems.
- The Reserved (MSR) 128 MB partition is not visible within Disk Management utility, but it is listed with command line utility (diskpart).
The hard drive partitions before using EaseUS Partition Master 10.5 (see also screenshot below).
X) Some computer manufacturers (Lenovo/Sony/Dell) have their own GUIDs for partitions that hold boot loaders to launch manufacturer-specific recovery tools.Code:Partition # Type Size ----------- -------- ------- Partition 1 Recovery 1000 MB - Windows RE tools partition (Windows RE location, before Windows 8.1 update). Partition 2 System 260 MB Partition 3 OEM 1000 MB - X) Note: OEM partition does not exist in all OEM computers. Partition 4 Reserved 128 MB Partition 5 Primary 908 GB Partition 6 Recovery 450 MB - Windows RE tools partition (Windows RE location, after Windows 8.1 update). Partition 7 Recovery 20 GB - Recovery image partition (Recovery image location).
The hard drive partitions after using EaseUS Partition Master 10.5 (see also screenshot below).
- Those marked by red color should be repaired.
Code:Partition # Type Size ----------- --------- ------- Partition 1 OEM 1000 MB - This partition type should be Recovery (not OEM). Partition 2 System 260 MB Partition 3 OEM 1000 MB - Note: This Lenovo OEM partition type is ok. Partition 4 Reserved 128 MB Partition 5 Primary 390 GB Partition 6 Primary 518 GB - This partition was created using EaseUS Partition Master. Partition 7 OEM 450 MB - This partition type should be Recovery (not OEM). Partition 8 OEM 20 GB - This partition type should be Recovery (not OEM).
TipHere is another example of the damaged partition type.
Partition 1 - System (500 MB)
Partition 2 - OEM (40 MB) - Note: This Dell OEM partition type is ok.
Partition 3 - Reserved (128 MB)
Partition 4 - OEM (2048 MB) - This partition type should be Recovery (not OEM).
Partition 5 - Primary (363 GB)
Partition 6 - Primary (556 GB)
Partition 7 - OEM (9 GB) - This partition type should be Recovery (not OEM).
How to fix the error message: "Could not find the recovery environment", if the ID for the recovery partition type is incorrectly set to OEM or Primary.
- You need to manually select the partition and change the partition ID.
- Open a command prompt as administrator and type (or copy and paste) the following commands.
select disk 0
select partition # Note: Select the Windows RE tools partition.
select partition # Note: Select the 350 MB or 450 MB Windows RE tools partition (if you have this partition).
select partition # Note: Select the Recovery image partition.
TipIf you want, you can also run the following command after the each SET ID command.
"Prevent end users from removing partitions by using Windows Disk Management tools."
Run reagentc /info (see also screenshot below).
Code:Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and system reset configuration Information: Windows RE status: Enabled Windows RE location: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition7\Recovery\WindowsRE Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: 3f1aab21-5d18-11e3-9e3c-b4f57e9d9da7 Recovery image location: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition8\OKRbackup\factory Recovery image index: 1 Custom image location: Custom image index: 0 REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.
Now the Refresh and Reset should work (see screenshot below).
Note: If you have an OEM PC that came with Windows 8/8.1 preinstalled, you may not use the third-party partition software (for example, EaseUS Partition Master), because modifying the hard drive partition structure usually break the factory restore feature. But if you use Windows Disk Management to shrink the C: partition (see screenshot below), then Refresh and Reset should work.
TipThis program does not break the factory restore feature: http://www.disk-partition.com/free-p...n-manager.html
Here is a reference list of partition type and ID, when you are using the GPT partition style. You need to manually select partition and then SET ID for the damaged partition type.
- Primary is EBD0A0A2-B9E5-4433-87C0-68B6B72699C7
- System is C12A7328-F81F-11D2-BA4B-00A0C93EC93B
- Recovery is DE94BBA4-06D1-4D40-A16A-BFD50179D6AC
- OEM is BFBFAFE7-A34F-448A-9A5B-6213EB736C22
- Reserved is E3C9E316-0B5C-4DB8-817D-F92DF00215AE (You cannot update the partition with type Reserved)
- 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
- Here is info about UEFI Boot Mode (installing using the GPT partition style) and Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (installing using the MBR partition style). -> link
Last edited by genet; 22 Aug 2015 at 17:04. Reason: added more info
Wow genet, you know much more than I on this, kudos!
Wish I could rep you again.
You too theog.
Is there a way to prevent Windows from auto updating to 8.1? I have a stable machine and do not want the headaches
Personally, with OEM 8, I would update to 8.1 and get everything set just as you want including bloatware removal, then image your drive, and use that as your recovery. Relying on the recovery partition is not the best approach regardless if you upgrade to 8.1 or not.
At the very least you should now create a recovery disc(s) or flash USB ASAP. Whatever Packard Bell has setup to create.
What did you do? Only these commands and then everything is working just fine?
select disk 0
select partition # Note: Select the first OEM partition: select partition 1
select partition # Note: Select the second OEM partition: select partition 6