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Windows 8.1 Recovery - Could not find recovery environment

  1. #21


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by philbyk View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Afraid of that, you may have buggered up your recovery. At this point I would try to assign 6 as your recovery and see what happens.
    I tried, it says the same thing; "There is no volume specified. Please select a volume and try again."
    I would say time to order recovery media from Packard Bell: Packard Bell Recovery Media
    Thank you very much, I will try that later for sure. Thank you again.

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  2. #22


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    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.

    Good luck!
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  3. #23


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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Afraid of that, you may have buggered up your recovery. At this point I would try to assign 6 as your recovery and see what happens.
    Also on partition 6 set id, see buttom of screenshot.


    set id="de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac"

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  4. #24


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    Windows 10


    Tip   Tip
    This also fixes Windows Update error 80070003 when upgrading to Windows 10, if you have used EaseUS Partition Master.

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    Recommended UEFI-Based Disk-Partition Configurations

    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.

    Click image for larger version

    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
    - 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).
    - 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).

    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).
    X) Some computer manufacturers (Lenovo/Sony/Dell) have their own GUIDs for partitions that hold boot loaders to launch manufacturer-specific recovery tools.

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    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).
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    Tip   Tip
    Here 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).

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    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.

    diskpart
    select disk 0
    list partition

    select partition # Note: Select the Windows RE tools partition.
    set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac

    select partition # Note: Select the 350 MB or 450 MB Windows RE tools partition (if you have this partition).
    set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac

    select partition # Note: Select the Recovery image partition.
    set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac

    list partition
    exit

    Tip   Tip
    If you want, you can also run the following command after the each SET ID command.

    gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001

    "Prevent end users from removing partitions by using Windows Disk Management tools."


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    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.
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    Now the Refresh and Reset should work (see screenshot below).

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    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.

    Tip   Tip
    This program does not break the factory restore feature: http://www.disk-partition.com/free-p...n-manager.html


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    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)

    Other instructions.

    - 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
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  5. #25


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    Wow genet, you know much more than I on this, kudos!

    Wish I could rep you again.

    You too theog.
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  6. #26


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    ok. This is exactly the same problem that I helped this gentleman last week. You need to open the Admin Command prompt
    1. Type: diskpart
    2. Type: Select disk 0
    3. Type list partition

    And look for the partition with "Recovery" label, Take a note of the size of the partition then follow the instruction from this post:
    Could not find recovery environment
    You must first change the OEM partition to the Recovery partition.

    diskpart
    select disk 0
    list partition
    select partition # Note: Select the first OEM partition: select partition 1
    set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
    select partition # Note: Select the second OEM partition: select partition 6
    set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
    exit

    Attachment 51132

    Recommended UEFI-Based Disk-Partition Configurations

    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.



    We recommend that you add the Windows RE tools partition and system partition before you add the Windows partition, and the partition containing the recovery image at the end. This partition order helps to keep the system and Windows RE partitions safe during actions such as removing the recovery image partition or altering the size of the Windows 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
    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Everything is working just fine. You made my day, thank you again.
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  7. #27


    Is there a way to prevent Windows from auto updating to 8.1? I have a stable machine and do not want the headaches
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  8. #28


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    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.
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  9. #29


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    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by philbyk View Post
    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Everything is working just fine. You made my day, thank you again.
    You're welcome.

    What did you do? Only these commands and then everything is working just fine?

    diskpart
    select disk 0
    list partition
    select partition # Note: Select the first OEM partition: select partition 1
    set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
    select partition # Note: Select the second OEM partition: select partition 6
    set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
    exit
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  10. #30


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    Quote Originally Posted by philbyk View Post

    I did not upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, when I bought it, was upgraded already.
    Your screenshot shows, that your PC was not upgrade to Windows 8.1, but Preinstalled.
    There for your Recovery disk('s) will be Windows 8.1.
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