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Installing Windows 8.1 with recovery partition

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1

    Installing Windows 8.1 with recovery partition


    Hi, I just registered on this forum hoping someone could help me solve a problem Ive been having for days now, any help is appreciated.

    So I bought a new, Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook A544 with Windows 8.1 preinstalled and I immediately decided to install Windows 7 on it, I didnt format the recovery partition, only the partition on which OS was in. After using it for a couple of days I wanted to go back to using 8.1 so I tried to do a system restore following instructions on the fujitsu website but with no success. By formating the preinstalled partition I probably messed some settings up for the recovery.

    I then installed a pirated version of 8.1 to see if I could factory reset then but I still wasnt able to do it with the instructions provided by fujitsu.

    The recovery partition is intact, I can access it and there is a wim file in it, called install.wim. So is there any way I can do a clean install, by which I mean, format the hdd, and install Windows 8.1 using the wim file, basically restoring the laptop back to factory state? Im not sure Ive described my problem that well since english isnt my mothe tongue, so if any more information is needed I will try to provide it. Thanks!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    YES. first use the Microsoft media creation tool to get good windows 8.1 software and use it to install windows
    then you can register the factory recovery image..
    Last edited by KYHI; 04 Dec 2014 at 00:23.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for the answer. The wim file is 11.5gb and I dont have a usb of that storage at the moment. Can I use dvds instead? I installed the media creation tool and it ask for a iso file, so do I have to convert the wim file somehow or ?
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  4. #4


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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Chances are that since you installed Win 7 on the system the recovery partition may be corrupted. Your best bet would be to order recovery disks from fujitsu if they are available.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    two questions - 1 since you found the install.wim - what is the drive letter assigned to it?? I assume it is in a "Recoveryimage" folder

    2 what windows version do you NOW have installed??

    the tool was asking you - the location where you wanted to save the "windows.ISO..

    if you have a 4gb usb stick - use the tool - create usb

    as long as that recovery partition stays there - you have the factory recovery image -

    it was never touched nor was it corrupted - if you delete that install.wim - your screwed, as far as factory recovery

    windows setup does not create, nor use that partition.. None of the versions do..

    when you setup windows - by booting to windows setup from the usb - you will select custom install - keep nothing.

    this will over write the proper partitions with windows 8 - by default it will put windows on the proper partition.. It will never touch the recovery partition..

    basically let windows setup do it's thing - you will get a prompt telling you are about to write over a previous windows installation - yes..

    then we register the factory image with windows.. you do a PBR - push button reset - and the factory image is then rewritten the drive. or you create a - bare metal reset - recovery usb

    And as a final thought - a 16gb usb thumb drive is cheap enough - and would have saved you plenty by now - you should get one..
    Last edited by KYHI; 04 Dec 2014 at 13:40.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    I manually assigned a letter using disk managment, its G now and yes, its in a recoveryimage/rec_image folder. Im currently running windows 8.1, a pirated version tough. I have set the recovery partition as active and registere it using this command, of course, replacing it with the correct letters.
    reagentc /setosimage /path N:\sources /index 1 /target C:\Windows
    reagentc /enable
    recoverydrive
    So if I were to run the pc reset built in windows 8.1 would it do the reset/recovery from my recovery partition? Thank you very much for your help.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    NO - YOUR SOURCE PATH IS WRONG

    THE SOURCE PATH SHOULD BE G:\RECOVERYIMAGE\REC_IMAGE
    " I manually assigned a letter using disk managment, its G now and yes, its in a recoveryimage/rec_image folder"

    REAGENTC /DISABLE

    reagentc /setosimage /path G:\RECOVERYIMAGE\REC_IMAGE /index 1 /target C:\Windows

    REAGENTC / INFO

    you should see a windows re status enabled
    windows re location \\?\ bla bla \partition1
    recovery image location \\?\ RECOVERYIMAGE\REC_IMAGE
    recovery image index 1

    if not enabled - reboot - and check again

    if not after reboot - reagent /enable then reagentc /info


    after you get info to show that the recovery is enabled and the image is in \recoveryimage\rec_image
    then you can do a reset and it should write the factory image back to the disk
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  8. #8


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    Im sorry, I wasnt clear enough, I did use that source path, I just copied that command from another website so you could get an idea of what I had done. So if I reset pc now it will use the image from my recovery partition? I just typed in regentc/enable and it said unable to update boot configuration data.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    if not enabled - reboot - and check again

    if not after reboot - reagent /enable then reagentc /info
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  10. #10


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    Thats it, its enabled now, thank you soooooo much, I wish you all the best!
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