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Sony recovery partition messed up

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8

    Sony recovery partition messed up


    I have previously altered my disk partition using easues partition manger. I installed Linux mint after that. I grew tired of Linux and deleted the partition and accidentally deleted the windows re tools and Sony's recovery partition. I downloaded a fresh iso to try to repair it. But no luck. I tried refresh the PC option it completes but all the apps are installed and there is no change before and after. I think there was no refresh. But using easeus I can see the recovery and windows re tools partition. The system works fine. But in case of any fault I can't refresh my PC. Please help.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    at command prompt(admin)
    Type> diskpart
    type> select disk 0
    type> list partition
    take a snapshot

    type> list volume
    take a snapshot

    Now find the 10-20GB volume #
    type> select volume #
    type> assign letter=r

    Browse thru R and find Install.wim or Install.swm(s) - those are your Factory recovery Images..


    type> C:\Windows\System32\Reagentc /Setosimage /Path R:\RecoveryImage /Target C:\Windows /Index 1

    assuming the install* file(s) are on "R" and in a folder called "RecoveryImage"

    - change drive letter and folder name to suit your system setup

    Then go to control panel > recovery > Create a recovery drive..

    At that point you will have the factory recovery on a usb stick..

    And should be able to reset and refresh using via the factory images..

    If your system came with windows 8 and you upgraded to windows 8.1 - when you choose Reset you will go back to windows 8
    If you choose Refresh, most likely it will fail with an error..
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Thanks for your reply. But I did the same after reading many forums. It didn't in fact it had no effect. Now after trying many things. My laptop is now broken. It shows your PX needs to be repaired. I'm now using a Ubuntu live CD for my booting. i downloaded a I so of windows 8 to repair I burnt it to a dvd. When I select the boot from CD option it throws another error that the BCD store is corrupt insert the installation media. But it is booting from it only. I don't have a single clue of what's happening. I can't afford to Sony's SUPPORT please help
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Download and create windows 8.1 media (link in sig below) on any PC

    Insert setup media in messed up PC

    Power on the PC and tap F12 to get to the boot menu

    select the setup media drive as the boot device and follow the windows setup prompts
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  5. #5


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Make images, then you don't need the recovery partition,

    Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  6. #6


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Make images, then you don't need the recovery partition. I have not had a recovery partition since years but recovered my system many times with the last image taken.

    Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Make images, then you don't need the recovery partition. I have not had a recovery partition since years but recovered my system many times with the last image taken.

    Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums
    To late Now..

    And I seen a snap shot of your PC - a recovery image would do you NO good.. You need Image backups, because you have to much stuff to lose....
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  8. #8


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    I am clueless now. I downloaded a win 8 I so 64 bit and made a bootable USB and booted from it. I tried to refresh and reset it says drive locked. When I try fixmbr fixboot it is OK but when I try rebuild BCD it says service not found. I also tried to do a clean install but when I clicked the install button it loads for some time and says that the product keys are not matching. What should I do now ?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    If your old installed version was Pro - download Pro
    if just win8 then download win 8.1

    The setup media reads the embed product key and the windows version must match the embedded key.. Or you have to type in your retail product key

    You can not reset or refresh from the booted media - just install

    Or when you get to install screen - select repair this computer - bottom left
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  10. #10


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    How do I find the version now ? I don't remember it now.
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