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Custom Recovery image on Windows 8

  1. #1


    Posts : 1
    Windows 7

    Custom Recovery image on Windows 8


    Hi all.

    I have about 10 windows 8.1 machines (and more to come later). They come brand new with also a built in recovery image to restore back to "factory".

    My aim is to re-brand these 10, so editing the registry for my own Brand Name and Model, with some custom Software on such as Avira Anti-virus etc.

    What I do when I sell one is I go into sysprep mode, do all my installing of software and registry edits for custom manufacturer information then ship it out however if my customer decides to restore it back to factory using the built in Image then all my work is lost.

    What I want to do is replace the built in factory image when accessed through Troubleshooting mode with that of the custom one with all my software pre-installed.

    Would anyone like to point out the steps needed to do this?

    Furthermore, Secondly regarding making this efficient on all other PCs. I guess I can amke a full image on a USB drive that would copy each secor of the drive and then clone it to another machine when wanting to ship it out ...... or suggest any other method?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Regards

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    What I do when I sell one is I go into sysprep mode, do all my installing of software and registry edits for custom manufacturer information then ship it out
    After you make your edits to the PC in audit mode
    You need to re-capture the windows partition into a new Install.wim
    then replace the factory install.wim contained in to recovery image partition with your New install.wim
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  3. #3


    Posts : 120
    Windows 10 Pro x64


    I've been wondering this too. So basically if you replace the factory's install.wim with your install.wim you can use for example the Dell recovery environment to restore your OS to factory? That would be really useful for my clients and me.

    KYHI could you elaborate on capturing your drive as an install.wim? I currently do it with Macrium reflect but that isn't the most automated process for end user recovery.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    boot from PE >

    Dism /Capture-Image /CaptureDir:W:\ /ImageFile:R:\RecoveryImage\Install.wim /Name:"Windows" /CheckIntegrity

    W=windows partition and R=recovery partition


    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/.../hh825251.aspx

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/.../hh825072.aspx
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  5. #5


    How do you "replace the factory install.wim contained in to recovery image partition"? I can't assign a drive letter to mine, not one of the available options, at least not from Disk Management.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    diskpart
    list volume
    select volume #
    assign letter=R

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  7. #7


    Doesn't work for me. I was able to assign a drive letter to Volume 5 (R as you used) but it doesn't show in Windows Explorer or Disk Management with a letter and a dir r: gets a device not ready message. Fs shows as RAW, not NTFS.

    Code:
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>diskpart
    
    Microsoft DiskPart version 6.3.9600
    
    Copyright (C) 1999-2013 Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: DESKTOP
    
    DISKPART> list vol
    
      Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
      ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
      Volume 0     K                       DVD-ROM         0 B  No Media
      Volume 1     C   Lenovo_C     NTFS   Partition    206 GB  Healthy    Boot
      Volume 2                      RAW    Partition   1000 MB  Healthy    Hidden
      Volume 3         SYSTEM_DRV   FAT32  Partition    260 MB  Healthy    System
      Volume 4                      RAW    Partition    450 MB  Healthy    Hidden
      Volume 5                      RAW    Partition     24 GB  Healthy    Hidden
      Volume 6     D   Lenovo_D     NTFS   Partition    732 GB  Healthy
      Volume 7     E   Lenovo_E     NTFS   Partition    732 GB  Healthy
      Volume 8     F   Lenovo_F     NTFS   Partition    398 GB  Healthy
      Volume 9     G   Lenovo_G     NTFS   Partition    698 GB  Healthy
      Volume 10    H   Lenovo_H     NTFS   Partition    698 GB  Healthy    Pagefile
      Volume 11    I                       Removable       0 B  No Media
    
    DISKPART> sel vol 5
    
    Volume 5 is the selected volume.
    
    DISKPART> assign letter=r
    
    DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.
    
    DISKPART> list vol
    
      Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
      ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
      Volume 0     K                       DVD-ROM         0 B  No Media
      Volume 1     C   Lenovo_C     NTFS   Partition    206 GB  Healthy    Boot
      Volume 2                      RAW    Partition   1000 MB  Healthy    Hidden
      Volume 3         SYSTEM_DRV   FAT32  Partition    260 MB  Healthy    System
      Volume 4                      RAW    Partition    450 MB  Healthy    Hidden
    * Volume 5     R                RAW    Partition     24 GB  Healthy    Hidden
      Volume 6     D   Lenovo_D     NTFS   Partition    732 GB  Healthy
      Volume 7     E   Lenovo_E     NTFS   Partition    732 GB  Healthy
      Volume 8     F   Lenovo_F     NTFS   Partition    398 GB  Healthy
      Volume 9     G   Lenovo_G     NTFS   Partition    698 GB  Healthy
      Volume 10    H   Lenovo_H     NTFS   Partition    698 GB  Healthy    Pagefile
      Volume 11    I                       Removable       0 B  No Media
    
    DISKPART> exit
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>dir r:
    The device is not ready.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    as partition 2, 4 and 5 are not formatted partitions
    may want to try and use data recovery software to see is any data exists on the partition before re-formatting

    diskpart
    select disk 0
    list partition

    post pic
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  9. #9


    The 24Gb partition is the Recovery Partition or it was. I think the computer came with Windows 8.1 Home and I upgraded to Pro with the Pro Pack. I'll never use the recovery partition so I can do anything I want with it.

    I'll post the info you asked for when I get home, thanks.
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