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Can't use recovery partition..

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    Can't use recovery partition..


    I have a ASUS Transformer Book T200TA and it was 16Gb, 8Gb (or just shy of for 8.1 pro) the remaining as recovery. So I moved recovery partition to external hard drive and extended volume to give the tablet plenty of free space as without it I only downloaded 2 programs and was informed of low space. My partner wanted to upgrade to windows 10 and performed a clean install but as we have no key it is now asking to be activated. so we need to reinstall 8.1 pro but we cant access the partition as it is ntfs and the SSD on the tablet will only accept fat32, is there a way of using the recovery partition to reinstall windows or if not extract the product key..

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    Well. needless to say, you messed up pretty good... but with that said, I will try to help..
    First Do you have access to another windows 8.1 Pro PC ??
    Second you need to access that recovery partition from another PC
    Need to see what files and folders are contained on that recovery partition..
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    yes but my hp pavilion only has 8.1 the asus had 8.1 pro..
    I copied the recovery partition to a memory stick.
    not all foldres and files are visible eve with show all hidden and system files ticked, but they are there..
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    we need to see the files
    post a pic please
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    Click image for larger version
    OK hopefully this will help
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    You can copy all those files to a USB and then boot from that USB, as that partition was a bootable partition..

    That USB should allow you to restore your PC back to the factory setup..
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    yes the only trouble being is I cant copy it to a fat32 partition using xcopy but it refuses to do certain files, I will post a screenshot in approx. 20 mins
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    also un-hide the file extensions..

    Pretty sure the reason for not coping all to fat32 is going to be the install.wim is greater then 4GB

    was your PC - UEFI with a GPT disk-- if yes has to be fat32
    if not you can use NTFS formatted USB

    Edit: although pretty sure it was uefi and wimboot..

    Need to use RUFUS to format the USB for use with GPT / NTFS first..
    then you can copy files to USB in NTFS format
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    it was uefi
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    ok I try xcopy t:\ j:\ /e /h and I get File creation error - the parameter is incorrect
    it looks like tis error is caused by that fat32 file system
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