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How do I restore recovery partition for 'Reset PC to work?

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    Win 8.1 wBing

    How do I restore recovery partition for 'Reset PC to work?


    Hello.

    I have a problem with restoring (reseting) my OS to factory image using Recovery partition. The problem is not that uncommon, yet I've tried a gadzillion things and none seem to work (or I've been doing them wrong). And I was hoping you guys could have a look and point me toward a resolution.

    The computer is an Asus X553M laptop, which came with W8.1 wBing pre-installed and two visible partitions (C - os, D - data). There was also a 100MB System partition, 900MB Restore partition (the one I am now booting to, I suspect, more on that later), 128MB Reserved partition, and 20GB Recovery one (the one with system image). It worked fine for some time, then I upgraded it to W10, then worked fine some more, but problems started popping up, so I decided to start anew with a fresh system install. I wanted to try if W7 would work, I popped the CD in, formatted C and D. Wanting only one working partition, I deleted C and D (only!, I left all the remaining partitions, including Recovery) and made a single partition in their place. However, it turned out, the disk is GPT and W7 wouldn't install out of box, so I thought no biggie, I will restore the 8.1.

    I booted to Troubleshooting (I think it is called), clicked Reset PC and 'A required drive partition is missing'. I thought I could get around it by extracting the key and installing Win8.1 from Microsoft's ISO, but it turns out Win8.1 != Win8.1 wBing (the key didn't work. Oh, well). So, now I have to somehow get the Reset PC working again on a computer that does not have an OS right now (I have another machine with W7. No machine with Win8 or 8.1 atm).

    I tried splitting the merged partition back into two, but that didn't help. I tried setting the IDs of partitions as it is in the DiskpartScript.txt on 900MB Restore partition (de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac) for both Partition 2 (Restore) and Partition 6 (Recovery), coupled with assigning letters for all partitions. The set id part, probably changed the partition 2 type from Restore to Recovery (although I'm not 100% sure). All that didn't help. I tried unhide partition 6, but couldn't as diskpart returned 'The object is not found'. I wanted to check reagentc command and its /info and/or /setosimage, but reagentc is not recognized as an internal or external command.

    DISKPART returns the following now:
    Code:
    Partition ###        Type        Size        Offset
    Partition 1        System    100MB        1024KB
    Partition 2        Recovery    900MB        101MB
    Partition 3        Reserved    128MB        1001MB
    Partition 4        Primary    172GB        1129MB
    Partition 5        Primary    271GB        173GB
    Partition 6        Recovery    20GB        445GB

    The Recovery partition (6) looks alright (with files):
    Code:
    Recovery
            WindowsRE
                        boot.sdi
                        ReAgent.xml
                        Winre.wim
    RecoveryBoot
            AsDiskLayout.dat
            AsPartition.dat
            boot.wim
            
    RecoveryImage
            DONOTEREPLACE.TXT
            install.wim

    The Resore (Recovery now) partition (2) looks alright as well (directories only):
    Code:
    Boot
            en-us
            Fonts
            Resources
    EFI
            Boot
                en-us
            Microsoft
                Boot
                    en-us
                    Fonts
                    Resources
    en-us
    FACLog
    Sources
    There are too many files to retype them here. I will get a linux livecd to tree them out asap, if that helps.

    I don't think the files got corrupt, but somehow the link between partitions is not there for Troubleshooting to see. Or it's wrong now after the whole merge/split partitions.

    Is there a change to get the restore back up working? I don't mind having two visible partitions (OS and DATA), if that means the reset pc works. Any ideas? Or things I should have checked, but didn't?

    Thank you!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    start googling videos like this.. or start reading on Asus forum about how they did it.. you need the guys who are freaks about asus restore info..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF1nSSgPBcg





    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    or read through this and see if it applies to you :


    Windows 8.1 and Asus factory reset
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    from a Command Prompt (Admin) type >

    Reagentc / info

    and post pic
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    you need the guys who are freaks about asus restore info..

    or the the "freak of Partitioning and Booting on all computers" - KYHI..

    ha..
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Posts : 7
    Win 8.1 wBing


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    from a Command Prompt (Admin) type >

    Reagentc / info

    and post pic
    As I've said - I'm unable to do that. 'reagentc' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

    I suspect(?) that maybe I'm booting into wrong RE. Yet, I have no idea how to make it right. I checked bcdedit to see if there's something to work with. Maybe there is, but I don't see it. It looks like I will have to create a store(?) or an entry or however it is called to boot to the other partition and its RE, where I hope to have at least access to reagentc.

    A few things I managed to extract, which might be helpful:
    diskpart:
    Code:
    C:\>diskpart
    
    
    Microsoft DiskPart version 6.3.9600
    
    
    Copyright (C) 1999-2013 Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: MININT-SG8NCR5
    
    
    DISKPART> sel disk 0
    
    
    Disk 0 is now the selected disk.
    
    
    DISKPART> list vol
    
    
      Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
      ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
      Volume 0     E   Ubuntu 14.0  CDFS   DVD-ROM      981 MB  Healthy
      Volume 1     C                NTFS   Partition    172 GB  Healthy
      Volume 2     D                NTFS   Partition    271 GB  Healthy
      Volume 3         SYSTEM       FAT32  Partition    100 MB  Healthy    Hidden
      Volume 4     F   Recovery     NTFS   Partition    900 MB  Healthy    Hidden
      Volume 5     R   Restore      NTFS   Partition     20 GB  Healthy    Hidden
    
    
    DISKPART> list part
    
    
      Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset
      -------------  ----------------  -------  -------
      Partition 1    System             100 MB  1024 KB
      Partition 2    Recovery           900 MB   101 MB
      Partition 3    Reserved           128 MB  1001 MB
      Partition 4    Primary            172 GB  1129 MB
      Partition 5    Primary            271 GB   173 GB
      Partition 6    Recovery            20 GB   445 GB
    
    
    DISKPART> sel part 2
    
    
    Partition 2 is now the selected partition.
    
    
    DISKPART> det part
    
    
    Partition 2
    Type    : de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
    Hidden  : Yes
    Required: Yes
    Attrib  : 0X8000000000000001
    Offset in Bytes: 105906176
    
    
      Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
      ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
    * Volume 4     F   Recovery     NTFS   Partition    900 MB  Healthy    Hidden
    
    
    DISKPART> sel part 6
    
    
    Partition 6 is now the selected partition.
    
    
    DISKPART> det part
    
    
    Partition 6
    Type    : de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
    Hidden  : Yes
    Required: Yes
    Attrib  : 0X8000000000000001
    Offset in Bytes: 478622515200
    
    
      Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
      ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
    * Volume 5     R   Restore      NTFS   Partition     20 GB  Healthy    Hidden
    
    
    DISKPART> exit
    
    
    Leaving DiskPart...
    bcdedit /enum all
    Code:
    
    Firmware Boot Manager
    ---------------------
    identifier              {fwbootmgr}
    displayorder            {bootmgr}
                            {c7b1106a-7574-11e4-8252-806e6f6e6963}
    timeout                 2
    
    
    Windows Boot Manager
    --------------------
    identifier              {bootmgr}
    device                  partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume1
    path                    \EFI\MICROSOFT\BOOT\BOOTMGFW.EFI
    description             Windows Boot Manager
    locale                  pl-PL
    inherit                 {globalsettings}
    default                 {default}
    resumeobject            {a72b2ef3-75bf-11e4-9a5c-fe6adb242850}
    displayorder            {default}
    toolsdisplayorder       {memdiag}
    timeout                 30
    
    
    Firmware Application (101fffff)
    -------------------------------
    identifier              {c7b1106a-7574-11e4-8252-806e6f6e6963}
    description             CD/DVD Drive 
    
    
    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier              {default}
    device                  unknown
    path                    \Windows\system32\winload.efi
    description             Windows 8.1
    locale                  pl-PL
    inherit                 {bootloadersettings}
    recoverysequence        {current}
    recoveryenabled         Yes
    isolatedcontext         Yes
    allowedinmemorysettings 0x15000075
    osdevice                unknown
    systemroot              \Windows
    resumeobject            {a72b2ef3-75bf-11e4-9a5c-fe6adb242850}
    nx                      OptIn
    bootmenupolicy          Standard
    
    
    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier              {current}
    device                  ramdisk=[F:]\Recovery\WindowsRE\Winre.wim,{a72b2ef6-75bf-11e4-9a5c-fe6adb242850}
    path                    \windows\system32\winload.efi
    description             Windows Recovery Environment
    locale                  pl-PL
    inherit                 {bootloadersettings}
    displaymessage          Recovery
    osdevice                ramdisk=[F:]\Recovery\WindowsRE\Winre.wim,{a72b2ef6-75bf-11e4-9a5c-fe6adb242850}
    systemroot              \windows
    nx                      OptIn
    bootmenupolicy          Standard
    winpe                   Yes
    
    
    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier              {a72b2ef7-75bf-11e4-9a5c-fe6adb242850}
    device                  ramdisk=[F:]\sources\boot.wim,{ramdiskoptions}
    path                    \windows\system32\boot\winload.efi
    description             WinPE
    osdevice                ramdisk=[F:]\sources\boot.wim,{ramdiskoptions}
    systemroot              \windows
    nx                      OptIn
    detecthal               Yes
    winpe                   Yes
    
    
    Resume from Hibernate
    ---------------------
    identifier              {a72b2ef3-75bf-11e4-9a5c-fe6adb242850}
    device                  unknown
    path                    \Windows\system32\winresume.efi
    description             Windows Resume Application
    locale                  en-us
    inherit                 {resumeloadersettings}
    recoverysequence        {current}
    recoveryenabled         Yes
    isolatedcontext         Yes
    allowedinmemorysettings 0x15000075
    filedevice              unknown
    filepath                \hiberfil.sys
    bootmenupolicy          Standard
    debugoptionenabled      No
    
    
    Windows Memory Tester
    ---------------------
    identifier              {memdiag}
    device                  partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume1
    path                    \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\memtest.efi
    description             Windows Memory Diagnostic
    locale                  en-us
    inherit                 {globalsettings}
    badmemoryaccess         Yes
    
    
    EMS Settings
    ------------
    identifier              {emssettings}
    bootems                 No
    
    
    Debugger Settings
    -----------------
    identifier              {dbgsettings}
    debugtype               Serial
    debugport               1
    baudrate                115200
    
    
    RAM Defects
    -----------
    identifier              {badmemory}
    
    
    Global Settings
    ---------------
    identifier              {globalsettings}
    inherit                 {dbgsettings}
                            {emssettings}
                            {badmemory}
    
    
    Boot Loader Settings
    --------------------
    identifier              {bootloadersettings}
    inherit                 {globalsettings}
                            {hypervisorsettings}
    
    
    Hypervisor Settings
    -------------------
    identifier              {hypervisorsettings}
    hypervisordebugtype     Serial
    hypervisordebugport     1
    hypervisorbaudrate      115200
    
    
    Resume Loader Settings
    ----------------------
    identifier              {resumeloadersettings}
    inherit                 {globalsettings}
    
    
    Device options
    --------------
    identifier              {a72b2ef6-75bf-11e4-9a5c-fe6adb242850}
    description             Windows Recovery
    ramdisksdidevice        partition=F:
    ramdisksdipath          \Recovery\WindowsRE\boot.sdi
    
    
    Setup Ramdisk Options
    ---------------------
    identifier              {ramdiskoptions}
    description             Ramdisk options
    ramdisksdidevice        partition=F:
    ramdisksdipath          \boot\boot.sdi
    Partition 2 aka Recovery 900MB
    Code:
    .
    ├── AsDiskLayout.log
    ├── AsFac.log
    ├── AsPartition.ini
    ├── AsTCDProc_20141126150139.log
    ├── AsTCDProc_20141126152124.log
    ├── AsToolCDVer.txt
    ├── AsTool.state
    ├── Boot
    │   ├── BCD
    │   ├── bootfix.bin
    │   ├── boot.sdi
    │   ├── en-us
    │   │   ├── bootmgr.exe.mui
    │   │   └── memtest.exe.mui
    │   ├── Fonts
    │   │   ├── chs_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── cht_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── jpn_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── kor_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── malgun_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── malgunn_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── meiryo_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── meiryon_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── msjh_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── msjhn_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── msyh_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── msyhn_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── segmono_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── segoen_slboot.ttf
    │   │   ├── segoe_slboot.ttf
    │   │   └── wgl4_boot.ttf
    │   ├── memtest.exe
    │   └── Resources
    │       └── bootres.dll
    ├── bootmgr
    ├── bootmgr.efi
    ├── DetectResult.ini
    ├── DiskpartScript.txt
    ├── EFI
    │   ├── Boot
    │   │   ├── bootx64.efi
    │   │   └── en-us
    │   │       └── bootx64.efi.mui
    │   └── Microsoft
    │       └── Boot
    │           ├── BCD
    │           ├── BCD.LOG
    │           ├── BCD.LOG1
    │           ├── BCD.LOG2
    │           ├── en-us
    │           │   └── memtest.efi.mui
    │           ├── Fonts
    │           │   ├── chs_boot.ttf
    │           │   ├── cht_boot.ttf
    │           │   ├── jpn_boot.ttf
    │           │   ├── kor_boot.ttf
    │           │   ├── malgun_boot.ttf
    │           │   ├── meiryo_boot.ttf
    │           │   ├── msjh_boot.ttf
    │           │   ├── msyh_boot.ttf
    │           │   ├── segmono_boot.ttf
    │           │   ├── segoe_slboot.ttf
    │           │   └── wgl4_boot.ttf
    │           ├── memtest.efi
    │           └── Resources
    │               └── bootres.dll
    ├── en-us
    │   └── bootmgr.efi.mui
    ├── FAC1_dism.log
    ├── FACLog
    │   ├── EBN0CV59332548D.txt
    │   ├── machineinfo-output.txt
    │   └── OATrace.log
    ├── PASS.txt
    ├── Recovery
    │   ├── Logs
    │   │   ├── BootUX (1).sqml
    │   │   ├── BootUX (2).sqml
    │   │   ├── BootUX (3).sqml
    │   │   └── Reload.xml
    │   └── WindowsRE
    │       ├── boot.sdi
    │       ├── ReAgent.xml
    │       └── Winre.wim
    ├── Recovery.txt
    ├── Sources
    ├── SWPackage.ini
    ├── System Volume Information
    │   └── tracking.log
    ├── ToolDL.ini
    └── USBHDD.log
    
    
    19 directories, 72 files
    Partition 6 aka Restore (20GB)
    Code:
    .
    ├── Recovery
    │   └── WindowsRE
    │       ├── boot.sdi
    │       ├── ReAgent.xml
    │       └── Winre.wim
    ├── RecoveryBoot
    │   ├── AsDiskLayout.dat
    │   ├── AsPartition.dat
    │   └── boot.wim
    ├── RecoveryImage
    │   ├── DONOTREPLACE.txt
    │   └── install.wim
    └── System Volume Information
        └── tracking.log
    
    
    5 directories, 9 files
    Any ideas on how to proceed with this?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Posts : 7
    Win 8.1 wBing


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    from a Command Prompt (Admin) type >

    Reagentc / info

    and post pic
    As I've said - I'm unable to do that. 'reagentc' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

    I suspect(?) that maybe I'm booting into wrong RE. Yet, I have no idea how to make it right. I checked bcdedit to see if there's something to work with. Maybe there is, but I don't see it. It looks like I will have to create a store(?) or an entry or however it is called to boot to the other partition and its RE, where I hope to have at least access to reagentc.

    A few things I managed to extract, which might be helpful:
    diskpart:
    Code:
    C:\>diskpart
    
    
    Microsoft DiskPart version 6.3.9600
    
    
    Copyright (C) 1999-2013 Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: MININT-SG8NCR5
    
    
    DISKPART> sel disk 0
    
    
    Disk 0 is now the selected disk.
    
    
    DISKPART> list vol
    
    
      Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
      ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
      Volume 0     E   Ubuntu 14.0  CDFS   DVD-ROM      981 MB  Healthy
      Volume 1     C                NTFS   Partition    172 GB  Healthy
      Volume 2     D                NTFS   Partition    271 GB  Healthy
      Volume 3         SYSTEM       FAT32  Partition    100 MB  Healthy    Hidden
      Volume 4     F   Recovery     NTFS   Partition    900 MB  Healthy    Hidden
      Volume 5     R   Restore      NTFS   Partition     20 GB  Healthy    Hidden
    
    
    DISKPART> list part
    
    
      Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset
      -------------  ----------------  -------  -------
      Partition 1    System             100 MB  1024 KB
      Partition 2    Recovery           900 MB   101 MB
      Partition 3    Reserved           128 MB  1001 MB
      Partition 4    Primary            172 GB  1129 MB
      Partition 5    Primary            271 GB   173 GB
      Partition 6    Recovery            20 GB   445 GB
    
    
    DISKPART> sel part 2
    
    
    Partition 2 is now the selected partition.
    
    
    DISKPART> det part
    
    
    Partition 2
    Type    : de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
    Hidden  : Yes
    Required: Yes
    Attrib  : 0X8000000000000001
    Offset in Bytes: 105906176
    
    
      Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
      ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
    * Volume 4     F   Recovery     NTFS   Partition    900 MB  Healthy    Hidden
    
    
    DISKPART> sel part 6
    
    
    Partition 6 is now the selected partition.
    
    
    DISKPART> det part
    
    
    Partition 6
    Type    : de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
    Hidden  : Yes
    Required: Yes
    Attrib  : 0X8000000000000001
    Offset in Bytes: 478622515200
    
    
      Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
      ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
    * Volume 5     R   Restore      NTFS   Partition     20 GB  Healthy    Hidden
    
    
    DISKPART> exit
    
    
    Leaving DiskPart...
    bcdedit /enum all
    Code:
    
    Firmware Boot Manager
    ---------------------
    identifier              {fwbootmgr}
    displayorder            {bootmgr}
                            {c7b1106a-7574-11e4-8252-806e6f6e6963}
    timeout                 2
    
    
    Windows Boot Manager
    --------------------
    identifier              {bootmgr}
    device                  partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume1
    path                    \EFI\MICROSOFT\BOOT\BOOTMGFW.EFI
    description             Windows Boot Manager
    locale                  pl-PL
    inherit                 {globalsettings}
    default                 {default}
    resumeobject            {a72b2ef3-75bf-11e4-9a5c-fe6adb242850}
    displayorder            {default}
    toolsdisplayorder       {memdiag}
    timeout                 30
    
    
    Firmware Application (101fffff)
    -------------------------------
    identifier              {c7b1106a-7574-11e4-8252-806e6f6e6963}
    description             CD/DVD Drive 
    
    
    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier              {default}
    device                  unknown
    path                    \Windows\system32\winload.efi
    description             Windows 8.1
    locale                  pl-PL
    inherit                 {bootloadersettings}
    recoverysequence        {current}
    recoveryenabled         Yes
    isolatedcontext         Yes
    allowedinmemorysettings 0x15000075
    osdevice                unknown
    systemroot              \Windows
    resumeobject            {a72b2ef3-75bf-11e4-9a5c-fe6adb242850}
    nx                      OptIn
    bootmenupolicy          Standard
    
    
    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier              {current}
    device                  ramdisk=[F:]\Recovery\WindowsRE\Winre.wim,{a72b2ef6-75bf-11e4-9a5c-fe6adb242850}
    path                    \windows\system32\winload.efi
    description             Windows Recovery Environment
    locale                  pl-PL
    inherit                 {bootloadersettings}
    displaymessage          Recovery
    osdevice                ramdisk=[F:]\Recovery\WindowsRE\Winre.wim,{a72b2ef6-75bf-11e4-9a5c-fe6adb242850}
    systemroot              \windows
    nx                      OptIn
    bootmenupolicy          Standard
    winpe                   Yes
    
    
    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier              {a72b2ef7-75bf-11e4-9a5c-fe6adb242850}
    device                  ramdisk=[F:]\sources\boot.wim,{ramdiskoptions}
    path                    \windows\system32\boot\winload.efi
    description             WinPE
    osdevice                ramdisk=[F:]\sources\boot.wim,{ramdiskoptions}
    systemroot              \windows
    nx                      OptIn
    detecthal               Yes
    winpe                   Yes
    
    
    Resume from Hibernate
    ---------------------
    identifier              {a72b2ef3-75bf-11e4-9a5c-fe6adb242850}
    device                  unknown
    path                    \Windows\system32\winresume.efi
    description             Windows Resume Application
    locale                  en-us
    inherit                 {resumeloadersettings}
    recoverysequence        {current}
    recoveryenabled         Yes
    isolatedcontext         Yes
    allowedinmemorysettings 0x15000075
    filedevice              unknown
    filepath                \hiberfil.sys
    bootmenupolicy          Standard
    debugoptionenabled      No
    
    
    Windows Memory Tester
    ---------------------
    identifier              {memdiag}
    device                  partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume1
    path                    \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\memtest.efi
    description             Windows Memory Diagnostic
    locale                  en-us
    inherit                 {globalsettings}
    badmemoryaccess         Yes
    
    
    EMS Settings
    ------------
    identifier              {emssettings}
    bootems                 No
    
    
    Debugger Settings
    -----------------
    identifier              {dbgsettings}
    debugtype               Serial
    debugport               1
    baudrate                115200
    
    
    RAM Defects
    -----------
    identifier              {badmemory}
    
    
    Global Settings
    ---------------
    identifier              {globalsettings}
    inherit                 {dbgsettings}
                            {emssettings}
                            {badmemory}
    
    
    Boot Loader Settings
    --------------------
    identifier              {bootloadersettings}
    inherit                 {globalsettings}
                            {hypervisorsettings}
    
    
    Hypervisor Settings
    -------------------
    identifier              {hypervisorsettings}
    hypervisordebugtype     Serial
    hypervisordebugport     1
    hypervisorbaudrate      115200
    
    
    Resume Loader Settings
    ----------------------
    identifier              {resumeloadersettings}
    inherit                 {globalsettings}
    
    
    Device options
    --------------
    identifier              {a72b2ef6-75bf-11e4-9a5c-fe6adb242850}
    description             Windows Recovery
    ramdisksdidevice        partition=F:
    ramdisksdipath          \Recovery\WindowsRE\boot.sdi
    
    
    Setup Ramdisk Options
    ---------------------
    identifier              {ramdiskoptions}
    description             Ramdisk options
    ramdisksdidevice        partition=F:
    ramdisksdipath          \boot\boot.sdi
    Partition 2 aka Recovery 900MB
    Code:
    .
    ├── AsDiskLayout.log
    ├── AsFac.log
    ├── AsPartition.ini
    ├── AsTCDProc_20141126150139.log
    ├── AsTCDProc_20141126152124.log
    ├── AsToolCDVer.txt
    ├── AsTool.state
    ├── Boot
    │   ├── BCD
    │   ├── bootfix.bin
    │   ├── boot.sdi
    │   ├── en-us
    │   │   ├── bootmgr.exe.mui
    │   │   └── memtest.exe.mui
    │   ├── Fonts
    │   │   ├── chs_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── cht_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── jpn_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── kor_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── malgun_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── malgunn_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── meiryo_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── meiryon_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── msjh_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── msjhn_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── msyh_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── msyhn_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── segmono_boot.ttf
    │   │   ├── segoen_slboot.ttf
    │   │   ├── segoe_slboot.ttf
    │   │   └── wgl4_boot.ttf
    │   ├── memtest.exe
    │   └── Resources
    │       └── bootres.dll
    ├── bootmgr
    ├── bootmgr.efi
    ├── DetectResult.ini
    ├── DiskpartScript.txt
    ├── EFI
    │   ├── Boot
    │   │   ├── bootx64.efi
    │   │   └── en-us
    │   │       └── bootx64.efi.mui
    │   └── Microsoft
    │       └── Boot
    │           ├── BCD
    │           ├── BCD.LOG
    │           ├── BCD.LOG1
    │           ├── BCD.LOG2
    │           ├── en-us
    │           │   └── memtest.efi.mui
    │           ├── Fonts
    │           │   ├── chs_boot.ttf
    │           │   ├── cht_boot.ttf
    │           │   ├── jpn_boot.ttf
    │           │   ├── kor_boot.ttf
    │           │   ├── malgun_boot.ttf
    │           │   ├── meiryo_boot.ttf
    │           │   ├── msjh_boot.ttf
    │           │   ├── msyh_boot.ttf
    │           │   ├── segmono_boot.ttf
    │           │   ├── segoe_slboot.ttf
    │           │   └── wgl4_boot.ttf
    │           ├── memtest.efi
    │           └── Resources
    │               └── bootres.dll
    ├── en-us
    │   └── bootmgr.efi.mui
    ├── FAC1_dism.log
    ├── FACLog
    │   ├── EBN0CV59332548D.txt
    │   ├── machineinfo-output.txt
    │   └── OATrace.log
    ├── PASS.txt
    ├── Recovery
    │   ├── Logs
    │   │   ├── BootUX (1).sqml
    │   │   ├── BootUX (2).sqml
    │   │   ├── BootUX (3).sqml
    │   │   └── Reload.xml
    │   └── WindowsRE
    │       ├── boot.sdi
    │       ├── ReAgent.xml
    │       └── Winre.wim
    ├── Recovery.txt
    ├── Sources
    ├── SWPackage.ini
    ├── System Volume Information
    │   └── tracking.log
    ├── ToolDL.ini
    └── USBHDD.log
    
    
    19 directories, 72 files
    Partition 6 aka Restore (20GB)
    Code:
    .
    ├── Recovery
    │   └── WindowsRE
    │       ├── boot.sdi
    │       ├── ReAgent.xml
    │       └── Winre.wim
    ├── RecoveryBoot
    │   ├── AsDiskLayout.dat
    │   ├── AsPartition.dat
    │   └── boot.wim
    ├── RecoveryImage
    │   ├── DONOTREPLACE.txt
    │   └── install.wim
    └── System Volume Information
        └── tracking.log
    
    
    5 directories, 9 files
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Reagentc /info

    had typo on prior post...

    Are you booting into a window OS or WinPE / WinRE??

    We can easily reset your PC using the Rescue Disk in my sig below..
    we will need the files from partition 6

    That Install.wim is the Factory Recovery Image...

    The two .DAT files are for the disk and partition layout

    And windowsRE is the recovery tools folder
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  8. #8


    Posts : 7
    Win 8.1 wBing


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Reagentc /info

    had typo on prior post...

    Are you booting into a window OS or WinPE / WinRE??

    We can easily reset your PC using the Rescue Disk in my sig below..
    we will need the files from partition 6

    That Install.wim is the Factory Recovery Image...

    The two .DAT files are for the disk and partition layout

    And windowsRE is the recovery tools folder
    Yeah, I've noticed the extra space. I've tried reagentc /info. Still nothing. I've double-checked as I type. re-agent-c. Nothing - not recognized as a command.

    Code:
    C:\>reagentc /info
    'reagentc' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.
    
    
    C:\>
    If partition6/WindowsRE is the recovery tools folder and reagentc is one of those tools, it looks like the environment I'm booting into doesn't see it.

    I'm not booting into a win os - there's no proper os at the moment on the machine. I'm booting in a WinRE as far as I can tell - once HERE, I go to Advanced and Command Prompt. So it's RE, right?

    I am downloading your Win8.1PESE iso. How do I proceed once I have it on a bootable device?

    In the meantime, I've enumerated all from F:\Boot\BCD store (bcdedit /store f:\Boot\BCD /enum all). It isn't what I expected and it's probably of no use, but still:
    Code:
    
    Windows Boot Manager
    --------------------
    identifier              {bootmgr}
    description             Windows Boot Manager
    locale                  en-US
    inherit                 {globalsettings}
    default                 {default}
    displayorder            {default}
    toolsdisplayorder       {memdiag}
    timeout                 30
    
    
    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier              {default}
    device                  ramdisk=[boot]\sources\boot.wim,{7619dcc8-fafe-11d9-b411-000476eba25f}
    path                    \windows\system32\boot\winload.exe
    description             Windows Setup
    locale                  en-US
    inherit                 {bootloadersettings}
    osdevice                ramdisk=[boot]\sources\boot.wim,{7619dcc8-fafe-11d9-b411-000476eba25f}
    systemroot              \windows
    bootmenupolicy          Standard
    detecthal               Yes
    winpe                   Yes
    ems                     No
    
    
    Windows Memory Tester
    ---------------------
    identifier              {memdiag}
    device                  boot
    path                    \boot\memtest.exe
    description             Windows Memory Diagnostic
    locale                  en-US
    inherit                 {globalsettings}
    
    
    EMS Settings
    ------------
    identifier              {emssettings}
    bootems                 No
    
    
    Debugger Settings
    -----------------
    identifier              {dbgsettings}
    debugtype               Serial
    debugport               1
    baudrate                115200
    
    
    Global Settings
    ---------------
    identifier              {globalsettings}
    inherit                 {dbgsettings}
                            {emssettings}
    
    
    Boot Loader Settings
    --------------------
    identifier              {bootloadersettings}
    inherit                 {globalsettings}
                            {hypervisorsettings}
    
    
    Hypervisor Settings
    -------------------
    identifier              {hypervisorsettings}
    description             Hypervisor Settings
    hypervisordebugtype     Serial
    hypervisordebugport     1
    hypervisorbaudrate      115200
    
    
    Device options
    --------------
    identifier              {7619dcc8-fafe-11d9-b411-000476eba25f}
    ramdisksdidevice        boot
    ramdisksdipath          \boot\boot.sdi
    Thanks for the interest, KYHI. I appreciate it!
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  9. #9


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    because you are in a PE environment.. and you changing directory to C:
    there are No exe file on the root of C:

    C:\windows\system32\reagentc

    Boot into My PE...
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  10. #10


    Posts : 7
    Win 8.1 wBing


    I don't want to be smug, or unappreciative, but I think it would have worked on root of C as well (due to %PATH% variable). But it doesn't matter. I booted into your PE and still can't access reagentc. I wish I was kidding:
    Click image for larger version

    Click image for larger version
    I honestly hope I do something stupid and I'm just oblivious to my own stupidity.

    Here's the diskpart info with KYHI's PE mounted:
    Code:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]
    (c) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    
    x:\windows\system32>diskpart
    
    Microsoft DiskPart version 6.3.9600
    
    Copyright (C) 1999-2013 Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: MININT-4D4PA6V
    
    DISKPART> list disk
    
      Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt
      --------  -------------  -------  -------  ---  ---
      Disk 0    Online          465 GB      0 B        *
      Disk 1    Online         7680 MB      0 B        *
    
    DISKPART> sel disk 0
    
    Disk 0 is now the selected disk.
    
    DISKPART> list part
    
      Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset
      -------------  ----------------  -------  -------
      Partition 1    System             100 MB  1024 KB
      Partition 2    Recovery           900 MB   101 MB
      Partition 3    Reserved           128 MB  1001 MB
      Partition 4    Primary            172 GB  1129 MB
      Partition 5    Primary            271 GB   173 GB
      Partition 6    Recovery            20 GB   445 GB
    
    DISKPART> list vol
    
      Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
      ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
      Volume 0     F                       DVD-ROM         0 B  No Media
      Volume 1     C                NTFS   Partition    172 GB  Healthy
      Volume 2     D                NTFS   Partition    271 GB  Healthy
      Volume 3         SYSTEM       FAT32  Partition    100 MB  Healthy    Hidden
      Volume 4         Recovery     NTFS   Partition    900 MB  Healthy    Hidden
      Volume 5         Restore      NTFS   Partition     20 GB  Healthy    Hidden
      Volume 6     E   WIN8_1PESE   FAT32  Removable   7678 MB  Healthy
    
    DISKPART> sel disk 1
    
    Disk 1 is now the selected disk.
    
    DISKPART> list part
    
      Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset
      -------------  ----------------  -------  -------
      Partition 1    Primary           7678 MB  1024 KB
    
    DISKPART> list vol
    
      Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
      ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
      Volume 0     F                       DVD-ROM         0 B  No Media
      Volume 1     C                NTFS   Partition    172 GB  Healthy
      Volume 2     D                NTFS   Partition    271 GB  Healthy
      Volume 3         SYSTEM       FAT32  Partition    100 MB  Healthy    Hidden
      Volume 4         Recovery     NTFS   Partition    900 MB  Healthy    Hidden
      Volume 5         Restore      NTFS   Partition     20 GB  Healthy    Hidden
      Volume 6     E   WIN8_1PESE   FAT32  Removable   7678 MB  Healthy
    
    DISKPART> exit
    
    Leaving DiskPart...
    
    x:\windows\system32>
    Is the reagent's info so crucial? Is there a way to make reagent work, or is there anything else we can do?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by sebu3; 10 Feb 2016 at 14:29. Reason: additional info
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