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Windows System Restore cannot detect Windows installation


I am using Windows 8.1x64 in UEFI mode. My motherboard is Gigabyte H77M-D3H. My hard disk is configured to use AHCI. A few days back I needed to use system restore from my repair disk because of a system crash. To my horror when I selected System Restore from my Windows repair disk it showed-:
"To use System Restore, you must specify which Windows Installation to restore. Restart this computer select an operating system, and then select system restore."

Now I don't have multiple Windows installations but I do have Debian Linux x64 dual booted with Windows 8.1. the Debian Linux also boots in UEFI mode. Is this problem caused by the fact that I am dual booting ? If anyone has Linux dual booted please do check if you can system restore from the windows repair disk.

I can perform a system restore from the inside of the OS fine. But I need it working from the outside also. What I have tried is running diskpart from the repair disk and selecting my partition on which Windows is installed and then running system restore but this had no effect. Can I boot up windows and then select to boot from my CD ? Like, before Windows completes booting I can have the repair disk boot up or something. Could it be that I am booting my CD in legacy rather than UEFI ?

Please help. If anyone has faced this problem before please give their feed back.

PS-: My Windows 8 was upgraded from an installation of Windows 7. But I have already deleted the Windows.old folder in C drive. Will chkdsk help me ?

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Intel i7

Anshad Edavana

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Could it be that I am booting my CD in legacy rather than UEFI ?

That is a possibility. Try booting your installation DVD in UEFI mode and check whether "System Restore" works.

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    PC Technician
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If the boot device menu does not show a UEFI version of the bootable media, that media may be at fault.

What exactly are you using for the media and when and how was it created?

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 x64
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Grown
    i7 3770K
    ASUS P8Z77 -v Pro, Z87-Expert
    16 G
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GTX 680 Classified (2)
    Hard Drives
    Kingston SSD 240 GB
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    us texas

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