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Windows 7: With a newly installed C: & UEFI, run the original recovery partition?

10 May 2015   #1

It depends what computer I'm using!
With a newly installed C: & UEFI, run the original recovery partition?

If you didn't guess, the OS here is Windows 8. The internet is full of threads on this topic, but every single one is answered in one or more of the following ways:
The first type of answer is something the OP has obviously tried already like "Press F11 to get to the recovery partition". The people writing this don't realise that a clean install of Windows on C: also erases the old UEFI and replaces it with a useless one that isn't linked to the recovery partition.

The next type of answer is "why?". There are at least two painfully obvious reasons why someone would want to restore their laptop to factory condition, but asking which one is entirely off-topic. Until admins ban the question we're all going to have to learn to ignore it.

The rarer type of answer is the one that you can have some respect for. Probably something about active partitions, boot flags or even diskpart if the person knew how to fix this in Windows 7. Bravo to those people.

Some people don't even read the OP, but reply anyway, which is why I've put some things in bold and left the words "recovery partition" to the end of the title. Hopefully they won't see it.
But with Windows 8 and EFI none of that old stuff works anymore. In fact nothing that I'm familiar with seems to work at all anymore, it's all new. It's like being 20 again and not really knowing what's gonna happen when you hit enter.

Maybe you can answer one of the Internet's burning questions: with a newly installed C: and UEFI, how do I run the original recovery partition? I could simplify this for myself and get the answer for my laptop, but by withholding that information at first, maybe we can find a generic answer to help the internet at large, rather than just me.

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10 May 2015   #2

It depends what computer I'm using!

I've got this far:

Boot into the new UEFI and start command prompt by Trouble Shooting > Advanced > Command Prompt.

Use Diskpart to do the following (n is the number of your recovery partition)

list volume
select volume n
assign letter = r
After that cd your way to the recovery .exe. On my system it's called AutorunUI.exe and is in \sources\autorun

However, it doesn't run. It doesn't do anything.
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10 May 2015   #3
Anshad Edavana

Windows 7 Ultimate x64


If i understand correctly, you did a clean install of "Windows 8" but wanted to run the factory restore operation for some reason. Yes, it's possible unless the recovery partition is deleted. Unlike "Windows 7", manufacturer's are required to provide a standard recovery image which should be in either "Wim" or "swm" format so Windows 8's built in "Refresh" and "Reset" feature will work. At factory condition, "WinRE.wim" ( the pseudo WinPE based OS which run recovery, refresh and reset operations ) will be linked to the "Install.wim/install.swm" file inside the hidden recovery partition so "Refresh" and "Reset" will work out of box. When you do a clean install, old BCD and WinRE partitions will be overwritten so the link to recovery image will be lost. However it can be restored with the command line tool "ReAgentc".

I am not an expert in this matter and has only little experience with "Windows 8". So i would suggest opening a new topic at our sister site Windows 8 Forums where you will find volunteers who are very familiar with fixing Windows 8 recovery issues. I would also recommend reading this thread a s it contains lot's of helpful info on this matter - Solved Windows 8.1 Recovery - Could not find recovery environment
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10 May 2015   #4

It depends what computer I'm using!

Thank you. After following those links it looks like the command I need is:

reagentc.exe /setreimage /path R:\Recovery\WindowsRE /target C:\windows

and this can be performed after the diskpart steps listed above. I'll try it shortly and post back with details.


Nope. But the internet leads me to believe DISM might hold the solution with something like:

dism /apply-image /imagefile:r:\sources\install.wim /index:1 /applydir:c:\

But not that, because that screwed up even more things
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 With a newly installed C: & UEFI, run the original recovery partition?

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