Unable to Create System Repair Disc

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  1. Posts : 242
    Win 10 Pro 64 V22H2 Build 19045.2728

    Unable to Create System Repair Disc

    My last system repair disc was created in 2015 so thought it about time to create a new one. I am using Win 10 latest version fully updated. 22H2 build 19045.2728
    I updated via the free upgrade from Win7 Pro, so can I use that -Win 7 Pro - installation disc to satisfy the popup as in the Screenshot below?
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    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2

    No. Since the system is now running Windows 10, the disc being called for is a Windows 10 installation disc. You have left Windows 7 behind .
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  3. Posts : 42,945
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    You would be far better to start using 3rd party disk imaging. Far more useful and flexible.
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    That message usually indicates it cant find winre.wim.

    most likely because the recovery sequence isn't set up.

    at admin cmd prompt, type:

    reagentc /info
    (then press enter)

    if it is not set up, then type

    reagentc /enable
    (then press enter)

    alternatively you could insert a windows 10 installation media and it will copy the wim file from there.
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  5. Posts : 242
    Win 10 Pro 64 V22H2 Build 19045.2728
    Thread Starter

    Thank you for your replies. I don't have a W10 disc so thought, as the popup did not state the Windows version perhaps it was a common file within most versions, obviously not. ( I do have a new MCR USB)
    I do have Macrium Reflex paid program which I am using but you can never have too many backups so thought the Windows option was worth a try.

    I also had the message in MR when attempting to make a new Rescue disc:
    V8.1.7401 WIM file not found. Update boot menu?
    That resulted in:
    Failed to generate WINPE and Failed to create the staging area.

    I ran SFC that found some corruptions and fixed them. Second run found nothing. But MR Rescue still failed.
    I did a google search and came across a Windows download, don't remember exactly what it was but that worked and MR created a new Rescue Disc. However the problem still arose with the WIndows Repair Disc. I thought it might be common to both MR Rescue and Windows Repair, perhaps not.
    I will try the suggestion from SIW2
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  6. Posts : 42,945
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Good you're using Macrium Reflect.

    Failed to generate WINPE and Failed to create the staging area.
    and from
    Failed to Generate WinPE WIM

    Fixed it
    I did a reagentc /disable and then a reagentc /enable, to which I got a window recovery file not found.
    But after that Reflect was able to build a new WinPE !!
    Don't know why, don't care why, just happy now
    then SIW2's idea is relevant... although you say you've now been able to create a MR bootable disk.

    reagentc /enable

    does not succeed, then post a screenshot showing the result of both reagentc commands, and also a screenshot of your partitions, preferably using a 3rd party partition manager e.g. Minitool Partition Wizard.
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    Win 10 Pro 64 V22H2 Build 19045.2728
    Thread Starter

    Hope these are okay! I have just created the RM Rescue disc as below so at least that is now sorted. Why Windows repair does not want to play ball I have no idea.........

    Just spotted the RM disc states PE and can generate the disc, the Windows states RE and cannot generate the disc. Could be the problem?
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  8. Posts : 42,945
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    What is the difference between Windows RE and Windows PE?
    The Windows Pre-Execution Environment (WinPE) is used to initially install Windows on a new computer. The Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) is used to recover Windows if it cannot boot.
    The Windows RE Image Was Not Found - Fix It Right Now!

    Looking at your disks I notice two things:
    a. This is a legacy MBR configuration.

    There appears to be a partition on your system disk (X:) which may be meant to be the Recovery partition.
    Normally that does not have a drive letter.

    You can examine its content using file explorer (as it has a drive letter) just to see if it contains a wim file.
    Otherwise see if you have one on your system disk (see above article).

    My installation is UEFI/GPT- just for interest here's my Recovery partition- it may differ for MBR
    Unable to Create System Repair Disc-1.jpg

    b: you have a disk M: labelled as Macrium Reflect data.

    I hope you are not keeping your only MR disk images on the same PC you are imaging.

    If you are, then you face the following risks:
    a. PC is stolen- you lose your backups too.
    b. PC fails dramatically (e.g. power) or is infected by ransomware etc
    - your backups become useless.

    Better to keep your backups securely on external storage.
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  9. Posts : 242
    Win 10 Pro 64 V22H2 Build 19045.2728
    Thread Starter

    Thank you, looks like I have some reading to do. Unfortunately I am away next week so will not be able to explore the options until my return. I will do what I can today as long as the boss does not start to get annoyed doing the packing!
    4 of my drives including M are external WD Passport drives; blue black red & red and are mostly just data drives and are removed somewhere safe if we go away.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Just checked the X Drive, it states it is Recovery but folder is empty. Not sure what to do with it, could it be for MR should it be needed?

    Searched my C:\drive for winre.win = too many variations to list. Did not really understand the fix scenarios on the suggested website but will explore more on my return. Had a thought, what about an in place repair?= Tutorial 'Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade' Is that an option?
    Last edited by Trapper; 02 Apr 2023 at 09:41.
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  10. Posts : 42,945
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Nothing to do with MR. Do you mean there is a folder structure there, or nothing at all?

    Hopefully the article I posted - or similar if you search- there are other such guides- will help.
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