Recovery doesnt exist after capturing install.wim file

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  1. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 iot
       #1

    Recovery doesnt exist after capturing install.wim file


    Hi All: Morning

    My goal is to prepare a master image with recovery (push button) recover all files to the default settings.

    Windows version: iot ltsc Windows 10 21H2 OS Build 19044.2546

    What i did:

    • Setup account, isntalled all the necessary softwares
    • Enabled recovery after copy paste "\Windows\System32\Recovery\Winre.wim" using recovery command "reagentc /enable"
    • captured new install.wim file using the following command: dism /capture-image /imagefile:E:\install.wim /capturedir:F:\ /ScratchDir:E:\Scratch /name:"WIN10PROx64" /compress:maximum /checkintegrity /verify /bootable
    • Updated the captured install.wim to the deplyment usb, see contents below image


    My Issue: After ghosting a new system using deployment usb, in the new ghosted recovery seems deactivated.

    Question: How can i prepare a master image with recovery(set the system back to factory /default settings (push button reset)

    Deployment usb contents:

    Recovery doesnt exist after capturing install.wim file-deployment_usb.pngRecovery doesnt exist after capturing install.wim file-usb_contetnst.png
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  2. Posts : 4,159
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 11
       #2

    do not enable Recovery before capturing the new Install.wim
    Actually you use reagentc /disable to move the winre.wim back into the system32/recovery folder
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  3. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 iot
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Kyhi said:
    do not enable Recovery before capturing the new Install.wim
    Actually you use reagentc /disable to move the winre.wim back into the system32/recovery folder
    Hi there, thanks for your reply. I dont understand your answer.
    I understand, i shouln't enable the recovery before capturing the install.wim, second point: not clear.

    What should i do to enable the recovery on the deploied machine? thanks
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  4. Posts : 4,159
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 11
       #4

    after deployment - then you use " reagentc /enable "

    before capture you use " reagentc /disable " to insure that winre.wim (Recovery.wim) is in its default system folder location
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  5. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 iot
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Kyhi said:
    after deployment - then you use " reagentc /enable "

    before capture you use " reagentc /disable " to insure that winre.wim (Recovery.wim) is in its default system folder location
    You mean i preapre/capture a new install.wim file by keeping the "\Windows\System32\Recovery\Winre.wim" but no enable it? after i deploy it to the new i can enable it manully or via batch script? Am i correct?
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  6. Posts : 4,159
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 11
       #6

    YES
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  7. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 iot
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Kyhi said:
    YES
    Thanks os much, i'll do it and make a test as per your suggestion.
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  8. Posts : 4,159
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 11
       #8

    there is a problem with your Recovery Option.. Windows 10 does not use an image for recovery - instead it uses the files in the current windows/winSxS folder to recovery windows to its Default Windows State (Default Windows 10 Installation without any User Customization's) so you also also need to use the 'User State Migration Tool" to capture any user customization's into a PROVISIONING PACKAGE to be included into the recovery process...

    So for me Windows 10 Recovery is worthless... I just re-apply the image or restore from a 3rd party backup...
    The "Bare Metal Reset" was a great feature with Windows 8, but that process was removed in Windows 10..

    Applying an Windows Image, is also how to get around all the requirements of Windows 11.. Allowing Windows 11 to be run on MBR, non TPM, non SecureBoot type PCs
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    Kyhi said:
    there is a problem with your Recovery Option.. Windows 10 does not use an image for recovery - instead it uses the files in the current windows/winSxS folder to recovery windows to its Default Windows State (Default Windows 10 Installation without any User Customization's) so you also also need to use the 'User State Migration Tool" to capture any user customization's into a PROVISIONING PACKAGE to be included into the recovery process...

    So for me Windows 10 Recovery is worthless... I just re-apply the image or restore from a 3rd party backup...
    The "Bare Metal Reset" was a great feature with Windows 8, but that process was removed in Windows 10..
    There might be a way round the removal of /setosimage.
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  10. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 iot
    Thread Starter
       #10

    HI @SIW2, @ Kyhi: thanks so much for your reply.

    From this tutorial, i can prepare a usmt.ppkg file from the below link but then how to preapare a master image. Do you guys have any tutorial? or any idea? thanks

    Create Provisioning Package in Windows 10
    Last edited by karthikin; 14 Feb 2023 at 09:12. Reason: added text
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