Windows 10: Restore using files from Recovery partition

  1.    25 Aug 2017 #1

    Restore using files from Recovery partition

    I bought a HP laptop which came with Win 10 Home. Due to some reasons, I downgraded to 8.1 by clean install. Now i want to do factory reset to win 10 But i realised that my F11 hp recovery manager is no longer working.The recovery partitions are hidden and but the files are still there. My hard drive has GPT partition system, so I'm not able to set the recovery partitions active. Using some tool, i made a backup of files in the recovery partition. Is it possible to create any bootable usb recovery disk using the files from recovery partition or even make the f11 work again and restore my laptop to win 10. (Note: the problem is not restoring to genuine win 10 because the product key of the win 10 which came with my laptop is embedded in my laptop bios, so when i install win 10 home using any ISO, it gets automatically activated with the OEM key in my bios.)

    The issue is about the factory HP recovery because i have to restore it to claim the warranty. When i installed 8.1, the recovery partitions went hidden. There is no longer the HP recovery push button option which i get when i press F11 during startup. I thought win 8.1 may not be able to recognise the partititons and files. so i did a clean install of win 10 and Installed the HP recovery manager software and the software says the recovery partition is deleted. But i can see very well that the partitions are still there and the files in it are not disturbed.

    I need help from someone who know about recovery partitions file systems or someone who know how to create own recovery setup using the files (.swm, .wim files) from the recovery partition.

    I was able to assign these recovery partitions letters temporarily using diskpart.

    I also tried to extract the install.swm files in the preload folder using 7zip. Is it possible to restore by cloning these files to primary bootable partition?

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  2. Bree's Avatar
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       25 Aug 2017 #2


    It's not good form to double-post. You have already asked this question once before and had three replies so far.
    Your original thread is here: F11 HP Recovery Manager not working. How to restore ?

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  3.    25 Aug 2017 #3

    Who told you it has to be factory software to claim warranty service?
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  4.    25 Aug 2017 #4

    Welcome to the forum. There isn't a lot of point using the recovery as it will be an old copy of Windows so you will have massive updates. Simply go and get the free Windows 10 from ms boot from the DVD and do a clean install it will have the latest updates
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       25 Aug 2017 #5

    Samuria said: View Post
    ...There isn't a lot of point using the recovery as it will be an old copy of Windows...
    The date of 10th July 2015 and size of 387KB shown for bootmgr in the screenshot of F: RECOVERY identifies it as the one for the original RTM version 10240 (1507). By the next release (1511) it was 30th October 2015 and 391KB.
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