Windows 10: Questions regarding the Windows Recovery Environment partition (WinRe)

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  1. Posts : 1,452
    Windows 10 Pro (32-bit) 16299.15
       30 Sep 2017 #11

    topgundcp said: View Post
    WinRe.wim is a hidden file. From Folder Options, uncheck "Hide Protected operating system files". If it's not there, run Reagentc /disable

    Morer Info: How does Windows boot to advanced recovery option e.g. command prompt? - Page 3 - Windows 10 Forums
    I know it's a hidden/system file, and always have these visible.

    But it's not in that folder (on 2 machines I've looked in). And reagentc is working just fine.

    The process which Ix07 linked to is about manual deployment for OEMs, but I think when it's deployed by Windows itself, it moves this file from the c:\windows folder into the recovery partition, and reagentc is pointed to ther recovery partition.

    My point was the OP probably can't follow the instructions mentioned if their machine is like mine, as their deployment would most likely also have moved the wimre.wim file to the (now-deleted) recovery partition.

    One alternative, as I mentioned, is to get it out of the .wim files in an .ISO (assuming the OP can get hold of one for the right edition), with the problem that any machine-specific drivers won't be there. The wimre.wim file I looked at on my machine seems to be larger due to a Synaptics driver for instance.
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  2. Posts : 13,127
    Win 10 Pro-MX Linux 17.1 PClinuxOS Mate
       30 Sep 2017 #12

    dalchina said: View Post
    Is 450Mb a worthwhile space saving? I'd have thought not, unless, say, you have a small system disk..
    Yes it is unless you have a 1TB SSD , I always remove it and you can still get into safe Mode and any mode you want by performing the following:

    The source for this is "The How To Geek"
    Booting into Safe Mode has long been a staple when troubleshooting Windows computers. Safe Mode starts Windows with only a limited set of files and drivers so you can figure out what’s wrong with your PC. But for some reason, Windows 8 and 10 make Safe Mode hard to get to. Here’s a fix for that.
    Before Windows 8 came along, you could press F8 right before Windows started loading to open a text-based Advanced Boot Options menu. That menu featured handy troubleshooting tools like booting into Safe Mode and starting Windows with the last known good configuration. Starting with Windows 8, that menu was removed in favor of a graphical menu that you could access in a few different ways–all more cumbersome than the original F8 shortcut.
    Fortunately, with a little Command Prompt wizardry, you can add Safe Mode right back to a boot menu that’s always available when you start up. Of course, if you just want to return to accessing the classic menu with the F8 key, we’ve got you covered there, too.
    You have to do this in an Admin Command Prompt, Just enter the three commands separately :
    bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Windows 10 Safe Mode"
    bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Safe Mode with Networking"
    bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Safe Mode with Command Prompt"
    Note that it doesn’t really matter what you name the new boot entries, as long as it helps you recognize them. So, if instead of “Windows 10 Safe Mode,” you want to name your entry “Safe Mode” or even “Dorothy,” we won’t judge.
    Step Two:
    Configure Your New Boot Options with the System Configuration Tool
    What you’ve done so far is to create one or more copies of the current boot entry.
    You haven’t done any configuration yet, so if you were to boot your computer using one of them it would be the same as your regular Windows boot.
    To modify those entries to do what you want, you’ll use the System Configuration tool. Hit Start, type msconfig, and then select System Configuration.
    Click the new entry you created for Windows 10 Safe Mode (or whatever you named it).
    Enable the “Safe boot” check box and make sure that the Minimal option is selected underneath it.
    Enable the “Make all boot settings permanent” option if it isn’t already. And, if you want, you can modify the Timeout value to specify how long you have to choose a boot option before the default OS is started.
    By default, timeout is always set to 30 seconds, but you can change it to any value between 0 and 9999 seconds. You can also set the value to -1 if you want the Boot Options screen to remain until you pick an OS. When you’ve selected your options, click OK.
    You’ll be asked to confirm the changes with a scary warning about everything you’ve done being permanent. Go ahead and click Yes.
    When you’re asked if you want to restart your computer, go ahead and choose “Exit without restart.” That way, you can go ahead and configure any other boot entries you’ve made.
        If you created a Safe Mode with Networking entry, follow those same instructions to modify it, but after enabling “Safe boot” select the Network instead of the Minimal option.
        If you created a Safe Mode with Command Prompt entry, turn on the “Alternate Shell” option instead of the Minimal option.
    After you’ve configured everything, go ahead and restart your computer to test it out. At boot, you should see the “Choose an operating system” screen with your new choices.
    If you have any questions go to the link at the top. This works as I tested it. I tested it with build 14279 so it will work on the RTM.
    If it does not work with the next Redstone build you may have to repeat the process.
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  3.    30 Sep 2017 #13

    I have a 256Gb SSD and plenty of spare space- with loads of programs installed. But I also have a 1Tb disk for data. I wouldn't choose to delete it- and anyway, what happens next upgrade or in-place upgrade repair install?

    But hey, PC = personal...
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