Windows 10: Recovery Partition (or lack of it) problem Solved

  1.    20 Aug 2015 #1

    Recovery Partition (or lack of it) problem


    Another day, another system. The one I asked about the other day where I deleted the Recovery Partition I fixed by running an in-place install. This one hasn't created the partition

    History - upgrade from Windows 7 Ultimate, Start Button not working, in fact no COM+ applications work at all. Did a System Reset (keep data, reinstall all applications). Now there's an un-allocated area of 449MB at the back of the installation partition, and no reserved recovery partition.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>reagentc /info
    Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and system reset configuration
    Information:

    Windows RE status: Enabled
    Windows RE location: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition2\Recovery\WindowsRE
    Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: fa44c611-473a-11e5-94d6-9d19efb7da27
    Recovery image location:
    Recovery image index: 0
    Custom image location:
    Custom image index: 0

    REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.

    Which to me says it thinks the recovery partition is there (???)

    Layout on MBR disk is

    System reserved - 102MB
    Wiindows Install - 418GB
    Unallocated 449MB

    Now how to fix this?
    Thanks
    Dave
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  2.    20 Aug 2015 #2

    perdrix said: View Post
    Now how to fix this?
    Everything is OK.

    Windows RE location is either a Windows 10 installation partition or a recovery partition.
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  3.    20 Aug 2015 #3

    Technically I'd agree with you - but the whole point of the recovery partition is that you don't store WinRE on the boot drive in \Recovery\WindowsRE.

    I'm currently re-running the installation after issuing a reagentc /disable and deleting the Recovery directory, in the hope that it will do the decent thing and actually create the recovery partition.

    Windows Tech Support were less use than a chocolate tea pot - basically saying they wouldn't help me build the recovery parition and that I needed to reinstall Windows 7 and start over. They also tried to claim that installing from media (DVD/USB) rather than the upgrade application "wasn't supported".

    Dave
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  4.    20 Aug 2015 #4

    Success! Here's what I did:

    1. reagentc /disable, delete the \Recovery directory and also the winre_backup_partition.marker file from the root of the installation drive.
    2. Re-size the windows partition back to its original size, followed by a chkdsk /f
    3. Re-run setup.


    Recovery partition now created. Though there must be an easier/quicker way.

    Dave
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  5.    20 Aug 2015 #5

    perdrix said: View Post
    Success! Here's what I did:

    1. reagentc /disable, delete the \Recovery directory and also the winre_backup_partition.marker file from the root of the installation drive.
    2. Re-size the windows partition back to its original size, followed by a chkdsk /f
    3. Re-run setup.


    Recovery partition now created. Though there must be an easier/quicker way.

    Dave
    I take this was done via the Command Prompt?
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  6.    20 Aug 2015 #6

    I've been trying to find out information about this, but can't. I've read that W10 was going to do away with the Recovery Partition, but when installing W10, a recovery partition was created.

    This 450MB Recovery Partition was created by W10 and I don't know what it does.

    How can I test to see if this Recovery Partition is working correctly?

    Thank you?
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  7.    20 Aug 2015 #7

    nosecureboot said: View Post
    This 450MB Recovery Partition was created by W10 and I don't know what it does.

    How can I test to see if this Recovery Partition is working correctly?
    - Right click on the Start button and select the "Command Prompt (Admin)" option.
    - Type (or copy and paste) the following commands.

    diskpart
    select disk 0
    list partition
    exit
    reagentc /info

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