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  1.    23 Oct 2015 #11
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    Control Panel > Recovery > Create a Recovery Drive
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  2.    23 Oct 2015 #12
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    San Jose, California
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64

    Let me try again! I replied, but do not see my post:
    First, I do not see the option to go to "create a recovery drive". Please look at my screen capture:
    This is not Control Panel
    Secondly, please be more specific how to initiate Winre.wim from Disk 0, partition 4. I see the recovery label in "Disk Manager", but have no clue how to invoke it. Maybe it is invoked as a "bootup option".
    I did not suggest you to invoke it. Running the command to make sure that the "Recovery Environment" was enabled and it was.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 24 Oct 2015 at 20:04.
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  3.    24 Oct 2015 #13
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    Windows 10 Pro

    You can also enter in search box Create a Recovery Drive .
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  4.    24 Oct 2015 #14
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    Doesn't look like you started with Control Panel. Should look like this:

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  5.    24 Oct 2015 #15
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    Hi,

    You can also enter in search box Create a Recovery Drive .
    Or from within Control Panel's search box for that matter.

    Either way, as Topgundcp already pointed out, if windows can't find the recovery environment it won't run.
    That happens quite a lot and point to badly organized GPT partitions, missing pointers and god knows what else.

    Point is, the Recovery partition is a special partition and when it is not properly defined Windows is at a loss.
    Hence the reagentc command to check that etc.

    Cheers,
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  6.    25 Oct 2015 #16
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    Memphis, TN
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyhi View Post
    Control Panel > Recovery > Create a Recovery Drive
    Sorry to say that that path "Control Panel > Recovery > Create a Recovery Drive" is not available on this Windows 10 installation. Another path by going to the "Start Menu", clicking "Settings", then click "Update & Security", next click "Recovery" will only show the three options as seen in my screen shot posted earlier. These choice are, "Reset ths PC", "Go back to Windows 7" and "advanced startup". THERE ARE NO CHOICE TO CREATE A RECOVERY DRIVE from any GUI interface that I can find. The only way to enter into a recovery drive mode is to do a search on "RecoveryDrive" which shows me target find as "RecoveryDrive.exe". This is the executable that is located in Windows\System32. This is the executable that fails, and the original request for help on this post.
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  7.    25 Oct 2015 #17
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    rwrider,

    There are a couple of solutions that will provide you with all you need to recover Windows and/or restore your computer.

    A Windows install USB / DVD will do everything that a recovery drive would do. You can make one using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. Just make sure to download the exact same Windows version that you have installed.
    Windows 10

    Once you have a successful, activated upgrade in place from Windows 7/8/8.1, you do not need a product key for Windows 10. During a clean install, when it asks for a product key, just click "skip" or "do this later" and it will activate based upon hardware information previously stored on Microsoft activation servers when you upgraded.

    If you want a system image back-up that you can restore later, Macrium Reflect Free will easily make that for you. Obviously, you need somewhere to store the backup, which will be a single file about 80% in size of the used space on your hard drive. Macrium Reflect Free also allows you to create a rescue USB/DVD which you can boot from if you have a hard drive failure and need to restore the image to a blank, replacement HD or SSD.
    Macrium Reflect Free


    In addition, the ISO file created for the rescue disk by Macrium Reflect Free can be copied to the Windows 10 Install Media USB and can be made to dual boot between Windows setup and Macrium Reflect Rescue using the add ISO function of EasyBCD:
    EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies

    You copy the ISO file itself to the USB - not burn/extract it and setup booting from the ISO file in EasyBCD.

    On my rescue/restore USB I can boot into Windows setup which allows me to install/repair Windows 10 Home or Pro, 32 bit or 64 bit, boot into Macrium Reflect Free Rescue, or boot into MiniTool Partition Wizard - all on the same USB flash drive.

    To me, messing around with the built-in Windows recovery/image backup is just too much of a hassle.
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  8.    25 Oct 2015 #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Doesn't look like you started with Control Panel. Should look like this:

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    As you should see on my other posts on this thread, I DO NOT have the GUI options to select "RECOVERY" from my control panel. The "advanced" option is missing. I suspect it is missing because the Windows 10 upgrade DID NOT setup my system with one. I am only guessing as this is beyond my level of expertise. This Dell system has a "recovery partition" that was probably accessible when Windows 7 was running. I never needed, or tried to boot to it. However, I have seen other systems that will give that choice by hitting F12 at bootup, and that choice is available to enter "recovery mode". I DO NOT get that choice! Personally, I have helped another friend who upgraded to Windows 10. She had a problem with her video driver. I was able to boot to her "recovery mode" at boot time, and was able to repair her Windows 10 installation.
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  9.    25 Oct 2015 #19
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    I wish to thank everyone who offered help. To summarize, I have no GUI menu path to initiate a recovery drive within Windows 10, itself, other than find and run the "RecoveryDrive.exe" in c:\windows\system32. This process fails, leaving me without a clue how to proceed forward, and correct the error. Obviously, the Windows 10 upgrade has left the original Windows 7 recovery partition "hanging" with no way that I know of for replacing it with a Windows 10 recovery partition.

    It seems that NavyLCDR has given me a process to create a "stand-alone" recovery media. Actually, this is probably the best method, because many things could go bad that would not let one boot to a Recovery Partition.

    It just "hacks me off" that Microsoft did such a poor job on this section, while they did a pretty good job of migrating Windows 7 apps into Windows 10, and give us a way to move off the horrible Windows 8.
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  10.    25 Oct 2015 #20
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    If you are going to add a Rescue ISO to a Windows 10 install USB using EasyBCD - just make sure to do "File - Select BCD Store" first and point it to /boot/bcd on the USB drive. You might have to enable show hidden files/folders in file explorer first to see it. Otherwise you will be messing with your system BCD on your hard drive by default.
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