Add Recovery Partition to Windows 10 Boot Menu?

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  1.    17 Feb 2017 #11

    Ztruker said: View Post
    The recovery partition can be on another drive, right? That would eliminate the possibility of the boot drive leaving you bootless (so to speak).
    A custom recovery partition with Kyhi's boot.wim file can be on another drive (mine is). I'm not sure about moving the standard Windows 10 recovery partition to another drive, though. It probably wouldn't matter setting it up in the boot menu, but not sure about setting it for Windows native use using the reagentc command.
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  2.    17 Feb 2017 #12

    Acronis does this you dont want it in the boot menu as that often is the problem acronis puts it pre boot with a hot key like oems recovery
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  3. Ztruker's Avatar
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       17 Feb 2017 #13

    I meant using Kyhi's boot.wim.

    Think I'll give it a try.

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  4. Ztruker's Avatar
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       17 Feb 2017 #14

    Don't understand this part of your instructions:
    Then I used EasyBCD to a new WinPE entry. I manually entered the path to the .wim file: X:\Recovery\WinodwsRE\Winre.wim
    I assigned X: to the 450MB Recovery partition. This is what EasyBCD shows:
    There are a total of 2 entries listed in the bootloader.

    Default: Windows 10
    Timeout: 3 seconds
    EasyBCD Boot Device: C:\

    Entry #1
    Name: Windows 10
    BCD ID: {current}
    Drive: C:\
    Bootloader Path: \WINDOWS\system32\winload.efi

    Entry #2
    Name: Windows 10 Safe Mode
    BCD ID: {6ab8f73e-d40d-11e5-9dc0-d7c0e1f6429d}
    Drive: C:\
    Bootloader Path: \WINDOWS\system32\winload.efi
    I'm guessing I need to create the partition to place Kyhi's boot.wim on (or do I just put the entire content of his ISO there), then use EasyBCD to create a new entry that points to it? If so, how is this done?
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  5.    17 Feb 2017 #15

    If you want to add just the standard Windows recovery environment to the boot menu, you would select the Add New Entry function in EasyBCD. In the bottom half, select and/or manually enter the options shown:

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    If you want to use Kyhi's Recovery Tools, you have a couple of options.

    You can increase the existing Recovery Partition's size to large enough to hold the boot.wim file from Kyhi's Recovery Tools. Rename boot.wim to Winre.wim and overwrite the Winre.wim in the recovery partition. You'll have to remove the existing System and Hidden attributes to do that. Do it that way and the native Windows 10 recovery environment will become Kyhi's Recovery Tools.

    or you can create a separate partition to hold Kyhi's Recovery boot.wim file (and whatever else you want to store there). Then use the same add new entry function but point it to Kyhi's boot.wim file.

    To boot Kyhi's Recovery Tools from the Windows boot menu you only need the boot.wim file. To boot it from the UEFI or BIOS boot menu, you need all the contents of the ISO file in the partition.
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  6. Ztruker's Avatar
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       18 Feb 2017 #16

    Thank you, in the process of doing this now. Split off a 20GB partition where I'll put Kyhi's boot.wim then add the boot entry.

    Edit: Works great. Thanks again.

    My boot menu now has

    Windows 10 (C:\Windows) Default OS
    Windows 10 Safe Mode (C:\Windows)
    Kyhi-WinPE (\Windows)

    with a 3 second timeout.
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  7. Fafhrd's Avatar
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       19 Feb 2017 #17

    It is also possible to use the EasyBCD ISO boot facility to load Kyhi's recovery tools Win10PESE ISO from your boot menu without messing about with partitions.

    Having downloaded the ISO to your disk, direct EasyBCD to the location of the file on the Add New Entry tab.

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    After checking that the ISO file is thoroughly defragmented, EasyBCD adds an entry to the BCD boot menu, e.g.

    Real-mode Boot Sector
    identifier {3d381cef-240c-11e5-82a8-c0188538463c}
    device partition=H:
    path \NST\AutoNeoGrub1.mbr
    description WinPE ISO
    locale en-US
    custom:250000c2 0
    and adds an \NST folder to the root of your SYSTEM drive volume:

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    Which contains a custom .MBR file to find the ISO file on your system and then to load the WinPE image to the ramdisk at boot time.

    I am not sure what the approach is on an UEFI system.
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  8. Ztruker's Avatar
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       19 Feb 2017 #18

    Not working for me. The bottom window area, Portable/External Media is greyed out so I can't select the Path on the ISO tab. The Disk Image and WinPE tabs are okay, not greyed out.

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    This is what I have setup so far:

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  9.    20 Feb 2017 #19

    Ztruker said: View Post
    Not working for me.
    Your computer is probably UEFI and one of the first windows you get when you start EasyBCD is:

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    Booting from ISO is one of the features disabled with UEFI.
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  10. Ztruker's Avatar
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       20 Feb 2017 #20

    Ah, thanks. I read that but after the first time I just click OK and ignore it.

    I'm happy though as I have Kyhi's WinPE bootable off the hard drive via the boot menu now, thanks to your directions.
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