Windows 10: Create Reset Recovery Image in Windows 10  

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       06 Dec 2015 #30

    That's a fantastically fast response on a Sunday! Thanks
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       06 Dec 2015 #31

    You're most welcome.
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       07 Dec 2015 #32

    I've done this thanks. I now have Windows 10 Build 1511 as the recovery image rather than the previous Dell Windows 8.1 image which was on a separate partition. I guess I can now delete that redundant Dell partition?

    I ran reagentc /info and it still refers to a custom image location which is not set. Is this a hangover from Windows 8 since I understand the command recimg which is used to create a custom refresh image is not supported in Windows 10? I don't know why this feature was removed since it is potentially useful.
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       07 Dec 2015 #33

    If you're not low on hard drive space, I would leave the Dell partition for now to avoid possibly causing issues. If you ever do a clean install in the future, then you could safely wipe them.

    Yeah reagentc for a custom refresh image was very useful. Reagentc /info points to the WindowsRE recovery partition for me.

    You could create a reset recovery image, but that's no different than just always having your Windows 10 installation media connected.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4...dows-10-a.html

    You might also see if this may work for you.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...dows-10-a.html
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       07 Dec 2015 #34

    Thanks - I just created the reset recovery image as post 32. I think I'll rely on my Macrium Reflect backups if I ever need to do a full system recovery.
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       08 Dec 2015 #35

    reagentc /info shows that Windows RE is enabled on a separate recovery partition and a recovery image using Windows 10 Build 1511 built using the above instructions is also available in my C:\ResetRecoveryImage directory. There is no custom image since this appears to be unsupported in Windows 10.

    If I select Reset from the repair menu, is the image in C:\ResetRecoveryImage used instead of the WinRE image in the separate recovery partition? If so, then WinRE recovery image seems redundant. Would the WinRE recovery image be used if the image in C:\ResetRecoveryImage was unavailable for any reason?
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       08 Dec 2015 #36

    Reset should use the location that reagentc /info shows.

    If reset can't find an image, it'll prompt you to insert your Windows 10 installation media or recovery drive to continue.
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       08 Dec 2015 #37

    Thanks. From your reply I assume Reset will use the latest recovery image defined by the reagentc command i.e. my latest 1511 build in C:\ResetRecoveryImage? See the reagentc command output. The WinRE recovery image will be used as a backup location - is that correct?

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  9.    08 Dec 2015 #38

    The WindowsRE image is what you get when you restart the computer into recovery (advanced troubleshooting) mode. It's also the same menu you get when you select the repair option if booting from a Windows 10 install disk (that runs the WindowsRE from the install disk). The OS image is what gets installed ("reset") when you select the reset option from the troubleshooting menu that the WindowsRE presents. WindowsRE is also what drives the create recovery drive process in Windows 10.

    1. You have to have the WindowsRE troubleshooting available to use the reset option, so having an OS image set without the WindowsRE present won't do any good.

    2. You can have the WindowsRE set and available without an OS image set. You just won't be able to run the reset Windows function from the troubleshooting menu . Also, if you attempt to create a recovery disk without the OS image being set, you won't have the option to "copy system files".
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       08 Dec 2015 #39

    Thanks for clarifying this. I now see that the winre.wim file on the recovery partition is only 335MB so it can't be a recovery image. My original recovery image was the Dell Windows 8.1 factory image but that's not useful now I have Windows 10 which is why I've set Windows 10 Build 1511 as the recovery image. I have a Dell factory recovery Windows 8.1 USB anyway. I only wish we had the option of a custom refresh image.
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