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    Find Reset Recovery Image Location in Windows 10

    How to Find Location of Recovery Image used to Reset Windows 10
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    20 Mar 2017
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    How to Find Location of Recovery Image used to Reset Windows 10

    information   Information
    If you're having problems with Windows 10 on your PC, you can try to refresh, reset, or restore it.

    When you reset your PC, it will remove everything and reinstall Windows 10 to start over completely with a clean install.

    When you reset Windows 10 you may be prompted to insert or connect your Windows 10 installation media or recovery drive if there is an issue with the default Windows image or if there's not an OEM factory recovery image present.

    If you create a reset recovery image, it is used instead of your OEM recovery image, installation media, or recovery drive for a push-button reset of Windows 10. A reset recovery image is basically like having your installation media always connected and ready to use to reset your PC with.


    This tutorial will show you how to find and see the location of the currently registered reset recovery image you created in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.



    Here's How:

    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

    reagentc /info

    3. If there is currently not a reset recovery image registered, then you will see this below to the right of Recovery image location.
    Note   Note
    It'll only show a location for Recovery image location if you created a custom reset image. Otherwise, Windows will use the default image in the C:\Recovery folder that's only listed for Windows RE location.


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    4. If there is a reset recovery image registered, then you will see this below to the right of Recovery image location showing you the full path of the folder containing the install.wim file registered as the recovery image.
    Note   Note
    It'll only show a location for Recovery image location if you created a custom reset image. Otherwise, Windows will use the default image in the C:\Recovery folder that's only listed for Windows RE location.


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    Tip   Tip
    To help make sense of the location path above, you can open Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc).

    Looking at the displayed path above, the ResetRecoveryImage folder is saved to partition 1 on hard disk 1. In this example, partition 1 on hard disk 1 is the F: drive.

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    This gives you the full path as F:\ResetRecoveryImage.

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    5. When finished, you can close the command prompt if you like.




    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 713
    Windows 10 Build 14267
       22 Feb 2015 #1

    Thanks Brink !

    Excellent like always.

      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 20,708
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       22 Feb 2015 #2

      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    28 Jan 2016 #3

    Hello there. I installed Windows 10 from ISO, it is a pure clean install, not an OEM installation.
    My "Recovery Image Location" is empty. But i am able to Reset PC, how does this happen? I wonder where is my Reset Media? Thanks @Brink
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 20,708
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       28 Jan 2016 #4

    Hello isimsizkullan, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    What does the reagentc /info command show for you?
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    28 Jan 2016 #5

    Thanks for quick reply.
    Here is the output.
    Code:
    Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and system reset configuration
    Information:
    
        Windows RE status:         Enabled
        Windows RE location:       \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition1\Recovery\WindowsRE
        Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: efb877cf-c514-11e5-bedc-dc38f4d2685c
        Recovery image location:
        Recovery image index:      0
        Custom image location:
        Custom image index:        0
    
    REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 20,708
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       28 Jan 2016 #6

    That indicates that you didn't add a reset recovery image of your own, but Windows will use its default image included during installation for a reset.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  7.    28 Jan 2016 #7

    I wonder what is the location that default image?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  8. Posts : 20,708
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       28 Jan 2016 #8

    It's located in the protected hidden C:\Recovery folder.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  9.    28 Jan 2016 #9

    Can i see that file with live linux systems?
    Thank you, that means much to me.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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