1.    18 Jul 2015 #1

    Build 10240 --any way to create an "Official" recovery system


    Hi there

    Is there any way to create an actual Windows 10 recovery drive with the latest builds (10166 / 10240).

    I usually have enough backups but if I'm mucking around altering partitions etc it might be easier to use a Recovery drive to fix the boot if I hose something up.

    The old method doesn't seem to work in build 10240 -- I'm sure some people will eventually need some sort of Recovery system.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2.    18 Jul 2015 #2
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    I think the Recovery Drive should be good, if they've finished it? I tried it in 10162 and it either crashed (I think Shawn said he found the same) or got stuck in a loop.

    Have you tried it in 10240? Does it work yet?
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  3.    18 Jul 2015 #3
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    Recovery is inbuilt on installation.
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  4.    18 Jul 2015 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by dencal View Post
    Recovery is inbuilt on installation.
    Yes but that doesn't help in some scenarios when the computer won't boot at all.

    I think Jimbo is talking about the option to Create a Recovery Drive which would give you a USB stick that could restart the computer even if your boot drive failed or got corrupted.

    The Windows 10 version does seem to be different to earlier Windows versions - so if/when it works, it could be good.
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  5.    18 Jul 2015 #5

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Yes but that doesn't help in some scenarios when the computer won't boot at all.

    I think Jimbo is talking about the option to Create a Recovery Drive which would give you a USB stick that could restart the computer even if your boot drive failed or got corrupted.

    The Windows 10 version does seem to be different to earlier Windows versions - so if/when it works, it could be good.
    Hi there

    Taking an image isn't a problem - but a Recovery drive is used when the computer won't boot - it has a section of built in recovery tools like fixing the boot when the computer won't boot etc.

    You could even do it from an INSTALL ISO using the REPAIR COMPUTER option -- however as we don't get an "Official ISO" any more then this won't work either --you can't use the built in Rpair computer if it won't boot !!!!.

    Cheers
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  6.    18 Jul 2015 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by dencal View Post
    Recovery is inbuilt on installation.
    That 450MB partition is the WinRE (Recovery Tools Partition) WinRE = Windows Recovery Enviroment

    Windows uses 3 wim files (now 4 with windows 10) Boot.wim - WinRE.wim - Install.wim - Reconstruct.wim

    The reconstruct.wim is a Windows only recovery image created during the "Create a recovery drive" process in win10
    it reconstructs itself from the files in the data store, kinda of the same as dism /restorehealth
    in order to save any installed apps or desktop programs - you must create a provisioning package .ppkg
    to be applied during the recovery or after recovery
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  7.    18 Jul 2015 #7
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    I've tried it twice today, once with a physical and once with a virtual machine running 10240.

    The physical machine (which is running Office 2016 preview) crashed out of the process saying it can't create a recovery drive. So I thought I'd log in Feedback, and use the option to 'Reproduce' which must record what I do somehow. But I clicked on the wrong thing in Feedback (Accidental Back button I think) and lost it. So I tried again... and third time it actually completed! Having said that the laptop then got into a state where it ignored all input.

    The virtual machine (which hasn't so much installed) created the Recovery Drive 1st time. It also seems to boot from it and is trying to recover into a blank virtual machine. It's not quick but it hasn't crashed so far...

    So there's potential there..
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