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Can't restore a tablet with Windows 8.1 with Bing from recovery dr


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I've been trying to restore my tablet for some time without luck and decided to ask here, perhaps someone has encountered this problem before...

 

I created a bootable recovery usb drive using the "Recovery Drive" tool from Windows some time ago, but now when I boot from it I can't use it to recover my system.

 

The drive has this structure:

- boot

- efi

- sources - in here there are 3 swm files: install.swm1...swm2...swm3 and these 2 files: $PBR_DiskPart and $PBR_ResetConfig

- bootmgr

- bootmgr.efi

- reagent.xml

 

When I boot from the drive, after selecting language and keyboard layout,  I get 3 big buttons: first one allows me to boot to windows, second one to select a drive and the last one to shut down.

 

I select the second one to select a drive and I get:

- UEFI 8.07 - that's the usb drive

- UEFI: CD/DVD Drive - don't have a DVD drive on the tablet

- UEFI: Removable Drive

- UEFI: Network Drive.

 

When I select any of these: "UEFI: 8.07" or "UEFI: Removable Drive", the screen dims a little then the tablet restarts.

 

Is there a way to restore my system? If I can get my hand on a standard windows 8.1 installation disk/usb drive can I use it to restore the system from my recovery drive?


Edited by marcusmx5, 22 April 2015 - 03:45 PM.



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If I can get my hand on a standard windows 8.1 installation disk/usb drive can I use it to restore the system from my recovery drive?


This probably won't work. The recovery environment in Windows 8.1 is edition locked, at least when concerning the desktop editions.

Did your tablet originally come with Windows 8 with Bing or Windows 8.1 with Bing?

Can you still boot into Windows?

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Thank You for your response, 

 

The tablet had Windows 8.1 with Bing and I can't boot into it anymore. I booted the tablet using a regular windows 8.1 installation drive just to check if at least the recovery partition is still there and saw that all partitions are gone.

 

AFAIK, my alternatives right now are either figure out a way to use the recovery drive or somehow extract the product key from the swm images and do a fresh install, assuming I can find a installation image for Win 8.1 with Bing. 

 

Is there a way to restore the swm image files on the internal drive?


Edited by marcusmx5, 23 April 2015 - 09:03 AM.


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Is there a way to restore the swm image files on the internal drive?

Boot the Win8 install media, press shift F10 and run dism to apply the image
https://technet.micr...y/hh824910.aspx
https://msdn.microso...bedded.81).aspx

However: which hardware do you use? Doe sthe manufacturer used Wimboot?
https://blogs.window...e-boot-wimboot/
Which file size matches your swm files?

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I don't have advice to offer, but keep in mind a Recovery Drive only has enough stuff on it to boot / restore an OS that's been corrupted logically (but is still mostly intact).  Since you mention the partitions are gone, that hints at a more serious issue, such as drive failure.  If you haven't done another form of backup your data files and applications may unfortunately be long gone.

 

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I don't have advice to offer, but keep in mind a Recovery Drive only has enough stuff on it to boot / restore an OS that's been corrupted logically (but is still mostly intact).  Since you mention the partitions are gone, that hints at a more serious issue, such as drive failure.  If you haven't done another form of backup your data files and applications may unfortunately be long gone.

 

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Not really-really.

A "Recovery Drive" which has install.swm's is a (poor) replacement for the actual install DVD.

If you prefer, there are two kinds of Windows 8/8.1 "Recovery Drives" one which contains only the boot.wim, and one that contains both the boot.wim and the install.wim (or the "partial" install.swm files).

It seems that here we have a "third case", with install.swm's and no boot.img :unsure:

 

 

@marcusmx5

I created a bootable recovery usb drive using the "Recovery Drive" tool from Windows some time ago, but now when I boot from it I can't use it to recover my system.

 

 

...

 

When I boot from the drive, after selecting language and keyboard layout,  I get 3 big buttons: first one allows me to boot to windows, second one to select a drive and the last one to shut down.

 

I select the second one to select a drive and I get:

...

 

 

 

 

 

And what happens if you select the first one?

 

Which EXACT make/model of tablet is it?

 

Each OEM may have introduced one or more changes to the way the "recovery drive" (or the "recovery partition") are created and or should be restored, as an example (related to a Windows 7) Toshiba specifically needed a couple tricks:

http://www.msfn.org/...very-partition/

 

jaclaz

 


Edited by jaclaz, Today, 12:07 PM.


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And what happens if you select the first one?

 

Which EXACT make/model of tablet is it?

 

Each OEM may have introduced one or more changes to the way the "recovery drive" (or the "recovery partition") are created and or should be restored, as an example (related to a Windows 7) Toshiba specifically needed a couple tricks:

http://www.msfn.org/...very-partition/

 

jaclaz

 

 

 

When I selected the first option, it just froze.

 

The tablet's make and model are Allview WI10N (a rebranded import from some unknown chinese OEM, haven't managed to track it down so far).

 

In the end I got my hands on another tablet and used a ubuntu usb drive to do a complete image of it's ssd (mmcblk0) using the "dd" command then dumped it on my tablet. It seemed to have worked, my device appears to be ok so far.

 

After taking a look at it's partitions I noticed that the "C" drive is flagged as "Wim Boot". Could it be possible that Microsoft's own recovery tools might not be compatible with Wim Boot?


Edited by marcusmx5, Today, 02:04 PM.





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