OEM Recovery Partition Creator for Windows

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  1. AnarethoS

    AnarethoS MDL Expert

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    There is no icon after the recovery from USB only or never at all?
     
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  2. patris971

    patris971 MDL Novice

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    Greetings everyone
    I just tested win10 64bit/32bit v1803 (Scanstate 1803)

    Local Restoration via Tools ... OK
    Creation on usb support + restoration usb via Tools ... OK

    I’ll look at the other version...
     
  3. coleoptere2007

    coleoptere2007 MDL Guru

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    Tested with W10 x64 (1809 2nd edition) all is ok with capturing, usb creation and restoration. Thx @AnarethoS
     
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  4. vigipirate

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    Tested with W10 x64 (1809 Rs5 dec2018) all is ok with capturing, usb creation and restoration. Thx @AnarethoS
     
  5. patris971

    patris971 MDL Novice

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    All is ok for me also…
    Thank you to have found the solution of package “PPKG” for creation on usb… Beautiful work :thumbsup:
     
  6. AnarethoS

    AnarethoS MDL Expert

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    Hi everyone!

    I would like to use the post to explain HOW and WHY I had to change the way the « full image » of Windows 10 was change.

    Under Windows 10, when using the “build-it” recovery feature, you capture all your applications and drivers in a file name “Recovery.ppkg” which is under “C:\Recovery\Customizations”.

    This means that your C drive has:

    · Windows + your apps + your apps in the PPKG file.

    When using the full image, I also create a full image of your C drive in multiples SWM files (splitted WIM file) under “C:\Recovery\OEM\Image”. This means your computer has:

    · Windows + your apps + your apps in the PPKG file + (Windows + your apps + your apps in the PPKG file) in SWM files.

    The problems I had to fix was when you had so much apps that the PPKG file was bigger than 4gb, the maximum supported file by FAT32. And FAT32 is required for UEFI systems.

    What I didn’t know was that a SWM file is not really a splitted WIM file. Is it in fact a “reorganization” of the files between multiple archives of a desired size. But a file is NEVER splitted between SWM file. So the PPKG file, if too big, was creating a SWM file bigger than 4gb and breaking the process of creating a recovery image.

    I tried to find different way around this problem:

    1) Remove the option to create full image if the PPKG file is too big

    2) Ask the user to create multiple PPKG file

    a. Install Windows + APP1 + Capture PPKG file #1

    b. Format + reinstall Windows + APP2 + Capture PPKG file #2

    c. Etc.

    3) Use a file splitting utility to split the WIM file in multiple files

    a. I would have to find a native X64 and X86 tools that can run under WinRE, which is free, supported, etc.

    Then, I read somewhere that starting with Windows 10 1703, Windows was supporting multiple partition on a USB key drive. Eureka! I could then create two partitions, one in FAT32 for the boot (boot files + WinRE) and a NTFS partition with the SWM file on it.

    This is the option I choosed and that is now built-in tools version 4.1.1. Was it the best option? I don’t know, but it works.

    Also, the “Full Image” option was created because Windows 10 was creating “broken” recovery drive when the image was created after a local recovery. I tested with 1803 and 1809 and the problems seems to be fixed in the OS. So maybe the “full image” is not needed as much as before, but it is still there. Also is it the only option than allows to create a recovery image with the original Windows build of the system compared to the “Windows 10 built-in recovery option” that create an image using the current build.

    Thanks all for your patience and your comments.
     
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  7. Chibi ANUBIS

    Chibi ANUBIS MDL Chibi Developer

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    Hello ! On feature what is :
    • Update to file browser (all OS)
    Is for navigate in the Recovery partition ?
     
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  8. AnarethoS

    AnarethoS MDL Expert

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    There is already a file browser but Inhaben’t updated it since a long time. Will donit in the next version.
     
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  9. Chibi ANUBIS

    Chibi ANUBIS MDL Chibi Developer

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    OK !
    I hope he will be out with the next build (19H1), I think compile this update on DVD for do a deployment in my office. It would be nice to do it with the Recovery update and the new ScanState. :)
     
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  11. luky

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    It would be great if you would get your video clip of the whole process of running the program on occasion. :rolleyes:
     
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  13. coleoptere2007

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    You need scanstate files as indicated
     
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  14. luky

    luky MDL Addicted

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    Where or what? how do I get them?
     
  15. coleoptere2007

    coleoptere2007 MDL Guru

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    extract RecoveryTools4.1.1Required.exe with 7z or WinRar you'll find them
     
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  16. luky

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    Thanks you.
     
  17. coleoptere2007

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    Give feedback asap :)
     
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