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    T100 (32gb model) - Complete rebuild/recovery script

    Important! This apply only to the 32gb T100! Important!
    The 64gb don't have a read-only recovery partition in it so this can't be used.


    You can access the files on the recovery drive using WinPE or WinRE. Personnaly, I used a original Windows 8.1 DVD (32bits) I found on the web and then opened a command prompt once booted from it. Don't forget to disable SecureBoot in the Bios/Uefi firmware first!

    I have made a few script to completly rebuild the T100 using the hidden recovery image. The only file you will need to take from the recovery partition is the WINRE.WIM file. Should be on partition 2, in the \Recovery\WindowsRE folder. The file will be hidden though. This files plus the 3 following files is all you need

    To rebuilt the whole system, you will need 4 file in the same folder on a USB drive :
    - WinRE.WIM (taken from the recovery partition)
    - Reinstall.Cmd
    - ReAgent.xml
    - ResetPartitions.txt


    Here is the content of each file :

    REAGENT.XML
    Code:
    <?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8' standalone='yes'?>
    <WindowsRE version="2.0">
    <WinreBCD id=""></WinreBCD>
    <WinreLocation path="" id="0" offset="0"></WinreLocation>
    <ImageLocation path="" id="0" offset="0"></ImageLocation>
    <PBRImageLocation path="" id="0" offset="0" index="0"></PBRImageLocation>
    <PBRCustomImageLocation path="" id="0" offset="0" index="0"></PBRCustomImageLocation>
    <InstallState state="0"></InstallState>
    <OsInstallAvailable state="0"></OsInstallAvailable>
    <CustomImageAvailable state="0"></CustomImageAvailable>
    <WinREStaged state="0"></WinREStaged>
    <ScheduledOperation state="4"></ScheduledOperation>
    <OperationParam path=""></OperationParam>
    <OsBuildVersion path=""></OsBuildVersion>
    <OemTool state="0"></OemTool>
    </WindowsRE>
    RESETPARTITION.TXT
    Code:
    SELECT DISK 0
    CLEAN
    CONVERT GPT NOERR
    CREATE PARTITION EFI SIZE=100
    FORMAT FS=FAT32 QUICK LABEL=SYSTEM
    ASSIGN LETTER=S
    CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=700
    FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK LABEL=RECOVERY
    SET ID="de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac"
    ASSIGN LETTER=R
    CREATE PARTITION MSR SIZE=128
    CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
    FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK LABEL=WINDOWS
    ASSIGN LETTER=W
    SELECT DISK 1
    SELECT PARTITION 1
    ASSIGN LETTER=I
    REINSTALL.CMD
    Code:
    @Echo Off
    DISKPART /S ResetPartitions.txt
    
    DISM /Apply-Image /ImageFile:I:\RecoveryImage\Install.wim /Index:1 /ApplyDir:W:\
    
    MD R:\Recovery\WindowsRE
    COPY WINRE.WIM R:\Recovery\WindowsRE\WINRE.WIM
    COPY ReAgent.xml W:\Windows\System32\Recovery\ReAgent.xml
    
    BCDBOOT W:\Windows
    
    W:\Windows\System32\ReAgentc.exe /SetReImage /Target W:\Windows /Path R:\Recovery\WindowsRE
    W:\Windows\System32\ReAgentc.exe /SetOsImage /Target W:\Windows /Path I:\RecoveryImage /Index 1
    Now, simply boot the T100 from a Windows 8.1 image, open command prompt and connect the USB drive containing all of theses files and run the REINSTALL.CMD script.

    When the computer is reimaged, boot from it and check that everything is working. If all is OK, open commnand prompt AS ADMINISTRATOR and run the command "REAGENTC /ENABLE". This final command will enable the recovery option of the T100. Now, you will be able to recover it using the recovery option in the charms bar.

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    Forgive my ignorance but why would someone want to do this?

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    Soundwave
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    Well... people like me that decided to go wih a full "clean" install of Windows 8.1 Pro and that would like to go back for any reaso (resell the tablet, etc.) Also, if for any reason you break the bootloader of the tablet (virus, wrong manipulation, upgrade to a Windows 8.2 (?) ) this could be handy to completly reinstall the tablet and bring back also the recovery option at the same time.

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    How about regular Win8/8.1 Refresh/Reset options? Shouldn't it do the same like your script? Of course except situation when you lost booting capability. But in such case, as far as I remeber from my Win8 laptop, there is an option to prepare bootable USB drive or DVD to recover system and keep it safe.
    Last edited by cbm80; 12-20-2013 at 01:55 AM.

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    Have you actually tested this? I've tried to use WinPE on a 64 gig model, but gave up after successfully clean installing and backing up using Backtrack (for only 64 gig).

    Seems promising for the 32 gig crowd, though.

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    As a slight aside, why the hell is Asus's Backtrack software only for the 64gb model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anarethos View Post
    Important! This apply only to the 32gb T100! Important!
    The 64gb don't have a read-only recovery partition in it so this can't be used.


    You can access the files on the recovery drive using WinPE or WinRE. Personnaly, I used a original Windows 8.1 DVD (32bits) I found on the web and then opened a command prompt once booted from it. Don't forget to disable SecureBoot in the Bios/Uefi firmware first!

    I have made a few script to completly rebuild the T100 using the hidden recovery image. The only file you will need to take from the recovery partition is the WINRE.WIM file. Should be on partition 2, in the \Recovery\WindowsRE folder. The file will be hidden though. This files plus the 3 following files is all you need

    To rebuilt the whole system, you will need 4 file in the same folder on a USB drive :
    - WinRE.WIM (taken from the recovery partition)
    - Reinstall.Cmd
    - ReAgent.xml
    - ResetPartitions.txt


    Here is the content of each file :

    REAGENT.XML
    Code:
    <?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8' standalone='yes'?>
    <WindowsRE version="2.0">
    <WinreBCD id=""></WinreBCD>
    <WinreLocation path="" id="0" offset="0"></WinreLocation>
    <ImageLocation path="" id="0" offset="0"></ImageLocation>
    <PBRImageLocation path="" id="0" offset="0" index="0"></PBRImageLocation>
    <PBRCustomImageLocation path="" id="0" offset="0" index="0"></PBRCustomImageLocation>
    <InstallState state="0"></InstallState>
    <OsInstallAvailable state="0"></OsInstallAvailable>
    <CustomImageAvailable state="0"></CustomImageAvailable>
    <WinREStaged state="0"></WinREStaged>
    <ScheduledOperation state="4"></ScheduledOperation>
    <OperationParam path=""></OperationParam>
    <OsBuildVersion path=""></OsBuildVersion>
    <OemTool state="0"></OemTool>
    </WindowsRE>
    RESETPARTITION.TXT
    Code:
    SELECT DISK 0
    CLEAN
    CONVERT GPT NOERR
    CREATE PARTITION EFI SIZE=100
    FORMAT FS=FAT32 QUICK LABEL=SYSTEM
    ASSIGN LETTER=S
    CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=700
    FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK LABEL=RECOVERY
    SET ID="de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac"
    ASSIGN LETTER=R
    CREATE PARTITION MSR SIZE=128
    CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
    FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK LABEL=WINDOWS
    ASSIGN LETTER=W
    SELECT DISK 1
    SELECT PARTITION 1
    ASSIGN LETTER=I
    REINSTALL.CMD
    Code:
    @Echo Off
    DISKPART /S ResetPartitions.txt
    
    DISM /Apply-Image /ImageFile:I:\RecoveryImage\Install.wim /Index:1 /ApplyDir:W:\
    
    MD R:\Recovery\WindowsRE
    COPY WINRE.WIM R:\Recovery\WindowsRE\WINRE.WIM
    COPY ReAgent.xml W:\Windows\System32\Recovery\ReAgent.xml
    
    BCDBOOT W:\Windows
    
    W:\Windows\System32\ReAgentc.exe /SetReImage /Target W:\Windows /Path R:\Recovery\WindowsRE
    W:\Windows\System32\ReAgentc.exe /SetOsImage /Target W:\Windows /Path I:\RecoveryImage /Index 1
    Now, simply boot the T100 from a Windows 8.1 image, open command prompt and connect the USB drive containing all of theses files and run the REINSTALL.CMD script.

    When the computer is reimaged, boot from it and check that everything is working. If all is OK, open commnand prompt AS ADMINISTRATOR and run the command "REAGENTC /ENABLE". This final command will enable the recovery option of the T100. Now, you will be able to recover it using the recovery option in the charms bar.

    Thanks for this! ... Worked a treat.... Installed Windows 10 and in the excitement forget to create recovery USB.
    Last edited by spin; 10-03-2014 at 03:31 PM.

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    Will this work with a refurb T100TA? The recovery partition for refurbs was part of the C:. I copied this recovery partition (8 gb) to a USB drive and deleted from the C:. I don't know if the hidden recovery ROM is active.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiat_lux View Post
    Will this work with a refurb T100TA? The recovery partition for refurbs was part of the C:. I copied this recovery partition (8 gb) to a USB drive and deleted from the C:. I don't know if the hidden recovery ROM is active.
    No, if there is no separate recovery partition the script will fail.

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    Soundwave
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    Thanks a lot ! You save my T100 !
    But I tested the recover menu and during restore I have an error with a missign driver ? I guess it is due to my WinRe.wim that I got from a standard Windows 8 image.
    If someone can give me the original T100 WinRe.wim, I appreciate !
    Last edited by kevinpato; 10-09-2014 at 05:50 PM.

 

 
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