## Windows 10 Recovery Environment

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### Re: Windows 10 Recovery Environment

TeraByte Support(PP) wrote:
> If you want to keep the file available it's best to disable WinRE first before
> deleting the partition. That way the file gets moved to the Windows partition (where
> it can be enabled again later) and can be found for TBWinRE builds.

So whenever Windows splits its boot partition and puts the Recovery Environment in a separate partition, then I only have to do the following 4 steps?
1) Disable Recovery Environment. (reagentc /disable)
2) Remove Recovery Environment partition with BIBM's Partition Work.
3) Resize boot partition to its original size with BIBM's Partition Work.
4) Enable Recovery Environment. (reagentc /enable)

Please confirm if I understood correctly.
AGH1965

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### Re: Windows 10 Recovery Environment

Brian K wrote:
> Bob, thanks for the info. Can you run (from Admin Command Prompt)...
>
> reagentc /info
>
> That will tell you if the RE is enabled and the location of the RE.
>
> Edit... In my UEFI Win10 I just deleted the RE partition and tried to make
>
> Status
> Error: Unable to locate WinRE.
>
> You must be using the old WinRE in the Win10 partition. Prior to the
> updated RE which you deleted.

2019-05-05 14:58:26.51 C:\WINDOWS\system32>reagentc /info
Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and system reset configuration
Information:

Windows RE status: Enabled
Windows RE location: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition2\Recovery\WindowsRE
Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: 62b36992-c774-11e8-baa7-b28f9acc8976
Recovery image location:
Recovery image index: 0
Custom image location:
Custom image index: 0

REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.
Bob Coleman

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### Re: Windows 10 Recovery Environment

TeraByte Support(PP) wrote:

>
> If you want to keep the file available it's best to disable WinRE first before
> deleting the partition. That way the file gets moved to the Windows partition (where
> it can be enabled again later) and can be found for TBWinRE builds. Otherwise, the
> build would be based on the backup of WinRE if it exists from a prior build.

That seems familiar. I may have done that, but don't really remember.
Bob Coleman

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### Re: Windows 10 Recovery Environment

AGH1965 wrote:
> So whenever Windows splits its boot partition and puts the Recovery Environment in a
> separate partition, then I only have to do the following 4 steps?
> 1) Disable Recovery Environment. (reagentc /disable)
> 2) Remove Recovery Environment partition with BIBM's Partition Work.
> 3) Resize boot partition to its original size with BIBM's Partition Work.
> 4) Enable Recovery Environment. (reagentc /enable)
>
> Please confirm if I understood correctly.

Yes, that's the correct procedure.
Paul Purviance
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### Re: Windows 10 Recovery Environment

AGH1965 wrote:
> but I would get crazy if I
> would need as many USB drives as I have DVDs now, especially since I have
> all DVDs twice just in case one gets unusable.

AGH1965,

I create IFW images of infrequently used UFDs. The images are restored as needed. I only need 6 UFDs.
Brian K

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### Re: Windows 10 Recovery Environment

On Sun, 5 May 2019 05:28:17 PDT, just as I was about to take a herb,
AGH1965 disturbed my reverie and wrote:

>Making a full backup of all important partitions takes me at least 4 hours. Therefore I do that only once a month. So I may get in the situation that I need the Recovery Environment. Therefore I don't want to delete it.
At the end of the day I run a full backup of my drive that contains
all my OSs. I get IfW to turn off my PC so it does not matter to me
how long it takes. By "full" backup I include incrementals of the
whole drive too. As I have IfW etc, I would be crazy not to use it on
a VERY frequent basis. System restore is a life-saver too.
--
Cheers,

DrT

** Amateurs built the Ark, but professionals built the Titanic.**
DrTeeth

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### Re: Windows 10 Recovery Environment

AGH1965 wrote:
> So whenever Windows splits its boot partition and puts the Recovery Environment in a
> separate partition, then I only have to do the following 4 steps?
> 1) Disable Recovery Environment. (reagentc /disable)
> 2) Remove Recovery Environment partition with BIBM's Partition Work.
> 3) Resize boot partition to its original size with BIBM's Partition Work.
> 4) Enable Recovery Environment. (reagentc /enable)

TeraByte Support(PP) wrote:
> Yes, that's the correct procedure.

I tried it and it worked out fine. Thanks for the support!
AGH1965

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### Re: Windows 10 Recovery Environment

AGH1965 wrote:
> Ah, now I think I understand. Do you mean that Windows has no opportunity
> to split the original installation partition if I fill all 4 slots of the
> MBR myself?

TeraByte Support(PP) wrote:
> Correct.

I myself only need 2 partitions in Windows: a boot partition and a data partition. Will the trick also work if add 2 tiny "filler" partitions to the MBR but remove the drive letter of these in Windows? Without drive letter I will not see them in Explorer. Is my assumption correct that Windows will not sacrifice partitions without driver letter?
AGH1965

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### Re: Windows 10 Recovery Environment

All four slots just need to be filled/used. They can be two for Windows & data + two fillers or one for Windows + three fillers or whatever combination is needed. With regards to partitions not required by the Windows installation, Windows shouldn't remove/alter any partition regardless of if it's assigned a drive letter or not. You can also use partition types Windows won't bother with -- like Linux partitions.
Paul Purviance
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### Re: Windows 10 Recovery Environment

TeraByte Support(PP) wrote:
> You can also use partition types Windows won't bother
> with -- like Linux partitions.

Smart! Why didn't I think of that myself?
AGH1965

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