The laptop is an Asus R500A with Windows 8 (not 8.1) that I just purchased from a guy on Kijiji. I got the thing home and did the recovery on it, all went as it should have and I was able to boot straight to the desktop where I went about performing the usual new Windows OS tasks; updates and software configs. Still all went fine. I did not update the laptop to Windows 8.1 on the OEM drive. I decided to then remove the OEM and install an SSD drive and install windows 8.1 to it. All went as expected and the laptop booted normally but I noticed some drivers were missing. I went to bed and decided to attack that particular issue the following day. The following day I decided, rather than punishing myself with ASUS support and driver downloads, I'd just remove the SSD and reinstall the OEM drive so that I could transfer the required drivers from there. Well, I think I've screwed myself because here's where the wheels fell of my wagon!! With the OEM drive reinstalled, I powered the laptop on only to realize that the laptop wasn't actually shut down before I swapped the drives from SSD to the OEM. I was now sitting at the lock screen of the SSD drive. Not thinking much of it, I rebooted the laptop and was then presented with the automatic repair process where I chose to Refresh your PC from troubleshooting which failed with a message of There was a problem refreshing your PC. No changes were made. I cancelled out of there and went back to troubleshooting and this time selected rest your PC, Only drive where windows is installed then chose to Just remove my files. The reset process began, got to 35% and returned with an error of; there was an error resetting your pc. System restore has no impact as there is no restore point and I have tried all the CMD tricks with Diskpart and reagentc to attempt to get the recovery/restore partition to be recognized and pointed to again but those things are not working either even though the processes were performed successfully. I guess now what I need to know is whether or not there may be a way for to extract the OEM restore files from the hidden partition so that I may still launch a successful reinstall of Windows back to the same drive, I will also need to know if there is a way to recover the OEM install key, from the drive without being booted to the OEM drives OS in case I need it for the process. If need be, I can slave the OEM drive to another PC and do everything I am asking about, I just need to know the tricks if it is possible.