Windows Recovery is missing

ItsEntDev

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Semi-followup to my previous question.
After solving that (by switching my installation to UEFI boot) I still have a minor issue: Windows Recovery is missing. There is no BCD entry for it, F:\EFI\Microsoft\Recovery is empty, C:\Recovery is also empty. What should I do to repair it?
 

Mike

Windows Forum Admin
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If the actual partition itself is missing, your best bet is to reinstall Windows. You can try to use the bcdedit to try to point to the recovery partition itself or repair the MBR, but if the actual partition itself is not physically there or missing, you are better off just reinstalling.
 

ItsEntDev

New Member
If the actual partition itself is missing, your best bet is to reinstall Windows. You can try to use the bcdedit to try to point to the recovery partition itself or repair the MBR, but if the actual partition itself is not physically there or missing, you are better off just reinstalling.
The one thing I'm not going to do is reinstall windows. I have so much custom setup, 200GB+ of personal files and many hard-to-get programs. I'd really like it if I can solve this without a reinstall.
 

Mike

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Try running this in PowerShell or an elevated CMD prompt (Start -> cmd (Right click: 'Run as Administrator')):

Code:
reagentc /info

You should see an output such as:

Code:
Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and system reset configuration
Information:

    Windows RE status:         Enabled
    Windows RE location:       \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition4\Recovery\WindowsRE
    Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: 8d1c77bc-dd69-11ec-9d3f-4c456ed65d81
    Recovery image location:
    Recovery image index:      0
    Custom image location:
    Custom image index:        0

REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.

This will tell you what partition it is in diskpart or the Disk Management utility (diskmgmt.msc)

If there is nothing listed then you have a problem.

You will have to check the diskmgmt.msc and see if you can see an empty partition, probably around 900MB in size, on your boot disk.
 

ItsEntDev

New Member
Try running this in PowerShell or an elevated CMD prompt (Start -> cmd (Right click: 'Run as Administrator')):

Code:
reagentc /info

You should see an output such as:

Code:
Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and system reset configuration
Information:

    Windows RE status:         Enabled
    Windows RE location:       \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition4\Recovery\WindowsRE
    Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: 8d1c77bc-dd69-11ec-9d3f-4c456ed65d81
    Recovery image location:
    Recovery image index:      0
    Custom image location:
    Custom image index:        0

REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.

This will tell you what partition it is in diskpart or the Disk Management utility (diskmgmt.msc)

If there is nothing listed then you have a problem.

You will have to check the diskmgmt.msc and see if you can see an empty partition, probably around 900MB in size, on your boot disk.
Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and system reset configuration
Information:

Windows RE status: Disabled
Windows RE location:
Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: aa898694-6801-11ed-9b04-5cf9dd780708
Recovery image location:
Recovery image index: 0
Custom image location:
Custom image index: 0
That's the commands output. I already expected that.
 

Josephur

Windows Forum Admin
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Microsoft Certified Professional
It's totally possible to manually reinstall WinRE, it's just not an operation that's super easy and takes some technical know how. First step is to make sure your disk is partitioned correctly and still has the 500MB (or so) WinRE partition, does it exist?
 

MikeHawthorne

Essential Member
Microsoft Community Contributor
My recommendation would be to make a system Image of your C:\ drive the way it is now, with everything working.
And save it on a new partition. Don't put everything on the partition, except for Windows, as much as you can. Move everything else off of C:\ then back up all of the C:\ drive.

If I need to restore Windows, I can do it in about 10 minutes, no reinstalling is required.
I have an all-solid-state computer, so it is very fast, but I never have to go back and reinstall Windows.

I use EaseUS Todo backup and recover, and have for many years. It's free.


It's better than having a recovery partition because you can keep it up to date with your computer, and everything that worked before works after you do it with no additional installations. It will create recovery material on a Disk or Flash drive that will boot and restore your computer in a matter of minutes.

Even if you get your Recovery Partition straightened out, you will find this much easier, I recommend that everyone do this.
 

ItsEntDev

New Member
My recommendation would be to make a system Image of your C:\ drive the way it is now, with everything working.
And save it on a new partition. Don't put everything on the partition, except for Windows, as much as you can. Move everything else off of C:\ then back up all of the C:\ drive.

If I need to restore Windows, I can do it in about 10 minutes, no reinstalling is required.
I have an all-solid-state computer, so it is very fast, but I never have to go back and reinstall Windows.

I use EaseUS Todo backup and recover, and have for many years. It's free.


It's better than having a recovery partition because you can keep it up to date with your computer, and everything that worked before works after you do it with no additional installations. It will create recovery material on a Disk or Flash drive that will boot and restore your computer in a matter of minutes.

Even if you get your Recovery Partition straightened out, you will find this much easier, I recommend that everyone do this.
Lmao you sound like an advertiser
 

ItsEntDev

New Member
It's totally possible to manually reinstall WinRE, it's just not an operation that's super easy and takes some technical know how. First step is to make sure your disk is partitioned correctly and still has the 500MB (or so) WinRE partition, does it exist?
No, it unfortunately doesn't. It has the main C: partition and the EFI System Partition. Nothing else.
 

MikeHawthorne

Essential Member
Microsoft Community Contributor
Lmao you sound like an advertiser
Well, I started doing this back when I was beta testing Windows 7, (I had to reset it about 5 times) and it worked out so well that I set up every new computer I get this way right from the start. I can't tell you how many times over the years this has saved me from my own mistakes or Windows glitches. The thing is that it replaces the boot sector too, so even if you get one of those boot sector corrupted messages it will fix it, in my case about 10 minutes.

I have had all my friends doing this for years now.
As some of, the old timers on here can attest, this is one of my pet obsessions.

And you can use whatever software you want, but do it, it only takes a few minutes, and you will eventually be glad you did.
Lmao you sound like an advertiser
 

Lance1

New Member
My recommendation would be to make a system Image of your C:\ drive the way it is now, with everything working.
And save it on a new partition. Don't put everything on the partition, except for Windows, as much as you can. Move everything else off of C:\ then back up all of the C:\ drive.

If I need to restore Windows, I can do it in about 10 minutes, no reinstalling is required.
I have an all-solid-state computer, so it is very fast, but I never have to go back and reinstall Windows.

I use EaseUS Todo backup and recover, and have for many years. It's free.


It's better than having a recovery partition because you can keep it up to date with your computer, and everything that worked before works after you do it with no additional installations. It will create recovery material on a Disk or Flash drive that will boot and restore your computer in a matter of minutes.

Even if you get your Recovery Partition straightened out, you will find this much easier, I recommend that everyone do this.
I've been using EaseUS Todo backup for many years as well. Only I back up to an external drive and then shelve it. I agree that It's better than having a recovery partition as well.

 

Neemobeer

Cloud Security Engineer
Staff member
Honestly it's just as easy if not easier to just have a recovery USB around. It works the same as the partition and you can create one from any Windows system at any time
 
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