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Windows 11 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?
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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?
 
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.
 
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
 
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.
 
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
 
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.

 
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
 
No, it unfortunately doesn't. It has the main C: partition and the EFI System Partition. Nothing else.
That's why I mentioned it's not for the faint of heart as it would require using a partition resizing tool to create a partition for it to live on.
 
Well, I have multiple hard drives, so I just have to make sure the backup is not on the same drive a Windows, It's best to have it on another drive, if you have a disk failure it will still fix your computer with a new drive installed.

Making a separate C:\ partition is just to keep the backup small, and your data safe, if I backed up the whole drive it would take a lot longer, but you can do that if you want everything backed up. But as long as your data is on another drive, you don't have to keep the backup up to date to keep your data recovery up to date.

All your software that was installed when you made the backup will run after the restore, and not have to be reinstalled.
And one of the pluses is that it's so easy, literally 3 mouse clicks, and it's done, once you have assigned a location for the backups.

I create a new one every so often so that they stay up to date, that's why I don't just put it on a disk or flash drive and put it away.

And remember, for me, it only takes about ten minutes.
 
I think before switching to UEFI boot, You can try these techniques.1. First, restart your PC and hold Shift while holding Restart.2. Then choose Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Repair. This will automatically try to fix the missing recovery environment.Then, after that, you can recheck your data. If it is a loss, then you can consider using any free data recovery tool like Stellar, which recovers 1 GB of free data without any cost.
 
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