Creating a Restoration / Recovery partition on Windows 8.1 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello, Everyone

    I am trying to figure out how to create a partition that will allow a Windows 8.1 deployed system to be re-imaged from a Partition.   Think of the Factory Restoration setting on most new computers.  The build would be created by MDT 2012/13.  There are some interesting elements to consider.  One of which is the ability to have the machine re-joined to the domain.  Any practical experience with doing something like this would be greatly appreciated. 

    Thank You

    IT Questor MDT 2010 Update 1 XpSp3 and W7x64Sp1

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014 12:53 PM


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  • I tried doing this for Microsoft's own IT department, the technology is designed for more of a OEM scenario, where the user is sent through the OOBE scenario. If you use ZTI/Litetouch to deploy your images, any content added during deployment ( as compared to content added to the *.wim image itself, will be lost when you recover).

    If you are looking for architectural/script guidance, I would recommend looking at Niehaus's WimBoot scripts, since WimBoot is designed to sit on *top* of a recovery partition.

    Keith Garner - Principal Consultant [owner] -

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014 5:20 PM
  • Thank you, Keith Garner.  I will review your info.   It's a shame that we can't do something like MDT's OEM feature where we can at least have that be a partition where we can rebuild the system from with out external media or the need of network connectivity.

    IT Questor MDT 2010 Update 1 XpSp3 and W7x64Sp1

    Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:21 PM
  • the MDT OEM solution is something different, created years ago *before* recovery partitions. :(

    Keith Garner - Principal Consultant [owner] -

    Friday, August 15, 2014 7:28 PM