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HP PCs - Creating WIMboot recovery media

WIMBoot is a compressed Microsoft Windows image and a system recovery solution for zero-spindle notebooks.
WIMBoot recovery is favored when a notebook has an eMMC flash drive, or a solid state drive (SSD), equal to or less than 128 GB for its primary storage because it has a significantly smaller recovery partition footprint.
note:
The WIMBoot image does not include HP Recovery Manager.
You must use the native Windows OS functionality to create recovery media for a WIMBoot recovery solution.
HP strongly recommends that you create the recovery media immediately after the initial set up of the notebook’s operating system and make sure to note the note size of the recommended USB flash drive.

What is WIMBoot?

The Windows image file boot (WIMBoot) recovery solution restores a notebook's system image from a compressed Windows image file (WIM file).
This solution reduces the amount of disk spaced required for Windows operating system files, which makes it suitable for use on eMMC and solid state drive (SSDs). It provides greater space for user data and is able to restore a system image faster than the traditional Windows system restore methods.
  • WIMBoot is only available for notebooks configured with eMMC NAND flash drives or solid state drive (SSDs).
  • WIMBoot is only supported by the UEFI BIOS.
When installing Windows with WIMBoot, all files are written to the drive only once, in compressed format, to the drive's image partition.
WIMBoot then creates a set of pointer files in the Windows partition that point back to the compressed files in the Images partition. All new files, apps, or updates are added to the Windows partition.
In a WIMBoot installation, the WIMBoot partition layout includes the following items:
  • EFI System Partition
  • Microsoft Reserved Partition
  • Windows partition - This contains the pointer files to the compressed Windows recovery images and free user data space.
  • Images partition - This contains the compressed images of the Windows files (install.wim), Windows RE recovery tools (winre.wim), and factory floor customizations (custom.wim).

Create a WIMBoot recovery drive

To create a recovery drive, perform the following steps:
  1. Click Search in the Charms bar.
  2. Type recovery drive in the search box, and then select Recovery Manager from the list of results.
  3. In the Recovery Manager window, click Create a recovery drive.
    Figure : Recovery Manager
  4. After the recovery drive tool opens, make sure Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive is checked, and then click Next.
    Figure : Create a recovery drive
    Image: Create a recovery drive
  5. Connect the USB flash drive to the notebook.
    note:
    Make sure the USB drive that you want to save the recovery files to can hold at least 8 GB of data.
    Figure : Connect a USB flash drive
    Image: Connect a USB flash drive
  6. From the list of available drives, select the drive that you want to save the recovery disk to, and then click Next.
    note:
    Any previous information saved on the USB drive will be deleted.
    Figure : Select the USB flash drive
    Image: Select the USB flash drive
  7. Click Create.
    Figure : Create the recovery drive
    Image: Create the recovery drive
    The progress of creating the recovery drive displays on-screen.
    Figure : Creating the recovery drive
    Image: Creating the recovery drive
  8. When the recovery drive is ready window displays, click Finish.
    Figure : The recovery drive is ready
    Image: The recovery drive is ready

F11 system recovery

When the notebook is unable to boot into the Windows 8.1 operating system, you can access Windows 8.1 Push-Button Reset (PBR) through the F11 boot option.
In the WIMBoot image, the Windows Push-Button Reset (PBR) has the same functionality as a Windows image in HP Recovery Manager.
  1. Turn on the computer, and then press F11.
  2. On the Choose an option screen, click Troubleshoot.
    Figure : Choose an option
    Image: Choose an option
  3. Click Reset your PC.
    Figure : Reset your PC
    Image: Reset your PC

Recovery with support-supplied recovery media

The SSRU (Support Sent Recovery USB drive) is a bootable USB recovery drive sent by HP Support to the customer to enable the customer to restore the HP Factory image on their notebook.
The SSRU erases the eMMC flash drive on your notebook in order to rewrite the OS image. If the notebook's eMMC drive is accessible, you should back up all necessary user data and files before booting from the SSRU.
You might have to download some application software and drivers separately after the recovery. This is especially true of any custom drivers or applications you installed after receiving the notebook from HP.
Going forward in 2C14, platforms shipping with the WIMBoot recovery solution and the corresponding SSRU will ship with a slim version of HP Recovery Manager.

Restore media

In the event that the recovery solution on the computer is inoperative, contact HP to order the HP Service-supplied recovery USB drive (SSRU).

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