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  1. Memitim's Avatar
    hi I have the same problem after many attempts my tablet just give the message that is unable to find a bootable location. i'd been trying to download your files but #5 just wont download.
    Busy uploading part 5 to Mega.co.nz
    11-17-2013 03:18 AM
  2. Memitim's Avatar
    11-17-2013 04:00 AM
  3. Lobbie1978's Avatar
    Thanks Memitim. That one file completed all of them.
    I am uploading the files to Newsgroups right now with recovery PAR files, in case anyone wishes to download the files from there.
    It will complete uploading by the end of the day. My upload speed is terrible :(

    Thanks! If anyone needs some help with restoring their XPS 10, don't hesitate to ask :)
    11-17-2013 07:11 AM
  4. Lobbie1978's Avatar
    Here you are guys. See attached the NZB for downloading the Dell XPS 10 Windows RT 8.1 USB recovery image as uploaded by Memitim. It has PAR2 restore files too.
    If you don't know how to download via Newsgroups, feel free to ask for help.

    Download
    Attached Files
    Last edited by Lobbie1978; 11-18-2013 at 07:28 AM.
    11-18-2013 07:15 AM
  5. Memitim's Avatar
    Lobbie1978 if you do manage to restore your recovery partition could you post a step-by-step guide on how to do it, think it would be valuable to a lot of users.
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    11-18-2013 08:46 AM
  6. Lobbie1978's Avatar
    It will be my pleasure :-) I actually managed to do this. And I tested it, by choosing 'Remove everything and reinstall Windows'. It worked without the USB drive I actually installed Windows 8.1 Pro on my Desktop PC in the same way by using a Windows 8.1 Pro x64 image, and it also works! So here we go:

    Before I explain the steps to restore your XPS 10 completely, I'll explain what I used and why:

    The USB image from Memitim contains all the factory files to restore the tablet as it were new. The most important file is the install.wim file. This is actually the full Windows installation image. Besides the install.wim, there is also a image file called boot.wim. This is actually the customized image which allows you to boot into recovery mode and choose various options to restore the installation (this file gets renamed to winre.wim once it's transferred to the recovery tools partition)
    The Command-Line tools needed to restore everything are:

    - DISKPART - This is the Microsoft tool which let you create all the partitions needed to restore the tablet. In this scenario, it is used in conjunction with a pre-defined script which you'll see below. It will install 5 partitions by Microsoft standard for UEFI based computers (EFI partition, Recovery Tools partition, System partition, RecoveryImage partition and System Reserved partition)
    - DISM - This tool deploys the install.wim to the RecoveryImage partition and the actual Windows Partition.
    - REAGENTC - This tool configures and installs the actual Recovery Environment and sets the location for the Recovery Images install.wim and winre.wim
    - BCDBOOT - This tool installs the boot files needed to boot to Windows and run the Windows OOBE.

    Okay. so here we go.

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    The steps below explain a full CLEAN install of the tablet!!! Which means, ALL partitions are erased, rebuilt and populated with the appropriate files!

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    - First, you'll need the Dell XPS 10 Windows RT 8.1 USB Image from Memitim. You can find it in the previous posts (I also uploaded it to a Newsserver for fast downloading)
    - Install the image on a 4GB USB drive using the tool win32diskimager (be aware of the fact that all data on the USB drive gets erased)
    - Copy the below code to a txt file and save it as 'CreatePartitions-UEFI.txt' and copy the text file to the root of the USB drive.

    [CODE]rem == CreatePartitions-UEFI.txt =====================
    rem == These commands are used with DiskPart to
    rem create five partitions
    rem for a UEFI/GPT-based PC.
    rem Adjust the partition sizes to fill the drive
    rem as necessary. =================================
    select disk 0
    clean
    convert gpt
    rem == 1. Windows RE tools partition =================
    create partition primary size=450
    format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"
    assign letter="T"
    set id="de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac"
    gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
    rem == 2. System partition ===========================
    create partition efi size=260
    rem ** NOTE: For Advanced Format 4Kn drives,
    rem change this value to size = 260 **
    format quick fs=fat32 label="System"
    assign letter="S"
    rem == 3. Microsoft Reserved (MSR) partition =========
    create partition msr size=128
    rem == 4. Windows partition ==========================
    rem == a. Create the Windows partition ============
    create partition primary
    rem == b. Create space for the recovery image =====
    shrink minimum=4200
    rem ** NOTE: Update this size to match the size
    rem of the recovery image **
    rem == c. Prepare the Windows partition ===========
    format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows"
    assign letter="W"
    rem === 5. Recovery image partition ==================
    create partition primary
    format quick fs=ntfs label="Recovery image"
    assign letter="R"
    set id="de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac"
    gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
    list volume
    exit[/CODE]

    - Next, copy the below code to Notepad and save it as 'ApplyImage.bat' and also copy it to the root of the USB drive.

    [CODE]rem === These commands copy the selected image file to =====================================
    rem === predefined hard disk partitions on a UEFI-based computer. ==========================
    rem === Create recovery image folder =======================================================
    md R:\RecoveryImage

    rem === Copy the image to the recovery image partition =====================================
    copy E:\sources\install.wim R:\RecoveryImage\install.wim

    rem === Apply the image to the Windows partition ===========================================
    dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install.wim /Index:1 /ApplyDir:W:\

    rem === Copy the Windows RE Tools to the Windows RE Tools partition ========================
    md T:\Recovery\WindowsRE

    copy W:\Windows\system32\recovery\winre.wim T:\Recovery\WindowsRE\winre.wim

    rem === Change attributes for WinRE Image to hidden ========================================
    attrib -h -s -r T:\Recovery\WinRE\winre.wim

    rem === In the Recovery partition, set the location of the Windows partition ===============
    W:\Windows\System32\reagentc /setosimage /path R:\RecoveryImage /index 1 /target W:\Windows

    rem === In the Windows RE Tools partition, set the location of the WinRE tools =============
    W:\Windows\System32\reagentc /setreimage /path T:\Recovery\WindowsRE /target W:\Windows

    rem === Copy boot files from the Windows partition to the System partition =================
    bcdboot W:\Windows
    [/CODE]
    - Alright, now the exciting part: Plug in the USB drive to the XPS 10 and start it by holding the 'Volume Down' rocker.
    - When Recovery Mode has started (it takes a while, be patient), choose 'Advanced Options' and launch the Command Prompt.
    - Be sure the USB drive has the E:\ drive letter. You can check this by using Diskpart: type in: 'diskpart' and 'enter'. Next type: 'list volume'. You will see the FAT32 USB drive with a drive letter.
    If it doesn't have E:\ proceed as follows: Select the USB volume by typing: 'select volume X' (where X is your USB drive). Then type: 'assign letter=E'. Now it will have the E:\ drive letter. Exit Diskpart by typing in: 'exit'.
    - You are now ready to install all the partitions. Type in: 'diskpart /s E:\CreatePartitions-UEFI.txt'
    - Once all the partitions have installed, we are now ready to install the images and Recovery files and configuration. Type in: 'E:\ApplyImage.bat'
    - Grab a coffee and sit back and watch all the files and configuration getting installed automatically :-)
    - Once everything is done, remove your USB drive and type in: shutdown /r. The tablet will reboot after a few seconds and will boot into the Windows installation

    Once you finished the Windows installation, you can check the status of the Recovery Environment using REAGENTC.exe. Open a Command Prompt with Administrative Privileges. Type in: 'reagentc /info'. You must see

    [CODE]Windows RE status: Enabled
    Windows RE location: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition1\Recovery\WindowsRE

    Recovery Image Location: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition5\RecoveryImage
    Recovery Image index: 1[/CODE]

    I hope this is informative enough for you guys. Please don't hesitate to ask if you run into problems or anything else.

    - Rob
    Last edited by Lobbie1978; 11-22-2013 at 03:49 PM. Reason: typo, added links, small adjustments
    11-22-2013 03:02 PM
  7. redds156's Avatar
    HI i need your help i really mest up my dell xps 10 and i am terryfied now i wanted to install win 7 on it (now i now its impossible because of the arm processor)and
    i erese everything what was on hard drive by cmd(while it was working) using diskpart--->list disk---> select disk 0---> clean
    and now when i try to turn it on on screan shows quote "error: unable to find a bootable option. pres any key to shut down"
    i just started and i am already lost because i downloaded this 18 parts of win rt 8.1 image, i downloaded this win32diskimager
    and when i tryed to install the image it only opens one part and i can't extract those parts or make them as one
    the other thing is that this program makes my usb formated to fat 32 which makes me impossible to but those text files on pendrive
    I know what i did was really stupid but hel me i don't want to lose so much money because it wont work
    o i almost forgot about the volume down rocket problem if You mean to press volume down and hold it and then press power button so it 's not working on my tablet it still shows that error nothing more i even tryed volume up + power, only vloume up and down only power and still the same
    11-23-2013 06:14 PM
  8. Lobbie1978's Avatar
    Hi. I'll be glad to help. But first, and no offence here, WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING???

    AS I can read you'll need WinRAR first to unpack the 18 files (www.rarlabs.com) Install WinRAR and then select all 18 files and right click and choose 'extract here'. You'll see a .img file being extracted. This file you can transfer to the USB drive with win32diskimager.

    Once you've done that, you can proceed with my tutorial to restore your tablet. Be sure to follow every step closely. Let me know if you need anything else. Good luck!

    - Rob
    11-24-2013 06:22 AM
  9. redds156's Avatar
    I have Win rar but it shows error that there s notjing inside to extract
    11-24-2013 10:58 AM
  10. Lobbie1978's Avatar
    I have Win rar but it shows error that there s notjing inside to extract
    Better download the parts again then. You have newsgroup download? That works best.
    11-24-2013 11:17 AM
  11. redds156's Avatar
    one part was broken got it :) i finally extract it and now i am putting it with this program on usb device
    11-24-2013 11:23 AM
  12. redds156's Avatar
    ok i'm stucked at Once all the partitions have installed, we are now ready to install the images and Recovery files and configuration. Type in: 'E:\ApplyImage.bat' i do it and it shows exactly this:
    "Error: 2
    The system cannot find path specified
    The DISM log file can be found at X:\windows\Logs\DISM\dism.log
    X:\windows\system32>rem === Copy the Windows RE Tools to Windows RE Tools Partition ========================
    X:\windows\system32>md T:\Recovery\WindowsRE
    A subdirectory or file T:\Recovery\WindowsRE already exists.
    X:\windows\system32>copy W:\Windows\system32\recovery\winre.wim T:\Recovery\WindowsRE\winre.wim
    The system cannot find the drive specified.
    X:\windows\system32>rem === Change attributes for WinRE Image to hidden ========================================
    X:\windows\system32>attrib -h -s -r T:\Recovery\WinRE\winre.wim
    Path not found - T:\Recovery\WinRE
    X:\windows\system32>rem === In the Recovery partition, set the location of the Windows partition ===============
    X:\windows\system32>W:\Windows\System32\reagentc /setosimage /path R:\RecoveryImage /index 1 /target W:\Windows
    The system cannot find the drive specified.
    X:\windows\system32>rem === In the Windows RE Tools partition, set the location of the WinRE tools =============
    X:\windows\system32>W:\Windows\System32\reagentc /setreimage /path T:\Recovery\WindowsRE /tareget W:\Windows
    The system cannot find the drive specified.
    X:\windows\system32>rem === Copy boot files from the Windows partition to the System partition =================
    X:\windows\system32>bcdboot W:\Windows
    Failure when attempting to copy boot files"
    Last edited by redds156; 11-24-2013 at 12:41 PM.
    11-24-2013 11:39 AM
  13. Lobbie1978's Avatar
    What kind of failure?
    11-24-2013 12:10 PM
  14. redds156's Avatar
    i correct my anser i rewrote what cmd shows
    i got those 18 parts from user Memitim and this txt and bat files
    Last edited by redds156; 11-24-2013 at 12:52 PM.
    11-24-2013 12:30 PM
  15. Lobbie1978's Avatar
    i correct my anser i rewrote what cmd shows
    i got those 18 parts from user Memitim and this txt and bat files

    Ah, I think I know. Before running the .bat file, try changing directory frist; type: cd /d W:\Windows\system32 and enter. Make sure your USB drive has the letter E:\ (see my tutorial)
    After that: E:\ApplyImage.bat
    Let me know if that works out for you.
    11-24-2013 03:19 PM
  16. redds156's Avatar
    i did it like You said and nothing cmd wrote back "the system cannot find the path specified "
    i don't know if it will help but i checked other troubleshot options and when i try to "refresh my pc" it say yhe drive where Windows is installed is locked . Unlock the drive and try again.
    and reset your pc say unable to reset your pc . A required drive partition is missing
    Last edited by redds156; 11-24-2013 at 06:23 PM.
    11-24-2013 06:00 PM
  17. Lobbie1978's Avatar
    i did it like You said and nothing cmd wrote back "the system cannot find the path specified "
    i don't know if it will help but i checked other troubleshot options and when i try to "refresh my pc" it say yhe drive where Windows is installed is locked . Unlock the drive and try again.
    and reset your pc say unable to reset your pc . A required drive partition is missing
    Well,
    Sometimes, you need to unlock the Pc first using the Bitlocker key you can retrieve from http://windows.microsoft.com/recoverykey (login with your Microsoft account)

    The other error's indicate that the partitioning dind't went correctly. So, try to boot into the recovery USB drive first and see if you can unlock your Pc from somewehere by choosing various recovery options (refresh my Pc won't work because you deleted all partitions and files).
    After that, really look closely if the partitioning is going well using my script. If the script deploys correctly, you should be able to deploy the image files correctly using the ApplyImage.bat file.
    11-25-2013 05:39 AM
  18. redds156's Avatar
    i don't have microsoft acount
    i bought that pc 4 days ago from other guy and i destroyed the system so here we are :(
    ahh damn it i always have to do something wrong and i am suprised that windows don't have any idiots shield
    11-25-2013 10:04 AM
  19. Lobbie1978's Avatar
    i don't have microsoft acount
    i bought that pc 4 days ago from other guy and i destroyed the system so here we are :(
    ahh damn it i always have to do something wrong and i am suprised that windows don't have any idiots shield
    Well, trying to install a non-touch x86 Operating System on a ARM based Touch device is already out of the scope of *****-proof to be honest (no offense, but please... ;-) ) I mean, what were you thinking? Why would you even want to install anything other than Windows 8.1 (RT) on a tablet???

    Anyway, If you haven't signed in with your Microsoft account on the tablet ever, then there is no unlock key. The tablet is not binded to your account. So I think your f****d here... I'm sorry to say.
    I think all you can do, if my method fails, is to bring the device back to Dell. But remember, Dell needs to know the previous owner for them to accept it. So, I hope you have that info handy.
    11-25-2013 10:29 AM
  20. redds156's Avatar
    sorry but win 7 ultimate is touchable :) and it works normally on tablets
    so maybe i can unlock bitlocker with cmd or some application
    and this bitlocker is blocking my pc if i had deleted everything ?
    Is it possible not to use that Apply image bat file and you know write it to cmd by hand to stard the instalation so you could see on which step there is a problem ?
    what if this guy had assign his acount to tablet would be he able to get that key? if i get that key how to unlock it ?what do i have to type in ?
    please don't leave me with this
    11-25-2013 04:04 PM
  21. Lobbie1978's Avatar
    sorry but win 7 ultimate is touchable :) and it works normally on tablets
    No, it's not, and no, it does not work normally on tablets. No discussion here. W7 is initially a desktop OS and not designed for touch as Windows 8/RT is. Period.

    so maybe i can unlock bitlocker with cmd or some application
    That maybe possible, but I have no idea how. And in the end, you'll still need the unlock key I guess....

    and this bitlocker is blocking my pc if i had deleted everything?
    It's the Microsoft Secure Boot Option what is blocking your system. It is something which is implemented in W8/RT to secure Pc's and Tablet Devices. You can read about it online.

    Is it possible not to use that Apply image bat file and you know write it to cmd by hand to stard the instalation so you could see on which step there is a problem ?
    Sure, you can manually enter each step from the script and see what happens. But, the errors indicate that partitioning didn't went correctly, so it won't do you any good.

    what if this guy had assign his acount to tablet would be he able to get that key? if i get that key how to unlock it ?what do i have to type in ?
    Yes, if you could ask this guy if he used the tablet with his Microsoft account, you can ask him to log in to the website and send you the Bitlocker unlock key. If you get the option to enter this key, then your good. As soon as you unlocked the device, you should be able to start with my tutorial from step one and see if that will actually do the trick.

    please don't leave me with this
    Well, as you see, I'm not
    11-25-2013 04:26 PM
  22. redds156's Avatar
    YES, if you could ask this guy if he used the tablet with his Microsoft account, you can ask him to log in to the website and send you the Bitlocker unlock key. If you get the option to enter this key, then your good. As soon as you unlocked the device, you should be able to start with my tutorial from step one and see if that will actually do the trick.
    but how to type it in cmd do you know any command ?
    ok i send e mail to that guy hope he will help

    i ve also tryed to open the recovery files on my own by the cmd and to some files it said acces denied
    11-25-2013 04:35 PM
  23. Lobbie1978's Avatar
    but how to type it in cmd do you know any command ?
    ok i send e mail to that guy hope he will help

    i ve also tryed to open the recovery files on my own by the cmd and to some files it said acces denied

    Maybe this: BitLocker Recovery - Unlock a Drive in Windows 8
    11-25-2013 04:52 PM
  24. redds156's Avatar
    oh man you re incredible
    now i have to wait and pray that this guy have that key
    11-25-2013 05:04 PM
  25. redds156's Avatar
    got the key :D but i don't know which drive is locked
    i'm doing it like it s in that tutorial u posted in
    for two volumes it say that they re already unlocked and the volumes T R S it say
    an error occurred <code 0x 80070057>:
    the parameter is incorect
    Last edited by redds156; 11-25-2013 at 05:33 PM.
    11-25-2013 05:17 PM
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