WHS 2011 : Bare Metal Restore of a Windows 10 UEFI/GPT pc RRS feed

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    To perform a BMR on a pc from WHS 2011 you should use a USB flash drive created with WHS 2011 (KB2781272 installed) including the drivers of the pc. But on a Windows 10 UEFI/GPT pc this often seems not to work : the 'RestoreCDInit.exe - Application Error' is showing up. Neither 32 or 64 bit installation, all possible BIOS settings and options, or adding USB drivers to boot.wim seem to resolve the issue.

    Finally (after weeks of trying) this procedure showed up to be successfull.

    1. Use Media Creation Tool to create a bootable Windows 10 64bit 4GB USB flash drive for legacy BIOS and UEFI (https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2376-create-bootable-usb-flash-drive-install-windows-10-a.html)
    2. Copy the folder with the drivers of the pc to the USB flash drive (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/windows/it-pro/windows-home-server/ff402461(v=ws.11))
    3. Copy the content of the folder C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\ClientRestore\1FAE75EB-B11A-4883-BCEE-9AC1C6D95216\X64 on the server to a folder WHS on the USB flash drive
    4. Copy C:\WINDOWS\System32\shutdown.exe from a W10 pc to the WHS folder on the USB flash drive
    5. Keep the pc connected to the network
    6. Boot the pc with the W10 USB flash drive and select repair the computer
    7. Select advanced options and open the command prompt (don't close it !)
    8. Run  NOTEPAD  and use the File/Open dialog to see the drive letter assigned to the USB flash drive and other drives
    9. Eventually reset the pc's disk(s) : DISKPART / LIST DISK / SEL <n> / CLEAN / EXIT
    10. On the command prompt change to the WHS folder on the USB flash drive (CD /D )
    11. Run  WSSDRIVERSETUP.EXE  to install the missing network drivers
    12. Run  NETCFG -WINPE  and  WPEUTIL INITIALIZENETWORK  to setup the network connection, this can take some time, check with  IPCONFIG
    13. Run  CLIENTRESTOREWIZARD.EXE  to start the restore process (it's marked 'SBS 2011' but that's ok)
      Use the wizard to select the drives, otherwise use DISKPART (disk management is not available)
    14. When finished, you can use DISKPART to check the partitions and volumes
    15. Finally reboot  : shutdown /R  (without this the process doesn't complete)

    This procedure worked in my specific situation but possibly doesn't in yours.

    - https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/e3cd8791-5456-479b-943e-6399092363a7/how-to-restore-a-client-pc-if-the-network-connection-does-not-work-in-the-cd-based-restore?forum=whsfaq
    - https://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/14f0a649-e9e9-4b79-a767-c850b773d117/failing-full-client-restore-cd-or-usb-key-restorecdinitexe-application-error-0xc0000025-at?forum=whs2011
    - https://support.symantec.com/us/en/article.tech165596.html

    • Edited by Tom_BE Friday, January 3, 2020 3:49 PM
    Wednesday, September 4, 2019 3:02 PM