Best way to increase size of WinRE partition to accommodate Bitlocker security vulnerability fix?


dbookbinder

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I get a failure to install message from a Windows 11 update intended to fix a Bitlocker security vulnerability in my WinRE partition. I use Bitlocker, so I want to extend the partition the recommended 250MB. The manual instructions Microsoft provided look too complex for my skill level, and the recently released Microsoft scripts also look pretty complex. Has anyone here tried them?

Or, can I simply use one of the free partition manager tools, such as those from AOEMI or EASUS? I don't want to hose my disk or invalidate WinRE, turning a small problem into a larger one, so I want a foolproof method. (Myself being that fool!)

Thanks!
 
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Thanks, but I'm not in front of that computer, which is currently going through an all-night restore operation.

The WinRE partition is the last partition on the drive. I'm just looking for whether there's any reason to prefer the script to a partition manager like EASUS to increase the size of the WinRE partition. I have plenty of space on the C: portion of the drive.
 

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Hi,
Any third party partition manager can do this simple task.
I prefer free minitool but either of the two you listed is fine.

If you want a fool proof way just make a system image before and restore it if things don't work out.

Personally I'd just make the RE 1gb or 1024mb and not just adding 250mb to what ever it is atm unless that makes it larger than 1gb then go ahead.
 

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Below are the steps you need to perform:
1. Download a portable Minitool Partition Manager from the link below:
then Unzip to desktop
2. IMPORTANT: Turn off Bitlocker and Disable Recovery Environment
3.Use Disk Managemnt, to shrink drive C for exact amount of 1024 = 1GB
4. Run Minitool Manager. Right click on the Recovery partition select Extent
5. Select the 1024MB unallocated space from drop down list then move the slider to the end for full 1024MB.
6. Click Apply
6a.Reboot your PC. NOTE: This step is required so that the BCD will be updated the info of new RE size.
7. Open Teminal Windows again then re-enable the recovery environment. Turn on Bitlocker

See Video for the above steps:
 
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.....then Unzip to desktop
2. IMPORTANT: Turn off Bitlocker and Disable Recovery Environment
3.Use Disk Managemnt, to shrink drive C for exact amount of 1024 = 1GB
4. Run Minitool Manager. Right click on the Recovery partition select Extent
5. Select the 1024MB unallocated space from drop down list then move the slider to the end for full 1024MB.
6. Click Apply
7. Open Teminal Windows again then re-enable the recovery environment. Turn on Bitlocker
Good instructions, I have done at least half a dozen machines in exactly that way now, all of them successfully.

I would have put 'IMPORTANT' for #2 in bold and red, it is a vital step!

I found that a step 6a may be needed. After resizing the partitions I had to restart, seemed that I couldn't re-enable the recovery environment until I had done so.
 

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    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Dev, Beta, and RP 24H2 as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
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    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Dev, Beta, and RP 24H2 as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
@Bree
I would have put 'IMPORTANT' for #2 in bold and red, it is a vital step!
Good point. Thanks
I found that a step 6a is needed. After resizing the partitions a restart may be required, seemed that I couldn't re-enable the recovery environment until I had done so.
If you watch the video I recorded while doing it, It was a quick video, I did not bother to edit or beautifying it. There's no need to restart.
 

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@Bree ...If you watch the video I recorded while doing it, It was a quick video, I did not bother to edit or beautifying it. There's no need to restart.
I found that reagentc /enable would fail to find the resized recovery partition, seemed that it didn't recognise the recovery partition's new location until after I had restarted.

In your video, at the start the recovery environment was in partition 4....

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...but when you enabled it again it put it in partition 3, that's your C:\ partition (Disk Management doesn't show the hidden MSR partition).

The recovery environment will work just as well from the C: partition, that's reagentc's fallback position when it can't find a usable recovery partition. But you're not actually using the newly resized recovery partition.

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    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
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    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Dev, Beta, and RP 24H2 as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
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    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
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    0T6M8G
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    8GB
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    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Dev, Beta, and RP 24H2 as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
Hi,
Didn't find it because he broke the RE using disk management to shrink C lol

Why on earth would you use DM when you use minitool to enlarge RE
Minitool can do both operations and won't break the RE in the process either.
 

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    Acer 17" Nitro 7840sn/ 2x16gb 5600c40/ 4060/ stock 1tb-os/ 4tb sn850x
    CPU
    10900k & 9940x & 5930k
    Motherboard
    z490-Apex & x299-Apex & x99-Sabertooth
    Memory
    Trident-Z Royal 4000c16 2x16gb & Trident-Z 3600c16 4x8gb & 3200c14 4x8gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Titan Xp & 1080ti FTW3 & evga 980ti gaming
    Sound Card
    Onboard Realtek x3
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1-AOC G2460PG 24"G-Sync 144Hz/ 2nd 1-ASUS VG248QE 24"/ 3rd LG 43" series
    Screen Resolution
    1920-1080 not sure what the t.v is besides 43" class scales from 1920-1080 perfectly
    Hard Drives
    2-WD-sn850x 4tb/ 970evo+500gb/ 980 pro 2tb.
    PSU
    1000p2 & 1200p2 & 850p2
    Case
    D450 x2 & 1 Test bench in cherry Entertainment center
    Cooling
    Custom water loops x3 with 2x mora 360mm rads only 980ti gaming air cooled
    Keyboard
    G710+x3
    Mouse
    Redragon x3
    Internet Speed
    xfinity gigabyte
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    mbam pro
Why is it important to disable Bitlocker before repartitioning? This is the first I've heard that was a necessary step. Not doubting it, just didn't see it in the Microsoft page where they use a script.
 

My Computers

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  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    i7-1355U
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    64GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel IRIS 1GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek (internal)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Stock and external 27" Acer monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    NVme 2TB (Windows), 2TB SSD
    PSU
    Stock
    Case
    Stock
    Cooling
    Stock
    Keyboard
    Stock and external HP keyboard
    Mouse
    Trackpad and external Logitech wired mouse
    Internet Speed
    FIOS 1GB
    Browser
    Chrome, Edge, Brave
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    2TB Samsung 990 Pro, 2TB Samsung 870 EVO
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 5770
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon 530
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    256GB Samsung SDD, 2TB Western Digital HDD
    Mouse
    Logitech wired
    Keyboard
    Arteck wireless
    Internet Speed
    FIOS 1GB
    Browser
    Chrome, Edge
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
Why is it important to disable Bitlocker before repartitioning? This is the first I've heard that was a necessary step. Not doubting it, just didn't see it in the Microsoft page where they use a script.
Hi,
Yeah I lost track of that ms page.
Sure it is important if one uses bitlocker which I don't.

But as noted using disk management broke the RE pretty quickly lol
 

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    Win-7-10-11Pro's
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer 17" Nitro 7840sn/ 2x16gb 5600c40/ 4060/ stock 1tb-os/ 4tb sn850x
    CPU
    10900k & 9940x & 5930k
    Motherboard
    z490-Apex & x299-Apex & x99-Sabertooth
    Memory
    Trident-Z Royal 4000c16 2x16gb & Trident-Z 3600c16 4x8gb & 3200c14 4x8gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Titan Xp & 1080ti FTW3 & evga 980ti gaming
    Sound Card
    Onboard Realtek x3
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1-AOC G2460PG 24"G-Sync 144Hz/ 2nd 1-ASUS VG248QE 24"/ 3rd LG 43" series
    Screen Resolution
    1920-1080 not sure what the t.v is besides 43" class scales from 1920-1080 perfectly
    Hard Drives
    2-WD-sn850x 4tb/ 970evo+500gb/ 980 pro 2tb.
    PSU
    1000p2 & 1200p2 & 850p2
    Case
    D450 x2 & 1 Test bench in cherry Entertainment center
    Cooling
    Custom water loops x3 with 2x mora 360mm rads only 980ti gaming air cooled
    Keyboard
    G710+x3
    Mouse
    Redragon x3
    Internet Speed
    xfinity gigabyte
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    mbam pro
But as noted using disk management broke the RE pretty quickly lol
I used Disk Management to shrink C:, then MiniTool to enlarge the recovery partition. It only takes a restart for the resized recovery partition to be found and used when you re-enable the recovery environment. Done it many times, always puts WinRE back in the correct recovery partition.
 

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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

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    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
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    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Dev, Beta, and RP 24H2 as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
I used Disk Management to shrink C:, then MiniTool to enlarge the recovery partition. It only takes a restart for the resized recovery partition to be found and used when you re-enable the recovery environment. Done it many times, always puts WinRE back in the correct recovery partition.
Hi,
Well have you thought to let minitool do both chores and leave the RE enabled to see if nothing changes.
 

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Hi All,

I recently had to do this. I used a script that MS has provided and it worked well. You could modify the amount it extends it by in the script.

Add an update to Windows RE

I've attached the script here too...

They also have manual instructions here. Recently I also saw a link to here that has some scripts to do the same thing (might be a similar script to above, but I haven't looked at it thoughly yet.
 

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  • Resize-WinREPartition.ps1
    22 KB · Views: 2

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    Laptop
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    Lenovo
Hi,
Yeah that process is sort of funny in that they delete the RE and recreate it hehe

And yeah they do not say disable bitlocker lol :lmao:
And they also do not do anything in disk management the oldest inept pos app on the planet hehe
 

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    Acer 17" Nitro 7840sn/ 2x16gb 5600c40/ 4060/ stock 1tb-os/ 4tb sn850x
    CPU
    10900k & 9940x & 5930k
    Motherboard
    z490-Apex & x299-Apex & x99-Sabertooth
    Memory
    Trident-Z Royal 4000c16 2x16gb & Trident-Z 3600c16 4x8gb & 3200c14 4x8gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Titan Xp & 1080ti FTW3 & evga 980ti gaming
    Sound Card
    Onboard Realtek x3
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1-AOC G2460PG 24"G-Sync 144Hz/ 2nd 1-ASUS VG248QE 24"/ 3rd LG 43" series
    Screen Resolution
    1920-1080 not sure what the t.v is besides 43" class scales from 1920-1080 perfectly
    Hard Drives
    2-WD-sn850x 4tb/ 970evo+500gb/ 980 pro 2tb.
    PSU
    1000p2 & 1200p2 & 850p2
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    D450 x2 & 1 Test bench in cherry Entertainment center
    Cooling
    Custom water loops x3 with 2x mora 360mm rads only 980ti gaming air cooled
    Keyboard
    G710+x3
    Mouse
    Redragon x3
    Internet Speed
    xfinity gigabyte
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    mbam pro
Hi All,

I recently had to do this. I used a script that MS has provided and it worked well. You could modify the amount it extends it by in the script.

Add an update to Windows RE

I've attached the script here too...

They also have manual instructions here. Recently I also saw a link to here that has some scripts to do the same thing (might be a similar script to above, but I haven't looked at it thoughly yet.
Thanks! I've looked at these scripts but wasn't sure what to do about Bitlocker. Since the scripts are running inside a Bitlockered system, I wouldn't think I'd need to decrypt or even suspend. Was your system drive encrypted with Bitlocker when you ran the script?
 

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    i7-1355U
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    HP
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    64GB
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    Intel IRIS 1GB
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    Realtek (internal)
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    Stock and external 27" Acer monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
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    NVme 2TB (Windows), 2TB SSD
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    Stock
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    2TB Samsung 990 Pro, 2TB Samsung 870 EVO
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    Dell Inspiron 5770
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    Intel i7-8550U
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    32GB
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    AMD Radeon 530
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    Logitech wired
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    Arteck wireless
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    FIOS 1GB
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    Microsoft Defender
Thanks! I've looked at these scripts but wasn't sure what to do about Bitlocker. Since the scripts are running inside a Bitlockered system, I wouldn't think I'd need to decrypt or even suspend. Was your system drive encrypted with Bitlocker when you ran the script?
It was a Windows 10 system, but it looks like the drive was not encrypted. However, I could be wrong, but I don't think the WinRE partition is encrypted by BitLocker. Also, I think the system drive can shrink without disabling BitLocker, but I'm not 100% sure about that. I don't have time to test it on a VM right now, but perhaps I can test later...

I attached those 2 other scripts from the above linked MS page as well...JIC...
 

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  • PatchWinREScript_2004plus.ps1
    11 KB · Views: 1
  • PatchWinREScript_General.ps1
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Hi,
Didn't find it because he broke the RE using disk management to shrink C lol
Either way, The RE is not broken. Instead the BCD was not updated to point to it.
Why on earth would you use DM when you use minitool to enlarge RE
Minitool can do both operations and won't break the RE in the process either.
There's a good reason to use DM instead of minitool. Using DM will take affect immedately while minitool will require reboot to perform the operation.
 

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    MSI MAG Z790 Tomahawk Max WiFi 7
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    2 x Crucial T500 2TB Gen4
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    32.0GB Dual-Channel CMY16GX3M2A1600C9
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It was a Windows 10 system, but it looks like the drive was not encrypted. However, I could be wrong, but I don't think the WinRE partition is encrypted by BitLocker. Also, I think the system drive can shrink without disabling BitLocker, but I'm not 100% sure about that. I don't have time to test it on a VM right now, but perhaps I can test later...

I attached those 2 other scripts from the above linked MS page as well...JIC...
Thanks. I've seen those scripts, which involve downloading a specific KB package, though it wasn't clear which of the two I should apply. I'll go with the simpler script and let Windows figure that out. But, if you do find out if anything has to be done with Bitlocker, let me know, as I don't want to have to restore from a Macrium drive image if things go south because of Bitlocker. Since this fix is only needed by Bitlocker-encrypted drive systems, I would think they would have tested it on such systems, but one never knows.
 

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    HP
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    64GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel IRIS 1GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek (internal)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Stock and external 27" Acer monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
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    NVme 2TB (Windows), 2TB SSD
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    Stock
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    Stock
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    Stock
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    Stock and external HP keyboard
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    Trackpad and external Logitech wired mouse
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    Dell
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    32GB
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    AMD Radeon 530
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    Realtek
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    Laptop screen
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    1920x1080
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    256GB Samsung SDD, 2TB Western Digital HDD
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    Logitech wired
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    Arteck wireless
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    FIOS 1GB
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@Bree
I found that reagentc /enable would fail to find the resized recovery partition, seemed that it didn't recognise the recovery partition's new location until after I had restarted.

In your video, at the start the recovery environment was in partition 4....
You are correct. Thanks for pointing it out. I updated my post above to include this step 6a.
This is where I screwed up: During the restart, the BCD will be updated by the UEFI firmware to the new environment,
without Restart, the BCD still contain the old info and that's why Reagentc could not locate the Recovery partion.
 

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    Intel Core i9-14900K @5.8GHZ
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    MSI MAG Z790 Tomahawk Max WiFi 7
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    64GB (2XG Skill F5-6400J3239G32G) @6800
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    Radeon (TM) RX 480 Graphics (8 GB)
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    Intergrated Realtek
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    2 x Crucial T500 2TB Gen4
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    750W EVGA-G3
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    Antec NX410
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    H2O Thermalright
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    WD
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    Z77 MPower (MS-7751)
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    32.0GB Dual-Channel CMY16GX3M2A1600C9
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    NVIDIA GeForce GT 740
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    40" Samsung
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    WIN10 - 111GB Samsung SSD 840 Series
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