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Windows 8.1 System drive encrypted - windows refresh question

Topics: Technical Issues
Oct 2, 2016 at 9:05 AM
Hi, on an encripted drive can i do a windows refresh ? Did anybody try ? does the refresh rewrite the boot loader ? that's what's important and the point of this question. i have the backup iso available but i'd be nice to know from somebody who's been here before.
Oct 2, 2016 at 2:52 PM
According to the FAQ, you need to decrypt your system drive before you reinstall or upgrade your OS.

https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=FAQ
Note: If the system partition/drive is encrypted and you want to reinstall or upgrade Windows, you need to decrypt it first (select System > Permanently Decrypt System Partition/Drive). However, a running operating system can be updated (security patches, service packs, etc.) without any problems even when the system partition/drive is encrypted.
Oct 2, 2016 at 7:51 PM
Enigma2Illusion you don't really know what a windows 8 refresh is do you ? It has nothing to do with reinstalling or upgrading anything.
Thank you for trying to help me out mate but your answer doesn't fit the question. At all.

Anybody ever attempt to do this before ? I can't be the only one can I ?
Oct 2, 2016 at 10:33 PM
Sorry, I did not know that Windows 8 refresh had a different meaning as defined at the following link. Thanks, I learned something new today! :-)

http://www.infoworld.com/article/2619765/microsoft-windows/windows-8-refresh--a-great-feature--if-you-know-the-limitations.html
Developer
Oct 3, 2016 at 9:21 AM
I've not tried "refresh". But it looks like the feature is based on "wim". I installed of windows copy to drive via DISM and PE from "wim" (drive was encrypted)

Please, write your experience with "refresh"
Oct 3, 2016 at 10:07 AM
Yes well it's the boot loader mostly that i'm say 'worried' about. Since I don't know if windows refresh also 'repairs' or refreshes the bootloader and microsoft's documentation doesn't really help
Oct 3, 2016 at 3:33 PM
Based on the following MS blog link below, you will fail due to the refresh reinstalls Windows and only Metro style apps remain and require desktop apps that do not come with the PC to be reinstalled manually.

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/b8/2012/01/04/refresh-and-reset-your-pc/
Oct 4, 2016 at 7:54 AM
That's a valid point.
So this needs to be started at boot right ? \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\veracrypt.sys
There's a way to slipstream it into the refresh image. I didn't think about this. hmm. Well that's a bit inconvenient.
Developer
Oct 4, 2016 at 9:53 AM
\SystemRoot\System32\drivers\veracrypt.sys has to start at boot and registered as upper filter driver for disk.

Probably it is necessary to edit registry in boot.wim via dism and regedit.