This article describes an issue when you select an option in Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) in Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, or Windows Server 2012 R2. An update is available to resolve this issue. The update has a prerequisite. Follow the instructions to install the update.
Consider the following scenario:
You have a computer that is running Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, or Windows Server 2012 R2.
You enable the Accounts: Block Microsoft accounts Group Policy and select the Users can’t add or log on with Microsoft accounts option in the following Group Policy path:
Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options
You restart the computer to WinRE and select any of the options on it.
In this scenario, you receive the following error message:
You need to sign in as an administrator to continue, but there aren't any administrator accounts on this PC
To resolve this issue, insert update rollup 2955164 into the WinRE.wim image. For more information about how to obtain this update rollup package, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2955164 Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 update rollup: May 2014
To insert this update rollup, you must be running Window 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2. Additionally, you must have the following update inserted into the WinRE.wim image:
2919442 A servicing stack update is available for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2: March 2014
2919355 Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update: April 2014
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
Information about how to update Windows Recovery images
Insert the KB2919442, KB2919355 and KB2955164 update packages into WinRE.wim
Create a folder C:\WindowsUpdate
Download the following .MSU files to C:\WindowsUpdate
Disable WinRE with C:\> reagentc /disable
reate the following local folder:
Type the following command to mount the Winre.wim file:
dism /Mount-Wim /WimFile:C:\Windows\System32\Recovery\WinRE.wim /Index:1 /MountDir:C:\WinRE\Mount
Type the following command to insert the security package into the mounted Winre.wim file:
dism/image:C:\Winre\mount /Add-Package /Packagepath:C:\WindowsUpdate
Type the following command to verify that the security package was integrated successfully:
dism /image:C:\winre\mount /Get-Packages
Type the following command to commit the changes to the Winre.wim file:
dism /unmount-wim /MountDir:C:\Winre\mount /commit
Enable WinRE with C:\> reagentc /enable
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates