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windows 8 pro system image recovery can't see backup

  1. #11

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    You have NO Windows System Image listed.

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  2. #12

    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10

    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    You have NO Windows System Image listed.

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    Thanks for that - I was wrong here when I said would have the computer name; in my memory I was getting mixed up with the folders created by the Windows 7-style backup.
    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    I don't have System Image to hand to look at, but from memory I think it's expecting that in the root directory of the USB drive, there will be a folder with the folder name the same as the PC name.

    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMcPherson View Post
    The root directory of the external drive has the following structure:

    cleanVersion2 *
    OfficeVersion5 *
    OfficeVersion6 *
    TidyVersion4 *

    The directories marked with an asterisk are the image files I created previously. Each of these directories contains a file named CustomRefresh.wim. I am using the same disk to hold the File History.
    If a file is called CustomRefresh.wim, it sounds like they are files that would be used by a Refresh. If you create a Custom Refresh image using this process, you'd end up with files of that name - does this look familiar?
    Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

    I believe that to use these files, you would need to use the /setcurrent parameter to choose the one you want to use, like this:
    Refresh Windows 8 - Set a Custom Recovery Image as Active

    Be aware though that a Refresh isn't the same as restoring a system image; the idea is that it will leave the user data on the file alone, but some user settings will be lost. There's a post here with more information about what a Refresh will keep:
    What exactly does refreshing my PC keep?
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  3. #13

    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 (64-bit)

    Ah... You are right. I realise now that when I thought I was creating a system image using the RECIMG utility as described in your references above, I was really creating a Custom Refresh Image. I have since found and read elsewhere on this forum an article describing how to create a proper system image, and it is quite a different procedure. No wonder it could not find the system image on the disk. I hadn't put it there.

    I was following the advice given in the book Windows 8 for Dummies where it says "System Image Recovery requires a system image that you can make only by using the DOS command line ... etc" and gives a link to an article describing how to use RECIMG.

    Oh well, I will have to live with the Custom Refresh Images for now. It's not the end of the world. Many thanks for correcting my misunderstanding. You have been a great help.

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  4. #14

    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10

    You are welcome.

    In the Preview version of windows 8.1, the System Image option disappeared, and Custom Refresh and File History were pretty much the only options for backup, so it's not a totally unreasonable way to do it, although I wouldn't rely on it myself as a total solution, I think there are times when Custom Refresh will come in very handy.

    System Image has quietly reappeared in Windows 8.1 RTM, apparently, but I think when I go to 8.1, I'll use one of the free 3rd party backup/imaging tools.
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