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    Refresh or Reset Windows 8 without Installation Disk


    How to Refresh or Reset Windows 8 without an Installation Disk

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    Hello David,

    This tutorial is to allow you to be able to do a refresh or reset without having to connect your Windows 8 installation media. It basically creates an image of your installation file on the hard drive to be use instead.

    Your 3rd party programs will not be included anymore.


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    Hello Shawn,

    Thanks for that. The reason I was asking is that it says this in the tutorial.
    Warning
    If you already set a custom refresh image, then it is recommended to not do this tutorial. By using a default install.wim file, any 3rd Party programs will be uninstalled.
    So I wondered if there were any other consequences.

    I'm thinking that I could follow this (to make an image for Reset) first and then set my Custom Refresh image as Active again using this tutorial?:
    Refresh Windows 8 - Set a Custom Recovery Image as Active

    So I'd hope to end up with Reset pointing at the factory image and the Refresh pointing at the custom image.
    Would that work?

    Thanks,
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    It appears that it only does a normal refresh when this tutorial is used instead of your custom refresh image.
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    Tutorial Updated for the revert.
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    Do we need to activate the system again?
    Thank you for your usefull tut :-)
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    For refresh, no.
    For reset, yes, because you need to enter the key again
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    I dont have install.wim file. Instead I have install.esd, which I believe is the encrypted version of it?
    Will install.esd work instead of install.wim ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vraicha View Post
    I dont have install.wim file. Instead I have install.esd, which I believe is the encrypted version of it?
    Will install.esd work instead of install.wim ?
    If you upgrade your system from Upgrade Assistant, there is no need to do this tutorial.
    The ESD automatically registered by Windows by the time of upgrade.
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    I came across this thread to determine the difference between resetting a PC with an OEM recovery partition and resetting a PC without one. I assume that a Reset on the former has its path preset to the install.wim (or whatever it may be called) on the recovery partition, and a Reset on the latter would prompt for install media unless you follow this tutorial. Would that be a correct assumption?

    It makes me wonder how the Reset from a bootable recovery drive would function on a machine with an unreadable C drive. Would it prompt you for media, or would it allow you to browse to a *.wim file somehow on a hidden recovery partition?
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    Quote Originally Posted by floepie View Post
    I came across this thread to determine the difference between resetting a PC with an OEM recovery partition and resetting a PC without one. I assume that a Reset on the former has its path preset to the install.wim (or whatever it may be called) on the recovery partition, and a Reset on the latter would prompt for install media unless you follow this tutorial. Would that be a correct assumption?

    It makes me wonder how the Reset from a bootable recovery drive would function on a machine with an unreadable C drive. Would it prompt you for media, or would it allow you to browse to a *.wim file somehow on a hidden recovery partition?
    For number 1; Yes, it is correct. If the PC came pre-installed with Windows 8 with Recovery Partition, it usually already has its path preset by the OEM (maybe in the BIOS?).

    For number 2; ....I don't think reset would even work if C drive was unreadable, you may have to do a Clean Install.
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