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Refresh or Reset Windows 8 without Installation Disk

  1. #11



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    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)


    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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  2. #12


    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,
    David
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  3. #13



    Posts : 18,591
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)


    It appears that it only does a normal refresh when this tutorial is used instead of your custom refresh image.
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  4. #14


    Tutorial Updated for the revert.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Do we need to activate the system again?
    Thank you for your usefull tut :-)
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  6. #16


    For refresh, no.
    For reset, yes, because you need to enter the key again
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  7. #17


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    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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  8. #18


    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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  9. #19


    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 Core


    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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  10. #20


    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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