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    Refresh or Reset Windows 8 without Installation Disk

    Refresh or Reset Windows 8 without Installation Disk
    How to Refresh or Reset Windows 8 without Installation Disk
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    How to Refresh or Reset Windows 8 without an Installation Disk

    information   Information
    You may already knew by now that Windows 8's infamous Refresh and Reset feature requires an installation media ready. It may be a major hassle whenever your PC starts to act up while you don't bring your installation media in hand, like when you're travelling.

    This tutorial will show you how to be able to refresh or reset Windows 8 without an installation media.

    To get started, you will need:
    -Install.wim file from Windows 8 installation media.
    -Windows 8-based PC.

    warning   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.

    Note   Note
    Substitute C: with the drive where Windows is installed.

    Note   Note
    As of now, it does not work with Windows 8.1. When a workaround has been found, the tutorial will be updated accordingly.



    1. On the C: drive, create a new folder named Refresh. If prompted, click/tap on Continue.

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    2. Insert/Connect your Windows 8 installation DVD/USB, or mount your Windows 8 ISO file. Navigate to and open the sources folder. Search for the install.wim file.

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    3. Select, then copy the install.wim file.

    4. Go back to the C:\Refresh folder.

    5. Paste the install.wim file into the Refresh folder. If prompted, click/tap on Continue.

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    6. Open an elevated command prompt.

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    7. Copy and paste the command below, and press Enter.


    reagentc /setosimage /path C:\Refresh /target C:\Windows /index 1

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    Reverting Changes:
    Credits to wins for finding out how to revert the changes made on your PC.

    1. Run notepad as an administrator.

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    2. Click/tap File, then Open. Navigate to:

    C:\Windows\system32\Recovery

    3. Change the File type to All Files, then select the ReAgent.xml file

    NOTE: It is highly recommended for you to make a copy of this file before proceeding.

    4. Scroll to the right until you find:

    OsInstallLocation

    5. Change it to this:

    <OsInstallLocation path="" id="948075900" offset="0" guid="{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}" index="0"/>

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    NOTE: Leave the id and guid intact. Don't make changes to id and guid.

    6. Save the file.

    That's it.
    Now you can Refresh/Reset Windows 8 without install disk.


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    Feel free to post critics and suggestions to improve my tutorials

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    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 x64


    Thanks for the tutorial !


    How do we make it again Refresh/Reset from install disk ?
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    You're welcome!

    I'll post how to revert to install using Media when i got back to windows 8.
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    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 3,013
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Nice option!

    Useful when we don't have USB's or DVD drive around.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Hmm, i still don't find the way to revert it.
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    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 x64


    C:\Windows\System32\Recovery\ReAgent.xml


    I think it may revert if we copy this xml file before changing to custom location and replace it back later in the same folder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wins View Post
    C:\Windows\System32\Recovery\ReAgent.xml


    I think it may revert if we copy this xml file before changing to custom location and replace it back later in the same folder.
    How about deleting it?
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    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 3,013
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    Hmm, i still don't find the way to revert it.
    Sorry if I'm adding a silly post maybe, but does it appear on the boot menu by chance?
    Than we can remove it from msconfig by deleting its entry.
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    If I've created a Custom Refresh Image (which can't be used to Reset the PC) but want to also have something prepared in the case of a Reset, would this still work? Or would it mess up Custom Refresh?
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