Brink; explain advantage of custom system image vs create restore point. Don't both rewind Windows to said point w/o affecting personal files and programs ? Only diff I see is putting image on ext media vs on drive for re-booting purposes, right ? Thanks in advance.
The main advantage in my book is that refresh images are safe to keep. Restore points are very volatile and can disappear for a number of reasons.
Safe enough to keep on computer's drive like Mfr's recovery partition ? I have used Acronis True Image to create an image of the OS and programs for a long time on an ext HD. This intrigues me as an extra layer of protection, if so.
Since you bring up volatility, I notice that 8.1 does not seem to have a restore schedule like XP did every few days. They are few and far between and sometimes, when I'm in CCCleaner, I can see they all disappeared which leaves NONE. I thought the last was always kept !. Or, are they kept for a max period of time on 8.1 ?
This is absolutely NOT a substitute for a weekly or monthly image backup... this is to be a clean/virus free 1st image, where as a weekly or monthly has all the usual pitfalls(that's why I DO NOT use incremental-in case I have a infected/corrupt image I then have another choice)
If something goes wrong I use my monthly image 1st, A refresh should be more or less used as a "clean slate".
I think Wolfgang and Cliff explained it pretty well. If you have any further questions, then please let us know.
Speaking of images - Refresh or other. I bought this cute 11.6" Asus x250 laptop for $99 (now $149). It is a really nice little device - the whole 2 pounds of it. But it is a little retarded.
RECIMG is not a supported function so I cannot manipulate the refresh images. Only the factory image is available. I also cannot use my usual imaging programs because the disk was Device Encrypted during the OS installation . I decrypted it but there is still an encryption bit set for the C partition and the imaging programs cannot deal with that.
In addition I cannot set the BIOS to legacy mode because the BIOS does not have that option. But since I absolutely wanted some images, I used this Command Prompt command
wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget:D: -include:C: -allCritical -quiet
Where D is my external disk - I use a SSD that was lying around and the 3 partitions (EFI, C and Recovery) are being imaged pretty fast. Recovery is with my recovery flash drive which I burnt from the recovery partition and is UEFI and can boot from USB.
I am, of course, subject to all the perils of Windows imaging. But with careful handling (leave the images alone), it works. Now I am happy.