Originally Posted by Coke Robot
This does and preserves the same as a normal refresh
of Windows 8, but instead of using the default image (installation media) it will use the CustomRefresh.wim
that this part will include your desktop apps and system files as they were when the CustomRefresh.wim
image was created.
In short, your Store apps will be safe and included as part of the normal refresh process.
Second is, this method creates an install.wim file. Can that be swapped out with the original install.wim that would be in an installation .iso? I think this would be yes. Be VERY handy to be able to create an updated install.wim file on the fly in a VM and use that new image to install Windows 8 on a laptop, or preferably through a deployment tool as so I can do a hard drive to hard drive transfer and install of Windows 8 on an external laptop drive, plop it back into the laptop and just activate Windows and Office and a couple of other things.
Interesting theory, but never tried it. It would be interesting to see how that tests out. Please let us know if you give it a play.
And lastly, I'm curious. If I make an image with Windows 8 Enterprise RTM Trial, download the .iso for Windows 8 Pro, and swap out the install.wim files, would it basically install Windows 8 Pro but with the settings and programs and apps within the image? I feel iffy about this.
I would think this would not work at all.