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How to Backup Windows 8.1?

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    How to Backup Windows 8.1?


    Hi All
    How to Backup Windows 8.1 ?
    I can not find the option to repair disc and system image .
    Thank you.

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    Use a third party tool.

    Here is a way to do it with what MS has provided
    Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image
    Last edited by Brink; 28 Jun 2013 at 11:16. Reason: added tutorial link for the same here
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Use a third party tool.

    Here is a way to do it with what MS has provided
    Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image
    But this method is too long .
    Thanks for answering
    Last edited by Brink; 28 Jun 2013 at 11:16. Reason: updated link
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    I CustomRefresh.wim file was moved to another drive
    Question :
    the file(CustomRefresh.wim) system is known to recover .
    Or
    Do I need to convert it to ISO file ?
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Asus,

    A custom recovery image contains the desktop apps you've installed, and the Windows system files in their current state. Recovery images do not contain your documents, personal settings, user profiles, or apps from Windows Store, because that information is preserved at the time you refresh your PC.

    The CustomeRefresh.wim file is the custom refresh image. You will be able to register any CustomeRefresh.wim file to set it as the current image to use when doing a refresh using the method in the tutorial below.

    One must remember that a custom refresh image only restores the actual Windows 8 installation, and not the full system like a system image did with Vista and Windows 7.

    Refresh Windows 8 - Set a Custom Recovery Image as Active

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Last edited by Brink; 30 Jun 2013 at 10:53. Reason: addition
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    Thank you Shawn
    I really appreciate your help
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    You're most welcome.
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    Windows 8.1, 10


    Bear in mind that a Custom Refresh loses a lot of settings and customisations in Windows 8.

    As I understand it, this is "by design",so it can put right any settings that have messed things up. So although I haven't tried it in Windows 8.1, I'd be surprised if this has changed.

    Vadikan did some very useful testing with the Windows 8 Custom Refresh and shared the results here:
    What exactly does refreshing my PC keep?
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by asus View Post
    Hi All
    How to Backup Windows 8.1 ?
    I can not find the option to repair disc and system image .
    Thank you.

    Hi there
    Just download some FREE image program (Free macrium for example) and boot that and backup your OS to either an external drive or separate partition. (don't forget the system partition as well). As I have commercial ACRONIS that works fine for me. I never did like the windows built in image backups in any case.

    Most of these imaging programs allow you to make a bootable USB stick version so you don't need to boot from a CD / DVD.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    I agree with Jimbo. Macrium Reflect free is a good choice if you like.

    Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums
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