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Use recimg to create a snapshot of your system, including

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    Use recimg to create a snapshot of your system, including


    I was doing some Google searches looking at information on Windows 8 backup possibilities, and came across this:

    Create a Windows 8 image with recimg.exe to preserve your Desktop apps after a refresh - Matt Harrington - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    I'm running it now to see what it does. Looks very slow.

    I created a H:\Recimg folder and so far:

    C:\Windows\system32>recimg /createimage h:\Recimg
    Source OS location: C:
    Recovery image path: h:\Recimg\CustomRefresh.wim
    Creating recovery image. Press [ESC] to cancel.
    Initializing
    100%
    Creating snapshot
    100%
    Writing image (this may take a while)
    1%
    The recimg snapshot can then be used by Refresh, very cool.

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    Rats, I see once again Shawn already has a tutorial for this. Oh well: Refresh Windows 8 - Set a Custom Recovery Image as Active

    Edit: Now I see that is only to set a snapshot as the current refresh image, not the same. I'll ask Shawn to add the create part unless it already exists somewhere.
    Last edited by Ztruker; 20 Aug 2013 at 20:27.
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    Hmmm, it's been running for 30+ minutes and is still sitting at 1%. Not very impressive so far.

    Edit: Took an hour and a half to complete. Started at 8:59 and finished at 10:26. Makes Acronis look like an outright speed demon.
    Last edited by Ztruker; 20 Aug 2013 at 23:29.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Edit: Now I see that is only to set a snapshot as the current refresh image, not the same. I'll ask Shawn to add the create part unless it already exists somewhere.
    It does exist - see
    Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

    Worth bearing in mind, Refresh is not the same as a backup; not even a custom Refresh image which includes your apps.

    Some information on settings etc. get lost. This is partly deliberate because sometimes the settings can get messed up, and a Refresh is intended to fix things.

    Vadikan did a very helpful post on what is kept and what is lost by running a Refresh.
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    Thanks. Found that link in the other tutorial, it just wasn't obvious to me.
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    I tried, but there is seem no change. However, thank you!
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    ??? MissFortuneGo, no idea what you mean. Can you explain please. Did you post in the right forum/thread?
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