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CustomRefresh.wim - do I need it

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    CustomRefresh.wim - do I need it


    I was wondering what would happen if I deleted the CustomRefresh.wim. If I make frequent images, do I really need it. I understand the mechanics of the .wim, but on my little Transformer it eats SSD space on my little 30GB SSD. So I could free up some space.

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    Hello Wolfgang,

    If you delete the custom refresh image, then Windows will just do a default refresh instead when it can't find the custom one.

    It would be better to deregister the custom refresh image before deleting it though.

    Refresh Windows 8 - Deregister Current Custom Recovery Image

    Since you make separate images, then you really don't need a custom refresh image unless you would like to have it as an extra backup incase something should happen to the other image.
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    Thanks Shawn. That's what I thought. On a very small SSD one is always struggeling for space. I think that is one way of gaining some space.
    I think I expressed myself a bit unclear. I really meant the default Refresh.wim and not necessarily the CustomRefresh.wim. But in terms of space that amounts to the same - I think.
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    I don't have a default Refresh.wim file.

    Where is it at in your system?

    Was that one you created?
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    I may have created it myself, don't remember, LOL
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    LOL, ok. I was thinking that I may have missed something.
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    I do so many things during the 10 hours I am on the computer each day that I do not remember in the afternoon what I have done in the morning.

    Right now I am trying to get Android running in VMware Player - not obvious. And then I am working on this super duper tut of which I already made the 4th version. But it is not going to be as long as Kari's. Plus there is always a bunch of honey dews - have to edit her crafting pictures with Gimp all the time.
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    I hear you. I have shortcuts and folders all over my desktop for projects I'm investigating or working on.
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    I guess that's a geeks life. Life would be completely without stress without it.
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