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  1. #11


    Lets try my question again. I've already made an image since my last post. I want to do a PC Refresh WITHOUT the image. Does that kind of refresh delete the image? I am hoping to do a regular non-image based PC Refresh, followed by an image based refresh. But I don't know if that is possible.

    Here is my problem. I am having trouble installing new apps from the Windows Store and can't update existing ones. I also a significant number of desktop software already installed. I am thinking of a PC refresh to hopefully repair my issue with the Windows Store. But I also want to keep my collection of desktop programs. That is my reason for the image based refresh.

    What do you think is the best way to proceed?

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  2. #12


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Sorry, but no. Once you create the refresh image it will be used when you do a refresh next unless you delete the refresh image first. However, if you delete the refresh image first, then it will not be available after doing a normal refresh.

    It's a catch 22.

    Since you already created a refresh image, I would say to do a refresh to let it use the refresh image.
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  3. #13


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    Forgot about that.

    I believe you can just point it any install.wim - ( e.g the one you used previously if you like )

    recimg /setcurrent <directory containing install.wim >

    Maybe they changed it since I last looked.
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  4. #14


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    Oops, you're right Simon. That would work to set refresh to use the refresh image again. I forgot about that command.

    Thank you.


    I shall have to create tutorials for each of these now.

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  5. #15


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    I haven't looked at this for a while - might have been a couple builds ago - sounds like it is pretty much the same still.
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  6. #16


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  7. #17


    Success!

    Refresh from an image worked! But not without some hitches. I did loose some desktop apps, but nothing major. And some of my desktop apps lost their settings, for example Classic Shell. But my main objective was achieved, that is I am now updating and installing from the Windows Store! While the recovery image is not perfect, it is a real gem IMHO!

    I did lose 9 GB of space to the image wim file. But that is backed up to a thumb drive formatted NTFS, can't put more than 4 GB per file on FAT32 file system. Also it created a Windows.old folder that I've read about so much on this forum. I was going to do this job on the weekend, thinking that it was going to take a long time, but I ended up doing it on a Thursday evening instead. The new recovery image feature is a real timesaver!
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  8. #18


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    That's great news Steve. Thank you for posting back with your results.

    In case you didn't know, the Store keeps up with the apps that you already downloaded and purchased to make it easier to reinstall them if ever needed. Option One in the tutorial below will show you more about this if you like.

    Apps - Install Metro Apps from Windows 8 Store
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  9. #19


    The problem I was having, was that the store wasn't updating apps, even if I removed them and tried to reinstall. The great benefit of the image based refresh, is I got my desktop apps back, well most of them. That's a real time saver, IMHO! What could have taken part of my weekend, only took a couple hours, That included writing a 9GB image file to a thumb drive for backup...
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  10. #20


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    Odd. Were you able to manually update the apps from within the Store?

    In addition, automatic updating of Store apps may have been disabled.

    Store - Enable or Disable Automatic Download of Updates in Windows 8
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