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PC Refresh, almost every week

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    Windows 8.1 Pro, iOS 7.1, Elementary OS

    PC Refresh, almost every week


    I've used PC Refresh since CP on my dual-boot and it really helps to use that handy feature, but reinstalling is more dangerous. Keep your Windows 7/8 Product Key for the upgrade.

    How do you feel?

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    I think refresh is an upgraded version of system restore. I used it last night to troubleshoot an issue with WPA2 i've been having. Turns out I was missing some important files and it prompted me to insert my installation media. This morning i'm doing a full format and reinstall just to be safe because after the refresh It was giving me some weird errors.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro, iOS 7.1, Elementary OS


    Quote Originally Posted by Konceptz804 View Post
    I think refresh is an upgraded version of system restore. I used it last night to troubleshoot an issue with WPA2 i've been having. Turns out I was missing some important files and it prompted me to insert my installation media. This morning i'm doing a full format and reinstall just to be safe because after the refresh It was giving me some weird errors.
    Most regular house hold PC's and tablets don't use "System Restore" before it's too late. MS forgot a lot, but not there Windows.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Refresh for Windows 8 is like doing a repair install (in-place upgrade) with Windows 7. Basically the same, but now an included feature in Windows 8 with more options.

    Refresh Windows 8

    Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Refresh for Windows 8 is like doing a repair install (in-place upgrade) with Windows 7. Basically the same, but now an included feature in Windows 8 with more options.

    Refresh Windows 8

    Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image
    It is an excellent feature!
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    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    I'll probably stick with the combination of creating regular system-restore points, and
    doing a full system image once a month (or more often if major changes are made).

    Using this backup strategy, my Windows 7 Ultimate setup hasn't needed a re-install
    since I originally installed it in 2009.

    My C: drive contains nothing but the OS and installed programs and apps. Everything
    else happens on the D: drive which is also backed-up monthly.

    I've been applying the same strategy on this machine with W8 Enterprise RTM, and
    it seems to work just as well here as on the W7 machine.

    However, I will have a 'play' with the new refresh option at some stage, and check it out.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro, iOS 7.1, Elementary OS


    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    I'll probably stick with the combination of creating regular system-restore points, and
    doing a full system image once a month (or more often if major changes are made).

    Using this backup strategy, my Windows 7 Ultimate setup hasn't needed a re-install
    since I originally installed it in 2009.

    My C: drive contains nothing but the OS and installed programs and apps. Everything
    else happens on the D: drive which is also backed-up monthly.
    I also have a G: drive in which I back up setups, programs, documents, ISO files of Windows 8 and Ubuntu, etc.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    I think MS included it because most people do not make images.

    Refresh is nowhere near as good as having an image - but it is a bit less traumatic than a full reinstall.
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    My plan would be to stick with my images. However, having to actually restore an image is a rareity for me. Unsure why you would have to refresh so often. It's a bit easier for me, as my machines stay clean as I pretty much test and do most of everything in a VM.
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  10. #10


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    Windows 8 Enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Refresh for Windows 8 is like doing a repair install (in-place upgrade) with Windows 7. Basically the same, but now an included feature in Windows 8 with more options.

    Refresh Windows 8

    Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image
    I would like to point out it's a bit more radical than the old Repair Install trick.

    -Refresh seems to almost totally nuke the Registry, as opposed to Repair Install, which actually makes an even bigger mess there.
    -Refresh removes almost ALL your programs and settings physically from the disk, instead of moving them to Windows.old.

    Basically, use with caution and back up any program info and settings before hitting that button. I know I cried a lot when my programs were wiped as opposed to just moved to Windows.old and I couldn't restore my settings back.
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