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Refresh or Reset Windows 8 without Installation Disk

  1. #40


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    How to revert "reagentc /setosimage /path C:\Refresh /target C:\Windows /index 1"?
    Since after this code, I have lost Refresh & Restore settings in my PC.
    Kindly suggest.
    Could you describe the "lost Refresh/Reset settings" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by OJFord View Post

    Thanks for the tutorial, but it isn't working for me.

    Still says insert media (FWIW, I can answer the guys question about what happens if you have no disc drive. It still asks for USB/CD/DVD.).

    Tried rebooting, still asks. Tried re-reagenting. Still not working.

    Is it because I have an OEM copy?

    I keep getting BSODs, so I wanted to refresh or failing that clean install. But I have no disc and the ******* installer doesn't take an OEM product key., so it was hard enough just to get the .wim.

    OEM support forums pointed me to to an RTM download link, if you can believe that..

    Thanks in advance,
    Give me screenshot of the C:\Refresh Folder.
    Also if your computer came with Windows 8, preinstalled, you don't have to insert a product key.
    Well it asks me for one.

    It came with Windows 8 preinstalled, upgraded to 8.1.

    Maybe it doesn't like the install.wim because it's an Enterprise version, since that's what I got from the OEM's post and my only way to (legally) obtain the file?

    Really annoying... you'd think if files were missing it could just download them to fix any issues.
    Wait, do Enterprise get OEM version?

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  2. #41


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    windows 8.1 pro


    I downloaded windows 8.1 ISO, but in it, I have install.esd, instead of install.wim.
    I want to get back the ability to refresh Windows.
    what to do?

    I just discovered that I already created a rescue media with refresh capability, using this esd file, I think.
    question is: can I get refresh capability natively on my PC?

    Maybe there is a command to tell windows to make a refresh image that is not a custom image, but a default one, based on the esd file. Is there such an animal?
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  3. #42


    Quote Originally Posted by shmu View Post
    I downloaded windows 8.1 ISO, but in it, I have install.esd, instead of install.wim.
    I want to get back the ability to refresh Windows.
    what to do?

    I just discovered that I already created a rescue media with refresh capability, using this esd file, I think.
    question is: can I get refresh capability natively on my PC?

    Maybe there is a command to tell windows to make a refresh image that is not a custom image, but a default one, based on the esd file. Is there such an animal?
    Basically an esd file is an encrypted version of a wim file, specifically for Microsoft Store purchases. I'm going to search the ESD-WIM utility.
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  4. #43


    Posts : 126
    windows 8.1 pro


    thanks
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  5. #44


    Try using the option three on this Tutorial:
    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
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  6. #45


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    windows 8.1 pro


    okay, I did that, and it works just fine, but I am still back where I was before. It makes an installation ISO that has install.esd, just like I had before.
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  7. #46


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    Windows 8


    HI ! My illustrator cs6 kept crashing & I couldnt find any solution. Was thinking about resetting windows,got here somehow. Followed these instructions
    Issue fixed. I dont know what was the problem or anything
    But this fixed it. SO THANKS A TON MAN !
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  8. #47


    Probably being stupid but my aunt has my cd disk and was away on holiday so I needed to do this but I have done all of the steps but how do I actually get it to reset/refresh? I know I'm being stupid and I would really appreciate it if you couldn't make fun of me ;p
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  9. #48


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    You say you have all the steps.

    What goes wrong, at what point does it stop? Any messages? though most messages from 8 are useless.
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  10. #49


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    You say you have all the steps.

    What goes wrong, at what point does it stop? Any messages? though most messages from 8 are useless.
    Well, like I said I've done all of the steps, I guess I have gotten something wrong and it says I do not have the neccasary files

    but idk.. :(
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