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Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

  1. #90


    Hello Brink Sir,

    I am using Windows 8 Pro x64 and I am making this image in E drive which is a LOGICAL drive .

    Can I change the location of this image ?? I mean can I copy this image on a flash drive just in case it gets deleted ...

    Or should I just leave it as is .... Please tell me more about this..

    This is the 1st time I am creating such system image ..

    Thank You.

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  2. #91


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Sudeepto, and welcome to Eight Forums

    Yes, you could back up or create the custom refresh image anywhere you like. You'll just need to make sure that you set whichever refresh image you want to use as active so that refresh will use it whenever you do a refresh. If there's not a refresh image set as active or it's missing, Windows 8 will do a default refresh instead.

    Refresh Windows 8 - Set a Custom Recovery Image as Active

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #92


    Can we make a "hidden" recovery partition, which cannot be easily tampered with (like in the OEM PCs) using recimg?
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  4. #93


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    You could create a partition at the end of your drive and then hide it (using this for example How to hide partitions with MiniTool Partition Wizard. )

    The problem with this is Windows will not mount a hidden partition so you would have to go into disk management, assign it a letter and then register the image as described in the tutorial before refreshing or Windows will not find it and will use default.
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  5. #94


    well, i don't want hidden partitions actually. i want a partition that cannot be formatted or assigned a drive letter. like in the OEM PCs.

    the thing is, the system recovery of my Dell Latitude 10 tablet is not working. for myself, i can do it like given in the first post. but i'm planning to sell it and i want to make it like the way it came originally. basically, a separate partition as the recovery partition. and from disk management, the only thing you can do to that partition when you right click it, it view help. you cannot format it, delete it, assign a drive letter - none of those options are listed.

    i can make the custom image in a separate partition and then remove the drive letter. it would still work. but after refresh, you get a drive letter assigned to that partition. i don't want that.

    btw, if i use Reset, it would ask if i want to reset only the drive where Windows is installed or all drives. i think it would try to clear the drive where the custom image is saved as well, if i tell it to clear all drives.
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  6. #95


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    You can format OEM partitions - I did - just not through disk management. It seems that for what you want to do you'd want to set the partition type to de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac according to Technet - TypeID as Dell Latitude 10 is EUFI. This would give it the characteristics you want. Change it (using DISKPART) to something else to assign it a letter and change the contents and then change it back.

    The steps to make your image work as OEM are here Deploy Push-Button Reset Features but of course you will not be selling it as Dell supplied but rather as at the time you created the image.

    Personally I put my Customrefresh.wim on C: in a hidden directory as it seemed easier. I've used it a fair few times but I've never used reset so I can't answer your questions on that. I've just done clean install if I needed to do that. According to here though it would not do anything with other partitions


    • The PC boots into the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE).Windows RE erases and formats the hard drive partitions on which Windows and personal data reside.
    • Windows RE installs a fresh copy of Windows.
    • The PC restarts into the newly installed copy of Windows.
    If you are having problems though with your existing recovery partition you should make another thread as it isn't really to do with this tutorial. I think you want to keep what is there if you want to sell it.
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  7. #96


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Anusha,

    If you select "all drives" when doing a reset, then yes it will format all drives connected to the PC.

    I find it best to keep a custom recovery image for refresh saved to a separate hard drive than your Windows drive. If you hide or remove the drive letter of where you are keeping the custom recovery image at, then Windows will not be able to use it until you unhide or add a letter, then register the image again before doing the refresh.

    In your situation, I think providing installation media with a product key should be plenty fine.

    Hope this helps.
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  8. #97


    Well, since it is a tablet, I don't think providing recovery "discs" is a good idea. I want to fix the recovery functionality. But I'll see what I can do with what I learned from the above posts. Thanks.
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  9. #98


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Ah, no that won't do at all for a tablet.

    You might see if this below may be able to help. I haven't tested it with Windows 8 though.

    Recovery Partition - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  10. #99


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 Updated to Windows 8.1


    HI guys its me again. I wanted to create my desktop install all apps and drivers so they work perfectly and then take system image copy/backup to restore to the working state when needed. I am baffled by the so many different options in windows 8 (8.1) for recovery and there's been a lot of reading recently...I am just trying to make my computer working without hassle remove bloatware that came pre installed install working drivers and so on...

    Also can you please update the first post of this thread in the following manner: This procedure will Save your settings, files and so on (and you say what exactly)
    and This procedure will not save your apps,settings and so on.(and again, you list what exactly)
    So that people know what custom image recovery will save for them and what will be lost?
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