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Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

  1. #110


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    Quote Originally Posted by krl01 View Post
    Ok , so : even if you have WinRE and a custom recovery file, when you refresh you will have to insert the installation media.
    I suppose you can refresh without any media only if you have an OEM factory recovery partition containing Windows installation files, I was confused by the second tutorial above.

    As the systeme image recovery of Windows 8.1 is still broken (workaround implies clean reinstallation or partition resizing, too much trouble for me) , this is a useful way to repair, moreover with less rewriting on the disk (ssd).
    I also did a full disk image with a third party software for extra safety.

    Help very appreciated !
    If you have a custom recovery image or an OEM recovery partition, you would not need to insert installation media when doing a refresh since the custom recovery image or OEM recovery partition would act as the installation media.

    The installation media is only needed when you don't have either of the above to do a default refresh.

    Good choice on the system image.
    Last edited by Brink; 20 Dec 2013 at 15:11. Reason: added quote

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  2. #111


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Thanks ! Despite trying to read as carefully as possible, it's clearer after your answers
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  3. #112


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    You're most welcome.
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  4. #113


    Quote Originally Posted by IownAmoneyPit View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Thank you for the update mate. Well, so much for all of your settings being kept and restored. Maybe in the next release.
    Still a lot easier than installing from scratch as all installed programs and files still work unlike the days of Vista or XP using a repair install which was a nightmare determining which ones still worked when you clicked on it's icon.
    You are right IownAmoneyPit;69951. I did a Refresh without reading this thread carefully enough. Needless to say I was rather disappointed with the results. However, it was still considerably easier to run Macrium Reflect from within Windows and it all turned out ok. I think most people probably believe a Refresh with the custom recovery image restores a system like System Restore or a Macrium backup - but it does NOT. Anyway it does help and it's nice to have some choices
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  5. #114


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    windown 8.1 pro


    Hello Brink

    I have problem with my computer.W
    ell i thought i had a refresh image but, i was 16% through and i received this error code 0x80070006 if it isn't one thing it is another.

    Click image for larger version

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    Help me please...!
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  6. #115


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    Hello Uppa, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The error 0x80070006 means invalid handle. You'll need the same amount or more of free space than used by C:. Some of that space is being allocated by your page file as well.

    If you like, you can delete the C:\Refresh folder, then see if you may be able to create the refresh image on E: instead.

    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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  7. #116


    Brink:

    Brink:

    I need your expertise!

    I made a Refreshimage file on my Win 8.1 computer's C: hard drive.

    Now how do I install it?

    Tully
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  8. #117


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Tully,

    If you created a custom refresh image like in the tutorial on the first page, then it's automatically registered as active to be used the next time your refresh Windows.
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  9. #118

    How to install Refreshimage file


    Brink:

    I must be pretty stupid??

    I made the Refeshimage file on C:

    How do I run it?

    Tully
    This aging me by the day!
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  10. #119


    Posts : 22,579
    64-bit Windows 10


    No you're not.

    To use it, you would refresh Windows as usual, and it would use the last custom refresh image you created by default.
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