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Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

  1. #120

    Refresh


    I tried that & all it would is go to D:

    Tully

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  2. #121


    Posts : 22,578
    64-bit Windows 10


    In that case, double check to make sure that the custom recovery image is still actually on C:. If it is, then use the tutorial below to make sure that the current active refresh image is set to be the one on C:.

    Refresh Windows 8 - Set a Custom Recovery Image as Active
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  3. #122


    Posts : 29
    Win 8.1 Pro x64

    Custom Refresh V Restore Point


    Hello Brink,

    After scanning 13 pages here I couldn't spot any comments regarding this:

    I am unsure of any difference between creating and using a Custom Recovery Image and a Restore Point with the system in the same state, of course. They appear to achieve the same end result, but I may be quite wrong.
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  4. #123


    Posts : 22,578
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    Hello Peter,

    System protection is a feature that regularly creates and saves information about your computer's system files, programs, drivers, and registry settings as restore points for all drives that have system protection turned on. A restore point doesn't include or touch your personal settings or anything in your "C:\Users\(user-name)" folders.

    When you create a custom recovery image, it will include the desktop apps you've installed and the Windows system files in their current state. Recovery images do not include your documents, personal settings, user profiles, or modern apps from the Store because that current information automatically gets included by default at the time you refresh your PC.

    Basically a custom recovery image includes more than a restore point, and is much more reliable.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  5. #124


    Posts : 29
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    Thanks for that.
    Well I've created a custom recovery image and I also have restore points, so in what circumstances might I use one as opposed to the other?
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  6. #125


    Gurgaon
    Posts : 56
    Windows 8.1 Single Language


    Dear Shawn,

    I suppose that a custom recovery image if on a separate drive, can also be used if the OS crashes and has to be re-installed.

    Regards,

    Amarnath


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Peter,

    System protection is a feature that regularly creates and saves information about your computer's system files, programs, drivers, and registry settings as restore points for all drives that have system protection turned on. A restore point doesn't include or touch your personal settings or anything in your "C:\Users\(user-name)" folders.

    When you create a custom recovery image, it will include the desktop apps you've installed and the Windows system files in their current state. Recovery images do not include your documents, personal settings, user profiles, or modern apps from the Store because that current information automatically gets included by default at the time you refresh your PC.

    Basically a custom recovery image includes more than a restore point, and is much more reliable.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  7. #126


    Posts : 22,578
    64-bit Windows 10


    Tru dat Amarnath.
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  8. #127


    Brink:

    I used the custom recovery method as you suggested & it went OK!
    Some things I had to reload, but the main issue was what was on my computer, now I know!

    Thanx

    Tully
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  9. #128


    Posts : 22,578
    64-bit Windows 10


    Glad it helped. Be sure to keep an updated working custom refresh image created every so often to minimize losses.
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  10. #129


    Brink... it does not work on my windows 8.1 machine, I pasted what you had above and it say it cannot be saved in system locations or under the user profile, What does that mean???
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