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Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

  1. #150


    India
    Posts : 11
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Good news. Yes, I would recommend to create your recovery discs first, then upgrade to 8.1.

    Windows 8.1 - Update to from Windows 8

    If you like, you could also use a program like Macrium Reflect free to create a system image after 8.1 is installed to be able to recover back to that point if ever needed in the future.

    Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums
    I have created the recovery disks. So can i delete the recovery partition for an extra 25gb?

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  2. #151


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    No. I would recommend to NOT delete the recovery partition. There have been many reports of folks not being able to do a factory recovery if the recovery partition was missing. Even when doing so with the recovery disks.

    Plus, you wouldn't want to eliminate an option to reinstall Windows with in case another option fails.
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  3. #152


    India
    Posts : 11
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    No. I would recommend to NOT delete the recovery partition. There have been many reports of folks not being able to do a factory recovery if the recovery partition was missing. Even when doing so with the recovery disks.

    Plus, you wouldn't want to eliminate an option to reinstall Windows with in case another option fails.
    Okay, Thanks for all your help!
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  4. #153


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome.
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  5. #154


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    I am dealing with a challenge with Macrium Reflect free edition which won't open.

    The problem details indicate Fault Module Name: ntdll.dll

    A suggested solution is to refresh the WIndows System files.

    If I were to do a Custom Refresh would this achieve the objective of refreshing the system files while keeping all my current settings, software etc.? I would be using a System Image created just a few days ago (before I installed Macrium Reflect on the laptop that is having the problem with it).

    Or would this be likely to still contain the problem dll?

    Thank you
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  6. #155


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Maggi,

    Creating a custom refresh image now in your case wouldn't help since it would be for the current state of Windows that has an issue. A custom refresh image is good to create before you have an issue to be able to go back to that image if an issue occurs later. Sort of like how a system restore point works, but for refreshing Windows with instead.
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  7. #156


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Thanks Shawn, that's what I thought you would say.

    So onward to the next option then...
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  8. #157


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    To junglee, sparkyair, and anyone else that was having the error "The recovery image cannot be saved in system locations or under the user profile. Error Code - 0x800700a1", I had the exact same problem and was able to solve it in my case by switching to a different administrator account. Special thanks to microsoft support for this solution.
    I'm still not sure what caused the error in the first place, though.
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  9. #158


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    I purchased Dell Inspiron 3537 laptop 5 months ago, with Windows 8 pre-installed. As I had never used computers with factory installed OSs, I immediately partitioned the hard discs without creating the recovery discs. After partitioning, I was shocked to find that the Recovery Partition has gone. Recently a friend told me that I can create a Refresh Image which can be used if I encounter any problem with the booting of the Windows. I have updated Windows to 8.1 and so far I have not encountered any problem, but I thought that I can create the image for use in case of any need in future. As advised in your tutorial I did it using the elevated DOS command. The Custom Refresh immage was created and registered 100% but instead of the "Operation completed successfully" display the error message 0x80070003 was displayed. So, thinking that I had made some mistake in typing the commands I repeated the process but this time when about 30% copying was done, message that the process could not be continued for want of disc space. When I checked the folders in Drive C, I found the folder CustomRefreshImages with sub-folder Image1 containing CustomRefresh.wim file of 19 GB. Please let me know why the operation failed and whether the 19 GB CustomRefresh.wim file will be of any use. Below are the snapshots relating to the problem described above.

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    Please help me how to proceed further.
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  10. #159


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Ramadass, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    I found this below for Recovery Image creator (recimg.exe) fails with error 0x80070003 that may help.

    I Know Better: Recovery Image creator (recimg.exe) fails with error 0x80070003
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