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Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

  1. #160


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks Brink,

    I have only basic knowledge about the computer operation and am not well versed with the technicalities. But it appears that the solution referred to is not quite similar to mine as Denis has created the Refresh Image folder in Drive D, while the OS drive is C.

    Secondly, my doubt is whether even if the RefreshImage is created Successfully, will I be able to Refresh in the absence of the Recovery Partition.

    Thirdly, it seems that for Refreshing the Windows 8 disc is needed anyway. As the OS in my case is a pre-installed one and updated by me to Windows 8.1, can I use any Windows 8.1 disc borrowed from any of my friends for this purpose?

    As I am nervous of treading into an unfamiliar area for fear of messing up the System itself, kindly advise me. I would also like to know whether if the image of 19 GB I have created in the OS volume C can be removed to save space and take a chance till I upgrade the OS to a newer version, when I hope I will get a Recovery Partition and Refresh Image automatically.

    Kindly pardon me if I sound too skeptical, but being a 77 years old person I cannot stand much stress!

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  2. #161


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Since you got an error, I would not rely on the custom recovery image.

    Normally, you would need the Windows 8 installation media to be able to do a refresh with. A custom recovery image allow you to refresh with the recovery image instead. This way you could refresh Windows back to how things were when the custom recovery image was created.

    It doesn't matter where you select to save the custom recovery image at while creating it though.

    If you like, you might consider creating an image backup using Macrium Reflect Free. This option is reliable and gives you a few more ways to recover.

    Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums

    MACRIUM REFLECT - Create Bootable Rescue USB Drive - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  3. #162


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    Many thanks for the clear advice Brink.
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  4. #163


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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  5. #164


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


    Hi Shawn,

    Well after a fairly long and challenging refresh of my system I've managed to get it back up to W8.1, set up as I want, and I'm ready to create my custom recovery image.

    Having read through a couple of your tutorials, there are just 1 or 2 things I'd like to clarify before I get started though:

    I want to create the image on an external hdd.

    Do I just use recimg -CreateImage C:\RefreshImage, replacing C with the drive letter, or do I need to do anything else first?

    The reason I ask is because I've read a post where you asked someone (who had an error while trying to create the image): Did you enter the mkdir C:\RefreshImage command first to create the folder?
    So I'm not sure whether I need to create a folder on the hdd first as your tutorial mentions nothing about this action.

    Also, sometimes when I connect the hdd the drive letter is different from the last time (F: or G: for example). Would this cause a problem if I need to use the image, or, assuming there is only one hdd connected at the time, will the image be found? I would hate to go to all this trouble then find I had refreshed back to W8 again .

    Thanks

    Maggi
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  6. #165


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Maggi,

    Yep, you would just need to replace C with the drive letter you wanted in the command to save the image to.

    It would be best to save the recovery image to another internal drive if able. This way you don't risk it not being available if the drive letter changes for the external drive or something happens to it.
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  7. #166


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    you would be better off creating a install.wim file and then register that as your recovery image - a refresh image is just that a refresh image - a registered install.wim will reset you system and the system partitions

    reboot to a cmd prompt - using pc settings - recovery advanced options

    from the prompt
    Diskpart
    list volume
    exit

    you will see the breakdown of you system partitions find the windows partition drive letter and the secondary hard drive letter

    then run this command

    Dism /Capture-Image /CaptureDir:W:\ /ImageFile:R:\RecoveryImage\Install.wim /Name:"Windows 8.1"
    in this example W is the window drive letter and R is the recovery drive letter

    you can then register the image as the recovery image using this command

    W:\Windows\System32\Reagentc /Setosimage /Path R:\RecoveryImage /Target W:\Windows /Index 1
    in this example W is the window drive letter and R is the recovery drive letter
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  8. #167


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello KYHI,

    That's basically what creating a custom refresh image does, but faster.
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  9. #168


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Maggi,

    Yep, you would just need to replace C with the drive letter you wanted in the command to save the image to.

    It would be best to save the recovery image to another internal drive if able. This way you don't risk it not being available if the drive letter changes for the external drive or something happens to it.
    Seems like there's a 'Catch 22' here Shawn:

    Saving the image to a different drive on my laptop would make it available without having to worry about external hdd drive letter changes, but if I'm unable to get onto the laptop I wouldn't be able to access it anyway. (But then since I still haven't solved the issue of being able to boot straight to a usb without needing to use F12, I wouldn't be able to use the external hdd either .)

    In your opinion, is one location superior to the other?

    And is there a way to ensure that the external drive always has the same letter? I do generally try to use the same usb port each time, but I have more than one external hdd that I connect via this port, and don't know if this could make a difference.

    Then if I do choose to save the image onto a different drive on the laptop, can you point me to a step by step, non-technical, explanation of how to do this please (or does typing X: automatically create a drive with this letter on my laptop??)
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  10. #169


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    If you used a different internal drive than the one Windows is installed on, then you wouldn't have to worry about it if the Windows drive should fail.

    Either way, you could boot from your recovery drive to be able to refresh Windows no matter what internal drive you save the recovery image to.

    If you save it to an external drive, then you would need to make sure the drive letter is the same as it was when the image was created to avoid the image not being found when needed.

    Personally, I find having the image saved to an internal drive to be best and more reliable.
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