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Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

  1. #10


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    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.
    Agreed.

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  2. #11


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    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.
    Amen to that. That was a good 3 hours of my life lost rebuilding everything after a clean REFRESH. Of course, the reason I had to do the refresh was that I managed to screw up Metro UI so badly that I had to go back to square one. My bad.

    Iown, Thanks for letting us know how well creating an image works!

    BTW, find the profile.default for Firefox at

    C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles

    and back it up. When Firefox is restored, it creates a NEW profile name so you have to copy everything in the old profile into the new (with replace all). ALL of your settings, bookmarks, passwords, history, etc is ALL kept. A marvelous way to restore Firefox.
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  3. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Iown, Thanks for letting us know how well creating an image works!

    BTW, find the profile.default for Firefox at

    C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles

    and back it up. When Firefox is restored, it creates a NEW profile name so you have to copy everything in the old profile into the new (with replace all). ALL of your settings, bookmarks, passwords, history, etc is ALL kept. A marvelous way to restore Firefox.
    Thank's for the tip johnpombrio I already use the FEBE extension for firefox so all bookmarks, extensions - etc. were backed up & exported to user folder and external drive for good measure along with IE bookmarks for easy importation and restoring.

    Out of boredom I made a completely new Refresh Windows 8 Using a Custom System Image but this time using the Refresh Windows 8 from within Windows 8 (Option Two Halfway down page)

    The results were the same as post #7 with all programs and files restored and working albeit programs reverting to initial installation parameters with all customization lost ( Example: Ccleaner - cookies to keep & check marked boxes restored to default, iTunes reconfigures itself to accept/decline the user agreement)

    Conclusion: Backup / Export bookmarks and extensions and make note of program / Taskbar - etc. customizations before Refreshing Windows 8 Using a Custom System Image
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  4. #13


    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Iown, that's pretty bored!

    Your latest results were similar to what I had with a regular REFRESH. I too had the exact same issue when I moved the folder for a utility from the Programs folder from Windows.old to the new Programs folder created during the REFRESH. It SOUNDS like the any changes to the registry are removed which is why it starts in a default/new installation state. Would you concur?
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  5. #14


    This sounds cool. I create images of my Windows 7 drives every week or two. Is the regular "Create a System Image" still the same? Guess it's about time to pick a desktop and install Windows 8. Hard to learn about it if you're not running it. Great tutorials as usual Brink. I love reading through them.
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  6. #15


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Nate,

    This isn't quite the same as a full system image backup since it only affect the OS and not the HDD. However, a system image in Windows 8 is the same as in Windows 7.

    Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup - Windows 7 Forums
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  7. #16


    Hello Brink and thank you for your exceptional assistance. To create a true system image, one that will delete the drive and put everything back on that was there at the time of the system image, I must use the alternate method as in Window 7 or with a program like Macrium. Is this correct?
    If so then I would not need the C:\RefreshImage folder or it's contents, also correct. If so may I just delete them? Sorry still a little slow on the uptake!
    Thank you for your assistance!
    Regards,
    Glenn
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  8. #17


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    Hello Glenn,

    Yeah, if you wanted to restore selectedHDDs/SSDs as they were as well, then you would need to create a normal system image with them included using the same method as W7 or with a program like Macrium.

    You wouldn't want to delete the C:\RefreshImage folder unless you are just real tight on space. Having a custom refresh image could be handy if you ever needed to use it for a quick fix, or backup in case something happend to the full system image. You can always update the refresh image as well by doing this tutorial again.
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  9. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Glenn,

    Yeah, if you wanted to restore selectedHDDs/SSDs as they were as well, then you would need to create a normal system image with them included using the same method as W7 or with a program like Macrium.

    You wouldn't want to delete the C:\RefreshImage folder unless you are just real tight on space. Having a custom refresh image could be handy if you ever needed to use it for a quick fix, or backup in case something happend to the full system image. You can always update the refresh image as well by doing this tutorial again.
    Thanks Brink,
    Just from my personal experience with W7, I've never had total success with anything other than a system image. I have had repairs fail, restore points fail, but with the system image I know I can get back to then exactly the same. I really haven't taken the time to delve into the differences. I will attempt to learn the difference. In general sfc takes care of restoring the system....is this a true statement or am I barking up another wrong tree?
    Regards
    Glenn
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  10. #19


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Glenn,

    No problem.

    SFC will only repair Windows corrupted or modified system files if able, and nothing else (ex: user files or programs).

    System Restore will restore Windows system files, system settings, programs, and registry back to how they were when the restore point was created. It does not affect user files.

    I agree. A full System Image backup is the ultimate and best fix all solution. It will restore everything, including how the selected HDDs/SSDs were setup, in the system image back to how it was when the system image was created. You just have to keep an updated system image to not lose to much if you have to do a system image recovery inbetween creating updated images.

    A refresh with a custom image could be useful if you wanted to restore Windows back to how it was when the refresh image was created without worrying about it affecting the HHDs/SSDs and accidently letting the wrong one get deleted like it could happen with a full system image recovery.
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