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Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

  1. #210


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by 1CM69 View Post
    I created a custom refresh for my Win 8.1 installation and have recently upgraded to 8.1 Pro.

    If I perform a system refresh now, will it refresh the system back to 8.1 non Pro version?

    Regards..,
    I'm afraid so. It'll refresh back to the same state Windows was in when the custom refresh image was created.

    You can always create a new custom refresh image to use instead though.

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  2. #211


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by 1CM69 View Post
    I created a custom refresh for my Win 8.1 installation and have recently upgraded to 8.1 Pro.

    If I perform a system refresh now, will it refresh the system back to 8.1 non Pro version?

    Regards..,
    I'm afraid so. It'll refresh back to the same state Windows was in when the custom refresh image was created.

    You can always create a new custom refresh image to use instead though.
    Thanks.
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  3. #212


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome.
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  4. #213


    Posts : 112
    Windows 8.1


    Brink; explain advantage of custom system image vs create restore point. Don't both rewind Windows to said point w/o affecting personal files and programs ? Only diff I see is putting image on ext media vs on drive for re-booting purposes, right ? Thanks in advance.
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  5. #214


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    The main advantage in my book is that refresh images are safe to keep. Restore points are very volatile and can disappear for a number of reasons.
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  6. #215


    Posts : 112
    Windows 8.1


    Safe enough to keep on computer's drive like Mfr's recovery partition ? I have used Acronis True Image to create an image of the OS and programs for a long time on an ext HD. This intrigues me as an extra layer of protection, if so.

    Since you bring up volatility, I notice that 8.1 does not seem to have a restore schedule like XP did every few days. They are few and far between and sometimes, when I'm in CCCleaner, I can see they all disappeared which leaves NONE. I thought the last was always kept !. Or, are they kept for a max period of time on 8.1 ?
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  7. #216



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    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    The main advantage in my book is that refresh images are safe to keep. Restore points are very volatile and can disappear for a number of reasons.
    What whs has said, plus it is to be used like windows refresh, except all your favorite programs can be already loaded, all windows updates to the time you create the image are installed, and your libraries will be save. It's kind of a system image back up, but to when you (your decision) you have the perfect setup.

    This is absolutely NOT a substitute for a weekly or monthly image backup... this is to be a clean/virus free 1st image, where as a weekly or monthly has all the usual pitfalls(that's why I DO NOT use incremental-in case I have a infected/corrupt image I then have another choice)
    If something goes wrong I use my monthly image 1st, A refresh should be more or less used as a "clean slate".
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  8. #217


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    Hello mrgeek,

    I think Wolfgang and Cliff explained it pretty well. If you have any further questions, then please let us know.
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  9. #218


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Speaking of images - Refresh or other. I bought this cute 11.6" Asus x250 laptop for $99 (now $149). It is a really nice little device - the whole 2 pounds of it. But it is a little retarded.

    RECIMG is not a supported function so I cannot manipulate the refresh images. Only the factory image is available. I also cannot use my usual imaging programs because the disk was Device Encrypted during the OS installation . I decrypted it but there is still an encryption bit set for the C partition and the imaging programs cannot deal with that.

    In addition I cannot set the BIOS to legacy mode because the BIOS does not have that option. But since I absolutely wanted some images, I used this Command Prompt command

    wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget:D: -include:C: -allCritical -quiet

    Where D is my external disk - I use a SSD that was lying around and the 3 partitions (EFI, C and Recovery) are being imaged pretty fast. Recovery is with my recovery flash drive which I burnt from the recovery partition and is UEFI and can boot from USB.

    I am, of course, subject to all the perils of Windows imaging. But with careful handling (leave the images alone), it works. Now I am happy.
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  10. #219


    Posts : 112
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello mrgeek,

    I think Wolfgang and Cliff explained it pretty well. If you have any further questions, then please let us know.
    Thanks, guys. I'll try this as an on the computer backup in additon to my TI image. I understand the big advantage of not having to re-install updates after a full recovery and I'm always leery of system restore which is one of the first things a virus or malware infects so it can restore itself when run out of desperation. I agree that full images are the only way to go, they don't take that long to create if personal files are a separate backup. Cheers.
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