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Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

  1. #230


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    Windows 8 Pro


    I'd like to try creating a custom image. I see in the instructions it says;

    Note that you cannot reset your PC using a custom recovery image. Custom recovery images can only be used to refresh your PC.

    I want to be clear on the difference between reset and refresh. Are they essentially the same with the difference being that refresh leaves the user files intact when it restores the rest of the system back to the way it was when the image was made - while reset restores the entire system back to the way it was when the image was made ?

    Thanks

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  2. #231



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    Yes.

    But a custom refresh keeps your program(that you have installed at the time of creation), so you won't have to download them all again You'll just need to update them. Read Brinks tutorial through, and you can also take a look at Everything You Need to Know About Creating Custom Recovery Images for Windows 8 at How to Geek.
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  3. #232


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    Yes.

    But a custom refresh keeps your program(that you have installed at the time of creation), so you won't have to download them all again You'll just need to update them. Read Brinks tutorial through, and you can also take a look at Everything You Need to Know About Creating Custom Recovery Images for Windows 8 at How to Geek.
    In addition instead of going to another site:

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  4. #233


    Posts : 299
    Windows 8 Pro


    OK thanks. I've always avoided Refresh because I assumed it was not as complete of a restoration as Reset, so I always chose to backup the user files and then select Reset.
    Is it correct to assume that a Refresh will move the user files to a safe place, completely restore the hard back to the way it was when the image was made, then move the user files back to where they belong?

    Thanks
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  5. #234


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    Hello Vincenzo,

    Correct. A Refresh is basically the same as doing a repair install in Windows 7. The Refresh tutorial will give you more details about it.
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  6. #235


    Posts : 299
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thanks, Brink. I've read through that tutorial now, and have more understanding of it. I will have to give this all a tryout.

    Has the Refresh function been reliable for people, generally working without any problems?

    Thanks
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  7. #236



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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    It works pretty good, but you should really think about making monthly(or after major changes) system images, so you won't have to always update windows and your programs after a refresh. And if your drive suffers from a catastrophic failure you can also re-image on to a new drive.
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  8. #237


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    64-bit Windows 10


    It has worked well for me so far. As Cliff posted, it's always a good idea to keep several different forms of backups and images to be safe though.
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  9. #238


    Posts : 299
    Windows 8 Pro


    OK thank you both for the info.
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  10. #239



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    You're welcome Vincenzo.
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