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Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

  1. #70


    I've never tried it on C but have seen other say to do that.
    The win 8 RESET will destroy a custom wim, the Refresh - provided you make a recimg customRefresh.wim will keep all of your personally made folders.

    I have one folder called Anyfile that contains the small programs that are just stand alone exe's and few other small nothings - with the recimg, Refresh leaves that untouched always.

    But for my money, its hard to beat a system image to get out of trouble overall quickest.

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  2. #71


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Single Language Ed.


    Hi,
    Thanks for the reply.
    Since this tutorial itself suggested choosing C:\ using recimg to create the custom image, I was confused. But I take it that a REFRESH using custom recimg image lying in C:\ does no harm and works safely as required, keeping the programs and any exe files lying in C:\ intact. And the REFRESH source comes to no harm in the process even though lying in C:\, I guess.

    After de-registering, or in general having never used recimg, is it possible to find out the factory/manufacturer´s recovery partition location and image source that Windows-8 and the Refresh uses by default ???

    Thanks
    Regards,
    Rakesh
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  3. #72


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Rakesh,

    A refresh will not destroy a custom refresh image saved at C:. However, a reset would destroy anything on C since it's basically the same a clean install. For that reason and others, I personally prefer to keep my custom refresh image on a separate drive than the Windows 8 drive. This way if something should ever happen to the Windows 8 drive, the custom refresh image will remain unaffected.

    If you deregister your custom refresh image, then Windows 8 will automatically request you to connect or insert your Windows 8 installation media to do the refresh with if you do not have a factory recovery partition on the hard drive. If you do have a factory recovery partition on the hard drive, then it will automatically be used instead to do the refresh with.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  4. #73


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Single Language Ed.


    Hi Shawn,

    Thank you for your response. It clarifies a lot.
    My laptop came with Windows-8 pre-installed and without any CD/DVD. Based on the attached snapshot of my disc management view, am I right in presuming that by default, the Windows-8 uses the last un-named 20 GB partition for refresh/reset ??

    Thanks again,

    Rakesh
    Last edited by VRakesh; 17 Jun 2013 at 02:50.
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  5. #74


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Rakesh,

    That would be about the right size of a factory recovery partition. All new PCs that come with Windows preinstalled will have one.
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  6. #75


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Single Language Ed.


    Hi Shawn,
    Thank you very much for clarifying all doubts....

    Regards,

    Rakesh
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  7. #76


    I corrupted the Recover partition on my new computer while trying to use Partition Manager. I've since re-installed 8, but no longer have the factory installed recover partition. This sounds like the perfect way for me to revive the Refresh ability. So would a 20GB partition be big enough?
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  8. #77


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Dirty Butter, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    A custom recovery image is like creating a system image except that it's only for Windows 8 and is used through Refresh. You can save the recovery image to where you like just like any other file.

    As for size, it depends on how large your Windows 8 installation is, but here's an example with mine to help.

    My Windows 8 takes up 32.1 GB, and the custom refresh image was 9.2 GB in size.
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  9. #78


    I created a partition on my 3TB external drive and created the wim file there - thanks for the great directions. But I don't want to test using it until I'm reassured that Windows 8 will recognize that file on the connected external drive. If so, if I hide that partition will it still be used?
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  10. #79


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    It depends on how you will go about hiding that partition. If you hide the partition by removing it's drive letter, then Windows 8 will no longer be able to see the .wim and will use the normal refresh instead of your custom one.
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