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Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

  1. #80


    Just a quick doublecheck here, as I am creating a custom refresh image.

    Unlike a regular refresh image which leaves current user files alone whilst resetting windows settings and installed programs... this custom refresh image will kill any user files which have been created after the custom image instead?

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  2. #81


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    Hello lilsting,

    When you create a custom recovery image, it will contain the desktop apps you've installed, and the Windows system files in their current state. Recovery images do not contain your documents, personal settings, user profiles, or apps from Windows Store, because that information is preserved at the time you refresh your PC.
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  3. #82


    Thanks. At least I know it is the same as when a clean install of Windows 8, I have to first move all my user files off to an external harddrive. Only now instead of getting back into Windows and installing all my software programs to my liking, this will already have them set-up to my liking. That's awesome

    I don't suppose I could hope for their being an inbetween method is there, one that keeps your software programs and settings, but doesn't affect the user files? Have a feeling that's too much to ask, haha.
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  4. #83


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    That's what you get. Recovery images do not contain your documents, personal settings, user profiles, or apps from Windows Store, because that information is preserved at the time you refresh your PC.
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  5. #84


    I'm sorry, I'm still not understanding the phrasing. Lets say I have some user documents which I've created after I created the custom refresh image. When refreshing with the custom image, it will do which of the following:

    a) leave the current documents that i've created after the custom refresh image alone.
    b) restore the documents to the status they were in when the custom refresh image was created, killing the more recent ones.
    c) kill the more recent documents, and have no older documents included in the custom refresh image.
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  6. #85


    Posts : 22,575
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    No worries.

    Basically a refresh image (custom or normal) will not touch anything in your C:\Users folders or any installed Store apps. I would still recommend to keep backups of them to be safe though.

    It only affects all installed desktop apps and Windows 8 system files.
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  7. #86


    ah brilliant, option a then
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  8. #87


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  9. #88


    bangalore
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    Windows 8.1 professional x64 + WMC


    Will custom image store the updates as well?
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  10. #89


    Posts : 22,575
    64-bit Windows 10


    Manjunath,

    Yep, since Windows Updates are considered to be system files, they will be included in a custom refresh image as well.
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