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Refresh Windows 8 - Set a Custom Recovery Image as Active

  1. #10


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Maybe change the name of this link from created custom recovery image to How to Create a Custom Recovery Image to Use to Refresh Windows 8.

    When I looked through this tutorial I did not make the connection that the link actually pointed to how to create the image.

    I'm just sayin
    Hey Rich,

    No worries, but I'm not sure it would make sense to have it named that instead.

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  2. #11


    No, I agree. Oh well. At least I learned something on this go-round.

    Thanks
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  3. #12


    Gurgaon
    Posts : 56
    Windows 8.1 Single Language


    Hi Shawn,

    I purchased Dell Laptop last year that came pre-installed with Windows 8 Single Language. I have updated it to 8.1 since then.

    I have created a Custom Recovery Image (.wim) and activated it. While the Factory Image was just under 8 gigabytes the Custom Image is just below 12 gigabytes, because after removing the bloatware I have installed some third-party applications.

    My problem is that I am not clear about the restoration and the unanswered questions are as follows..

    1. Does the custom image once activated remains so till another one is activated or it needs reactivation before Restore?
    2. How to set the UAC (User Account Control?) to default? My "Change Account Type" Button is grayed out.
    3. Will restoration revert the PC to Windows 8 from 8.1?
    4. Do I restore by Setting>Change PC Settings>Update and Recovery>Recovery>Advanced Start up>Restart.
    5. My Acronis Boot CD doesn't work properly with UEFI. Do you recommend any free Imaging application that backs-up nicely?

    Regards,

    Amarnath Wanchoo
    Last edited by junglee; 28 Mar 2014 at 00:13.
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  4. #13


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Amarnath, your customrefresh.wim is larger because for some unknown reason recimg backs up hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys. Don't worry about the size but if you want a smaller one you could disabale hibernation and pagefile before and then re-enable them after.

    To answer some of your questions,

    1. Yes it does.
    2. This is a separate question - you could look here User Account Control (UAC) - Change Settings in Windows 8
    3. No - back to when you made the customrefresh.wim
    4. No. From there use the "refresh" button at the top of the picture below.
    5. I use Macrium but I thought Acronis worked also.

    Hope this helps
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  5. #14


    Gurgaon
    Posts : 56
    Windows 8.1 Single Language


    Thank you Adam for your prompter than prompt reply. Just a small clarification. In the answer to Q1, "Yes" is presumably for the first part and not the second part.

    As for Acronis, the Boot CD worked but said it would take about 14 hours to complete the task. That was as good as useless so I cancelled the operation. As it is, there is the hassle of disabling UEFI and then enabling Legacy in the BIOS before rebooting and choosing boot from Optical Device, and after the work is done reversing the BIOS back to default.

    Thank you once again

    Amarnath Wanchoo

    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Amarnath, your customrefresh.wim is larger because for some unknown reason recimg backs up hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys. Don't worry about the size but if you want a smaller one you could disabale hibernation and pagefile before and then re-enable them after.

    To answer some of your questions,

    1. Yes it does.
    2. This is a separate question - you could look here User Account Control (UAC) - Change Settings in Windows 8
    3. No - back to when you made the customrefresh.wim
    4. No. From there use the "refresh" button at the top of the picture below.
    5. I use Macrium but I thought Acronis worked also.

    Hope this helps
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  6. #15


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Amarnath,

    Yes, that would be correct that it's only for the first part of Q1. Once you create and/or register a custom refresh image, it will be used the next time you do a refresh unless/until you delete or deregister the image.

    Macrium Reflect Free is a good program to use for backups and images.

    Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  7. #16


    Gurgaon
    Posts : 56
    Windows 8.1 Single Language


    Thanks a lot. All doubts are resolved.

    But a new question arises now. When the built in Custom Recovery Image (.wim) is so good then why should anyone use some third-party imaging program at all?
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  8. #17


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by junglee View Post
    Thanks a lot. All doubts are resolved.

    But a new question arises now. When the built in Custom Recovery Image (.wim) is so good then why should anyone use some third-party imaging program at all?
    It doesn't back up your data. That is the main reason I can think of. I do both to be on the safe side.
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  9. #18


    Gurgaon
    Posts : 56
    Windows 8.1 Single Language


    Did a test run for the heck of it. Everything went OK and in about 30 minutes yesterday's image got restored. However all the programs came back with default configurations and had to be reconfigured again. Bit of a hassle, but 500% better than starting afresh with the Factory Image.

    Thanks Adam and thanks Shawn.
    Last edited by junglee; 28 Mar 2014 at 11:13.
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  10. #19


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Now you see Junglee you will be happy even if something goes wrong. That is because you actually bothered to test it.

    Most people don't bother and then complain it doesn't work bless them.

    The only thing you should check now is e-mail. Mostly it is stored in /USER/APPDTA/somewhere/EMAIL . You'll not need it as you can always download it again but if you want to check your recovery situation to be 100% sure you should test it also.
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