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  1. #30


    Gurgaon
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    Hi Shawn,

    In trying to find an answer to why Recimg does not restore the configurations of the installed programs. I found a free program Recimg Manager at Download RecImg Manager - MajorGeeks.

    I haven't checked if it is included in the list of free programs or not but if it isn't then it should be. It makes life so much easier.

    Best regards,

    Amarnath

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  2. #31


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Yes, I used that a while ago, when it first came out. IIRC it worked well.
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  3. #32


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    Quote Originally Posted by junglee View Post
    Hi Shawn,

    In trying to find an answer to why Recimg does not restore the configurations of the installed programs. I found a free program Recimg Manager at Download RecImg Manager - MajorGeeks.

    I haven't checked if it is included in the list of free programs or not but if it isn't then it should be. It makes life so much easier.

    Best regards,

    Amarnath
    Hello Amarnath,

    A custom refresh image should include everything all of Windows at the time the image was created. Of course, anything not saved to the same location as Windows would not be included.

    Did you have the program installed or save to another location?
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  4. #33


    Gurgaon
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    I am not clear what you mean by program installed or saved to another location. Perhaps by program you mean Recimg Manager.

    I downloaded Recimg Manager Setup.exe after I had created the .wim Image, thanks to all the help that I got from Adam and yourself, and tested that it was restoring OK. A day later (yesterday) I installed the Recimg Manager and today created another .wim Image on an external Drive which has not yet been tested.

    Nothing has been saved in two locations. I hope my reply is to the point.

    Best regards,

    Amarnath
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  5. #34


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    "In trying to find an answer to why Recimg does not restore the configurations of the installed programs"

    Sorry, I was replying to the part you said above about installed programs.
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  6. #35


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    It doesn't include your user folder, among other things. It is not a complete image. It can only be used for refresh, not a clean reinstall. Seems it relies on using the one still in your current installation.

    I haven't looked at recimg manager recently, but iirc, it can make a complete image. It is a very slow way to do it though.

    I made a complete image in .wim format using dism a while ago. You could do the same with imagex. It works ok, but again is very slow.
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  7. #36


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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    It doesn't include your user folder, among other things. It is not a complete image. It can only be used for refresh, not a clean reinstall. Seems it relies on using the one still in your current installation.

    I haven't looked at recimg manager recently, but iirc, it can make a complete image. It is a very slow way to do it though.
    Hey Simon,

    A custom recovery image contains 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 and included at the time you refresh your PC by default.
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  8. #37


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    Yes, exactly. It isn't a complete image. If there is a problem with user settings, a refresh with customrefresh.wim won't help. If you don't have a complete image, then System restore might be better for that situation.

    Here is the complete wim image I created, you can see my user folder

    Name:  mywim.jpg
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Size:  66.8 KB


    Missing from Cust refresh wim

    Name:  customrefreshwim.jpg
Views: 334
Size:  57.0 KB
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  9. #38


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    Yep, that's the main reason why I prefer a system image instead.
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  10. #39


    Gurgaon
    Posts : 56
    Windows 8.1 Single Language


    OK, I now understand.

    All the programs installed are in the two Program Files Folders. I had thought that the changes made in the configurations are mostly recorded in the Registry files which are in Windows, but maybe I am wrong and they are recorded elsewhere like the Program Data or the Users Folders.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    "In trying to find an answer to why Recimg does not restore the configurations of the installed programs"

    Sorry, I was replying to the part you said above about installed programs.
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