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was browsing my c drive and some how my c:\ESD is empty?

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    was browsing my c drive and some how my c:\ESD is empty?


    So was wondering how this could be empty as when i did the upgrade from windows 7 to 8 it was full, but when i did the upgrade to 8.1 it seems to be empty and i'm not sure how long its been empty. did the upgrade from windows 8 to 8.1 kill my ESD file?, if so how would i get it back if possible. does this mean i can never do a refresh of my PC. i do have a iso of windows 8.1 on a dvd that i made a while back would this work if i ever have to refresh?.
    Last edited by TonyB; 26 Nov 2014 at 08:46.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyB View Post
    i do have a iso of windows 8.1 on a dvd that i made a while back would this work if i ever have to refresh?.
    Yes.

    Quote from this post:

    If you don't have an OEM PC that came with Windows 8 preinstalled and you updated Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, then when you refresh or reset Windows, it will reinstall Windows 8.1, but only if you have Windows 8.1 USB/DVD installation media.

    Note: You must insert Windows 8.1 USB/DVD installation media. See this link: How to download Windows 8.1 installation media.

    If you don't insert any installation media or if you insert Windows 8 USB/DVD installation media, then you receive the following error message: "Insert Media. Some files are missing. Your Windows installation or recovery media will provide these files." (see screenshot below).

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    gent thanks so much, do you know what could have happened to my ESD folder?
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    Did you run disk cleanup? That will delete it (if you select the clean up system files).
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    adamf no i always leave that option unchecked unless it checked itself some how, like i said i'm not sure how long it has been gone is very strange to say the least but i guess as long as i got a disk i should be ok, i d-loaded the 8.1 iso from Microsoft so i guess that will work it just very strange.
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was browsing my c drive and some how my c:\ESD is empty?
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