#1 By: howtogeek, July 18th, 2013 06:41
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/167831/everything-you-need-to-know-about-creating-custom-recovery-images-for-windows-8/
By default, Windows 8′s Refresh or Reset your PC feature restores Windows to its initial state. However, you can also create custom recovery images containing your favorite programs and system settings.
#2 By: thexfile, July 19th, 2013 13:03
Windows 7 is the best recovery.
#3 By: henrychapman, July 19th, 2013 17:17
Superb stellar article. Now I don't have to buy an image program that has Window PE4. I have heard that Win 8.1 will expunge this image backup. If so, I will not upgrade. Thanks again for a great article.
#4 By: Donald Wilson, August 21st, 2013 01:34
When I type recimg/showcurrent in the command prompt window I get
There is no active custom recovery image Yet when I go to my File Explorer there it shows I have a (D drive that is listed as a Recovery Image using 15.6 GB .
Can anyone please help me better understand this, do I or do I not already have a recovery image?
Thanks, oh yeah my current OS is Windows 8
#5 By: Naman Sood, August 21st, 2013 12:36
That is probably not a custom recovery image, but a factory restore image put there by your manufacturer.
#6 By: Donald Wilson, August 23rd, 2013 01:08
Yep, your exactly right it is indeed the factory restore from HP.
Thanks for clarifying that for me.
#7 By: ?, August 23rd, 2013 20:56
I've imaged mine with Macrium Reflect
#8 By: Arjen Visser, November 30th, 2013 08:18
I have purchased a new computer for and with Windows 8.0 64 bits, since my old one from 2007 with Windows XP prof is getting "old".
The computer setup is as follows:
1 MSI Z77A-G41, socket 1155 MoBo;
1 Intel Core i3-3225 Processor;
2 Kingston ValueRAM 8GB DDR3-1333 Memory Kit's;
1 MSI N210-MD1GD3H/LP, Grahpical Adapter
2 Samsung 840 Pro MZ-7PD128BW, 128GB SSD's.
The shop placed Windows 8.1 (after the PC had been sent back for some repair!) on SSD 0,which shows following in Drive Management:
Partition 1: System (E 450MB NTFS Allright (Active, Primary partition),
Partition 2: (G 108,80GB NTFS Allright (Primary partition),
Partition 3: 10,00GB Allright (Repair partition).
I installed Windows 8.0 from the setup DVD on to SSD 1. I made an image, the way described above and after that placed it back on the same SSD 1. This all worked fine and after that I could nicely start-up with SSD 1
On SSD 1 following is shown:
Partition 1: Reserved by system 350MB NTFS Allright (System, Active, Primary partition),
Partition 2: (C: ) 118,90GB NTFS Allright, Wisselbestand (=dutch, could it be Exchange files in english?), Crashdump, Primary partition.
From SSD 0, I have made an image the way described above and tried to install it on SSD 1, the way described above. This however did not work.
The repair procedure found the exact image and showed the correct details, so I clicked "Next". In the window "Other options"also "Next", etc.
After that following was shown:
Repary of the system copy failed.
Details: The processor architecture of the system version from Windows repair environment is not equal to those of the computer from which the back-up was made. A back-up from a x64 based Vista-computer can e.g. only being repaired with (here the sentence stopped) "Close".
Who can help , or explain?
With my old computer with Windos XP I made images, using Ghost32 version 8.2. This worked fine. And I could place any partition-image on any drive in that computer. That all went well.
Now with Windows 8, I feel a bit lost, because the same Ghost did not work. To make an image seemed to work allright, but replacing it to the same drive showed a blew screen with options F8 and Enter, telling me that parts were missing and that I should go to the supplier.
F8 and Enter did not do a thing. So there I also was in the dark!
#9 By: henrychapman, April 13th, 2014 18:13
After downloading the file from Microsoft to get the 8.1 ISO I entered my OEM legal 8.1 product key that I got from Belarc Advisor. Microsoft said it was an invalid key. I used a key from a Windows Forum web site which Microsoft accepted as a valid key. When I click on NEXT to download the ISO I always get a message that they are busy and try again later. Every time I try again I get the same message. What am I doing wrong?
#10 By: Robert_Zanol, April 13th, 2014 18:56
I have used clonezilla for years for Windows and linux OS images. Have also used Macrium Reflect Free. Both do the same thing, the difference being Macrium is a GUI and Clonezilla is text based. Both are free.
I will try this one day. Always good to have another trick in the bag!
#11 By: Naman Sood, April 14th, 2014 03:25
Did the computer from which you take the key ship with Windows 8 (no decimals)? If so, you need to use a Windows 8 installer, then install the 8.1 upgrade from the Store.
This happens to me every single time...