A simple command line interface that will allow you to create a refresh point for the
bootable recovery console's PC refresh option, with maybe, many of your installed desktop programs remaining intact.
Windows 8 Refresh: A great feature, if you know the limitations
Windows 8 Refresh lets you restore your Windows 8 PC to earlier state without destroying data, but beware hidden gotchas
By Woody Leonhard | InfoWorld
recimg help:mkdir C:\RefreshImage
recimg -CreateImage C:\RefreshImage
Replace the above drive letter "C" with whatever drive letter represents the location
you wish to store CustomRefresh.wim
I came across this article on InfoWorld by our own Woody Leonhard, but it's dated April 3/2012.
I was able to create the CustomRefresh.wim on a directory of my choosing, but I have not tested it by attempting
a system refresh. (not in a position of needing to)
Woody has tested this in his above article with mixed results, but that was with a consumer preview way back in April.
The CustomRefresh.wim file on my system came out to approx. 7.75GB in size.
Although not nearly as complete and reliable as an image created with a 3rd party tool, or even the default Windows 8 image
tool, it definitely increases the potential recovery options available to Windows 8.
If there are any of you brave soles out there who might be in a position to test the above procedure, please post back so that the rest of us
can get an idea of it's functional usefulness.
I may test this later on myself and post back on the results if I have some time.