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    Win 8 system images

    In a recent column, http://windowssecrets.com/langalist-...need-updating/
    Fred Langa seems to state that Win 8 system images do not contain the user data -


    "......strongly favors using traditional, all-in-one disk images over the Win8 method, which backs up user and system files separately."

    I've been under the impression that Win 8 system image is a complete image of the system drive. Is this not correct?

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    Windows 8 splits the image into sections for greater flexibility, which is great for those of use who know about such things, but not so good for mere mortals. I would stick to an image created using Macrium or Easus as I believe both allow you to pull out individual files or restore the lot - restoring the lot is best for recovery IMO.

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    I've used the Windows 8 system image utility to recover a few computers, but those systems I had set up with user files in a separate partition. I've also created images on (but never needed to recover) computers with just a single partition. Are you saying that if I was to recover one of those computers which have a single partition, using a Windows 8 system image, that the user files would be lost?

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    I understand of course that user files created after the image creation date would be lost, I'm just surprised by the idea that user files are not included in the image.

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    Although Fred used the phrase "Default system images" in that reply, I'm not convinced he was talking about Sytem Image Backup (which is well hidden in 8.1); because he followed that phrase with, "The Refresh option can use these images ..." which I believe only applies to "Create a recovery drive".

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