Win8 lets you place custom recovery images in locations that won’t allow for proper restoration. Here are the right locations and methods.
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A Windows 8 custom recovery image fails
Win8′s custom recovery image option lets you roll back your system files and your add-on software to a previous, known-good state. Used in conjunction with Win8′s File History, a custom recovery image lets you quickly recover from even serious system trouble. You won’t need to reinstall Windows or applications from scratch, and your personal data remains untouched.
But reader Gerald Greenberg had trouble getting Win8 to recognize and use a custom recovery image he’d created.
- “Fred, I’m trying to use Win8′s recimg command to restore a prior version of my setup.
“From time to time, I create customrefresh.wim files and store them on a backup drive.
“But when I tried to use a .wim file to restore my system to an earlier setup, the Change Settings screen gave me three options: Refresh, Reset, or Advanced Startup.
“If I use Refresh, the system displays a screen telling me what will happen; another screen then tells me what apps I will lose and need to replace.