Question regarding to Windows 8 new backup image system

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  1. uccoffee

    uccoffee MDL Novice

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    I have read from a blog about the new command

    recimg -CreateImage

    I wonder how does it really work and are there any more reading on the web at the moment?
    Will I be able to backup using this method daily like the “backup to an image” in win 7 or “norton ghost drive backup”?



    Lucky the Windows 7 backup & restore is still available as "windows 7 file recovery" in windows 8.
     
  2. roirraW "edor" ehT

    roirraW "edor" ehT MDL Addicted

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    #2 roirraW "edor" ehT, Aug 9, 2012
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    Did you try typing it into a Command Prompt?

    I get this info:

    Code:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.9200]
    (c) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    
    D:\Windows\system32>recimg -CreateImage
    Configures the recovery image Windows uses to refresh your PC.
    
    RECIMG.EXE <command> <arguments>
    
    The recimg.exe command line tool lets you configure a custom recovery image
    for Windows to use when you refresh your PC. When you create a custom
    recovery image, it will contain the desktop apps you've installed, and the
    Windows system files in their current state. Recovery images do not contain
    your documents, personal settings, user profiles, or apps from Windows Store,
    because that information is preserved at the time you refresh your PC.
    
    When you create a custom recovery image, recimg will store it in the
    specified directory, and set it as the active recovery image. If a custom
    recovery image is set as the active recovery image, Windows will use it when
    you refresh your PC. You can use the /setcurrent and /deregister options to
    select which recovery image Windows will use. All recovery images have the
    filename CustomRefresh.wim. If no CustomRefresh.wim file is found in the
    active recovery image directory, Windows will fall back to the default image
    (or to installation media) when you refresh your PC.
    
    Note that you cannot reset your PC using a custom recovery image. Custom
    recovery images can only be used to refresh your PC.
    
    The following commands can be specified:
    
    
            /createimage <directory>
            Captures a new custom recovery image in the location specified by
            <directory>, and sets it as the active recovery image.
    
    
            /setcurrent <directory>
            Sets the active recovery image to the CustomRefresh.wim file in the
            location specified by <directory>. Windows will use this image when you
            refresh your PC, even if a recovery image provided by your PC's
            manufacturer is present.
    
    
            /deregister
            Deregisters the current custom recovery image. If a recovery image
            provided by your PC's manufacturer is present, Windows will use that
            image when you refresh your PC. Otherwise, Windows will use your
            installation media when you refresh your PC.
    
    
            /showcurrent
            Displays the path to the directory in which the current active recovery
            image is stored.
    
    
            /help, /?
            Displays this help text.
    Any command line tool you can always schedule in the Task Scheduler.
     
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  3. roirraW "edor" ehT

    roirraW "edor" ehT MDL Addicted

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    #3 roirraW "edor" ehT, Aug 9, 2012
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    Did you try typing it into a Command Prompt?

    I get this info:

    Code:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.9200]
    (c) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    
    D:\Windows\system32>recimg -CreateImage
    Configures the recovery image Windows uses to refresh your PC.
    
    RECIMG.EXE <command> <arguments>
    
    The recimg.exe command line tool lets you configure a custom recovery image
    for Windows to use when you refresh your PC. When you create a custom
    recovery image, it will contain the desktop apps you've installed, and the
    Windows system files in their current state. Recovery images do not contain
    your documents, personal settings, user profiles, or apps from Windows Store,
    because that information is preserved at the time you refresh your PC.
    
    When you create a custom recovery image, recimg will store it in the
    specified directory, and set it as the active recovery image. If a custom
    recovery image is set as the active recovery image, Windows will use it when
    you refresh your PC. You can use the /setcurrent and /deregister options to
    select which recovery image Windows will use. All recovery images have the
    filename CustomRefresh.wim. If no CustomRefresh.wim file is found in the
    active recovery image directory, Windows will fall back to the default image
    (or to installation media) when you refresh your PC.
    
    Note that you cannot reset your PC using a custom recovery image. Custom
    recovery images can only be used to refresh your PC.
    
    The following commands can be specified:
    
    
            /createimage <directory>
            Captures a new custom recovery image in the location specified by
            <directory>, and sets it as the active recovery image.
    
    
            /setcurrent <directory>
            Sets the active recovery image to the CustomRefresh.wim file in the
            location specified by <directory>. Windows will use this image when you
            refresh your PC, even if a recovery image provided by your PC's
            manufacturer is present.
    
    
            /deregister
            Deregisters the current custom recovery image. If a recovery image
            provided by your PC's manufacturer is present, Windows will use that
            image when you refresh your PC. Otherwise, Windows will use your
            installation media when you refresh your PC.
    
    
            /showcurrent
            Displays the path to the directory in which the current active recovery
            image is stored.
    
    
            /help, /?
            Displays this help text.
    Any command line tool you can always schedule in the Task Scheduler.

    There is also Control Panel/Recovery/Create a recovery drive. I haven't tried it yet. It also lets you create recovery CDs/DVDs.
     
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    guestposter MDL Novice

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    what does this word "refresh" mean in here exactly?

    any more details on this whole imaging and backup/restore scenario? when did they invent recimage and how does win8 imaging/backup/restore compare to win7?
    thanks.
     
  5. uccoffee

    uccoffee MDL Novice

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    #6 uccoffee, Aug 11, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2012
    (OP)
    does not seem to be as easy as to backup / restore with the "windows 7 file recovery" (which used to called backup and restore in windows 7).
    But the speed is a lot faster when restore with the recimg compare with the "windows 7 file recovery".
    Still need to look deeper into the pros & cons of both backup system.

    What do you people think?
     
  6. mickyjim

    mickyjim MDL Novice

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    search files for "Windows 7 file recovery" omitting the quotation and you will find the create system image exactly the same as in windows 7 with the option of creating a repair disk when the image has been captured.;);)
     
  7. 5856898

    5856898 MDL Junior Member

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    The recimg.exe command line tool lets you capture the system you are using currently. then you can use it to run refresh PC or reset PC from PC Setting \ General. also, you can type reagentc.exe /info to check WinRE config.

    Regarding Control Panel/Recovery/Create a recovery drive, if you have a recovery partition, you can create it by USB flash drive and then you can boot from it to do Refresh or Reset.
     
  8. ThorndikePDF

    ThorndikePDF MDL Novice

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    This info "The recimg.exe command line tool lets you capture the system you are using currently. then you can use it to run refresh PC or reset PC from PC Setting \ General. also, you can type reagentc.exe /info to check WinRE config.

    Regarding Control Panel/Recovery/Create a recovery drive, if you have a recovery partition, you can create it by USB flash drive and then you can boot from it to do Refresh or Reset." gonna help me a lot, thanks!!!!!!
     
  9. kiskaprince

    kiskaprince MDL Novice

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    Where is slim image link to download
    can't find it anywhere
    Thank you
     
  10. kiskaprince

    kiskaprince MDL Novice

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    Thank you man