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       20 Feb 2015 #10

    DavidY said: View Post
    But not on the tutorial itself (unless I need my eyes testing). So if I want to quote a bit of the Tutorial and ask a question on it, there doesn't seem to be an easy way to do it?
    Just do a little copy/paste...




    Information
    If you're having problems with Windows 10 on your PC, you can try to refresh, reset, or restore it.

    By default, here's what happens when you refresh your PC:

    • Your files and personalization setting won't change.
    • Your PC settings will be changed back to their defaults.
    • Apps from the Windows Store will be kept.
    • Apps you installed from discs or websites will be removed. Basically all installed desktop apps.



    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 already automatically preserved at the time you refresh your PC. Basically, a custom recovery image is used to let you refresh Windows 10 back to the exact state it was at when the recovery image was created.





    I just did this from Shawn's tut.
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  2.    20 Feb 2015 #11

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    Just do a little copy/paste...
    Yes but being able to reply with quote is better and easier- I just tried a copy and paste and it lost most of the formatting for some reason.
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       20 Feb 2015 #12

    DavidY said: View Post
    Yes but being able to reply with quote is better and easier- I just tried a copy and paste and it lost most of the formatting for some reason.
    Might be your browser. I'm using Chrome. Sorry, only suggestion I have.
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       20 Feb 2015 #13

    DavidY said: View Post
    But not on the tutorial itself (unless I need my eyes testing). So if I want to quote a bit of the Tutorial and ask a question on it, there doesn't seem to be an easy way to do it?

    Edit: I notice that over on EightForums, it is much easier and the reply with quote options (with a slightly different name) are visible- maybe a setting is different here?
    Nar, the quote for the tutorial was dropped since to many people quoted the entire tutorial when replying.
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       20 Feb 2015 #14

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    Shawn, is this still valid for win 10? Refresh Windows 8 - Set a Custom Recovery Image as Active

    Also, I assume ​that the next build will set it back?
    Yep, it's still valid for Windows 10. I'm working on updated tutorial versions for them here today.

    It would be recommended to double check to make sure that the recovery image you want active is still set as active after the next build of Windows 10 has finished installing to be safe.
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       20 Feb 2015 #15

    Brink said: View Post
    Yep, it's still valid for Windows 10. I'm working on updated tutorial versions for them here today.

    It would be recommended to double check to make sure that the recovery image you want active is still set as active after the next build of Windows 10 has finished installing to be safe.
    Thanks! And way off topic.... do you ever sleep!
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       20 Feb 2015 #16

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    Thanks! And way off topic.... do you ever sleep!
    I occasionally fall over and drool on the keyboard.
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       20 Feb 2015 #17

    Brink said: View Post
    f14tomcat said: View Post
    Shawn, is this still valid for win 10? Refresh Windows 8 - Set a Custom Recovery Image as Active

    Also, I assume ​that the next build will set it back?
    Yep, it's still valid for Windows 10. I'm working on updated tutorial versions for them here today.

    It would be recommended to double check to make sure that the recovery image you want active is still set as active after the next build of Windows 10 has finished installing to be safe.
    Here's the new one for Windows 10.

    How to Set a Custom Recovery Image as Active to use to Refresh Windows 10
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  9.    31 May 2015 #18

    Shawn:
    I'm testing recimg on Build 10130 inside an administrative command prompt, and here's what cmd is telling me when I try to run it:

    Name:  w10-10130-recimg.jpg
Views: 98
Size:  34.2 KB

    Has recimg.exe been dropped from recent Windows 10 builds, or do I need to enable the actual administrator account and use it to login to run this command?

    Very interesting!
    --Ed--

    PS: Just for grins, I enabled the Administrator account and got no further. Likewise, invoking recimg.exe instead of just recimg did nothing further, either.

    PPS: I'm starting to think this is a function of the switchover from .wim-formatted image files to .esd-formatted (compressed and sometimes encrypted) image files in Windows 10. It may just be a format mismatch, and some kind of conversion tool (or an alternate form of recimg) will be required.
    Last edited by EdTittel; 31 May 2015 at 12:07.
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       31 May 2015 #19

    Hello Ed, @EdTittel



    It sure does appear that Microsoft has dropped the recimg.exe file in build 10130.

    I'm going to get the file from an older build now and test in 10130. If it works, I'll provide a download for it in the tutorial.
    Last edited by Brink; 31 May 2015 at 13:17.
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