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    Create Reset Recovery Image in Windows 10

    How to Create a Recovery Image used to Reset Windows 10
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    10 Apr 2017
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    How to Create a Recovery Image used to Reset Windows 10

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

    When you reset your PC, it will remove everything and reinstall Windows 10 to start over completely with a clean install.

    To be able to reset Windows 10 you may be required to first insert your Windows 10 installation media or recovery drive if there is not an OEM factory recovery image present.
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    This tutorial will show you how to create a recovery image that is used instead of OEM recovery image, installation media, or recovery drive for a push-button reset of Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to create a reset recovery image.

    A reset recovery image is basically like having your installation media always connected and ready to use to reset your PC with.

    The reset recovery image will continue to still be available after a reset of Windows 10.





    Here's How:

    1. In File Explorer, create a new folder named ResetRecoveryImage at a location (ex: F: ) where you want to keep the recovery image stored at. (see screenshot below)
    Tip   Tip
    It would be recommended to create the ResetRecoveryImage on a hard drive other than the one Windows is installed on to help protect you in case the Windows hard drive should fail.


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    2. If you have not already, download a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10 ISO file that is the same edition and 32-bit or 64-bit as your currently installed Windows 10.

    3. Double click/tap on the ISO file to mount and open it. Open the sources folder, and copy the install.wim file. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Paste the install.wim file into the new ResetRecoveryImage folder from step 1 above. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Open an elevated command prompt.

    6. In the elevated command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    reagentc /setosimage /path "location\ResetRecoveryImage" /index 1


    Note   Note
    Substitute location in the command above with the full path of where you created the ResetRecoveryImage folder at in step 1 above.

    For example:

    reagentc /setosimage /path "F:\ResetRecoveryImage" /index 1


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    7. When finished, you can close File Explorer and the command prompt if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



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    Win 10 Pro Insider Preview 64 bit build 16179, Win 10 Pro Annivarsy Update #1607,, Win 7 HP 64
       23 Jul 2015 #1

    Shawn,
    Your tutorial on how to re-set Windows 10 is very good. As far as I know there isn't an ISO for the latest build 10240. What would the procedure be in this case. Thanks.
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
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       23 Jul 2015 #2

    You could use the method in the tutorial below to create an ISO if you updated to 10240 and didn't clear the setup files.

    ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File
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    Win 10 Pro Insider Preview 64 bit build 16179, Win 10 Pro Annivarsy Update #1607,, Win 7 HP 64
       23 Jul 2015 #3

    Brink said: View Post
    You could use the method in the tutorial below to create an ISO if you updated to 10240 and didn't clear the setup files.

    ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File
    I have been using the Windows Update to get to build 10240. I have a "install.esd" dated 4/30/15 and a "install.wim" dated 5/3/15. I assume that these files are to old to make a 10240 ISO. I that correct? Thanks
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
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       23 Jul 2015 #4

    It won't hurt to create an ISO with them to see what build number it shows for them.
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    Win 10 Pro Insider Preview 64 bit build 16179, Win 10 Pro Annivarsy Update #1607,, Win 7 HP 64
       23 Jul 2015 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    It won't hurt to create an ISO with them to see what build number it shows for them.
    I created the ISO as directed in the tutorial. It created 10074 and not 10240. I guess I will have to wait until 7/29 to do a clean install. Hopefully there will a new latest ISO available from MS. Thanks for your input.
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
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       23 Jul 2015 #6

    You're welcome. At least it's not long until the 29th.
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  7.    31 Jul 2015 #7

    Hi am new to the forums. Is there any way to create a custom refresh with Win 10 as recimg used to do with Windows 8? I can't access the tutorial in the red box above and I am not sure if that even would help. Thanks, JJ
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
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       31 Jul 2015 #8

    Hello JJ, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    I'm afraid the recimg command for a custom refresh image has been deprecated in Windows 10, and is no longer available.
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  9.    31 Jul 2015 #9

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello JJ, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    I'm afraid the recimg command for a custom refresh image has been deprecated in Windows 10, and is no longer available.
    Thanks for the response! That is disappointing news however.
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