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    Create Reset Recovery Image in Windows 10

    How to Create a Recovery Image used to Reset Windows 10
    Published by Category: Installation & Upgrade
    28 May 2020
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Create a Recovery Image used to Reset Windows 10


    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.
    Create Reset Recovery Image in Windows 10-insert_media.png

    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.

    You must be signed in as an administrator 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 (Win+E), create a new folder named ResetRecoveryImage at a location (ex: F: ) where you want to keep the recovery image stored at. (see screenshot below)

    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.

    Create Reset Recovery Image in Windows 10-install.wim-1.png

    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)

    Create Reset Recovery Image in Windows 10-install.wim-2.png

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

    Create Reset Recovery Image in Windows 10-install.wim-3.png

    5 Open an elevated command prompt.

    6 Type the command below into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

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

    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

    Create Reset Recovery Image in Windows 10-reagentc_setosimage.png

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


    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 128
    Always the latest build
       #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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  2. Posts : 66,546
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #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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  3. Posts : 128
    Always the latest build
       #3

    Brink said:
    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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  4. Posts : 66,546
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    It won't hurt to create an ISO with them to see what build number it shows for them. :)
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  5. Posts : 128
    Always the latest build
       #5

    Brink said:
    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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  6. Posts : 66,546
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    You're welcome. At least it's not long until the 29th. :)
      My Computers


  7. Posts : 9
    Windows 10
       #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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  8. Posts : 66,546
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #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. Posts : 9
    Windows 10
       #9

    Brink said:
    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.
      My Computer


 

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