Windows 8 operating system was introduced with the features of enhanced security, built-in and added supports and user interface in the year 2012 by Microsoft. The OS, however, has issues pertaining to the user interface, frequent explorer crashes, etc. making your work cumbersome. If there is a problem, there is a solution. So are the resetting and recovery features available with your Windows 8, which comes with the inherent troubleshooting options such as ‘Refresh and Reset’. Put your PC on the best gaming desk and get it started.
Refresh and then Reset
Windows 8 has separate default options ‘Reset Your PC’ and ‘Refresh your PC’ inside ‘Settings’. If your Windows 8 is not running well, first try to refresh the system. This will not erase your personal files or folders, but all the data and applications from the desktop will be cleaned. Whereas, resetting your PC will erase every file and customization you had saved on your PC. You will need to re-install every setting and software like installing windows from ‘scratch’. The PC will be restored to the same condition as it was when you actually purchased, that is, to the same version of Windows which was installed at the time of purchase.So creating a back up of all your important data is a must to do the action before resetting or even refreshing PC.
The first Step to create your own recovery of the system
Before you hit a refresh or reset button, the initial step is to create a backup of all yournecessary files in a partition or an external storage device. Keep the desktop free of any unwanted clutters, remove the unnecessary and long programs (bloatware) and create the recovery image of a clean system, in a safe location as opted by you.Once you refresh your PC with this image, the new look of the systemwill be an exact copy of itself at the time of recovery, and this is custom recovery. Windows 8 gives you a dedicated command line tool ‘recimg’ for the same. This tool will restore all your selected files and applications back into your PC during Refresh.
What is a custom recovery image?
A custom recovery image will be a copy of your current desktop applications and settings made by the Windows on your hard drive. It will not contain any of your other files which you have stored as backup. The image will be stored in the destination chosen by you in the file namegiven by you. If you try to rename the file, the image can no longer be used for recovery, but multiple recovery images can be created.
Using the tool
Recimg tool offers many parameters while creating the image. You can view the recovery image which is currently active, can cancel it, or choose another recovery image to be activated. Once you type Command Prompt at your Start screen, on right clicking, among the available menus, select ‘Run as Administrator’. For creating an image, say, for example,‘New1’ which you have saved in the folder ‘CreateCustom’, the command line should be given to the Administrator: Command Prompt window as:
recimg /CreateImage C:\CreateCustom\ New1
Here, C:\CreateCustom \ New1 is the folder name which you can change accordingly. On running this command, Windows will create an image of the current system settings and will be stored as the default custom recovery image.
If you wish to use and switch between multiple recovery images, run the same above command by changing the file name: recimg /CreateImage C:\CreateCustom \ New2
After creating multiple images, if you want to select a particular image as the default, this can be given by the ‘SetCurrent’ command:
recimg /SetCurrent C:\CreateCustom \ New2
recimg /ShowCurrent command will display the current default image.
If you want to revert back to the original image or to the manufacturer’s image or to the installation media, use the command recimg /deregister.
‘Recimg’ is a very useful tool, if handled with atleast the basic computer skills and the golden rule to remember is, always use this tool after changing your system into the best settings into which it is to be refreshed or restored.