Windows 8 Create an Image with Recimg.exe
Microsoft's New Command to Recreate a Windows 8 Image
Here is a new utility in Windows 8 called RecImg. Its strategy is to rebuild your Windows 8 machine, but to keep all the data. This is rather like System Restore in previous Microsoft operating systems.
The method I recommend is to run a built-in command called RecImg, which creates an install.wim file. Then refresh your Windows 8 machine via the Control Panel.
Refresh Windows 8 with Recimg
You can use a command-line tool called to Recimg to set a new Refresh Point.
This is the command which I ran from PowerShell
RecImg -CreateImage D:\Backup\
Note 1: This command often fails with an error message of: FAILED. HRESULT - 0x80070057
I have also seen: 0x8007010b which is also an invalid directory.
Solution: Create the directory before you run the command, in this case I made the directory called D:\Backup.
Note 2: You could launch cmd.exe (Run as administrator) and then type the above command.
C:\Windows\system32>recimg -CreateImage d:\backup\
RecImg Tool v1.0 - Captures WIM Image
***** Running WIM Capture. Press [ESC] to cancel *****
WIM File - d:\backup\install.wim
Phase PBR_WIM_CAPTURE_PHASE_INITIALIZING started.
Phase PBR_WIM_CAPTURE_PHASE_CREATE_SNAPSHOT started.
Phase PBR_WIM_CAPTURE_PHASE_WIM_CAPTURE started.
Completed in 1678977 ms
Result! Successfully Created Install.wim
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To refresh your Windows 8 machine launch the Control Panel, System, File History, Refresh your PC.
Warning Click Refresh (and not Reset)
The 'Reset' feature removes all files and applications, its purpose is to create a clean install of the Windows 8 Operating System, what I suggest instead is the Refresh setting, because it preserves your data and settings.
Note: Naturally you must have already created the image file called install.wim.
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More About Windows 8 Refresh
The ideas is to start again with a fresh install of the operating system. However the improvement over System Restore is that Refresh keeps your Windows settings, and apps. The result that Windows 8 is working perfectly once more and none of your configuration settings or data are changed.
Wireless network configurations, BitLocker and drive letters are maintained. However, display settings, and Windows Firewall configurations are reset because they could have been part of the original problem to cause you to try a refresh. I have a whole page on : Refresh Your PC
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Summary of Recreating a Windows 8 Image
The purpose of Microsoft's new feature for Windows 8 is to recover from a hard drive failure. The key command line executable called recimg. Remember that folder must exist before you create the image. Once you have succeed in creating an image, you can refresh via the Control Panel.
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