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Recimg.exe and systemreset.exe are the new technologies in Windows 8 that, effectually, replace System Restore. I understand how to operate them via command line and it even works on some occasions, but there are many times when it fails, offering only error codes which do not greatly disclose any helpful knowledge.

Lately, I've been having issues restoring custom refresh images. The computer will reboot, say there was a problem and that nothing was changed. If I try to click on "more information" it just crashes.

Does anyone have any intimate knowledge or experience with these two programs? How exactly do they work?

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This is what Steven Sinofsky had to say about Windows 8 Refresh & Reset: "Refreshing your PC goes like this: The PC boots into Windows RE. Windows RE scans the hard drive for your data, settings, and apps, and puts them aside (on the same drive). Windows RE installs a fresh copy of Windows. Windows RE restores the data, settings, and apps it has set aside into the newly installed copy of Windows. The PC restarts into the newly installed copy of Windows." So most likely, something is preventing Windows RE from launching, since the PC at least reboots. What could be the cause –  Vascaino Dec 5 '12 at 19:47
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