Windows 8/8.1 requires a standalone recovery image to reset the system. But, Microsoft claimed that Windows 10 no longer needs it.
What's the mechanism behind this feature?

  • What problem are you trying to solve specifically? Given that Microsoft gave zero information what change with the mechanic, I would assume the process of moving your personal files and creating a Windows.old folder is simply skipped when the option to keep nothing is chosen.
    – Ramhound
    Nov 30 '15 at 13:39
  • @Ramhound I've tried to generate a install.wim using DISM for recovery purpose when I was using Windows 8.1.But, system refresh with my recovery image finally failed. I had to reinstall the system from scratch in the end. Now, I'm not sure whether a recovery image generated by "dism /capture-image" is useful to Windows 10.
    – Chris Chen
    Nov 30 '15 at 13:55
  • It is useful if you normally boot to WinPE, partition your drives, and apply .WIM currently. Of course that command isn't even the correct command. If anything it would be something like recimg /createimage C:\CustomRefreshImages\Image1, I see no reason, it would have changed. You can try recimage /showcurrent to see the current image.
    – Ramhound
    Nov 30 '15 at 13:58
  • @Ramhound Thanks. I would try applying the image next time.
    – Chris Chen
    Nov 30 '15 at 14:09

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