I have this HP Ultrabook which came with Windows 8 pre-installed.

It had (OS)C:\ and (RECOVERY)D:\ Partitions.

Now since I have upgraded to windows 8.1. The D:\ RECOVERY partition doesn't make any sense as it has files that would only re-install Windows 8 on performing a recovery in case of system failure, so I deleted it.

I don't want to go through the trouble of installing Windows 8 from manufacturer DVDs and then upgrading it to 8.1 as it takes extremely long time (~ 24 Hours Complete). The Manufacturer's Factory Reset setup itself takes 8 hours and then windows 8.1 update file is very large to be downloaded over my connection in a reasonable time.

I believe it's not possible to re-create the recovery partition with Windows 8.1 System Files using windows tools. For the time being I have a custom Refresh image created using cmd line tool

recimg /createimage

But that's not a full backup I guess. So.... What are my other options?

Also it would be very helpful if some one pointed out what components does the recimg tool backup? Like Does it back up Program Files, WINDOWS folder, registry, boot partition etc ? What are it's limitation.

How will my pc react to a refresh and a reset now ?


Microsoft has a good explanation about what the refresh, reset, or restore options do in Windows 8.1. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/restore-refresh-reset-pc

I had to do a refresh on my Windows 8.1 PC after upgrading, and the process kept my files intact; but deleted all of my desktop apps. My Windows Store apps were reinstalled automatically and the data that was used by those apps wasn't deleted.

  • The linked page doesn't address the OP's question at all – Dr.Ping Aug 15 '16 at 15:10

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