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[Windows 8] How to create a custom Refresh point or Windows Installer Image

In another article I introduced you the Refresh and Reset [1] features in Windows 8 [2]. These features are very helpful of your Windows 8 tablet or PC ever malfunctions, either crashing or displaying errors. (Refresh is the one that restores settings to default and deletes all non-Windows Store apps but does not delete your files and Windows Store apps.)

Unfortunately, Refresh doesn’t allow you to create custom refresh points like Windows System Restore does. Instead, Refresh creates a Windows Installer Image (WIM) to help it restore settings to default state. If you don’t want Refresh to simply take your tablet or PC back to complete default, you can create your own custom WIM to force Refresh restore your settings to the state of your machine when the WIM was created. Essentially, by creating a custom WIM (or a “Refresh point”) for Refresh, you re-install your Windows 8, lose your existing settings, lose your third-party programs, keep your Windows Store apps, and then reset your machine’s settings to what they were when you created the custom WIM.

This guide shows you how to create a custom Refresh point.


To begin creating a custom Refresh point/WIM, do the following:



Done! Now whenever you Refresh your Windows 8 PC or tablet, it will use the custom WIM you created.

How to remove custom Refresh point

So you have created a custom WIM/Refresh point but you no longer want to use it. How do you stop using it? It is really simple. Re-open Command Prompt using the methods described above (be sure to run it as administrator), type “recimg /deregister” without the quotes, and hit Enter on your keyboard. Once you enter that command, you are done — going forward, Windows 8’s default Refresh point will be used instead of your custom WIM.


Although Refresh is very helpful, now you can make it more usable with a custom Refresh point. Enjoy!