Create a Recovery Partition in Windows 8

People often get confused between creating a recovery partition in Windows 8 and creating a recovery drive in Windows 8. If you create a recovery partition in Windows 8 you are effectively creating an image of your computer so it can be refreshed without too much hassle. If you are creating a recovery drive in Windows 8, then you are creating a USB recovery drive so it will help you boot up your computer. This USB can either have the full recovery partition copied to it or it can have simple system boot files.
In this article I am going to show you how to create a recovery partition in Windows 8. But first we need to see if you already have a recovery partition on your system.

Does My PC Already Have a Recovery Partition?

You cannot copy the recovery partition over to your recovery drive if you do not have one and you cannot refresh your computer if there are no files to refresh from.

Reinstalling all of your Desktop apps can be time consuming, so Windows 8 offers a command called recimg.exe to make this easier. Recimg creates an image which is used by the refresh facility when restoring Windows. Not only will your personal data and Metro style apps be saved, but so will Desktop apps you have installed at the time you create the image. This can save you a lot of time.

Do You Have a Recovery Partition

1. Go to the start screen and simply start typing search. You can also swipe in from the right edge of the screen to flip to the next page and then tap search.

2. Type in Command into the search box. Don’t just click on command prompt.

3. Right click on Command Prompt and choose to run as administrator. You need to run this command in an elevated position.

4. You will see the cmd window. Type in recimg /showcurrent and then press Enter.

5. You will either see the current image or a message saying “there is no active recovery image“.

How To Create a Recovery Partition

If you do not have a recovery partition then now is the time to create one. Please note: This recovery image does not have to stay on your computer. You can create its and then create a recovery drive in Windows 8 and transfer the files over to that. Then once you know you have this recovery image you can delete the one off your computer.

1. Go to the start screen and simply start typing search. You can also swipe in from the right edge of the screen to flip to the next page and then tap search.

2. Type in Command into the search box. Don’t just click on command prompt.

3. Right click on Command Prompt and choose to run as administrator. You need to run this command in an elevated position.

4. You will see the cmd window. Type in mkdir C:\RefreshImage to create a folder for your image.

5. Then press Enter.

6. Now to create the recovery image type in recimg -CreateImage C:\RefreshImage

7. Press enter.

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source: http://blogs.msdn.com

Comments

  1. Rajesh says

    Hi,

    I’ve Windows 7 Ultimate running in my laptop, can you please recommend me a software which I can use to extend the size of my C drive, its just 50GB with so many software installed on it, I want to increase it by at least 20 GB,

    Please suggest,

    Thanks