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How May I Refresh Windows 8.1 Without Media?

Q: How May I Refresh Windows 8.1 Without Media?

Hi,

I upgraded Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 via the Windows store and so
do not have a DVD or any media to do a refresh or recovery

I need to refresh Windows 8.1 as many of my apps do not open.

How may i do this?

Thank You

I tried this from this site here. All went fine
but when i went to refresh windows cannot
find any media again.
How to: REFRESH your Windows 8.1 installation without installation media

Andrew

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Preferred Solution: How May I Refresh Windows 8.1 Without Media?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: How May I Refresh Windows 8.1 Without Media?

Try to Refresh from within Windows, Option 2

Refresh Windows 8

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Can a Windows 10 Refresh be done from installation media?

A:Windows 10 Refresh from installation media

Yes, it's called an in-place upgrade/repair install. Here's a link to our tutorial on that very subject: Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums.
HTH,
--Ed--

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Hello. Its that time of year where I would like to reinstall windows and reformat the SSD. I would like to save myself some time by getting a Win7 SP1 media refresh disc, but last time I tried that, it would not take the product key from my original disk. Any ideas? Or do I have a long day ahead of me?

A:Windows Reinstall, wont take SP1 media refresh with original key

Did you have an issue with a computer name giving an error? I understand that's what the Media Refresh version addresses. I don't know the answer to your question.

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Hello, apologies as I am a novice turning to the forum for advice as I don?t know what else to do. For approximately two months my PC (details below in case it helps) has been refusing to configure Windows Updates and in the last two weeks has started to have problems installing drivers and recognising any devices via the USB slots.
I thought it might be worth trying either a PC Refresh or remove everything and reinstall Windows. The PC came with Windows 7 but I have since purchased and installed Windows 8 from disc and later installed the update to Windows 8.1. When I try to do a refresh or reset in Windows 8.1 I am advised ?Some files are missing. Your Windows installation or recovery media will provide these files.? I have tried using both the Windows 8 (x64) install disc and even the original Windows 7 disc that came with the PC however in all cases I get the message ?The Media inserted is not valid. Make sure you?ve inserted your Windows installation or recovery media.?
I am at a loss what to do now and appreciate any help, please try to keep any advice in simple terms for this PC dullard J
PC Summary:
Operating System
MS Windows 64-bit
CPU
Intel Pentium E5700 @ 3.00GHz 34 ?C
Wolfdale 45nm Technology
RAM
8.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 398MHz (6-6-6-15)
Motherboard
Dell Inc. 018D1Y (CPU 1)
Graphics
DELL ST2420L @ 1920x1080
AMD Radeon HD 5450
Hard Drives
977GB Seagate ST31000528AS (SATA) 36 ?C
Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GH50N
Audio
ATI High Definition Audio Device

A:Windows Refresh Issue: The Media inserted is not valid

Originally Posted by JDH


The PC came with Windows 7 but I have since purchased and installed Windows 8 from disc and later installed the update to Windows 8.1. When I try to do a refresh or reset in Windows 8.1 I am advised ?Some files are missing. Your Windows installation or recovery media will provide these files.?



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If you don't have an OEM PC that came with Windows 8 preinstalled and you updated Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, then when you refresh or reset Windows, it will reinstall Windows 8.1, but only if you have Windows 8.1 USB/DVD installation media.

Note: You must insert Windows 8.1 USB/DVD installation media. See this link: How to download Windows 8.1 installation media.

If you don't insert any installation media or if you insert Windows 8 USB/DVD installation media, then you receive the following error message: "Insert Media. Some files are missing. Your Windows installation or recovery media will provide these files." (see screenshot below).

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After I "refreshed" the PC with Windows 8.1, the taking off the applications also malfunctioned & misconfigured, the Windows Media Center from downloading the guide listings and is "stripped" of (functionality) from prior usage. I
now need to replace Windows Media Center on my PC. I use a USB TV Tuner to watch programs with a digital antenna.
Is there a way to uninstall the Windows Media Center, to "re-use" the (product key) that came with the Windows 8.1 Pro pack, and reinstall Windows Media Center for "full" functionality?
 

Lee Payne

A:Windows 8.1 pro pack with Windows Media Center is misconfigured after a refresh the PC.

Hi,
First make sure your Windows 8.1 is not upgraded from Windows 8. Windows 8 key cannot be used to activate in this case.

Try uninstall the Windows media center from Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off > Media Features > Windows Media Center.
At the command prompt I used the "slui.exe 3" command to re-activate windows. If still cannot be activated, use slui.exe 4 and follow the instructions as mentioned.
Regards,
D. WuPlease remember to mark the replies as answers if they help, and unmark the answers if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact [email protected]

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Hi,
Install windows 10 and confirm activation as suggested in forums. Downloaded Windows Media Creation Tool to create fresh reinstall. Ran it to create 64 bit ISO. Now using the ISO to reinstall windows 10. At 30% restore, it failed. I tried various recovery. Even did chkdsk on drive c with /r and also with /f. Same problem again - failure at about 30% restore.

Reading in forums, I discover Refresh Windows Tool(exe). Downloaded and ran it (tool) to download Windows 10.
What I dislike. No Pause or ability to use a download manager. When this download of about 3gb is done, where is it saved? How to use? Yea, automatic for I still have prior install files (programs, data folders,etc) which means nothing was done. Did restart hoping for a fresh reinstall - no changes. Thus I am posting in this forum with paragraph 1 (media tool) and Refresh tool (paragraph 2).

Went into BIOS startup and told it to use DVD (boot order priority), but instead window normal login was done and given. Thus, use window recovery within to execute the ISO.

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I have a new Sony vaio duo 11 running (or not) Windows 8 64 bit. I was away when it arrived. Number one son decided to set it up for me so that it would be working on my return. I now need to refresh or recover but am being told that some Windows files are missing. I have no media disk or backup (thank you, son) So how do I go about getting the missing files? I have asked this question of many "computer experts" with no luck. Every web site tells me to stick the Windows 8 media in. This doesn't seem to be a rare problem so why don't Microsoft make them available online? Alternatively, if I was to buy a Windows 8 64bit pro upgrade and install over, would this provide me with the missing files? Or would I be left with the same problem only poorer?

A:How do I refresh with no media.

Welcome to EightForums.

   Information

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8




Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

Sony eSupport - SVS151290S - Support

How to create a set of Recovery Discs.

Video Tutorial:
VAIO? - How to create recovery media - YouTube
How to recover your Sony Tablet S to the factory settings - YouTube

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How exactly do I refresh what is being shared? I don't know if "refresh" is the right word..

I've recently been sharing video files to my 360/PS3 using the built in Windows 7 sharing. and the files don't show up right away. I don't know what causes them to show up, I just have to believe they will be there eventually. How can I fix this?

A:Refresh media sharing

good question, I've been wondering this too...looked through all the settings in media player, couldn't find anything.

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A few of my apps disappeared, and I can't open the app store. I tried using a restore point, which it said it could not complete. Tried a different date, same result. Tried a powershell command I found on another tech site. No good. Now I'm looking at doing a reset or refresh. All of the articles I've read say "If prompted to insert media, you will need your installation media or recovery drive". I don't have a disk. I just woke up one day a few weeks ago and my computer said welcome to Windows 10. And I've never set it up to create a recovery image. Is there a way to know if I will be "prompted to insert media"? Is there an alternative solution?

A:Insert media for reset or refresh

Please follow the instructions listed below to the letter.....................

Use the Tech Bench link below to download the Windows 10 iso file :
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...brrWLRbagYCa0w

scroll down to Select Edition > click the pointer at the right and select Windows 10 ( 1st one on the list )> click Confirm.
click the pointer and select Language > make sure you pick the same language the computer is now running > click Confirm
select the bit version, 32 or 64-bit. Make sure you select the same bit version as the computer is now running.
at the bottom, click the pointer next to Save > click Save As > navigate to a folder of your choice > click the chosen folder > click Save
The iso will start downloading to your chosen folder.
When it is done, go to that folder > open the folder > right click at the iso file > click Mount > click Setup.exe
Installation will begin.
It will allow you to keep you files, settings and apps.
No product key is required.
Activation will be automatic.

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I've been trying to run 'Refresh your PC without affecting your files' because I got rid of some malware but annoyingly and strangely I was unable to get rid of it using a system restore point which simply wouldn't work, so I thought I'd refresh my PC to try and ensure everything is running fine. However whenever I do this it says: "Insert Media. Some files are missing. Your Windows installation or recovery media will provide these files.' But if I insert my 64 bit Windows 8 Pro installation disc, it says: "The media inserted is not valid. Make sure that you've inserted your Windows installation or recovery media." Does anyone know why this might be or what I could do about it please??

I'm running Windows 8.1 on a Toshiba Satellite P855-32G and I originally installed Windows 8 Pro myself using the exact same CD when the laptop was fresh from factory (it didn't come pre-installed as I got my laptop as a reject due to a dead pixel so it came with no OS).

A:Cannot refresh PC, files missing and media not valid

Sounds like you are screwed unless you buy a legal copy of Windows.

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Hi

I'm running Windows 7 64 bit (latest patches etc).
I've managed to work out how to rip CD's using media player/remote desktop connection (I enabled group policy etc).

I have an issue with Media Player itself. After I've ripped a CD, and inserted in another disc, media player does not refresh the tracks. Looking at the MS media player menu refresh is also greyed out.

The workaround is to restart media player. Please note again I'm using Remote Desktop (there's no issue if I'm on the PC itself). Also I've enabled autoplay for Media Centre, however this doesn't seem to be working either.

Any ideas?

Many thanks!

Alex

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Hello everyone. I'd like to know why win7 64bit decides by itself to auto refresh a window minute and literally the next second or two later it does not.
Lets say, I save a pic from the net, just before I go into the browser I already have my downloads folder open. I save a couple pics and I go back to the open folder and the pics are there at the bottom (I sort by date modified). I go back to the browser save another pic or anything, I go back to the folder and the pic or whatever is not there, so i have to refresh myself. I was just in that folder 10 seconds ago I seen no reason for it to not refresh now when it just did it 10 seconds ago. Now, I have not changed any setting regarding this or any explorer action. I can't even find an auto refresh option anywhere.
So how is this possible? What the heck is wrong with this OS?

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I must say, I will soon be at my wits end with this OS. I paid $300 to spent more time organizing and moving files around. A lot more time. They have really screwed up explorer this time around. Explorer in XP was essentially perfect (I never even touched Vista on my machines. My wife has Vista). I'm starting to believe that win7 was just a money grab and that of the many problems with this OS will not be fixed in any hotfix or service packs, but win8 will be all better just as long as you spend another $300. Its also be... Read more

A:Explorer windows auto refresh then don't auto refresh. Why?

We have a thread for this kind of thing. I can't find it at the moment. I think unsubscribed from it on accident, but I'm pretty sure its in general discussion. Explorer is working like it always does. It can be annoying that it doesn't always refresh, but I'm sure you can find a pattern, like how many added files it takes or how long it takes to "auto-refresh". The reason you don't here anything bad about Windows 7 is for three reasons. 1) you haven't looked hard enough. There are plenty of news stories with Mac lovers saying its Vista with a new paint job. 2) XP was as unstable as Charles Manson on Crack at the best of times when it first came out. 3) Vista was, well Vista. MS claimed it would run fine on 512MB of RAM, so people were installing it on old computers, and new computer were being bought that were seriously underpowered. When it wouldn't run worth a crap, everyone hated it. Not to mention the incompatibility issues that no one saw between 2000 and XP. If you didn't use Vista at all, the changes do seem a lot more drastic. If you don't like it, go back to XP SP3. Problem solved!!!!!!!

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Hello all, I tried to reply to the thread with a similar title to provide a correct answer. So I am reintroducing the topic and providing an answer that seems to work.

Problem: I want to use media player with very minimal frame. Many answers are "play full screen". But I know that media can be played in windows media without any skin, very minimal framing and floating media controls over the video that auto hide when you move away.

Answer:

Press Ctrl-2. This puts you in a skin mode. There should be menu items at the top: File, View, Play, Tools, Help
Choose View->Skin Chooser
You are now in the full media player experience. Do not choose a skin. Click the 3 square & arrow thing at the bottom "Switch to now playing"
Viola! No skin, minimal borders and floating media controls.

I have no idea why this is not a simple option. I think what I am choosing is the most basic skin, maybe not even intended for use. But this is my favorite player, super simple.
 

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I'm at my wits end.

I put together a capable gaming pc about a month ago with a bunch of new components and some cannibalized older components.

I installed all of the drivers from the motherboard cd. I have a radeon x1300 vid card. I'm running windows xp home ed. I've installed about every codec and plugin under the sun. I've troubleshot my load with regard to Windows itself.

I cannot play Windows Media Audio/Video files for the life of me.

I do get audio, but the video is all hyper-colored like looking at scrambled porn.

It doesn't matter if I download the video or watch it in a browser (any browser). It doesn't matter if I open up the DLed video in real player, Windows Media player or Generic DIVX player #458973: it still comes out all scrambled and in crazy moon-man rainbow colors.

I have no problem playing any other type of windows media player file. Quicktime works fine as well.

Please help.
 

A:Windows Media Player won't properly play Windows Media Audio/Video files

Well standard Window's media files should play without the need for any additional codecs.

Maybe check the forums of your vid card for some answers.
 

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I have some problems to sort the music files in the library. If there is an album with more than one disc, the sorting is like that: 1 - track 1 CD1 1 - track 1 CD2 2 - track 2 CD1 2 - track 2 CD2 etc... I would like more logical sorting like this: 1 - track 1 CD1 2 - track 2 CD1 etc... 1 - track 1 CD2 2 - track 2 CD2 etc... Do you see what I mean ? It seems that WMP/WMC doesn't sort using the "disc number" tag of the file (as it should be). Is there any way to sort it fine without creating 2 different albums for a 2 disc album ? Thank you.

A:Windows media player 12 / Windows Media Center - Multiple-Cds Albums sorting in library

The strange "subtitle" answer above is not really a valid notion given the lack of persistence.  When you step back, you see as koawmfot noted that this is really about the use of the "Set" field.  WMP does not and will not use the Set field to sort.  Instead it uses Album title as Shark noted.So the correct answer here would be to use the Album title field as the descriptive identifier.  If you really don't want to do this, you can use the track number such as by setting t1d1 to be 0101, t1d2 to be 0201, and so forth.  So those are the viable solutions, really.The problem with "Set" is that it doesn't fit well within the Explorer namespace / folder views.  This is consistent with the player storing one album in one folder, as opposed to dumping everything to one common folder - where you may have issues with filename collisions depending upon your naming scheme.As such it is not supported and is unlikely to be supported, sorry.

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I am trying to download an audiobook from my local library. I generally use Overdrive Media Console to do this. When I try to download the book I get an error message letting me know that my Windows Media Player needs a Security Upgrade in order to play the DRM files. It tells me to click on TOOLS in the Overdrive toolbar and then Windows Media Player Security Upgrade. When I do this, a dialog box appears and tells me to make sure I am connected to the internet (I am) and click OK. When I click OK - nothing happens. When I read the Windows Help file - it indicates that when I click OK in the dialog box in Overdrive, it is supposed to open WMP and another dialog box. It never does.
The Help file gives me a web site to go to where I can upgrade manually - this appears to be a Microsoft website. The Upgrade button here is grayed out.
I made sure I was using IE as the browser.
I opened WMP manually to see if there was anything I could upgrade manually there.
I can't even determine what version of WMP I have since the Properties button is grayed out.
I just bought this computer yesterday... it's running windows 8

If anyone can help me I would greatly appreciate it! I very much miss my audiobooks and I am literally banging my head against the wall trying to figure this out!!!

thanks,
Krista
 

A:Windows 8 OS, Overdrive Media Console Windows Media Player Security Upgrade

Are you using an Admin account?
 

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I am transfering my music files from an old Sony, Windows98, Media player7 to another machine, an HP, WindowsXP, media player9. When I try to play any of these tracks in or out of playlist it doesn't play them it pulls up internet explorer. Where it is trying to go I dont know as I am not online yet with that machine. I noticed in the Tools, Options, Privacy tab there are options that request information from the internet about the songs. There are check boxes that are empty next to them so I dont think they're enabled. I have fields empty for each track. Like Album, media info. Is it searching for that? Can I bypass the process?
 

A:Solved: Having problem playing transfered music from windows media 7 to windows media 9

Found problem, I protected the tracks when I downloaded them so when I go to transfer them & play them on this other PC it is pulling up internet explorer to get license confirmation. I won't do that again. Said something about limiting the number of computers to be played on after you protect them. Problem solved.
 

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Hi guys,
Using my desktop pc (Windows XP Professional), I copied songs from my cds to the computer thru Windows Media Player and then moved all the songs to my portable hard drive.
I connected my hard drive to my laptop (Vista Home Premium) and tried to play the files thru Windows Media Player. Unfortunately, WMP 11 did not play the file but opened a Mozilla Firefox window leading to a site that would ask me to download license.
Upon clicking the 'Download License' button, I encountered the error that said I had to install Windows Media Services plug-ins.
I searched for this plug-in and found out that it was associated with WMP 9 and not WMP 11 so I thought installation might cause conflicts or might create more errors. I'm not so good at computer and I don't even know which to install when WMP website gave me too many options and downloadables.
These make me so frustrated and I don't even know if I could still copy my songs from my hard drive to my laptop and play them.
Could someone please help me out? Please...
 

A:Windows Media Player - Download License - Windows Media Services Plug-Ins

hello
i have had real good luck with a FREE avs dvd player.
http://www.brothersoft.com/avs-dvd-player-free-44678.html
it plays almost anything.!! including music files.
good luck
 

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I did a system refresh and I noticed a 'windows.old' folder that contained all my programs.

Is it safe to copy it back to my programs directory or should I reinstall these programs and delete windows.old?

A:Windows.old after refresh

Do NOT copy it directly to your programs folder, it will either not work or mess up your system, reinstall all your applications the normal way. You can safely delete it if your new OS is working fine.

Additonnal info :
How do I remove the Windows.old folder?
Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8
Must I Keep Windows.old? | PCWorld

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Edited since original posting: I have since found that build 10586 was the W10 Insider Preview version, which continues to be updated in parallel with...
build 10240, which is the RTM, or final retail version. Not sure how I ended up with the different versions as I backed off from the Insider Program, back to W7, long ago...

Scenario: I have 2 computers, both say that they have all updates applied.

Computer A gives the following information when I access System > About:Edition: Windows 10 Pro
Version: 1511
Build: 10586.63
Product ID: finishes with AA569

Computer B, for System > About:Edition: Windows 10 Pro
No version or build info
Product ID : finishes with AA812
Using System Information tool yields slightly different results:
Computer A:OS Name: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Version: 10.0.10586 Build 10586Computer B:OS Name: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Version: 10.0.10240 Build 10240
It is not my primary problem (see below), but I cannot understand why the System > About, build number on Computer A is different to the version and build given by System Information.

My actual problem is as follows. I have had recurring losses of internet connectivity since upgrading each of these two computers to W10. I found a link somewhere which helped to sort out Computer A. I had to download an iso file of W10Pro and then do a REFRESH, which kept all the apps and data intact. Nice.. it resolved my problem and sorted one or two I didn't realise that I had. So I thought to do the ... Read more

A:Cannot do a REFRESH of Windows 10

Hi, I would imagine the problem is the build difference. The two PCs are at two different build levels; 10240 was the first public release, and 10586 the build released in November. Upgrading from 10240 to 10586 is virtually a reinstallation of Windows.

Given that you only have the one DVD, that will be one of those specific builds.

You can freely download Win 10 installation media, so you should download the appropriate one as needed.
Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Forums

Refresh Windows 10

You may also like to be aware of this repair technique, which keeps most settings and also any desktop programs installed:
Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums
Again, the same build of Windows as installed must be on the installation medium used.

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Edited since original posting: I have since found that build 10586 was the W10 Insider Preview version, which continues to be updated in parallel with...
build 10240, which is the RTM, or final retail version. Not sure how I ended up with the different versions as I backed off from the Insider Program, back to W7, long ago...

Scenario: I have 2 computers, both say that they have all updates applied.

Computer A gives the following information when I access System > About:Edition: Windows 10 Pro
Version: 1511
Build: 10586.63
Product ID: finishes with AA569

Computer B, for System > About:Edition: Windows 10 Pro
No version or build info
Product ID : finishes with AA812
Using System Information tool yields slightly different results:
Computer A:OS Name: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Version: 10.0.10586 Build 10586Computer B:OS Name: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Version: 10.0.10240 Build 10240
It is not my primary problem (see below), but I cannot understand why the System > About, build number on Computer A is different to the version and build given by System Information.

My actual problem is as follows. I have had recurring losses of internet connectivity since upgrading each of these two computers to W10. I found a link somewhere which helped to sort out Computer A. I had to download an iso file of W10Pro and then do a REFRESH, which kept all the apps and data intact. Nice.. it resolved my problem and sorted one or two I didn't realise that I had. So I thought to do the ... Read more

A:Cannot do a REFRESH of Windows 10

Hi, I would imagine the problem is the build difference. The two PCs are at two different build levels; 10240 was the first public release, and 10586 the build released in November. Upgrading from 10240 to 10586 is virtually a reinstallation of Windows.

Given that you only have the one DVD, that will be one of those specific builds.

You can freely download Win 10 installation media, so you should download the appropriate one as needed.
Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Forums

Refresh Windows 10

You may also like to be aware of this repair technique, which keeps most settings and also any desktop programs installed:
Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums
Again, the same build of Windows as installed must be on the installation medium used.

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i know refreshing windows 8 mean all programs get uninstalled but users file and metro apps are kept but what about windows featuers i have installed such iss and hyper v do they need be reinstalled aftered?

A:Refresh windows 8

hi, i never had to do a refresh yet ,
but this MSDN blog will explain it in detail for you , looks like Refresh is the choice you want ,good luck
Refresh and reset your PC - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

See also:

Refresh Windows 8

Reset Windows 8

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Hi i hope someone can help me ,is the option in Windows 8.1 to refresh your pc back to factory settings under(update and recovery) the same as doing a Dell factory reset.

Thanks in advance

A:Windows refresh

See this tutorial How to Refresh Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

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Hey all, I've got a question regarding the refresh feature. I'm thinking about doing it because my XPS is full of a bunch of programs and I'm not sure about what's even used anymore, especially of the 9000 Visual C++ redistributables in programs and features. My question is this- does there need to be a windows 8 recovery partition? This machine shipped with W7 Home Premium and I installed W8 Pro followed by the 8.1 update so I'm not really sure if that recovery partition was updated, and whether or not I even need to worry about that to begin with..

Thanks in advance!

A:Windows 8 refresh

Hey Zach,
You'll need a recovery of some sort, be it a built in partition or media you created.
Click on the 'Get Started' button, it will tell you what to do next; you can cancel if you wish.
(I think maybe the 'Remove everything...' option is what you're looking for.)

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Hi,
 
Lately my laptop has been running a bit slow, not sure why. After doing anti-virus and malware scans I decided to use the Windows Refresh feature to see if this has any affect. However, when I try this it asks me to insert my recovery media, so I inserted the recovery disks I made using HP Recovery manager and then I'm told that they're all invalid. Any suggestions? Not sure why it comes up saying they're invalid as I made them in the proper way and have deleted my recovery partition so can not re-create them.
 
Any help is much appreciated!
 
Thanks, MattthewB

A:Refresh Windows 8.1

You have use the Windows 8.1 DVD or the recovery media containing the large install.wim file.
 
You can create installation media by downloading Windows 8.1 files from Microsoft (takes some time and downloads lots of files)
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media

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 Hi i did a refresh on my laptop , had windows 10,,after the refresh the laptop screen went blank ,,.only show the recycle bin and task bar ,but nothing on the task bar works,,,wat can i do to get it back to widows screen as i lost the disc,,,

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I have a Laptop running win 8.1 HP Pavilion 15 Sleekbook Model 15-b119wm
It was running very slow and took a long time to load different things and to uninstall and kept freezing. So, I did the refresh and it loads up to 85% and hangs and when finally gets to 100% a popup box comes up with error saying: Windows could not complete the installation. To install windows on this computer, restart the installation. Then, when I click ok it starts all over again. I can't even get into safe mode when It tries to restart.

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I have read the tutorial (Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image) . Would I not get the same result if I created a Disk and Partition Backup using a program like Acronis or Easeus? That way I hope to keep all my initial system, personal files and third party applications.

A:Refresh Windows 8

Welcome to Eight Forums, Nuccii. Good to have you.

Windows 8 comes with an ISO creation software already. I suppose one could use other software.

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I have a problem.When I save a file to desktop (.jpg,.avi etc (or any folder))
I doesn't appear to desktop then when I click refresh it appears.
Why I must click refresh why it doesn't appear automaticaly?
I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 RC

A:Windows 7 Refresh

Wizard

Responding to your PM.

I haven't a clue. You might want to add what browser or browsers this happns with.
It might give others some ideas.

Mike

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Hello and thanks in advance for your help! The other day I was having some difficulty opening one of my browsers so I decided to reboot my computer. This occurred after Windows tried to have me upgrade to Windows 10 and I clicked upgrade later. For some reason it still tried to download something but I closed it. I rebooted like I said but after the start screen, instead of going to the screen to enter my password I was just getting a blank screen. Perhaps it was running an update and I needed to wait longer but I thought it was frozen and forced a shutdown. The same thing happened when I started again so again I forced a shutdown and tried to reboot in safe mode. Turns out that's not s thing in Windows 8 and it took me to a screen asking if I want to refresh my system or reformat. I chose refresh because the description sounded benign enough but it actually reset every setting I had made and deleted all my programs, which included browsers with saved passwords and bookmarks. I tried to open system restore but apparently it wasn't automatically making restore points! I have a Lenovo and saw an option for "onekey restore" so I tried that but it was somewhat confusing and I wasn't able to find a restore point there either. I saw somewhere online that your old files are saved and indeed I was able to find a Windows.old file one my computer. Can someone please help me return my computer to how it was before the "refresh" that I did? I'm pretty sure when I did it the computer said... Read more

A:Windows Refresh

I should add that since the refresh it's like my computer has a virus. I keep getting pop ups to install a faster browser and Internet explorer keeps opening to random ads.

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Hi my dad has a asus laptop thats about 3 years old with windows 8.1 on it.it only has basic programmes on it with defender and windows firewall. A few weeks ago he accidently refreshed it back to its 2014 state so im trying to do the windows updates on it.windows update says its ready to install updates but when i click check for updates it goes a couple of hours without finding any result.just keeps checking. I tried the microsoft troubleshooter which says it does a fix but same problem happens.
I found a so called series of solution on youtube and the one that seemed to work was wsusoffline.zip a programme that downloaded all the needed windows updates.i am at the stage after the reboot where the cumalitive updates are to be installed but they are taking a very long time.I thought id try my luck here for some advice.
Thank you in advance.hope i havent wrote too much.

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A:Windows updates takeing hours or getting stuck after windows refresh

It most like was reset to 8.0. If so you need to find a location to upgrade to the 8.1 version and then your updates will work.

Check out https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/15356/windows-8-install-update-kb-2919355
 

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Windows 10 Folder will not refresh:
Either it is Windows 10 x64, B10240 and B10523, OR Acrobat 11 when using their 'Convert' button an Acrobat add-on in Internet Explorer 11. The associated Window Explorer folder lists existing and old now non-existing PDF files; the file
list keeps expanding. The Convert button coverts a Web page to a PDF file. Typically I use the Desktop to store the PDF after conversion, and then either delete that file or move it to an alternate folder for archiving. On pressing the Convert button
an Explorer Window appears which allow for renaming and selecting a folder to store the PDF. It is this window that is not refresh, and F5 has no effect also. The non-existing PDF files are sized as "0 KB" and the list is getting
larger. At one point I actually had six real PDF's and the Explorer Windows listed and additional 75 files phantom PDF's.

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     Create a Custom Refresh Point
Mostly, you’ll use the  “Refresh your PC" option it’s a new feature in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating system. By default, desktop apps are removed when you refresh a Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 OS based computer, unless you create a custom image.
 
 
After you create a custom system image, that image is used as the refresh image.
This means any existing image or OEM factory restore image is not used when you refresh your computer.
You can, create a custom refresh point that takes a snapshot of your system, and then uses that snapshot to refresh your PC.
Part of that snapshot includes your Desktop apps, so when you refresh your system after creating one of these custom refresh points, your Desktop apps will be not be removed.
The space that is required to create a custom image depends on the number of apps that are installed on the computer and may exceed 5.0 GB.
In addition, the custom image creation process may take a long time, during which you should not restart the computer.
A percentage indicator lets you monitor the progress of the process.
 
 
 
 
What is the recimg tool?
The recimg tool is a vastly simplified imaging tool for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 PCs. It only has four options: creating an image, register an image to use for refreshing, deregister the current image and show what image it’s using. Here’s the relevant text from recimg’s he... Read more

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     Create a Custom Refresh Point
Mostly, you’ll use the  “Refresh your PC" option it’s a new feature in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating system. By default, desktop apps are removed when you refresh a Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 OS based computer, unless you create a custom image.
 
 
After you create a custom system image, that image is used as the refresh image.
This means any existing image or OEM factory restore image is not used when you refresh your computer.
You can, create a custom refresh point that takes a snapshot of your system, and then uses that snapshot to refresh your PC.
Part of that snapshot includes your Desktop apps, so when you refresh your system after creating one of these custom refresh points, your Desktop apps will be not be removed.
The space that is required to create a custom image depends on the number of apps that are installed on the computer and may exceed 5.0 GB.
In addition, the custom image creation process may take a long time, during which you should not restart the computer.
A percentage indicator lets you monitor the progress of the process.
 
 
 
 
What is the recimg tool?
The recimg tool is a vastly simplified imaging tool for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 PCs. It only has four options: creating an image, register an image to use for refreshing, deregister the current image and show what image it’s using. Here’s the relevant text from recimg’s he... Read more

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I am writing a web based game that dynamically updates an svg control with arrows and circles. I cannot make it work on IE 11 or the latest version of Edge. It does work on all the other platforms I have tested, including Android, iOS, unix and various
versions of the Mac.
Here is an example of the javascript code for a circle:       
            sTemp = document.createElementNS('http://www.w3.org/2000/svg', 'circle');
            sTemp.classList.add("marker", "player"+(i+1));
            sTemp.setAttributeNS('http://www.w3.org/2000/svg', "player", "player"+(i+1));
            sTemp.setAttributeNS('http://www.w3.org/2000/svg', "cx", newX);
            sTemp.setAttributeNS('http://www.w3.org/2000/svg', "cy", newY);
            sTemp.setAttributeNS('http://www.w3.org/2000/svg', "r", markerRadius);
           document.getElementById("svg-bids").appendChild(sTemp);

In order to make my updates appear I have to force a refresh of the parent container using t... Read more

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I'm planning on refreshing my PC because the problem here can't be solved.

And now I've read an article that you need to insert the installation media. How can I do this when I just upgraded from Windows 8.1 using the Windows Update?

Thanks in advance.

A:How can I refresh my Windows 10 when it was just upgraded?

you can download windows 10 setup media here > https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/techbench
or here > https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10

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Hi there. First post here so please point me to in the right direction if I'm in the wrong place. I'd also like to thank you in advance for taking the time to help me.

As the title suggests, i'm one of the affected many who can't refresh 8.1 as I don't have the original disc or iso in which to create one. I have searched several forums and unless I have missed some important information, I cannot find how to download the correct ISO without becoming part of MSDN and can't seem to find a torrent that matches what I need... plus they mostly look dodgy.

I have also tried the trick of using the windows 8 installation to fool the windows 8.1 installation but have the same issue and error message I get when using the 8.1 installation i.e, "check your internet connection and try again".

The last resort I guess is to wipe the laptop and start again but would rather not but will take recommendation on this.

Let me know if there's any further information you need.

Dell Inspiron 17r 5720
Windows 8.1 GB en version

Many thanks

A:Cannot refresh windows 8.1. Have no disc or ISO.

Hi there,

here is a tutorial which should help you out. It also states where you can download a ISO copy of Windows 8.1.

Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

Goodluck with it!

Greetz,

Der Snoober

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Hi all,

I'm sorry, i know this has been probably discussed a thousand times, but i already spent two hours googling through various forums with a lot of descriptions and nobody getting to the point, and my head is just spinning. So if the moderator will just kindly refer me to the respective thread before deleting this topic, i will be most grateful. Now.

Background story. I've bought my Dell Inspiron 15 in September 2013 with pre-installed Windows 8.0. I think i activated then right away without any problems, where after i've turned off any automatic updates and lived happily for 2.5 years, with the laptop working like a swiss watch. Until few days back, when some wiring problems with display emerged. And in the process of fixing them at a local notebook shop (apparently the technician disconnected the wiring without having shut down the computer), the technicians had to run Refresh.

Now Windows requires activation, it fails with the code 0xC0000022, in the System screen it reads "Product ID: Not available". WDT shows Validation code 0xC004F014 and both Product ID and Installed key.

How do i get Windows 8 activated?

Thank you.

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If I changed a picture file in Windows XP, I could go to the folder containing the file and right click on the thumbnail. The option 'Refresh thumbnails' was on the list. There doesn't seem to be this option in Windows 7. I can temporarily refresh a thumbnail. If I change the thumbnail size fron large to extra large for example, the thumbnail IS refreshed but if I change back to 'large', close and re-open the folder, the old thumbnail is back. So I now have lots of pictures with out-of-date thumbnails.

A:How do I refresh thumbnails in Windows 7?

Hi mike-holden,
 
You can also try the following steps:
 
1.     Go to Start, type folder options into the Search box and then press Enter.
2.     On the View tab, uncheck "Always show icons, never thumbnails".
3.     Click Apply and then click OK.
4.     Go to Start, type folder options into the Search box and then press Enter.
5.     On the View tab, check "Always show icons, never thumbnails".
6.     Click Apply and then click OK.
 
Please see if the issue can be resolved now.
 
In addition, it is recommended cleaning up cookies, temporary internet files and temp files. You can use Disk Cleanup to do this. (There is a "Thumbnails" option in Disk Cleanup and you can check it to clean it up.)
 
Regards,
Linda
 

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Hi all, I am sure that i am not alone with this issue, but i am having problems with deleted folders or Files Or Even Create it on the desktop done not go until i do a manual F5 refresh ! What is The Problem ?

A:Windows 7 Desktop Refresh

This is what I found. If nothing better comes along, I suggest that you do not try to correct a small inconvenience with a potentailly big problem. But,I leave the information to your discretion
Windows 7 desktop does not automatically refresh - Super User

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Can't find any info re repair of Windows 8.1 Refresh on operating system that was downloaded from
the Apps site.
Would appreciate any leads if I've missed it.
Thanks.

A:Windows 8.1 refresh repaired?

Hello Jmcsherr, and welcome to Eight Forums.

When you update from 8 to 8.1 from the Store and do a refresh, it will refresh to 8.

If you like, you could create a custom refresh image in 8.1. When you do a refresh afterwards, it will refresh Windows back to how it was when the image was created.

Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I have an HP Envy TS 15, product number E3B65PA#AR6. Windows 8.1 is on a SSDrive and I have no Recovery CD I tried Windows 10 and hated it, rolled back to 8.1 but was never able, (despite much research and many attempts) to stop it from insisting that the first thing it did was download Windows 10, so I turned off Windows Update and have gone a very long time without an update. Now I have many problems due to a bad maintenence application that left numerous registry errors that could not be fixed by a roll back to a previous restore point. I would like to refresh windows from a usb drive without losing my files... Is this as straightforward as it sounds? I tried without the recovery drive and it says that it needs a disc. My question is whether the usb recovery drive is the way to go. Thanks for helping out! Scott

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Hello,
My desktop is completely blank after doing a refresh on windows 8.1 keeping my files and settings.

I have rebuilt the icon cache and run sfc /scannow

There is no restore point because the system is refreshed. Ideas?

A:No desktop after refresh on windows 8.1

Are your files still there? Hopefully yes. You will have to rebuild the desktop. If most of your desktop was shortcuts to installed programs you may need to either re-install them or create a new shortcut.
You are signed in under the same account right?
Sorry, don't believe there is a magic way to get it all back.

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So I posted about this in the past. I have had an issue for the last three months where I haven't been able to downgrade to Windows 7, or refresh or reset Windows 8. Everytime I try to do it, I get an error message saying that the hard drive is locked, or there are files missing. I tried to troubleshoot to no avail. In the case of Windows 7, it doesn't recognize my hard drive, so I can't install it. My situation is quite similar to the one thread Can't boot into windows 8,hard drive locked, can't refresh here, but I can boot into Windows 8. Any suggestions?

A:Can't Refresh Windows 8, or Reinstall 7

Try using the windows 7 repair option from the win 7 dvd

As I have discovered Win 8 has NO interest in rebuilding your bootloader, whereas win 7 does..
EDIT>>> was this drive left with a boot partition of 1TB or larger?

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I recently did an update of my machine from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. The update process did not show any errors or warnings and by the time it finished I was under the impression that everything went smooth.

After the update I was testing the environment and discovered that one of my desktop applications stopped working, I went to the developer's website and indeed I found there is a known issue with their software on 8.1 and to solve it, I had to completely uninstall the software and then install it once more. So I went to Programs and Features in order to do so and to my surprise the Uninstall button was missing from the interface. Right-clicking an item and selecting uninstall from the menu gives a warning message suggesting that the application might have already been uninstalled and asks if I wanted to remove the application from the Programs list. However, clicking OK or Cancel just closes the message box and nothing happens.

So in my frustration I went and tried to Refresh My PC; Once I clicked Refresh My PC the verification process started and indeed it told my that some system files are missing and that it should take care of it provided I insert my Windows disc. Now since its an OTA update from Win 8 to 8.1 I thought that MS knows that some people will not have a physical copy of 8.1 and so I inserted my Windows 8 Pro System Builder disc hoping it would work, but sadly as you might have guessed, it did not. It told me that I needed the 8.1 recovery disc.

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A:Windows 8.1 Refresh/Recovery

Refresh and reset is broken, if you did an update on an OEM machine.
The update files on the download from the Microsoft store are for Windows 8.1 Pro Retail.
So, no you can't use the OEM key to get the download.

One alternative that may or may not work:

1. Create an empty folder on the C drive and label it "Refresh".
2. Copy the "install.wim" from your system builder disc to that folder.
3. Run the following as administrator, in the CMD prompt:

reagentc /setosimage /path C:\Refresh /target C:\Windows /index 1

Good luck!

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We are having the following set of issues following a Windows 8.1 refresh. Let me first explain how we got here - the machine in question is a Lenovo laptop about 2 years old, just out of warranty. It would not turn on at all so we took it to a local repair shop. They replaced the power-on "whatever" but when we got the machine back the software seemed "all hosed up".  We did a "system refresh" using the option that, as I understand it takes the machine back to how you got it initially, removing apps that had been added but retaining data, photos, etc. The machine now looks normal (before the restore, for example, you couldn't read the icons in the task bar). However when you try to select a photo for the desktop background it won't take it. You can select a color, but not a photo. Worse, when you try to get to "Change PC Settings" off the Charms bar it throws you back to the start page. Finally, when you go to the Apps listing, next to PC Settings (and next to Camera, Photos, OneDrive, and Store) is the word Error.
 
I ran the System File Checker and it says "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations". So no help.
 
How do we best move forward? A factory reset is still, I guess, the "solution" of last resort, but is there no other alternative?
 

A:Issues following Windows 8.1 refresh

Do you get these problems when you create a new user account?

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