recimg.exe is an extremely useful tool. It provides an user with the ability to create a recovery disk of his current Windows setup, so if a problem occurs, there is no need to reinstall the operating system. The user can refresh his Windows machine to the state saved in recovery disk image. The tool works on Windows 8.
recimg [/createimage | /setcurrent | /showcurrent | /deregister] [filePath]
The recimg utility will generate a system image that the user can restore into at any time desired. The image will contain all the system settings as well as all of the software installed by the user. It will not save personal files i.e. documents, photos, music. The user can save the image on an external drive or on the system partition. Refresh utility is the one that is responsible for restoring the system using the images generated by the recimg utility. The user must have administrator privileges to user the utility.
The options are as follows:
Displays this help text.
Creates a new recovery image and sets it as an active recovery image. The active recovery image is a image that system will refresh to if the refresh utility is used. The path of the image is specified by the
Sets the image specified by the
filePath to be the active recovery image. The active recovery image is a image that system will refresh to if the refresh utility is used.
Deregisters i.e. removes the current active recovery image from being the active one. If the user’s computer has a factory image that is the image that will become the active recovery image.
filePath of the current active recovery image.
The recimg utility returns 0 on succes and 1 if an error occurs.
To create a recovery image in the Recovery folder that is on the D: volume of the hard disk:
recimg /createimage d:\Recovery
To set the image labeled MyImage.wim from the Images folder on C: volume:
recimg /setcurrent c:\Images\MyImage.wim
To deregister the image labeled MyImage.wim from the Images folder on C: volume as the active recovery image:
recimg /deregister c:\Images\MyImage.wim
To see the current active recovery image:
recimg works on Windows 8.
recimg was introduced on Windows 8 and later removed on Windows 10.