Is Recimg available in Windows 7 for custom refresh image?
The recimg.exe command line tool lets you configure a custom recovery image for Windows to use when you Refresh your PC. When you create a custom recovery image, it will contain the desktop apps you've installed and the Windows system files in their current state.
However, when you type recimg /CreateImage C:\CustomImage in the command prompt and run this command, it tells you that 'recimg' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
Actually, the built-in feature Refresh your PC is available since the first release of Windows 8. As for Windows 10, it removes the feature Refresh your PC but keeps the feature Reset this PC. Although Recimg in Windows 10 is not available to refresh this PC, you can use DISM image management to create recovery image used for Reset this PC. Then What about Windows 7?
How to create recovery image windows 7
Windows 7 does not have the option to refresh your PC or reset this PC like Windows 8 and Windows 10. This is to say that you cannot use recimg.exe command in Windows 7 to create custom recovery image. When you have problems with Windows system, what can you do? Someone may say to reinstall Windows.
Actually, you do not have to reinstall Windows. Although recimg.exe is not available in Windows 7, you can still create a recovery image for Windows 7 by using Windows backup and restore tool in advance in case that any disaster happens to your computer. And with Windows backup and restore utility, you can create a repair disc to boot the computer that has boot issues and start System Recovery Options to make your computer work normally again.
Actually, system image backup can completely replace Recimg in Windows 7. With system image backup, you can gain a full and complete protection for your system. And what you pay for this is to take a little more time.
To open Backup and Restore, you can type “backup and restore” into the Search box. In the search results, select the Backup and Restore in Programs. Or you can click Start >control panel >System and Security >Backup and Restore.
To create system image backup, follow the steps below:
Step 1. Within the Backup and Restore interface, click Create a system image in the left panel.
Step 2. At next Window, specify where you want to save the backup. You can save the backup on a hard disk, DVDs, or network location.
Step 3. At next Window, confirm your backup settings. If there is no problem, click Start backup.
It’s pretty easy to backup system with Windows backup and restore, but it is a pity that you cannot create incremental backup with this tool. If you want to find a better and more flexible way to protect your computer, you can use a professional third party software – AOMEI Backupper.
Better way to create image backup with AOMEI Backupper
AOMEI Backupper is an overall software which has many powerful features. It combines backup, restore, clone. With this software, you can choose backup source in a more flexible way. You can choose to backup specified files and folders, system, partition, disk. The awesome part is that you can create incremental and differential backup, which will save you much space to store multiple backup versions.
With the image backup created by AOMEI Backupper, you can restore everything back when you have serious problems with your system. With the function of "selective file restore", you can restore parts of the files based on your needs. And the Universal Restore feature allows you to restore system to a dissimilar hardware.
Let’s see how to create a custom recovery image with AOMEI Backupper.
Download AOMEI Backupper, install and launch this software.
Step 1. At the main interface, click Backup, then choose System Backup.
Step 2. It will automatically choose the source (including system reserved partition if your disk is GPT style) for you. You just need to choose another location as destination path. It is suggested to backup computer to external hard drive, NAS, cloud. It is not recommended to backup to internal hard drive.
Step 3. You can click Backup Option to set backup encryption, compression, email notification, etc.
Click Schedule to set automatic backup based on four modes: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event trigger respectively.
At last, click Start Backup.
To make a summary, although Recimg in Windows 7 is not available, you can still use Windows Backup and Restore tool and AOMEI Backupper to protect your computer.
If you want to have a better experience to backup and restore, AOMEI Backupper is recommended. It is also free to use, and it supports Windows 7/8/10/XP/Visa. The best part is that you can create incremental backup and restore it to dissimilar hardware. It is also an awesome disk cloning software. if you want to upgrade your HDD to SSD, you can use disk clone feature.