RecImg Manager for Windows 8, backup OS and software

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 11, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows 8

The Windows 8 operating system ships with two new features that users of the system can use to recover from issues that they are experiencing. Refresh and Reset have been designed as an alternative to reinstalling the operating system manually when issues are experienced that can't be resolved. A Reset basically reinstalls Windows to its factory settings without forcing the user to go through the process manually. A Refresh on the other hand preserves some data, Metro apps and personal files for instance.

My first thought about the free backup software RecImg Manager was why I'd need another backup program if I had access to Refresh and Reset in Windows 8. The answer became clear shortly after when I noticed that the program would not only offer to backup and restore the operating system, but also the installed applications (Metro and desktop).

RecImg Manager

The program is minimalistic, optimized for touch-based devices. This is good and bad at the same time. Good, because users of all experience levels can use the program without running into bigger issues. All it takes is to click on a few buttons in the program to create a new backup or to restore a previously created one. And if you want, you can alternatively schedule the creation of snapshots so that you do not have to create backups manually anymore.

recimg manager

In the main window you have the two big backup and restore buttons, and a settings icon in the upper right corner. The settings let you select the number of snapshots that you want to have available at the same time, and configure the scheduler to automate the backup tasks.

recimg backup windows8

When you click on backup you see a screen that looks similar to the one above. RecImg Manager displays the space requirements, and displays the drives that the backups can be stored on. Keep in mind that it is backing up all applications on the system plus the operating system. In my case, this included Steam with a few installed games that used more than 20 Gigabytes of space. Since there is no way to filter applications from being included in the backup, it meant that I could not save the backup on the Solid State Drive as it would leave me with about 12 Gigabytes of storage on the drive.

There is also no option to select a network drive, ftp or remote storage for the backup. While that is probably not a big issue for Windows 8 users who are working with tablet computers, it may very well prevent some desktop users from using the program on their PC.

restore backup

To restore a previously created backup you simply click on Restore, select one of the available backups on the new page, and click again on the restore button to start the process.

RecImg Manager displays the snapshots that it has created, and the system reset option of the Windows 8 operating system in the interface.

If you look at the snapshot that it has created you may notice the large size difference between 62 Gigabytes that the program projected during creation of the backup, and the 21 Gigabyte that it lists in the restoration menu. The most likely reason for this discrepancy is that restore is only listing personal files and software, and not including the size of the Windows 8 installation.

What RecImg does behind the scene is the following. It uses Windows 8's refresh feature and combines it with its own backup solution that brings back the installed applications afterwards which would otherwise have been lost in the process.

Closing Words

If you are looking for a minimalistic backup program for Windows 8 then RecImg Manager may be exactly what you are looking for. This is especially true if you are using a tablet or mobile device with Windows 8. The program's appeal comes from two main factors. It is easy to use, and backs up programs that you have installed so that you do not lose them when you need to restore the system.

Experienced users on the other hand will definitely miss customization options, for instance to exclude applications from being restored to save up disk space.


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  1. Anonymous said on March 9, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    Does it come back after every “moment” update?

  2. Baloney said on March 9, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    Yeah right.. Like this is going to stop defender from running =) This is comedy gold right here.

  3. Anonymous said on March 9, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    no ‘about the author’ paragraph?

  4. Gregory said on March 9, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    For permanent disable defender is if removed complete from system no just change permission folder.

    Just this is joke.

  5. moi said on March 9, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    simpler, load Autoruns (SysInternals)
    – filter “Defender”
    – untag all entries
    – reboot
    nothing has changed since my 1st modification years ago

  6. John G. said on March 9, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    I wouldn’t disable Defender imho, it has too many hidden roots inside Windows itself. One time I tried to uninstall it using brute force scripts and then the Onedrive feature stopped working definitely. A reinstallation was needed and since those times I prefer to maintain Defender untouched. It’s a better method to install another antivirus and it will disable Defender in a safer and easier mode (e.g., Avast is the best in this way, and also Panda Cloud Free is good too).

  7. boris said on March 10, 2023 at 12:19 am

    You can not stop defender from running in background or remove it without some penalty. All you can do is to limit telemetry.

    1. TelV said on March 10, 2023 at 4:52 pm


      It’s probably Smartscreen which is preventing WD from being disabled. Get rid of that and the problem should be solved:

  8. hoho said on March 10, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    Remove Windows and go for Linux.

    1. basingstoke said on March 10, 2023 at 2:51 pm

      Linux sucks dude. Besides it’s not comparable to Windows, these OSes are in different classes entirely.

      1. Derp said on March 10, 2023 at 4:36 pm

        I use Linux as my daily driver. It’s far more stable than Windows. When’s the last time you used Linux, 2010?

      2. Bromosexual said on March 11, 2023 at 2:04 am


        You’re right, dude. Bro, linux is just a bunch of code that starts before the OS, dude. Brobrodude, that shit ain’t even got emojis, dudebrodudeman! Dudebro, it’s no way near as cool as Windows with its hardcoded abilities to make money off the user, bro. Yo brodude man, you’re the coolest dude ever man, bro. Dude.

      3. basingstoke said on August 16, 2023 at 7:20 pm

        Lol what? Windows 7 doesn’t come with any Emojis

  9. TelV said on March 10, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    Download Autoruns and remove the checkmark from Windows Defender. It doesn’t remove it, but it will never run.

  10. Simon said on March 10, 2023 at 8:37 pm

    Just use “Defender Control”:

    Per this video,
    it also works on Windows 11 too…

  11. Someone said on March 10, 2023 at 9:26 pm

    Win Defender, is completly the most succesful free-built in antivirus of Microsoft. Really nice product. Saved my ass a lot of times. Has updated malware database, completly strong defence
    from whatever smart screen disables. Or if you want better and more upgrated (paid) program,
    you can go further. But defender is always on your side.

  12. CalixtoWVR1 said on March 10, 2023 at 10:03 pm

    Why would one disable Windows (or Microsoft) Defender in the first place?. I consider this to be playing with fire big time. Everybody knows that if one is using another A-V, Defender will be disabled on its own and won’t be in one’s way.

  13. Ed D said on March 10, 2023 at 11:09 pm

    Why would I want to disable Windows Defender in the first place? It’s a great anti virus in my opinion. Been using it since Windows 8 and and never had a problem or a virus. Why mess with a good thing, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

  14. owl said on August 17, 2023 at 1:57 am

    How a ridiculous article!
    I am thoroughly stunned.

    Why Should You Disable First-Party Windows Defender?
    I can only think that it is “malice or perversely intention (want you to buy a third-party AV where you can expect a back margin)” to guide invalidation without showing the premise.
    No sane company will use third-party closed source programs (such as AV).

    As I thought, “Ghacks Technology News” seems to be coming to downfall.

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