W8 & W8.1 have restore & refresh built in. Under change pc settings last choice I think
You can refresh and reinstall Windows 8 without losing all your apps and files. Now that I upraded a PC to Windows 8.1 I am creating a new image so that it can restore to W 8.1. This is how I did it.
In the search window I typed CMD
Next I had to right click on the icon and choose run as administrator. It will not work if you just click the cmd icon.
I typed this at the prompt
recimg /creatimage C:\BACKUPS\
It is case sensitive and the C: is for the drive letter. My hard drive is C: if it was D: then I would type D:
That is all there is to it and it takes a long time to write the new image. Everything on my PC will be restored in the image in case something happens.
Just my opinion on a great backup solution.
Now System Image is located in File History. So open the Control Panel on the desktop – not the metro version – and click File History.Go to File History control panel, lower left corner click “System Image Back Up”
If you do want to use the modern interface, hit Windows Key + W to bring up Setting search and type in file history and select it under the results.
Next click on System Image Backup located in the lower left corner of the screen.
Now, just like in previous versions of Windows, follow the wizard to create the system image. in this case I’m backing up to my Windows Home Server.
After selecting the backup location, verify the drives and / or partitions you want to include.
After that confirm your back up settings.
Now wait while the System Image is created and backed up, and you’re done!