Refreshing/Reseting Windows 8 without DVD, the “Insert Media” Dilema

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Situation: You’re pissed because something is not ok with your Windows 8 and you heard that there’s new and awesome features that can save your life – Refresh or Reset -, and your like “F*CK YEAH let’s get rid of this”, but, when you try to do it you get this:

Some files are missing. Your Windows installation or recovery media will provide these files.

Insert media: Some files are missing. Your Windows installation or recovery media will provide these files.

This happens because Windows is expecting you to insert a DVD with the installation files.

Solution 1# (if you have the DVD)

  1. Insert the damn DVD
  2. Next Next Next
  3. Wait for it
  4. There’s no 5th step.

Solution 2# (if you only have an ISO image)

  1. Create a folder in your system root called “windows8″ (the path to it would then be “C:\windows8″ )
  2. Mount the Windows 8 ISO
  3. Go to Sources folder and copy “install.wim” file to “C:\windows8″
  4. Open an Admin Command Prompt with WIN+X A
  5. Run this: reagentc.exe /setosimage /path C:\windows8 /target c:\Windows /Index 1
  6. Try to Refresh / Restart again and it should work as expected!

Problem Solved

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