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Standard User cheshire_man
(knowledge is power) Mon 03-Mar-14 23:52:25
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Windows 8.1 Recovery disc


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I've almost finished setting up an Windows 8.1 stand alone desktop PC for a friend, it had Windows 8 pre-installed. Once she's completely happy with it I want to create a recovery disc (CD or DVD) and system image.

The only info i can find about recovery media is for a USB stick, nothing foe CD/DVD. Is it possible to have a Win 8.1 recovery disc on CD/DVD? If so how do I create one?

Or does it have to be a USB stick? frown

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Standard User micksharpe
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 04-Mar-14 00:48:55
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Re: Windows 8.1 Recovery disc


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The answer is "yes"...

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Edit: Sorry--that's for creating an installation disk.

For a recovery disk, the answer appears to be "yes and no"...

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The short answer is that you can use the installation disk to perform system recovery.

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Edited by micksharpe (Tue 04-Mar-14 00:55:19)

Standard User cheshire_man
(knowledge is power) Tue 04-Mar-14 07:36:36
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Re: Windows 8.1 Recovery disc


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Except there's no installation disc...

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Standard User micksharpe
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 04-Mar-14 10:43:43
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Re: Windows 8.1 Recovery disc


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I don't understand. Microsoft give detailed instructions for creating one.

'Sir, please,' she said... 'Will you not share your wisdom with us?'
'I have no wisdom,' he told her.
'Your experiences, then?'
'They have been trivial, uninteresting, and full of error.'
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Standard User philippercival
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 04-Mar-14 11:07:58
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Re: Windows 8.1 Recovery disc


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I have made a recovery USB stick, which I hope not to test. I made it after upgrading to 8.1 but I am not sure whether or not the recovery is to 8 or 8.1, must do some googling if the answer does not pop up here.

It does strike me as a little unfair/short sighted etc that they no longer supply the operating system on a disc AND you have to go out and buy a 16GB USB stick.

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Standard User cheshire_man
(knowledge is power) Tue 04-Mar-14 12:22:09
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Re: Windows 8.1 Recovery disc


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In reply to a post by micksharpe:
I don't understand. Microsoft give detailed instructions for creating one.
Please, where do Microsoft give such instructions?

They give it for Windows 8, not for 8.1 as far as I can see, they've removed some features that would have allowed an optical disc to be created.

I gather there may be a recovery partition but I'm still concerned what would happen if the HDD fails. So I'm trying to cover that contingency.

What about the likes of Acronis or something similar - preferably free?

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Standard User micksharpe
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 04-Mar-14 13:12:18
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Re: Windows 8.1 Recovery disc


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In reply to a post by cheshire_man:
In reply to a post by micksharpe:
I don't understand. Microsoft give detailed instructions for creating one.
Please, where do Microsoft give such instructions?
Creating installation media for Windows 8.1

You can use the installation media (which may be a DVD) to do a system recovery.

'Sir, please,' she said... 'Will you not share your wisdom with us?'
'I have no wisdom,' he told her.
'Your experiences, then?'
'They have been trivial, uninteresting, and full of error.'
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Edited by micksharpe (Tue 04-Mar-14 13:13:32)

Standard User cheshire_man
(knowledge is power) Tue 04-Mar-14 15:29:41
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Re: Windows 8.1 Recovery disc


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From your link
Important

If you don't have a Windows 8.1 product key, you can't create installation media. You can't use a Windows 8 product key for this.
So it looks more and more like getting a USB drive for it.

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Standard User micksharpe
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 04-Mar-14 17:33:39
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Looks like you should have created a Win 8 installation disk before you upgraded to 8.1.

'Sir, please,' she said... 'Will you not share your wisdom with us?'
'I have no wisdom,' he told her.
'Your experiences, then?'
'They have been trivial, uninteresting, and full of error.'
Ian M. Banks - Feersum Endjinn
Standard User cheshire_man
(knowledge is power) Tue 04-Mar-14 21:15:27
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Looks like I'll have to create a Recovery drive on a USB stick. Any ideas as to how big a stick?

Tony
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