How To Create Windows 8 Recovery CD
He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. Once you have a Recovery Drive created on a flash drive , you’ll be able to boot from it in the event that Windows 8 no longer starts properly for some reason, in which case these diagnostic tools will come in handy. Considering its value, one of the first things a new Windows 8 user should do is create a Recovery Drive. If you didn’t, and need one now, you’ll be happy to know that you can create a Recovery Drive from any working copy of Windows 8, including from another Windows 8 computer in your home, or even a friend’s. An empty flash drive or one that you’re okay with erasing with at least MB of capacity will be required.
How to Put My Windows 8 Back to a Week Ago
He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. Once you have a Recovery Drive created on a flash drive , you’ll be able to boot from it in the event that Windows 8 no longer starts properly for some reason, in which case these diagnostic tools will come in handy.
Considering its value, one of the first things a new Windows 8 user should do is create a Recovery Drive. If you didn’t, and need one now, you’ll be happy to know that you can create a Recovery Drive from any working copy of Windows 8, including from another Windows 8 computer in your home, or even a friend’s. An empty flash drive or one that you’re okay with erasing with at least MB of capacity will be required. Follow the steps below to create a Windows 8 Recovery Drive: Windows 8 includes a tool to create a Recovery Drive and it’s most easily accessible from the Control Panel.
Select the System and Security link. In your case, just tap or click on Recovery and then move on to Step 5. In the System and Security window, tap or click on the Action Center link at the top. In the Action Center window, tap or click on Recovery, located at the bottom of the window. In the Recovery window, tap or click on the Create a recovery drive link. You should now see the Recovery Drive window.
Connect the flash drive that you plan on using as the Windows 8 Recovery Drive, assuming it’s not already connected. You should also disconnect any other external drives if only to avoid confusion in later steps.
Check the Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive checkbox if it’s available. This option is usually available on computers that had Windows 8 preinstalled when purchased. If you installed Windows 8 yourself then this option probably isn’t available which likely isn’t an issue since you probably still have the original Windows 8 disc, ISO image , or flash drive that you used when you installed Windows 8. A 16 GB or greater capacity drive will probably be more than enough but you’ll be told how much if your flash drive is too small.
Tap or click on the Next button. On the Select the USB flash drive screen, choose the drive letter that corresponds to the flash drive you want to use as a Windows 8 Recovery Drive. If no flash drive is found, but you do have an optical drive , you’ll see a Create a system repair disc with a CD or DVD instead link at the bottom of the window.
Touch or click on that if you’d like to complete that process. This process is also possible for Windows 7 , but with a couple of additional steps. It applies perfectly to Windows 8, so long as you start it at Step 3. Tap or click on the Create button to begin the Recovery Drive creation process. Please take note of the warning on this screen: Everything on the drive will be deleted. If you have any personal files on this drive, make sure you’ve backed up the files.
Wait while Windows 8 creates the Recovery Drive, which involves formatting the flash drive and then copying the necessary files to it. Depending on your choice in Step 7, this process could take anywhere from a few to several minutes.
When the Recovery Drive creation process is complete, you’ll see a The recovery drive is ready message. Tap or click on the Finish button. You’re not done yet! The most important two steps are yet to come.
Label the flash drive. Something like Windows 8 Recovery Drive should make pretty obvious what this drive is for. The last thing you want to do is toss a valuable but unlabeled flash drive in your drawer that has four other ones in there too, which brings up a vital point: Store the flash drive somewhere safe.
What a waste of time to create a Recovery Drive and then have no idea what you did with it! One safe and convenient place is in the pencil holder on your desk. Many people keep things like this in their home safe, right next to their passports.
Anywhere safe and memorable will work. Continue Reading.
Win8, 8.1 create a system repair disc & image backup
Posted 29 October – I, personally use Windows 7, so I know almost nothing about Windows 8. One of the things that I wanted to do was to create a System Repair Disk like I did for my computer running Windows 7. Also, I wanted to create a set of System Restore disks so that if her computer crashed, she could restore it to the state that it was in when purchased. I could not find a method to create a bootable System Repair disk. The Help file stated that there MIGHT be a restore partition on the computer’s hard drive, and if there is, then a user could copy the restore partition to a USB device. It seems to me that if the computer cannot be started because the Windows System has become corrupted, that a Restore Partition isn’t going to be much good since there would be no way to access it.
VIDEO: Creating a Windows 8.1 System Repair Disk
Step 1: Press Windows + Q to see settings Search charm, type Windows 7 File Create Windows 8 System Recovery CD or DVD Step2. Our recovery and repair disk uses a scanner built-in; Ability to access System Restore Download Easy Recovery Essentials for Windows 8 and Windows Also, a Recovery Drive is the Windows 8 equivalent of a System Repair Disc from Windows 7. See Step 10 below if you’re interested in creating a System Repair.