The only 3rd party ,Backup software, which fully supports Windows 8/8.1, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
Which is signed by Microsoft.
That I know of at this time is
Paragon 14, Out November 2013.
Hard Disk Manager Suite ? complete system management | PARAGON Software Group - disk partitioning, resize partition
SSR Desktop Edition, Out Febebery 2014.
PC Backup Software | Symantec
Cheers for the help guys.
I'm going to buy some DVD-R (or +R)??? discs tomorrow, and then start looking at creating these recovery discs, burn system images, etc.
I'm also currently attempting to install an older version of Linux onto my old Windows 7 laptop, so I can get a feel of the general process.
I also noticed Asus hasn't supplied I guess a program or whatever to use to create the OEM recovery discs on my laptop...?
After I've put together the discs for Windows 8 and the current system and I'm okay with it, then that will be I suppose the end of the thread
Okay all, I was going to make a new thread but thought I may aswell keep this post in here, for future reference.
1. I've been researching what discs to create (with theog's recommendations in post #50), going to buy some DVD+R's tomorrow and create and follow these:
System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8
System Image - Create in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8
My question is - I've seen it mentioned to "Create OEM recovery discs."
However, Asus (as far as I can see on my laptop) has not provided a recovery disk program as such.
Even in the manual it states to use "AI Recovery Burner," which I don't have. ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Troubleshooting A53E
Will creating at least one of the discs from the above links/guides cover this problem in the future [Eg. work the same as what the "OEM recovery disc" would have been (if that makes sense)]?
Could I also go (As Wynona mentioned in post #49) to "Create a system recovery drive," and follow that through, or is this something different? (Like I said, My Computer only shows the (OS) C: and (Data)D: drives) So with that said - 2. Should there already be a "Recovery" partition shown, or is that what this option is for?
And after all of this I'll look to split the 400GB Data drive as that one has nothing in it for Linux later on.
Edit: Upon further reading, I'm supposed to shrink the C: with the OS on it for Linux?
If it helps, I've attached a screenshot from inside "Disk Management."
Beast, you already have a recovery partition, which is the "600 MB Healthy (Recovery Partition). I don't know how this recovery partition works, but maybe someone else can explain it to us.
Quite frankly, I wouldn't create a "recovery drive" on the computer itself . . . it would be useless if, for instance, you couldn't boot the computer. I suggested in post 49 that you "might" be able to use part of "D" for your Linux installation. You'll have to get clear and concise instructions on how to do this, as I said. Also, this is a completely different animal than recovery.
Forget everything I said about recovery and follow Theo's instructions; that's your best route.
Y'know, maybe you should start a thread (or search for one) on partitioning your hard drive for Linux.
THIS IS INSANE!!!!!!!
I was on my laptop fine an hour ago working on it. Then I shut it down to come back home and I've turned it back on, it does some windows update or whatever and now says:
"Configuring Windoes features
Do not turn off your computer"
It's been sitting here for at least 30mins and of course I've turned it off and on again but it goes to this EXACT screen.
Edit: okay whilst I was typing this on my iPhone it has just logged in. Is there ANY reasons why these updates take so long and put my stress levels into overdrive...?
Last edited by Onlyafrika; 29 Mar 2014 at 06:16. Reason: Wrong thread
^ Welcome mate,
It is usually recommended to start a new thread, because otherwise the problem gets mucked up by all previous posts.
As you've said, Kaspersky may be giving you issues. If you would like an alternative AV program, try Defender (built-in) or Avast!.
NOTE! you have to first completely remove all previous antivirus products before installing new ones. To remove Kaspersky, you might give this tool a try after manually removing it in control panel: Service articles
If you would prefer to keep Kaspersky, that is fine, but this person doesn't recommend that particular antivirus product based off of what I've heard others say about it. It works for some, but not others (can also cause crashes here or there).
Let us know if you encounter any other issues by starting a new thread in the appropriate forum. Cheers!