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    Can't create recovery drive on DVD using Windows 8.1


    Note to Mods: If this is not the appropriate forum please feel free to move it ...(I'm new here) ... Thanks

    I recently bought a Dell Windows 8 desktop. I upgraded the desktop to Windows 8.1. I want to create a recovery drive using a DVD rather than a flash drive. (I understand Microsoft wants you to create recovery onto a flash drive rather than a DVD. Not sure why.)

    I found several places on the net which discuss just how create recover onto a DVD. They suggest that I do a search on "Windows 7 file" and this will display an option to click on "Windows 7 File Recovery" ... and that will lead me through the steps to create my recovery onto a DVD.

    Problem is "Windows 7 File" is not found. How do I get this onto my Windows 8.1 system?

    Hope this makes sense........ Thanks for your help.


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    Windows System image has been moved to File History.

    System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Windows System image has been moved to File History.

    System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8
    Thanks for your reply, theog ..... I'm not sure I understand just what you mean ...

    Does this mean if I click on File History I will be able to create a recovery DVD on Windows 8.1..
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    Hello Jason, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    I think Ray may have just misread.


    Windows 8.1 no longer supports creating a system repair disc CD/DVD.

    Instead, you can still create a recovery drive (USB flash drive).
    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Hi Jason,

    If you want to store a backup image of your system on dvd , I believe windows system image program will do that for you.

    There is also something called create recovery drive, but that only allows use of usb . It seems it needs to write onto the the recovery media before starting the "refresh" process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Jason, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    I think Ray may have just misread.


    Windows 8.1 no longer supports creating a system repair disc CD/DVD.

    Instead, you can still create a recovery drive (USB flash drive).
    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Thanks Shawn for your reply. The reason I wanted to write the recovery to a DVD is that ... at the moment ... I don't have a spare flash drive but have hundreds of blank DVDs. I did some googling on the subject and several links offer advice as to how to use a DVD rather than a flash drive..... Unfortunately, none of those "work arounds" worked for me. For example this links suggests ways to write to a DVD....

    Create a Recovery Drive in Windows 8 - TechRepublic


    Next shopping trip I will purchase some more flash drives. Again thanks much for your reply......
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Hi Jason,

    If you want to store a backup image of your system on dvd , I believe windows system image program will do that for you.

    There is also something called create recovery drive, but that only allows use of usb . It seems it needs to write onto the the recovery media before starting the "refresh" process.
    Thanks SIW2 for your reply..... Looks like I will be purchasing a flash drive for this purpose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonB View Post
    Thanks Shawn for your reply. The reason I wanted to write the recovery to a DVD is that ... at the moment ... I don't have a spare flash drive but have hundreds of blank DVDs. I did some googling on the subject and several links offer advice as to how to use a DVD rather than a flash drive..... Unfortunately, none of those "work arounds" worked for me. For example this links suggests ways to write to a DVD....

    Create a Recovery Drive in Windows 8 - TechRepublic


    Next shopping trip I will purchase some more flash drives. Again thanks much for your reply......
    Technically the DVD version is called a "system repair disc". Only the USB is referred to as a "recovery drive". Just semantics though.

    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

    You could create a recovery drive, then create an ISO from it to use to create a DVD, but it would all be pointless if you didn't have a USB to use anyways.
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    You could use the Dell Recovery DVD.

    How to order Microsoft official Dell OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks.
    Manuals | Dell US

    RouteTo
    http://support.dell.com/support/topi...oNotRedirect=y

    But the Dell DVD will only work for the Windows 8 Recovery options:
    System Recovery Options - Boot to in Windows 8
    & not for Windows 8.1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    You could use the Dell Recovery DVD.

    How to order Microsoft official Dell OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks.
    Manuals | Dell US

    RouteTo
    http://support.dell.com/support/topi...oNotRedirect=y

    But the Dell DVD will only work for the Windows 8 Recovery options:
    System Recovery Options - Boot to in Windows 8
    & not for Windows 8.1.
    Thanks again ...... My system came with Windows 8 ........ and I upgraded to 8.1 .... Maybe I shouldn't have done that....
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