You can install free Macrium on Win8 and make images - even to a stick if it is big enough. I tested that (with that same 32GB stick) the other day. It worked in my double booted Win8 and even in my Win8 that is installed in Virtual Box. When I get my fast stick for the 'Win8 to go' installation, I will see whether that can be imaged too - should work.Can a stick be used with the history type backup thingy that is available?
If you have a fast USB stick, you should venture to install Win8 on it. But it must be a really fast stick. Measure it first with Atto. The 4K Read/Write speeds should be in the 20MB/sec range. The top speed at large blocksizes is not interesting because the system uses mostly 4K blocks.
Should you want to do it, I will be glad to tell you how to do it. It takes about 1 hour if you have WAIK on your system. If you do not have WAIK, add 2 hours.
I may be getting free old 250 GB Sata drive. If so then I am glad to hear macrium works. I tried to install it and it would not create the startup DVD. Any ideas, it began the operation and was doing it hours later. I found Brinks tutorial on recimage and did a backup on the drive itself, but I don't believe that this is exactly equal to a system image from macrium or paragon. BTW never had any luck with restore points or repairs in Windows 7. I know that a system image works. Was going to go out and get a 32GB stick, but got stuck with the great price variations and the inability to tell what is a fast one. What type, may I ask are you purchasing?
Eventually I was going to try to wriggle some assistance in reinstalling Ubuntu and getting a Virtual Box? setup to run W8.
I posted a guestion I am sure you can answer if you will, about why apps??? Also I downloaded both of the popular start button programs and both were inadequate IMHO to even bother with. I recall in a different thread that you had a way of setting up the metro screen to be useful. That would be a great idea, now that I know what I am stuck with.
Thanks as always for your kind and knowledgeable help!
1. The Macrium WinPE recovery CD you might want to create under Win7. It is a pretty complicated process and not all pieces may work yet under Win8. You then need not really install Macrium on Win8 because with the WinPE CD you cannot only recover but you can also make images - the same as with the installed program.
2. If you are looking for a 32GB stick for backing up data or images, any stick is good enough. I bought one for $24 the other day from Newegg. But if you want to install programs on a stick, you need a fast one and they are more expensive. I now ordered a USB3 model to install Windows 8.
3. And you are right. The Windows recovery/restore facilities have been historically weak. Half of the time they do not work - and that since XP.
I am in the process of creating the WinPE disk for it, had a 1.67 GB download and started to install and said I needed .Net framework 2 for it to continue. Downloaded that and installed and it W8 immediately said it needed 3.5 for the apps to work and started downloading that. I used the WinPE disk from my other system and it seemed to boot into windows 7 looking thing and began to run Macrium. Not knowing, I downloaded and installed Macrium and then set about to make it it's own bootable disk! As of now it came up with some compatibiliy message and it seems to be loading WAIK.....
Glenn, looks like you have all kinds of troubles getting that WinPE CD done. If it does not work in Win8, try in Win7. They are the same.