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  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8

    Laptop Recovery


    Hi, I purchased a Windows 8 Laptop with a "partition" on the HDD to "Recover" the Laptop to "original as new" condition. They also provided 2 off discs to make a secondary copy using their "recovery disc programme".
    Since installing Windows 8.1 (Windows update), when I "search" for the "recovery partition" on the laptop, it cannot be found!!!!!!. when I try to create new "recovery discs using manufacturers programme, it fails with errors!!!!!.
    My concern being that when I do have a problem, I don't know whether the 2 off discs created will work?
    Has anyone any suggestions/recommendations?............I suppose at worst I could source an "Image Backup programme" and copy the HDD complete, but is there one available where, after having created an "image", you can down load specific programmes/files as opposed to the complete image.
    Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, John

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  2. #2


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    The Windows 8.1 Repair tools will not use the Windows 8 Recovery Partition.

    What make & model PC?
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    My Acer has a reset partition (recovery) which contains 8. I upgraded to 8.1 Pro but the recovery partition remains as 8. If I were to reset then I would be back at 8. I can also not make recovery media using the Acer Recovery Manager as it is set to run on 8 and I'm now on 8.1. I made an 8 recovery usb flash before I upgraded. I am now making image backups of my 8.1 Pro for disaster recovery.

    I hope this makes some sense.
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  4. #4


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    My recommendation would be to make frequent images. The most reliable program for that is free Macrium - it is also very easy to use. Make sure you also make the recovery CD (or stick). There are 2 links in the first blue Note box of the tutorial that provide the .isos.

    You can mount a Macrium image by double clicking on the image. This is in case you want to retrieve individual files. But not recommended for retrieval of programs because there is a lot more to a program installation than just the program file. If you have probelsma with a program, it should be reinstalled. Some program installers also have a repair option.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Hi Theog, My Laptop is an :- Advent V200 (1TB HDD, 8Gb DDR3 RAM, Windows 8-64-bit)., John
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  6. #6


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Check with PC World, if can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks.

    PC World are the OEM manufacturer for Advent.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Hi Theog, The Discs are available from PC World........at 25.00, and what I would get is the same as the 2 off discs I made using the "recovery disc programme", which would revert it back to "Windows 8" !!!!!!!!!!!, as commented previously by "Popeye".
    Would "Popeye's" solution be the most practical?. Thanks, John
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  8. #8


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    If it came with 8.0 , then the recov discs provided will also be 8.0.

    Probably best to make an image. My preferred program for that is FREE Backup software for Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008 R2, 2012

    There may another update thing from MS soon. Hopefully you will be able to get hold of the installation media for that at some stage, as well.
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  9. #9


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Reverting to 8.0 is just a small pain - the download time for 8.1. Not really a big deal.
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  10. #10


    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Reverting to 8.0 is just a small pain - the download time for 8.1. Not really a big deal.
    Yea, but if you want to keep your "stuff", imaging or even cloning along the way is best IMO. Although, we know what the saying about opinions is.
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