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recovery drive, brings PC exactly to date drive made?

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    Windows 8.1

    recovery drive, brings PC exactly to date drive made?


    Windows 8.1

    pc bought in 2013 with windows 8 bundled (so no installation DVDs, no activation key communicated).
    upgraded to windows 8.1 in 2013.
    I made a recovery USB (system image) on 1st April 2014.
    If I need to boot on this USB, my PC will be again exactly as it was on 1st April 2014?

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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    What procedure did you use to make the recovery drive?
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    Windows 8.1


    I did it with the option copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery drive
    Later I did create a disk image for drives C & D and saved it in the own hard disk.

    What should I do now to be sure that in case of catastrophe I can have my PC as it is now?
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If you do a Reset from your Recovery thumb drive it will return it to the factory condition. It will be like it was the first time you turned it on. If you restore a disk image it will be the way it was when you made the disk image.
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    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If you do a Reset from your Recovery thumb drive it will return it to the factory condition. It will be like it was the first time you turned it on. If you restore a disk image it will be the way it was when you made the disk image.
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    Windows 8.1


    Do I sum it up correctly?
    For a most cautious approach
    1) I do a new recovery drive with with option copy contents from recovery partition after each Windows 8.1 SP, so if I need to do a refresh I will have all dlls etc, not just the ones of previous windows 8.1 versions
    2) I do a disk image fo both C & D drives into an USB drive every 6 months, so if refresh, SFC etc do not work my PC will be like it was maximum 6 months ago
    Note: there are only few files in D drive, I cannnot see what is inside. maybe the recovery partition & similar.


    So this is what a cautios person should do?
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    Vista and Win7
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    Windows 8.1


    [IMG]file:///C:/Users/Usuario/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image001.png[/IMG] Warning
    If you set UAC to Always notify me, then you will not be able to use the refresh and reset Windows 8 features. These features require UAC to be set to the default or lower level to work.

    Oh, oh
    I find the "always notify me" reassuring
    still it is good idea to just set UAC to default and be able to set a custom recovery image as active (renewed say every 6 months), so in the worst case my PC will be exactly like 6 months ago (with refresh or reset)?
    or bettr to keep UAC as it is and trust that a system restore (created every month) will almost certainly work?
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recovery drive, brings PC exactly to date drive made?
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