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How to Restore Win 8.1 w/o USB Boot Option

  1. #1


    Houston, TX
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    Win 8.1 Pro Update

    How to Restore Win 8.1 w/o USB Boot Option


    Resources:
    Win 8.1 USB Recovery Drive
    Win 8.1 Full Install Retail 64 bit DVD
    Legacy BIOS that does not offer USB in Boot Priority
    Internal DVD
    USB ports

    Question: What would be a secure plan to be able to restore a new disk to a near-current state?

    I’m thinking a second HDD and something like Acronis and bypass the MS backup tools. Or perhaps boot from the install DVD and use Macrium Reflect.

    TIA…Bill

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  2. #2


    I prefer Acronis backing up to a 2nd internal drive, but Macrium Reflect Free would work just as well. For either, install it and run on a schedule or as needed (I do it every 7 days or so).

    An external drive would also work well.
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  3. #3


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    All you need is an external disk to store the images - e.g. a new one every week - and a CD reader from which you can boot the recovery program. Then both free Macrium or Acronis would do well. I use free Macrium.
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  4. #4


    Houston, TX
    Posts : 7
    Win 8.1 Pro Update

    Thanks, but one more...


    Thank you Ztruker and whs, it is good to know how knowledgeable users handle re-build security.

    I need to go the internal hdd route; BIOS will not recognize USB for BOOT priority. No way I know of to get the Win 8 Recovery to a bootable DVD/CD reader.

    I understand Win 8 has new boot level security - but maybe not with legacy bios. How would one boot to get to the image? Would the original win 8 install (Full), after booting from DVD, offer a method to move the image to a new HDD and mark it as the active boot drive?

    TIA...Bill
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  5. #5


    You create a bootable rescue disc or flash drive via the program you choose to do the backup with. Then you boot that to restore the saved image to a hard drive.
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  6. #6


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Does not matter whether your system does not boot from USB. You can still store the images on an external USB attached disk and boot the small recovery program from a CD.

    The recovery program and the images are 2 different matters.
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  7. #7


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by bill77056 View Post
    Thank you Ztruker and whs, it is good to know how knowledgeable users handle re-build security.

    I need to go the internal hdd route; BIOS will not recognize USB for BOOT priority. No way I know of to get the Win 8 Recovery to a bootable DVD/CD reader.

    I understand Win 8 has new boot level security - but maybe not with legacy bios. How would one boot to get to the image? Would the original win 8 install (Full), after booting from DVD, offer a method to move the image to a new HDD and mark it as the active boot drive?

    TIA...Bill
    Hi there

    You might have protected boot enabled -- turn it off and enable legacy boot. You can still leave UEFI boot. Then your BIOS should be able to boot from external devices.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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