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windows 8 or 8.1 is in the recovery usb

  1. #1

    Posts : 47
    Windows 8.1

    windows 8 or 8.1 is in the recovery usb

    When the os was upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, a recovery usb is made.

    Which version of os is stored inside the usb?

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  2. #2

    Posts : 879
    Windows 10

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    > OPTION ONE <

    If you have an OEM PC that came with Windows 8 preinstalled and you updated to Windows 8.1, then when you refresh or reset Windows, it will reinstall Windows 8 from hard drive recovery partition (recovery image location) or from the recovery USB flash drive. Afterwards, you will need to update to Windows 8.1 via the Store again.

    Note: Sometimes it happens that after doing the upgrade to Windows 8.1, refresh and reset does not work anymore. Note: But all should be okay if you receive the following screen (see screenshot below) when you select: PC settings > Update and recovery > Recovery > click on the Get started button under the Refresh your PC without affecting your files section.

    Note the following text: Go to the Windows Store to reinstall Windows 8.1 and your apps.

    > OPTION TWO <

    If you don't have an OEM PC that came with Windows 8 preinstalled and you updated Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, then when you refresh or reset Windows, it will reinstall Windows 8.1, but only if you have Windows 8.1 USB/DVD installation media.

    Note: You must insert Windows 8.1 USB/DVD installation media. See this link: How to download Windows 8.1 installation media.

    If you don't insert any installation media or if you insert Windows 8 USB/DVD installation media, then you receive the following error message: "Insert Media. Some files are missing. Your Windows installation or recovery media will provide these files." (see screenshot below).

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  3. #3

    Posts : 47
    Windows 8.1

    please correct me if I am wrong.

    Instead of reinstall Windows 8 then update it to Windows 8.1, I can create a windows 8.1 installation usb, and use it to directly install Windows 8.1 on the computer.
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  4. #4

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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10

    Yes you can install just 8.1 now.. No need to install 8
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  5. #5

    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64

    Hopefully you have an 8.1 license lying around if you go that route...
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