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Recovery disk?

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    windows 8

    Recovery disk?


    My sister just got a new windows 8 laptop but it came without a Windows 8 backup disk. I have always restored my operating systems using the windows disk so I am unfamiliar with the procedure for these machines that come without a backup disk. I tried to create a disk image but that came to 26gb!?, and unfortunately my sister doesn't have an external hard drive with which to store a file that size. Is there some way that I can obtain windows 8 install disk and reinstall the old fashioned way, should the need arise?

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Bluffermcgee, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    What brand and model is the laptop?

    We'll be happy to see if we can find the instructions from the manufacturer's site on how to create a set of recovery discs for it.
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    windows 8


    Hi Brink, thanks for the fast reply It's an Acer E1-571.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8




    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?



    Manual how to use Acer eRecovery Management here:
    http://global-download.acer.com/GDFi...e&Step3=Aspire E1-571&OS=701&LC=en&BC=Acer&SC=EMEA_27



    You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:

    https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=acer
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    windows 8


    Thanks theog. So the recovery drive/system repair disc is used to repair a windows 8 install, and the Acer eRecovery is used for a clean reinstall? Does the Acer eRecovery program reside outside the windows partition, in which case it can still be run even if windows has been corrupted?
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    So the recovery drive/system repair disc is used to repair a windows 8 install
    Yes.
    System Recovery Options - Boot to in Windows 8


    From your manual above.


    Recovering from within Windows
    To reinstall Windows and all pre-installed software and drivers:
    Click Start > All Programs > Acer, then click Acer eRecovery Management.
    Click the Restore tab, then Restore Operating System to Factory Defaults.

    Recovering from the hard drive during startup
    To reinstall Windows and all pre-installed software and drivers:
    1 Turn on your computer, then press <Alt> + <F10> during startup to open Acer
    eRecovery Management.

    Recovering from your recovery discs
    To reinstall Windows and all pre-installed software and drivers:
    1 Turn on your computer, insert the first system recovery disc into your optical
    disc drive, then restart your computer.
    Recovering your system (USB flash
    drive)
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    windows 8


    Thanks again theog, it makes a lot more sense to me now
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    You are welcome.
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