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Create Factory Restore Disc?

  1. #1


    Posts : 13
    Win 8 64bit

    Create Factory Restore Disc?


    Is it possible to create restore discs that return the PC back to factory state (just out of box, never turned on)? Thanks!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


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    Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?




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    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





    You can a Microsoft Recovery USB Drive
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
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    Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED


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    I personally DO NOT RECOMMEND using this METHOD above, as of the ERRORS you may receive below with the Microsoft Recovery USB Drive.


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    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    or
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
    Essentio Recovery Software




    The Recovery USB drive & Recovery Partition can be very problematic, I recommend you also make a Windows System Image.

    System Image - Create in Windows 8

    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

    System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8

    or
    look for a 3rd party ,Backup software, which fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
    Which is signed by Microsoft.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 13
    Win 8 64bit


    Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?
    That's my question. How to do it? The netbook is ASUS 1015E-DS01. I can't find any ASUS program that creates recovery discs. I can use Win 8 control panel to make system image but that's different.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    You owner's manual should have the procedures for recovering a system back to factory condition. The newer devices seem to be using the Windows 8 Reset option which uses an image normally kept in a Recovery partition. Using that image to reinstall will take the system back to a factory state.

    When you make a Recovery Drive, the link Theog gave you, it will copy that image to the flash drive if there is one. If your system uses a special OEM procedure for recovering, you need to follow those and use their recovery media or some media made with some special OEM utility.
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    Posts : 13
    Win 8 64bit


    Thank you! I searched the manual and couldn't find anything on the subject of creating OEM discs. I will try making a USB recovery drive.
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    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    On older PC with Pre-installed Windows 8, you need to use the
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    to make USB Recovery Drive.

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    On newer PC with Pre-installed Windows 8, you need to use the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app to make USB Recovery Drive.

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    Posts : 13
    Win 8 64bit


    Update: I e-mailed ASUS support and they gave me a Windows program to do it. Thanks!
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