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Brand New Win8 Laptop - Need to make initial backup

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    Brand New Win8 Laptop - Need to make initial backup


    Hi,

    I just bought a new Gateway laptop that's come pre-installed with Win8.

    I've just gone through the initial setup and before I use it, need to make the initial Win8 and system backup incase I need to restore the system should something go wrong.
    I want to do this BEFORE anything (I've not even installed any anti-virus yet)

    I'm totally new to Win8 and would really appreciate if someone could guide me through the process.

    Thanks in anticipation.

    Warm Regards.

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    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





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


    warning   Warning
    I personally DO NOT RECOMMEND using this METHOD above, as of the ERRORS you may receive below with the Microsoft Recovery USB Drive.You would be best off using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or Recovery USB drive.




    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    How to make Acer Recovery disks.

    Windows 8 - Create a Factory Default Backup - Acer Recovery Management - YouTube
    Windows 8 - Create a Drivers and Applications Backup - Acer Recovery Management - YouTube
    Windows 8 - Restore Windows With a USB Recovery Drive - YouTube
    or
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

    You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:
    https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=acer
    or
    Acer | Recovery Media
    Check in Accessories
    or
    https://store.acer.com/store?Action=...&SiteID=acerna
    or check the main web site.
    Acer Worldwide - Select your local country or region




    The Windows 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.
    Last edited by theog; 14 Nov 2013 at 13:01.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Have you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?
    I have not received any disks with the laptop.

    The laptop came in it's original box with the charger and power supply. When I asked for the manuals or disks I was told that they are never packaged as separate but are all pre-installed.
    That is why I urgently want to make backups of the system - should it crash, atleast I can re-install the Windows 8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bizres View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Have you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?
    I have not received any disks with the laptop.

    The laptop came in it's original box with the charger and power supply. When I asked for the manuals or disks I was told that they are never packaged as separate but are all pre-installed.
    Why have you not made the OEM Recovery disks?
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    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bizres View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Have you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?
    I have not received any disks with the laptop.

    The laptop came in it's original box with the charger and power supply. When I asked for the manuals or disks I was told that they are never packaged as separate but are all pre-installed.
    Why have you not made the OEM Recovery disks?
    Ah, so I have to make the OEM Recovery Disks from what is already installed in the laptop?
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    Ah, so I have to make the OEM Recovery Disks from what is already installed in the laptop?
    YES, how to video's in post 2.
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    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Thanks very much, theog.
    You've got my doubts cleared.

    So this method you're suggesting would help in a full recovery even if I ever need to COMPLETELY format my HDD or needed a HDD replacement for this laptop?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bizres View Post
    Thanks very much, theog.
    You've got my doubts cleared.

    So this method you're suggesting would help in a full recovery even if I ever need to COMPLETELY format my HDD or needed a HDD replacement for this laptop?
    YES.
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    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Is USB the only option?

    I really don't trust removable media and having just a single backup.
    I was hoping there maybe a possibility to make something like an .iso image and have multiple copies over DVD's, USB, copies in other external HDD?
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Is USB the only option?

    Open Acer eRecovery Management & check the options
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