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COA Change when upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1?

  1. #11


    Ok. Thanks so much. I am making the DVDs right now. I'll keep you posted on my progress.

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  2. #12


    I can't seem to catch a break. I initiated the recovery disks just fine then I got an error saying it couldn't complete the first disk and to insert a new one (and to make sure the original didn't have dirt or was scratched). So I ejected the DVD and put in a clean disk and I kept getting repeat errors saying "insert blank DVD". I tried nearly every DVD I had in the stack and it never would recognize any of them. I restarted and tried again and the same thing.... Not sure where the problem is. The computer recognizes the DVD drive (it is an external connected via USB - Samsung slim model) so I suppose the error is with the DVD drive reading the DVDs. I've never had that issue before. I think tried using my external hard drive but that won't work. Apparently they aren't formatted the same as flash drives. At any rate, I'm now off to go buy a 16GB flash drive as I don't own any that large and apparently. Fun times....
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  3. #13


    Ok. I finally got a recovery media via USB completed. It required two trips to the store as the first flash I bought is incompatible with Toshiba (don't buy SunDisk and save yourself the hassle). I will attempt the recovery later this week and hopefully I will be semi-happily back to using Windows 8.
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  4. #14


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    SanDisk USB Thumb Drives don't show up as removable Media. SanDisk did this on purpose, I have no idea why. A side effect of that is that so some utilities won't use them as all they look for is removable media. The Windows 7 DVD Download Tool for example won't list them as an option to use. The Windows Recovery Utility likely ignores them too because of this.
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  5. #15


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


    I have on SanDisk USB Thumb Drives (8gb to 32GB)

    SONY Windows 8 Recovery

    Fujitsu Windows 8 Recovery

    Fujitsu Windows 7 Recovery

    MSDaRT Windows 8 Recovery

    Paragon 12 Windows 8 Recovery

    Symantec SSR 2013 Windows 8 Recovery

    MSDaRT Windows 8.1 Recovery

    Paragon 14 Windows 8.1 Recovery

    SIW2 Windows 7/8/8.1 Recovery

    Windows Vista installer

    Windows 7 installer

    Windows 8 installer

    Windows 8.1 installer
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  6. #16


    I think it may be a Toshiba specific issue - from what I read. Regardless, I ran out and picked up a HP brand and it worked fine. I plan to try "recovering" today. I'll keep you posted and see how it goes.
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  7. #17


    Still having issues. This is what I did:

    Logged into my Account > Plugged in Recovery Media (HP Flash Drive) > Opened Charm Bar > Settings > Change PC Settings (located at bottom) > Update and Recovery >Recovery > Advanced Startup/Restart Now > Choose an Option > Use A Device > EFI USB Device > Message "System doesn't have any USB boot option. Please select other boot option in boot manager." > OK > Boot Menu: 1. HDD1/SSDI 2. HDD2/SSD2 TOSHIBA THNSNF128GMCS (S2) 3. USB 4. LAN <ENTER SETUP> <HDD RECOVERY> > I selected USB thinking it may give me the option to recover via USB and Windows simply loaded as normally would.

    What am I doing wrong?
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  8. #18


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    I have on SanDisk USB Thumb Drives (8gb to 32GB)

    SONY Windows 8 Recovery

    Fujitsu Windows 8 Recovery

    Fujitsu Windows 7 Recovery

    MSDaRT Windows 8 Recovery

    Paragon 12 Windows 8 Recovery

    Symantec SSR 2013 Windows 8 Recovery

    MSDaRT Windows 8.1 Recovery

    Paragon 14 Windows 8.1 Recovery

    SIW2 Windows 7/8/8.1 Recovery

    Windows Vista installer

    Windows 7 installer

    Windows 8 installer

    Windows 8.1 installer
    That's nice, I didn't say you couldn't use them just that some utilities won't use them. It may not be all SanDisk thumb drives either. The ones I have are new, only bough a couple of months ago. I use one of them for installing Windows 8.1 on my laptop. I had to use diskpart to set it up as the Windows DVD Download tool wouldn't use the SanDisk thumb drive. My Kingston thumb drives work fine in that utility though.
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  9. #19


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeAaron View Post
    Still having issues. This is what I did:

    Logged into my Account > Plugged in Recovery Media (HP Flash Drive) > Opened Charm Bar > Settings > Change PC Settings (located at bottom) > Update and Recovery >Recovery > Advanced Startup/Restart Now > Choose an Option > Use A Device > EFI USB Device > Message "System doesn't have any USB boot option. Please select other boot option in boot manager." > OK > Boot Menu: 1. HDD1/SSDI 2. HDD2/SSD2 TOSHIBA THNSNF128GMCS (S2) 3. USB 4. LAN <ENTER SETUP> <HDD RECOVERY> > I selected USB thinking it may give me the option to recover via USB and Windows simply loaded as normally would.

    What am I doing wrong?
    Try booting right from the USB thumb drive and bypass Windows.
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeAaron View Post
    Still having issues. This is what I did:

    Logged into my Account > Plugged in Recovery Media (HP Flash Drive) > Opened Charm Bar > Settings > Change PC Settings (located at bottom) > Update and Recovery >Recovery > Advanced Startup/Restart Now > Choose an Option > Use A Device > EFI USB Device > Message "System doesn't have any USB boot option. Please select other boot option in boot manager." > OK > Boot Menu: 1. HDD1/SSDI 2. HDD2/SSD2 TOSHIBA THNSNF128GMCS (S2) 3. USB 4. LAN <ENTER SETUP> <HDD RECOVERY> > I selected USB thinking it may give me the option to recover via USB and Windows simply loaded as normally would.

    What am I doing wrong?
    Try booting right from the USB thumb drive and bypass Windows.
    How do I do that? And if I boot right from USB, will that initiate reformatting/recovery sequence? Sorry for having to be spoon fed this stuff guys.... I'm PC skills aren't terribly strong.
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