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Create a bootable Install disk

  1. #1


    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 x64 with 8.1 Update

    Create a bootable Install disk


    Hi

    I just bought a Laptop with W8.1 it does not come with an install disk and the supplier flat-out refused to provide one,
    pointing me to the recovery partition saying that was all I needed.

    The recovery program just reinstalls, losing data and does not have Windows trouble shooting options
    as found on the W8 install disk.

    How do I create a W8.1 install disk.

    Thanks

    Daniel

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Daniel,

    It would be recommend to go ahead and create a Recovery Drive to have handy if you should ever need to do a factory reset.

    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

    For what you wanted, it may be best to use a 3rd party program like Macrium Reflect to create a system image. This image can be used to restore everything as it was when created.

    Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums

    MACRIUM REFLECT - Create Bootable Rescue USB Drive - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 x64 with 8.1 Update


    Hi Shawn

    I will create a recovery system and I use Casper 8 to do a clone of my hard drive, but on occasions the Casper clone is done after the trouble is there and using the clone as a backup is counter productive, last time I had this problem I did a "repair" install of W8 using my Install Disk.

    Using that disk is not an option here as the Laptop will be used in a different location.

    Are you saying there is no way to create a bootable Install Disk?

    Regards

    Daniel
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  4. #4


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Usually the backup software will have a bootable recovery option that can be used to restore the image with.

    If you like, you could also use system restore and restore points to help undo issues that may not require restoring an image.

    Restore Point - Create in Windows 8

    System Restore - How to Do in Windows 8
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  5. #5


    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 x64 with 8.1 Update


    Hi Shawn

    Casper 8 does have a boot disk that includes a recovery option, but if the copy is damaged there is no point,
    also System restore does not always work.

    In the past I have always resorted, successfully to an install disk.

    regards

    Daniel
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yeah, it's a combination of all these options that help to keep you safe. You hope a system restore may help, but when it doesn't you'll have the system image.

    You might give Macrium Reflect a play with to see how you like it since it has a bootable rescue disk option that you could use if Windows will not boot.
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  7. #7


    Quote Originally Posted by daniellouwrens View Post
    Hi Shawn

    Casper 8 does have a boot disk that includes a recovery option, but if the copy is damaged there is no point,
    also System restore does not always work.

    In the past I have always resorted, successfully to an install disk.

    regards

    Daniel
    Yes there is another way, borrow a copy from someone, or download an ISO off of torrent. Goggle for the Generic install key and activate with your Windows 8 key. Or just purchase a copy. MS & Manufacture don't want you to have a copy and expect you to use there recovery partition it sucks but we all have to deal with it.
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  8. #8


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Yep, but I would recommend to avoid illegal torrent copies since they could include malware with them.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 205
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Yep, but I would recommend to avoid illegal torrent copies since they could include malware with them.
    Newegg sells Win8.1 Pro for what I paid for XP Pro. $139
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