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How to make windows recovery image in Laptop's own hardisk

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    windows 8.1

    How to make windows recovery image in Laptop's own hardisk


    How to make original windows 8 recovery image in Laptop's own hardisk (after the hp original recovery is deleted) and how to restore the system using this recovery image .
    Kindly help.

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  2. #2


    UK
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    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    You can download the Windows 8.1 installation media from Creating installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help and create an ISO file or bootable USB flash drive. You can store the ISO file on your HDD and mount it as a separate disk drive to extract files and you can also boot from the USB drive to repair Windows.

    I use Macrium Reflect Free for backups and imaging disks in preference to Windows Backup.

    There is also an app RECIMG to create a custom refresh image which may be of interest.
    Last edited by Steve C; 21 Aug 2015 at 13:19.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 57
    windows 8.1


    Thanks for reply. But can I make the hp recovery by myself which was builtin when I purchased laptop ?
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  4. #4


    UK
    Posts : 275
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Your best bet would be to contact HP if there are specific files you need on the recovery media. I had problems with my new Dell laptop last year and Dell sent me a free USB stick containing the factory recovery environment.
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    windows 8.1


    The problem is that I Purchased my laptop from kyrgystan and now I took it to the pakistan . Now can hp send me the usb stick to Pakistan ?
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    UK
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    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    These firms usually have a global help desk so ask them - you might even get a call centre in Pakistan! Best of luck!
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    windows 8.1


    Ok thanks. Making backup of "drive c" in which windows is installed in the harddisk's own separatly created partition for backup using windows own "system image backup" is a convenient way or not ? And can it restore my windows only to its backup state when there is some error in windows?
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    UK
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    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    What you suggest should work - but I've never restored an image using Windows Backup. Why not use Macrium Reflect Free which most people think is much better? Its advisable to backup your C drive to another internal disk or an external hard drive in case your only single drive fails. I would split your single disc into 2 partitions - C for Windows & programs and D for user files. That way when you use an imaging program like Macrium Reflect, you will only be backing the operating system files from drive C ( and other recovery partitions) on the disc which results in a smaller backup file. You will also need to back up your user files on D by imaging the drive or simply copying your files to another drive.
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    windows 8.1


    Can you tell me how to use this macrium reflect ?
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    If you want original factory specifications to restore to, obtain factory recovery disks from HP.
    I bought same from Gateway for $20.
    Used them several times now.
    Much cheaper than a visit to the computer repair shop.

    Use Macrium Reflect too to make system images.
    With it, I suggest you get 2, 128 GB usb drives.
    I keep 2 backups at a time.
    Making a new one on the oldest usb.

    My system is continually getting bigger.
    I used to be able to make an image on a 32 GB usb.
    Now I can't.
    I had a 64 GB usb, which is still adequate. {Using High Compression for the image.}
    But I found a good deal at Walmart on a 128 GB usb, so I bought it. {$32}

    This way of doing things works good for me.

    Also, use sfc /scannow often in admin cmd prompt.
    & Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

    if sfc shows errors & then sfc afterwards.
    & reboot.

    This may help too-

    Read the whole thread-

    SFC SCANNOW and DISM RESTOREHEALTH - Repair Corrupt Files
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