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Windows 8 recovery USB drive - works on Windows 8.1?

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    windows 8.1

    Windows 8 recovery USB drive - works on Windows 8.1?


    Hello all, quick question - if you've made a recovery image backup of Windows 8.1, can you use a Windows 8 recovery USB drive to restore it, or do you need to make a specific Windows 8.1 one?

    Thanks,
    Ackoman

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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Make an 8.1 one. Note it is slightly bigger - you need at least 512MB USB - it doesn't fit on 256MB any more.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    if you've made a recovery image backup of Windows 8.1,
    If you have the option to make a Recovery Image Backup in your Windows 8.1 updated OS.
    Latest Win 8.1 ISO "Breaks" System Image Functionality
    You need to make a new Windows 8.1 Recovery USB drive.
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    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    if you've made a recovery image backup of Windows 8.1,
    If you have the option to make a Recovery Image Backup in your Windows 8.1 updated OS.
    Latest Win 8.1 ISO "Breaks" System Image Functionality
    You need to make a new Windows 8.1 Recovery USB drive.
    Thanks for the advice guys.

    Follow up question - because I upgraded to 8.1 from 8, I don't have a windows DVD or a iso file. If I ever have to reinstall windows from scratch, will I have to install 8 first again, and upgrade to 8.1?

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


    Can you post your specs.

    Filling out System Specs - Windows 7 Help Forums



    Is this a OEM manufacturer's PC with Pre-installed Windows 8?
    or
    How did you install Windows 8?
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    windows 8.1


    OK - should have let you know that is a homebuilt PC, that previously had Windows 7 installed on it, and was upgraded to Win 8 online
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    Take a look at those posts for more info.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    How to download Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8 key.
    How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
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