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A simple way to make a 8.1 bootable DVD for recovery

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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    A simple way to make a 8.1 bootable DVD for recovery


    How to make a Widows 8.1 DVD disk that works as a recovery disk.
    What your actually making is an Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation installation disk.
    When the disk boots up, you select repair disk instead of install. This will give you access to all the repair programs as well as system image recovery option.

    All you have to is, go to this webpage (Download Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation) and download the ISO for Windows 8.1 Enterprise evaluation. This will let download the ISO file. Warning, this file is 3.7 gig big and takes a few minutes. After that simply burn to disk. When you boot this disk, just choose repair instead of install. Just note, that like all install disk it takes time to load. 2 minutes and 20seconds on my machine.

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    64-bit Windows 10


    If you like, you could also create a recovery drive from within Windows to do the same.

    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Disk not USB


    There are a lot of computers out there don't give you the option of booting from a USB device.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Only older PC's will not boot a USB drive, like a Intel P3.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Only older PC's will not boot a USB drive, like a Intel P3.
    In addition, if you are using UEFI and have secure boot enabled, you may need to disable secure boot first before being able to boot from a USB flash drive.

    Secure Boot - Enable or Disable in UEFI
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