With images you are safe - either Windows images or Macrium images would be my choice. I would not bother to double boot. Just upgrade to Windows 10 and if you don't like it roll in your latest 8.1 image.
Btw - there is a neat command with which you can make a Windows image:
I don't know whether that is faster. But it is one of the ways to get a Windows 8.1 to go if you DO NOT have Enterprise (which few people have). If you have Enterprise, use their facilities. That's easier.
Yeah right - you have 2 options"
1. Make your 8.1 a Windows to go. Here is how:
2. Run 8.1 as a virtual system from the external SSD (that's what I do). Here is how...
Although I usually recommend to use free Macrium Reflect for imaging tasks, you may have an easier option since you have a WinPE stick. Check whether that allows you to initiate a Windows 8.1 recovery when booted from that stick (see picture below). If yes, you can make an easy image via an...
This is indeed a puzzling problem. The suggested power problem is unlikely. A USB3 port should provide plenty of power for a SSD which consumes very little power. I run SSDs in enclosures from USB2 ports that provide a lot less power than USB3. It is more likely that there is a driver problem...
How do you figure that?? W10 is a pure touch OS. Nothing has been done to improve the operational characteristics of classic desktops with keyboard and mouse. Make the test - define a high contrast theme in 8.1 and then in 10 and tell me which is easier.
If your problem is that some system files were not restored correctly, then any Windows 8.1 .iso can correct that. But if it is only some programs missing, you can just reinstall these programs. What is so difficult about that.
I run 6 different virtual systems under VMware Player and they all work. Here is a tutorial I made that may give you some additional information. It describes Win 10 and Win 8.1 on a Win 7 host, but the principle is the same for any OS on any host.
PS - just be aware that you need an unused...
I would create an installation disc from the link that Ztruker has posted or from here and then do a repair/install with that.
1. Does the disk show as 'encrypted' in disk management.
2. Is your new PC an Instant Go device. Check in command prompt with this command: powercfg /a -- If it says Standby (Connected), then it is Instant Go.
3. Instant Go decryption instructions you can find in my little tutorial.