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Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

  1. #120


    I have ASUS laptop with Windows 8, and ready to upgrade to 8.1 from Windows Store. Now I want to create a USB recovery drive (not image)which will help me reset/refresh to Windows 8.1. I have heard that after upgrading to 8.1 creating a recovery drive for 8.1 is not an easy task. I have a few pointer (one from an earlier post here on the forum itself from the great SIW2 and Saltgrass) which I plan to use. Do you have a better idea or steps to follow? Last time I tried to copy over the C:\$Windows.~BT\sources\install.esd i failed because system restarted before I could do it.

    Thanks much!

    Too many recovery partitions?

    How to create recovery disk for windows 8.1 after update from windows 8.

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  2. #121


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Mourinho,

    If you like, you might see if creating and using custom refresh images may work for you for this.

    Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image
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  3. #122


    I am gonna give all the options a try and hopefully get it done with. I shall report back.

    I would only be able to refresh and not fully reset with custom image, correct? Like if I want to dispose off the system?

    Thanks a lot!
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  4. #123


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    That's correct, a custom recovery image would only refresh Windows and not do a full reset/reinstall.
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  5. #124


    Posts : 220
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    Hi Shawn,

    I tried to create a recovery drive for my Windows 8.1 Pro X64 system and received the following message:-

    Click image for larger version

    Fortunately I still have a Recovery Drive which I created before I "upgraded" to 8.1
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  6. #125


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hey Jim,

    You might run a sfc /scannow command to see what it reports and see if it may help.
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  7. #126


    Posts : 220
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hey Jim,

    You might run a sfc /scannow command to see what it reports and see if it may help.
    Shows nothing:-
    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]
    (c) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:\Windows\system32>sfc /scannow

    Beginning system scan. This process will take some time.

    Beginning verification phase of system scan.
    Verification 100% complete.

    Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.

    C:\Windows\system32>
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  8. #127


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Were you trying to copy files from your recovery partition to the recovery drive? If so, try creating a recovery drive without copying it to see if it will work then.
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  9. #128


    Posts : 220
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Were you trying to copy files from your recovery partition to the recovery drive? If so, try creating a recovery drive without copying it to see if it will work then.
    No, was just trying for the standard installation media.
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  10. #129


    Posts : 220
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    Shawn,

    It's not a major problem.
    I have a Windows 8 recovery drive and I have both 8 and 8.1 install disks.
    I'm sure I can get by with those.

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