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Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

  1. #200


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Yep, just copy and paste the contents.

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  2. #201


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Yep, just copy and paste the contents.
    Ok great, i´ll give it a try and post the results later.

    Thank you very much
    Last edited by benaknoun; 11 Apr 2015 at 18:15.
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  3. #202


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by benaknoun View Post
    After formatting the new USB to FAT32, i just do copy and paste?
    Yes.

    edit:

    Here is more info about UEFI Boot Mode: link

    1. How to create UEFI Boot Mode compatible Windows 8 64-bit USB flash drive, which is only bootable in UEFI Boot Mode.

    Format your USB flash drive (see screenshot below). Note: You need to choose the FAT32 file system.

    When formatting is complete.
    - In Windows 8, mount the Windows 8 64-bit ISO image file by right-clicking the ISO image file and choosing Mount. If you don’t see Mount command from the context menu, go to Open with -> Windows Explorer instead.
    - Select everything in the mounted ISO image file, and copy them into the USB flash drive you prepared earlier.

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  4. #203


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    Windows 8.1


    Hi Genet
    thank you for the info.
    im not sure how to do all this since I don't know if I have the Windows 8 ISO image...
    all I did, was copy and paste into a formatted FAT32 USB like suggested in the earlier posts.
    the first USB I created in windows by going to search, recovery manager, create recovery partition, and selected USB.
    i have also selected the delete recovery partition from the HDD to free some space.
    i then copied that USB into a smaller size USB and it seems to be working because I have reinstalled windows.
    one strange thing though is when I select the pc to boot from the USB it does not start the installation of windows, it simply reboots, I have to select something about UEFI something then the reinstall action of windows starts.
    anyway, like they say, if it's not broken don't fix it, so I have the new USB recovery kept in a safe place and have made a back up image with Acronis just in case and saved it on my external HDD.

    Thanks again
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  5. #204


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    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by benaknoun View Post
    so I have the new USB recovery kept in a safe place and have made a back up image with Acronis just in case and saved it on my external HDD.
    Ok, good job.
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  6. #205


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    Windows 8.1 with Bing


    Hi Brink, there is something odd about my win 8.1 with Bing - I get through step 5, but can't continue to step 6 since I get a page where I'm asked to connect a usb drive and the next button is gryed out. Th usb drive is already connected and present in My Computer, its an 32GB Sandisk Ultra Dual USB drive with a micro usb plug in one end and a standard usb plug in the other end. Formatted to FAT32 ot NTFS doesn't make a difference. The recovery app simply can't see the drive - but if I leave the app open and go to My Computer, then I can access the drive without any problems.

    This is a Windows Tablet, ODYS Wintab 8
    ODYS Wintab 8 - 20,3 cm (8") Windows Tablet PC - Product Details

    When looking in disk management there are 3 partitions

    1. 100MB EFI
    2. Windows C: - Windows 8.1 with bing - 9.30GB with 3.20GB free
    3. Recovery - 5.15GB used

    I like to get the recovery moved to my usb drive, then remove the recovery partition and install windows 10. Right now I can't install windows 10 because not enough free space.

    Actually the best thing would be if I could make my own recovery after windows 10 where installed and instead of having it on the internal flash then have it on usb - but back to my problem. Do you have some suggestions to why it can't see the usb drive?

    EDIT: I have now tried 2 other USB drives and it the same problem - which makes me think its another MS thing.

    I'm also in 7 and 10 forums.
    Last edited by Insomniacno1; 01 Oct 2015 at 14:40. Reason: add text
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  7. #206


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Insomniacno1, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    I would strongly recommend to leave your OEM recovery partition on the tablet to be safe. If for some reason the USB fails, gets lost/stolen, or not available (ex: on the road), you'll still be able to use the partition.

    If you like, you could also create a Windows 8.1 installation USB using an ISO file to have handy to boot with as needed.

    (Option One) Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
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  8. #207


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    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Insomniacno1 View Post
    Hi Brink, there is something odd about my win 8.1 with Bing
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    If you like, you could also create a Windows 8.1 installation USB using an ISO file to have handy to boot with as needed.

    (Option One) Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
    Hi Shawn,

    Does Option One work with '8.1 with Bing' now? I've tried it before and the versions of the ISO I downloaded weren't compatible with the 'Bing' product key.
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  9. #208


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    64-bit Windows 10


    I don't thing there's one for the edition with Bing yet.
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  10. #209


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 with Bing


    Hi Brink, Thank you

    Okay I have looked at it, but have some reservations since the goal is to install Windows 10(found a possible way using USB stick as extra storage for windows 10 to unpack files).

    So my questions are, if I can remove the windows 8.1 recovery after installing windows 10 and make a custom recovery that is smaller using 3rd part software and use that instead of the one made by windows 8.1? Will that work?

    If I follow the guide for creating windows 8.1 installation USB, can I then remove the recovery partition?

    Any other suggestions?

    JBJ
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