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System Image - Create in Windows 8

  1. #150


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


    Quote Originally Posted by VulcanSoulPatch View Post
    Hello, Shawn!

    First visit to eightforums, registered on sevenforums a while back.

    I just bought a Win8 laptop, and a friend was telling me that the first thing I should do is create a system image, before installing anything. Is that sound advice? Or should I put some basics on and do the image then? (e.g., non-IE Browser, anti-virus, MS Office, etc.)

    Also, I admittedly have not been very good in the past with doing regular backups. Do you have a guide for it, or any recommended rate/routine?

    TIA!

    -VSP
    Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8




    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    or
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

    I recommend you also make a Windows System Image.

    System Image - Create in Windows 8

    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)

    System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8

    or
    look for a 3rd party ,Backup software, which fully supports Windows 8/8.1, UEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
    Which is signed by Microsoft.

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  2. #151


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    Win8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    or
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

    I recommend you also make a Windows System Image.
    theog, no, I have not done either of those. All I did was boot it up, go through the initial setup, let nVidia Experience update (keeps SLI drivers up to date for games), and then shut down. I have been chomping at the bit to do more, but restraining myself until I got more info so that I do it right.

    I will check out those links and get the Recovery Drive and System Image underway next time I have a chance to sit down with it (aka, after the kids are in bed tonight... 10 long hours away!!! ).

    Many thanks!

    -VSP
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  3. #152


    Posts : 529
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    hi there i have a old image and would like to delete it do i just delete the folder ? as it says its to big and i can just delete it is this safe to do so ?
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  4. #153


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Tony,

    Yes, that's correct. You could safely delete the WindowsImageBackup folder to delete that system image.
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  5. #154


    Posts : 529
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Thanks Brink
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  6. #155


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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  7. #156


    I have used Windows imaging with Windows 7 for a while now. Never had "much" problem. Without reading all tutorials..this seems to have changed. I have an external with many back-ups of 3 machines. (all Windows 7) What I am reading is I cannot add an image of my new laptop with Windows 8.1 because I would not be able to use it. (unless I give it a specific path) Can I do it even then?
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  8. #157


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Nate,

    You can still create and restore a system image as usual in Windows 8.1.

    However, if you have a system recovery/reserved partition, it could be to small now in some Windows 8.1 installations that breaks being able to use the system image feature.

    Latest Win 8.1 ISO "Breaks" System Image Functionality

    Because of that, it may be best to use a 3rd party backup image program like Macrium Reflect for now until this get's fixed.
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  9. #158


    Okay, thanks Brink. With my PC being new I will wait and see what happens. I have used Macrium and like it, but it's not as easy (for me) as simply using Windows imaging. It has served me quite well. I will see what happens in the next few months. Meanwhile, I will use Macrium free version to have an image on hand.

    Thanks again for the reply. You are like the god of Windows. FYI - I checked out your case listed in your specs. NICE. I love that case. Cases have evolved a lot in the last 5 years.
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  10. #159


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome Nate.

    You should see the case that Razor is working on. Very nice.

    Razer's modular Project Christine makes building PCs as easy as building Legos | PCWorld
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