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  1. #231


    Quote Originally Posted by samanthablock View Post
    I spent some time last night playing around with the new 8.1 to make sure nothing is screwed up. I finally got the startup sound to work. When I looked, it was checked "enable startup sound", but I didn't hear it on startup, and when I looked again, it was unchecked! Weird! But after checking it again, the startup sound works. I tried all of my programs, different websites, google earth, everything I could think of. Everything seems to work great..........so with that, I created an IMAGE in case of a future refresh. But about a week ago, I did the same thing.....with windows 8.....One of the images is called customrefresh and the other is called refreshimage........Here's my question: I don't want the refreshimage file anymore, can I simply just go to the C drive and delete that unwanted image? It seems like a really stupid question, but I just don't want to screw something up...the image is over 3 gigs, that's why I want to delete it if I can. As you can tell, I'm sort of an intermediate GEEK, not a FULL ON computer geek.
    Yes, you can safely delete any of those files you like--at least you know which is which... What I do in those cases is to include the date in the file name (or some other pertinent info that helps me to recall what's in the backup) as that makes telling the files apart much simpler if you have more than one of them.

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  2. #232


    Quote Originally Posted by waltc View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by samanthablock View Post
    I spent some time last night playing around with the new 8.1 to make sure nothing is screwed up. I finally got the startup sound to work. When I looked, it was checked "enable startup sound", but I didn't hear it on startup, and when I looked again, it was unchecked! Weird! But after checking it again, the startup sound works. I tried all of my programs, different websites, google earth, everything I could think of. Everything seems to work great..........so with that, I created an IMAGE in case of a future refresh. But about a week ago, I did the same thing.....with windows 8.....One of the images is called customrefresh and the other is called refreshimage........Here's my question: I don't want the refreshimage file anymore, can I simply just go to the C drive and delete that unwanted image? It seems like a really stupid question, but I just don't want to screw something up...the image is over 3 gigs, that's why I want to delete it if I can. As you can tell, I'm sort of an intermediate GEEK, not a FULL ON computer geek.
    Yes, you can safely delete any of those files you like--at least you know which is which... What I do in those cases is to include the date in the file name (or some other pertinent info that helps me to recall what's in the backup) as that makes telling the files apart much simpler if you have more than one of them.

    Ok got it.........I remember which is which..........But say I leave both of them.............when doing a refresh, I'm assuming during the process it will ask you which image you want if you have multiple images. Right?

    Thanks
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  3. #233


    Posts : 26
    wds 8.1- x 64Bit


    Hi All .

    My wds 8.1 up and running good now , and I just made a set of windows recovery "5 dvds" in case I need to reinstall .
    My question is that the recovery will be wds 8.1 OR the original 8 ....
    if that ... we have to go through 8.1 update again after recovery ...!!!


    Any idea ..?

    Thanks
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  4. #234


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Wds View Post
    Hi All .

    My wds 8.1 up and running good now , and I just made a set of windows recovery "5 dvds" in case I need to reinstall .
    My question is that the recovery will be wds 8.1 OR the original 8 ....
    if that ... we have to go through 8.1 update again after recovery ...!!!


    Any idea ..?

    Thanks
    I do believe I read somewhere than if you upgrade though the store, you factory recovery partition is untouched. Doing a reset would put you back to Windows 8. If you do a clean install a reset would reset Windows 8.1. I'm not sure what happens if you update via the ISO/DVD. Short answer, I'm not sure?
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  5. #235


    VA USA
    Posts : 349
    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center


    Quote Originally Posted by Wds View Post
    Hi All .

    My wds 8.1 up and running good now , and I just made a set of windows recovery "5 dvds" in case I need to reinstall .
    My question is that the recovery will be wds 8.1 OR the original 8 ....
    if that ... we have to go through 8.1 update again after recovery ...!!!


    Any idea ..?

    Thanks
    what you mean "a set of recovery dvd's" if your talking about making a backup Image using some backup program than ONLY what you just backed up will be recovered, the image of what you had, 8.1

    I see no option in Windows after the update to create a set of "recovery" DVD's like you do when you buy your machine and the manufacturer gives you that option to create a set of OS recovery DVD's, those ONLY re install the OS as it came from the factory, any image backups you make using another program will re install your OS AS you backed it up incl ALL your stuff.

    I only see the file backup, or Image backup in "file history" on W8.1 and I don't see where you can select a DVD drive anyway, in mine it only gives me the external HD I have connected.
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  6. #236


    USA
    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wds View Post
    Hi All .

    My wds 8.1 up and running good now , and I just made a set of windows recovery "5 dvds" in case I need to reinstall .
    My question is that the recovery will be wds 8.1 OR the original 8 ....
    if that ... we have to go through 8.1 update again after recovery ...!!!


    Any idea ..?

    Thanks
    I do believe I read somewhere than if you upgrade though the store, you factory recovery partition is untouched. Doing a reset would put you back to Windows 8. If you do a clean install a reset would reset Windows 8.1. I'm not sure what happens if you update via the ISO/DVD. Short answer, I'm not sure?
    Yeah the way I understand it, as long as you don't delete the recovery partition, the system will be restored to the factory settings the machine arrived with. Having an ISO of 8.1 I did a clean install to the OS hard drive, however because I never touched the recovery partition should I need to do a recovery, it'll be from the recovery partition which is Windows 8.

    I asked a somewhat similar question here and the answer was what I stated above - Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
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  7. #237


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wds View Post
    Hi All .

    My wds 8.1 up and running good now , and I just made a set of windows recovery "5 dvds" in case I need to reinstall .
    My question is that the recovery will be wds 8.1 OR the original 8 ....
    if that ... we have to go through 8.1 update again after recovery ...!!!


    Any idea ..?

    Thanks
    I do believe I read somewhere than if you upgrade though the store, you factory recovery partition is untouched. Doing a reset would put you back to Windows 8. If you do a clean install a reset would reset Windows 8.1. I'm not sure what happens if you update via the ISO/DVD. Short answer, I'm not sure?
    Yeah the way I understand it, as long as you don't delete the recovery partition, the system will be restored to the factory settings the machine arrived with. Having an ISO of 8.1 I did a clean install to the OS hard drive, however because I never touched the recovery partition should I need to do a recovery, it'll be from the recovery partition which is Windows 8.

    I asked a somewhat similar question here and the answer was what I stated above - Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    You may have a bit of trouble actually accessing it though. It's my understanding that the link to it is in the boot loader so your clean install may have broken that link. Your factory F (function key) used to access it may not work now. Windows may not see it either. My laptop had two recovery partitions, one small one and one large one. I swapped my factory drive for an SSD and couldn't restore the factory setup back to it. Even with the recovery thumb drive with the factory recovery partition copied to it. I've since wiped the factory drive and put it in an external enclosure. I have 8 and 8.1 install media via TechNet so its no big deal for me.
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  8. #238


    USA
    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Yeah it looks like you're right. I just tried to recover my laptop using the supplied instructions and hitting F9, what I get is Windows options, but nothing to do with accessing the hidden partition for the laptop. In short no recovery partition.

    Oh, well, like you, I have the 8.1 ISO image with it's own key so same here, no sleep lost.

    Looks like I need to create a backup image for the new OS now.

    Thanks for the heads up
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  9. #239


    Posts : 26
    wds 8.1- x 64Bit


    I used The app that comes with the lap top . and looks like you all are right . It only makes the original OS that came with .

    That don't make sense to me . when you open system info , it said wds 8.1 , why can't it copy that ...?

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    Thank you all .
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  10. #240


    Pembrokeshire, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 653
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/ Windows 8.1 64 bit


    After I'd updated my Notebook I made an image backup using Acronis True Image 2013 and also a Windows Image through File History, both to an external hard drive.
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