All About Windows 8 Recovery Drive
It’s still not a bad idea to buy Windows 8. Many PC users across Canada are choosing to stay with this rather than Windows 10. With Windows 8, you have the ability to create a USB recovery drive you can use to repair your computer, even when Windows won’t start. You copy the computer’s recovery partition to a USB drive, and then have the option of removing the partition to free up space on your hard drive. Windows makes creating a recovery drive easy.
Creating the recovery drive
1) From the Taskbar, find “Create a recovery drive” under “Settings”. You need an admin password. Alternatively, you can use the Windows key and type in “recovery drive”.
2) When the Recovery Media Creator utility opens, ensure that “Backup system files to the recovery drive” is selected; click Next.
3) Insert a USB drive (at least 3.5GB capacity, select it from the drive list, and select Next > Create. Copying files may take several minutes.
4) When completed you’ll see a “Delete the recovery partition from your PC” option. If you want to do this, click the option and select Delete. This could save you up to 3.5 GB. Otherwise, just click on Finish.
Refresh and Reset
The next time you’re having system troubles with your Windows computer you can launch the Refresh and Reset your PC tool. However, you will still need the installation DVD you get when you buy Windows 8. If your computer is able to boot Windows you can launch the Refresh and Reset utility from the desktop. Hit the keys Windows + W, which brings up Search Settings, and type “remove” into the search box. However, if you can’t load Windows 8 at all, you’ll need the recovery drive to boot.
1) Insert the USB recovery drive and reboot the computer.
2) You see a screen with several options; select “Troubleshoot”, and on the next screen, “Reset your PC”.
3) Next you see an informational screen; to proceed click Next.
4) On the next screen you’ll pick your operating system. Select Windows 8 (or 8.1).
5) At this point you’ll be prompted to remove the recovery drive and insert the Windows 8 DVD.
Follow the prompts to repair and replace your Windows 8 OS and settings.
Note: One of the options is misleading. After the “choose your drive” screen (in case you have multiple drives or partitions), you’ll see two options. “Just remove my files” is a misleading as you want this option to actually preserve your files. If you don’t care to keep your data, select the “Fully clean the drive” option which will wipe and re-format the drive for a new Windows 8 installation.