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Windows 8 Tips Part 14 – Creating Recovery Media

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search recovery and filter by settingsIf something goes wrong with Windows 8 and you can’t boot, it is essential to have recovery media created so that you have an alternative way to boot your machine and run recovery tools. I am certain that most of you have already done this, but let me recap just in case.

The nice thing about this process is that Windows 8 now allows you to use USB-based as well as disk based recovery media. In Windows 7 you were only allowed to specify disk based options for creating recovery media and the change in Windows 8 is welcome to say the least.

To start the process, hit the Windows Key + C to access the charm bar. In the Search, type “recovery” and filter the results by selecting the Settings Category.

Select to create a recovery drive

Look for and choose the “Create a Recovery Drive” option from the results list. This will open the “Create a Recovery Drive” screen.

windows 8 create a recovery drive

Clicking next will scan your PC for USB-drives and give you the option to create the recovery media on the USB drive.

windows 8 recovery drive USB option

After you select your USB-drive, the data will be formatted and the required tools copied to set up your recovery environment. Creating recovery media is a second line of defence. If you have the original installation media for Windows 8, you can access the recovery tools by doing a repair from the installation screen. In my experience, you can never be too safe.

Dirk Strauss
Dirk is a Software Developer from South Africa. He loves all things Technology and is slightly addicted to Jimi Hendrix. Apart from writing code, he also enjoys authoring books and articles. "I love sharing knowledge and connecting with people from around the world. It's the diversity that makes life so beautiful." Dirk feels very strongly that pizza is simply not complete without Tabasco, that you can never have too much garlic, and that cooking the perfect steak is an art he has almost mastered.

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