11 replies on How to Create a Recovery Drive on a USB Memory Stick in Windows 8 & 8.1

  1. Bazo says:

    I need to backup windows 8 and all my software, like I could in windows 7, but how do I do that so that I can reformat my hard drive and re-install all my software. The only Windows 8 option is to back up windows 7 (I installed win8 from an upgrade from win 7)

  2. Adrian says:

    I’ve lost access to admin rights in windows 8.1. As a result I can’t find a way to enter safe mode. This was my latest hope until I clicked on “Create a recovery drive” which brought up the dreaded UAC message “To continue, type an administrator password, then click Yes” – the problem is that there isn’t a field available to type in the password.

  3. Todd says:

    I had forgotten the user account password also had tried the reboot option using USB drive, still my notebook won’t read my USB drive. How may i refix it. In advance i would like to thanks for the instruction. I am using windows 8.1.

  4. Bruce says:

    I am having trouble with my home laptop, running 8.1, not booting. I have not previously created a recovery disk for that machine. Can I create a recovery disk on another machine that will work on my home laptop? I’m running Windows 7 on my work desktop. I guess that won’t help.

    Any thoughts?

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  6. mentsh says:

    “Create a recovery drive” IS accessible through Control Panel. It’s on the Recovery window:

    Control Panel > Large icons view > Recovery > Create a recovery drive.

    • ZuZu_Beans says:

      yup exactly, i have 8.1 single lang with Bing i could not find via search instead get to control panel and > Recovery>Advanced Recovery Tools, in there is create a recovery drive and you need minimum 8 GB flash drive to start recovering

  7. Kerry says:

    I cannot make a recovery drive in 8.1 (upgraded from 8.0). It says one has already been created and does not allow a second. Trouble is, I never created one. Any thoughts? I’ve tried everything I can think of. Also have never gotten the Win 10 upgrade. It keeps saying “Validating Win 10 for your computer.” Weird….hubby’s is a Win 7 and his update is there.

  8. Binh Nguyen says:

    You safe my dạy I was not able to boot Win 8.1 in the safe mode since I had only the blue screen and the start button on the lower side of my screen. I followed your instruction and my computer is now good to go again.

  9. XwpisONOMA@gMail.com says:

    The article is grossly incomplete in the sense that with a non booting Windows OS there is no explanation where to find that utility/tool in order to create the recovery drive using another computer and then attempt to recover the corrupt installation.

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