Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/194521/be-prepared-create-a-recovery-drive-for-windows-linux-mac-or-chrome-os/
Computers don’t come with operating system installation CDs anymore. If your operating system won’t boot, you’ll need a bootable recovery drive to fix it. All operating systems allow you to create these.
If your PC came with Windows 8 and you upgraded it to Windows 8.1, your recovery drive will include Windows 8, and you’ll need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 after you refresh or reset your PC.
Just out of curiosity, if you create a recovery USB from Windows 8/8.1, does it also include system drivers in the recovery? I know that is something that would be useful.
A note about the article continuity: You have a Win 8/8.1 section where you discuss creating a USB recovery tool, then you switch to the section for Win 7, but bring up creating a recovery disc for Win 8/8.1 in the Win 7 section.
1) Will the recovery disc in usb be in .iso format ?
2) Do I need a empty pendrive ?
3) Will drivers be included ?
Thanks for the article. When following the instructions for Windows 7, I received the error notification "System repair disc could not be created. The parameter is incorrect (0x80070057)".
After a bit of googling I came across a comment on sevenforums.com from misterlance suggesting "The problem is most likely caused if you have a Truecrypt volume mounted when trying to create the system repair disc. Simply dismount the Truecrypt volume, clear the error, and the system repair disc will be created. ".
He was right. With thanks to misterlance and hoping this might save others some googling
This topic was automatically closed after 10 days. New replies are no longer allowed.