I am updating here for the sake of others in a similar fix. First: the article is only good for pcs up thru windows 7. Once windows 8 is installed, you can't no way in Hades use any linux based rescue system, which is the gist of the article. Windows 8 just won't let you boot them up. Period. Disable secure boot or not. I made an Avast rescue disc that was supposed to be windows based and windows 8.1 refused to recognize it also.
Many free backup softwares make a backup but wont restore to it in windows 8. Windows itself still makes backups, as does the free Macrium. You can also make a custom refresh.
As to remedies short of having to resort to restoring to some sort of backup, there is a way to boot into safe mode with networking. In there, I found that Avast, SuperAntiSpyware, Glary, and AdvancedSystemCarePro do not work. However, Panda Online works from there and I would suspect so does MalwareBytes though I am writing this before trying it.
I am not a techie. So I would love for someone who is a techie to demonstrate how wrong I am in what I have stated above, and that some sort of rescue media might be available for windows 8.1 pcs. I did try the Windows Defender Offline and got it to try to boot, but it sat there saying it was booting for about half an hour and I gave up on it - it was on a 3.0 usb stick in a 3.0 usb slot, and even my Kapersky recue CD loaded in under 5 minutes on windows 7.
It is a shame that windows 8 in trying to make us more secure took away the powerful defensive resource of rescue media. So please, some techie, come in and show me how wrong I am about this!