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Restore media with Windows 8

Whenever I purchase a new computer or a new operating system, it was suggested that I create a repair disc and a set of System Recovery DVD's. I always felt secure with a Hard Copy of the image tucked away in case I got in trouble and needed to be rescued.

The new Windows 8 doesn't offer this option. Do you think it's wise to rely solely on external drives or flash drives as they're open to malfunctions also?

Any opinions on this?


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I use Easeus Todo Backup Free

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I have my Windows 8 systems set to backup to an external hard drive using Easeus Todo Backup Free. It automatically keeps up to date backups to my 2 TB external hard drive that I bought for $80. If you just want the repair disc option, you can use the Windows 8 install DVD for that. It sounds like you've been busy lately Digger!

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Also see the "Recovery Drive" applet of CP

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In the Control Panel, see the Recovery Drive applet. It creates a flash drive with the recovery software. MS didn't remove the capability, they just changed it to confuse the innocent, like they did with the user interface and a few other things. Grin

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Native seems fine for the "OS" restore.

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Between the original Windows 8 DVD and the recovery I can make on USB things, that covers the OS. I have yet to test if Microsoft can restore the OS and user files with any reliability but their past efforts were less than reliable. Some may counter that something was wrong with the user or machine but we learned to not use that.

Today I'd use the MSFT supplied ways to restore the OS but for our files and drive backup look to other systems.

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I found that Windows 8

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does offer to create a set of system image dvd disc's but I kept getting this error :

Windows Backup

An error occurred:

Class not registered (0x80040154)

Close Windows Backup and try again.

Trying again does the same, as does rebooting and trying again.

Here's some screenshots





I've been googleing this error and found it's quite common but I haven't found the fix


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Just an update

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I got Win 8.1 to create the DVD System Image Disc's, I did 2 things,

1. I went into the Device Drivers for the DVD/CD Rom and clicked on properties and "Populated" it
( whatever that means)

2. I went into control panel and selected Auto Play and and went to the DVD tabs and on Blank DVD I selected "Burn files to disc" (File Explorer)

After one disc is finished and it's time to insert and mark the next disc, the pop up asks how you want the disc formatted , after choosing method click ok and the disc formats. Click ok and continue for each disc.

I still keep getting the error though but, I close it and the back System Image continues.

I believe this is a bug MS needs to address


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