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Recovery USB - Windows 8

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Recovery USB - Windows 8

I thought it would be a good idea to include a tutorial on how to create a recovery USB using windows 8, I’ve had several issues with creating this in the past so hopefully this will help Smiley Happy 


Windows 8.1 includes a built-in tool to create a USB recovery drive. Windows will let you know how big the recovery partition is, and you'll need a USB flash drive at least that big.




Creating a recovery drive will erase anything already stored on your USB flash drive. Use an empty USB flash drive or make sure to transfer any important data from your USB flash drive to another storage device before using it to create a USB recovery drive.


To create a USB recovery drive


  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.

(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.)

  1. Enter recovery drive in the search box, and then tap or click Create a recovery drive. Administrator permission required You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.
  2. After the recovery drive tool opens, make sure the Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive check box is selected, and then tap or click Next.
  3. Insert a USB flash drive into your PC that is at least as large as the size indicated on the screen.
  4. Tap or click the USB drive you would like to use for your recovery drive, then tap or click Next.
  5. Tap or click Create.


The recovery image and necessary recovery tools will be copied to your USB flash drive, which will take a while, depending on your PC and the size of the recovery image.


  1. When the process is done, click Finish.
  2. Remove the USB flash drive. This is now your Windows 8.1 recovery drive, and you'll need it if you ever need to refresh or reset your PC. Keep it in a safe place and don't use it to store other files or data.




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.