Computer Support Tips: Create a Windows 8 Recovery Drive

When you create a recovery drive in Windows 8, you can use this to reach advanced startup options when something is going wrong. These advanced options include command prompt, system restore, automatic repair, refresh PC, and more. This can provide you a way to diagnose problems with your computer so that you don’t necessarily have to contact computer support services right away.

To create this Windows 8 recovery drive without computer help, you will need a 500 MB (at minimum) capacity flash drive. This will be your recovery disc and you need to use it for this alone and nothing else. Here are the steps you need to take to create a recovery drive without the need for a professional computer repair service.

Creating a Windows 8 Recovery Drive Without the Help of Computer Support

Begin by opening the control panel. To do this, open the charm bar on the right hand side of the screen and choose settings, then control panel.

Once you have accessed the control panel, click on the link for system and security. After that, choose action center and then recovery. If you have your icons set up in a certain way, then you may not see system and security at all, allowing you to straight to choosing recovery. If you have trouble finding this, then contact a computer support service.

After clicking on recovery, you will see a link for something that says create a recovery drive. You will have to choose the flash drive specifically as your recovery point. Make sure you have all other external drives disconnected so that you nor the computer gets confused.

If you see a checkbox that says copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive, make sure it is checked.

Then, click next. The recovery drive wizard will search for your drive and then you can choose USB flash drive from the next screen. Then, click next and then click the create button. You will have to wait a few moments while Windows creates the recovery drive and you will eventually see a message saying the recovery drive is ready. You can then click the finish button.

Now, you will have a recovery drive that you can use if your computer starts acting strangely. You will be able to boot up your computer through that drive so that you can run various diagnostics and determine what may be wrong with the machine, Make sure you label your recovery drive properly and then store it in a safe place.

If your computer is causing problems, there are times when you will be able to diagnose the issue without computer support. If you have created a recovery drive, this could be very helpful. If you continue to have problems, or if the recovery drive is not working properly, then be sure to contact Dave’s Computers. We offer remote computer support for a variety of different computer issues and we will be glad to help you.

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