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I have upgraded to Windows 8 from Win 7. I want to create a recovery disk for Windows 8, just in case something goes wrong. I didn't find the option of creating it from the control panel.

How do I create a Recovery CD/DVD?

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I could not find a direct way to create a disc. If you do not have a flash drive in your computer however, the Recovery Drive wizard will prompt you to create a disc instead.

Start by opening the Search panel. Make sure to select Settings, search for "Recovery", then select Create a recovery drive Recovery1

The rest is pretty much a click-through. If you want to make a disc instead of a USB, make sure you don't have any removable media inserted. It seems you can also create a copy of the OEM restore now! Recovery2

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Yep, this is what I did, and what the link in Jared's post suggests. Hope, that USB drive helps me in the future. – Kumar Bibek Oct 26 '12 at 20:14
You should know that not all USB drives are bootable... (I have had very bad look with PNY in particular) so you might want to make sure you can boot your USB drive before the time comes where you might need it... – TheXed Oct 26 '12 at 20:15
@KumarBibek Wasn't trying to steal his thunder, but typically link only posts are frowned upon on Super User. Links can go dead, and leading users around can feel tedious. It's typically better to provide a short description of the link. – Tanner Faulkner Oct 26 '12 at 20:15
No worries about stolen thunder here. Its not a competition.... oh wait.... – Jared Tritsch Oct 26 '12 at 20:17
@JaredTritsch I'll bump you up to the 3 point mark anyway. =D – Tanner Faulkner Oct 26 '12 at 20:18

It is done by creating recovery USB drives. Like so:

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This seems a more reliable way. Trying this. – Kumar Bibek Oct 26 '12 at 19:55
@Aierou - Why would that be? – Ramhound Oct 26 '12 at 20:00
-1: Link-only answers are considered a no-no due to possible future link rot. Please include pertinent information in your answer. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 13 '13 at 14:53

Another method to create a system repair disc is to search using "recdisc"


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then click recdisc.exe to run.

or if you are at the desktop use the run command "recdisc.exe" (no quotes).


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Simply follow this tutorial: link and you should be just fine.

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But this says its a "Windows 7 File Recovery". Does it actually create a win 8 recovery disc? – Kumar Bibek Oct 26 '12 at 19:52
That's only a goof on Microsoft's end. Ignore it Edit: what I mean is that's what the file is called. It still creates a Windows 8 recovery disk. – Aierou Oct 26 '12 at 19:53
It's really hard to believe that it's a goof up. The descriptions just mention Windows everywhere, so, I am a bit sceptic. If ever, I get into that situation, I don't want to boot into Win7 and upgrade to Win8 yet again. – Kumar Bibek Oct 26 '12 at 20:07
@KumarBibek There is no way you would be able to create a Windows 7 disk using the application unless you were running Windows 7. The application simply packages the image of your current operating system with a setup dialog. So without Windows 7 installed, it would not be able to package it. – Aierou Oct 26 '12 at 20:13
@Aierou Those instructions do not work in RTM, searching "Windows 7 file recovery" returns No apps match your search" – Moab Oct 27 '12 at 0:18

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