First, a quick apology for being off the air for so long. We had some bad weather, as you may recall, and despite my boasting early on about how all of our customers had no problems… well, I guess I spoke too soon.
I should have said all of our “good” customers. You know, the ones that take our advice about the gaping holes in their infrastructure.
We had one who didn’t take our advice and instead took up quite a bit of our time the last couple weeks, but that’s a story for another time… perhaps.
For now, how about a tip?
My PC won’t boot!
As an IT Services provider offering technical support to small and medium businesses I have heard this phrase hundreds, if not thousands of times over my career.
Almost always it’s something that can be fixed in short order and without much fanfare, but on occasion we come across a real “dickens” – see me getting in the Christmas mood? – of a situation where the best solution is to reload the operating system and applications.
Of course, this can present some problems as well. Like finding the installation media and activation keys.
There are a couple ways to make this process a lot easier and today I’ll talk about the FREE way to do it in Windows 8.
Bootable Windows 8 USB Recovery Drive
Start by opening the Control Panel and click on Recovery.
Then click on Create a Recovery Drive.
The Recovery Wizard will start.
If your computer already has a built-in recovery partition, you’ll have the option to copy of the contents of the partition to your USB flash drive. If you don’t have a recovery partition, it will just be grayed out.
Now click Next and the Wizard will search for all available drives that you can use for the recovery drive.
Choose your flash drive and click Next.
The Wizard will warn you that everything on the drive will be deleted, so make sure to backup anything on the flash drive you may need later.
Click the Create button to start the process. Windows will copy the appropriate files to the flash drive.
In a few minutes the Wizard will complete and you will have a bootable USB drive that you can use in case your copy of Windows 8 decides to be stubborn and not boot.
You’ll just need to plug the USB drive into the PC and choose to boot from “USB”. See your computer’s user manual for specific instructions on booting to USB.
Make sure you keep this drive is a safe place that you can access in your time of need.
Have questions or comments on this procedure? let me know in the comments section.