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System Image vs. Recovery Disk (many dumb questions)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by happyfatmonkey05, Jan 21, 2016.

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  1. happyfatmonkey05

    happyfatmonkey05 Thread Starter

    Jan 21, 2016
    Hi there!

    I just bought a new laptop that comes with Windows 8.1. I want to upgrade to Windows 10.

    My first question is, do I do a System Image or Recovery Disk -prior- to the upgrade, or after?

    My second question is, is it sufficient to just do a Recovery Disk if I haven't installed anything yet? The main thing I can't figure out through my research is if I create a Recovery Disk, will that include my current operating system? Or is the operating system only backed up through a System Image?

    I -think- my final question is, if I put all of this onto a flash drive, when I plug my flash drive in, is it going to try to reset my computer every time? Or only if I plug it in before I boot up?

    I'm really not savvy to deal with a lot of the terminology I see on the web when I try to research these things on my own, so hopefully someone can answer my questions as if they're talking to a 5 year old :)
  2. Dougx789


    Apr 6, 2010
    I suggest you make a system image both before and after the upgrade.

    That way if you have any issues with Windows 10 you can quickly and easily restart with Windows 8.1. If all goes well then you have a backup of when you started with Windows 10 encase anything goes wrong in the future.

    Do not store the image on a flash drive. This is not a suitable long term backup method. Use an external hard drive or a secondary internal one (not a second partition on your primary drive).

    Please see here https://forums.techguy.org/threads/making-backups.827327/
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