How do I make a Windows 8 .ISO so I can reinstall on my notebook if something breaks?

Gaurav Joshi May 16, 2013
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I recently bought a Lenovo z585 Notebook with Windows 8 Core Single Language 64-bit preinstalled. The only problem is that I didn’t get any DVD as it is an OEM copy of Windows. I need to create a Windows 8 .ISO so that I can reinstall if a problem occurs. Can you please help?

Editor’s Note: Don’t forget about recovery partitions!

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  1. Hugazo Morales
    May 21, 2013 at 5:29 am

    It's a pretty good idea to have in your backup drive the ISOS for Windows, and then reinstall with a simple USB drive, with this application, who is official from Microsoft. (It says windows 7, but works perfect with 8) and best of all, you won't need DVD's any more. (Most laptops manufacturers are building without dvd)
    http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool

  2. Noah White
    May 20, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Hi there,
    You can download the Windows 8 iso file here: http://www.winiso.com/support/tutorials/burn-Windows8-iso.html,
    if you need an upgrade, go to microsoft.com to get one.

  3. Javed Akhtar
    May 18, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Depending on which version of windows 8 you have you will find in the control
    panel a program called "Windows 7 File Recovery" this allows you to create
    recovery dvd and an image you can put onto an external drive
    you can use this method to make a clean recovery image and then install
    the programs you are using and make a recovery of your own working computer

  4. Alan Wade
    May 17, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    By Core I assume you mean 'Basic'? Just follow Chris's link in the first post.

  5. Alan Wade
    May 17, 2013 at 11:22 am

    You can download an untouched iso of Windows 8 Pro here:
    http://teamwindows8.com/download-windows-8/

    • Gaurav Joshi
      May 17, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Can you provide simliar link for Windows 8 core ^4 bit

  6. Biljana
    May 16, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    On laptop have you Lenovo OneKeyRecovery and created recovery discs.

  7. FIDELIS
    May 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Hello, like you have been told, your laptop already contains the recovery option in case you need to recover your system. This option protects you in a way if something goes wrong, unless your hard drive dies. First thing you should do when you get a new system/laptop is to create a recovery disc and also create the disk with the utility provided. I am pretty sure that Lenovo provides an utitility to create recovery discs. There is also the option of using cloning software such as the following:

    http://clonezilla.org/downloads.php

  8. Vignesh Rajkumar
    May 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    well! there's always a thing called 'USB booting'.

    USB booting software: http://download.cnet.com/Windows-7-USB-DVD-Download-Tool/3000-18513_4-10972600.html

    for Windows 8 boot disk: I don't recommend torrents, but it has to be used sometimes. Check out torrents for the respective version. I recommend http://www.kat.ph.

    When it comes to ur data backup, Always save a copy in an external HDD or pendrive.

    If you have any doubts, Contact vicky4695@gmil.com

    • Alan Wade
      May 17, 2013 at 11:19 am

      You dont recommend torrents but you do recommend a torrent site? Did you read your post before clicking on submit?

  9. ha14
    May 16, 2013 at 7:49 am

    if you can open the recovery partition and try to make iso image from there the remaining solution will be get DVD from Lenovo.

    • Justin Pot
      May 16, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      I bet Lenovo offers an ISO for their users, but I couldn't find it. I did quickly find all necessary drivers, though:

      http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/research/hints-or-tips/detail.page?&DocID=HT074073

    • Justin Pot
      May 16, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      There's a recovery partition, so you're covered in all cases but hard drive failure. That tends to happen frequently, however, so you're not wrong to be nervous. Happily, after some research, I've found this process for creating a Windows 8 recovery disk for your Lenovo:

      http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?DocID=HT076024

      Let us know if this works, okay?

    • ha14
      May 16, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      This process only utilizes the use of USB media. This process does not support the use of DVD recovery media. A minimum 16GB USB flash drive is required to make a complete backup.
      this also a solution, USB 3.0 Key is recommended

  10. Alan Wade
    May 16, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Your machine has a recovery partition which is hidden. Click on the link to download a user manual and it will explain it to you.
    http://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/user_guides/z380_z480_z580_z585_ug_en.pdf
    Read chapter 4 for recovery details.

  11. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 16, 2013 at 5:00 am

    Download the ISO image from http://www.msdndownload.org/operating-systems/windows-8/page/2 for your version and make a ISO disk image with CDBurnerXP from http://cdburnerxp.se/en/home, which is a free software install.

    • Gaurav Joshi
      May 16, 2013 at 5:12 am

      how to download i am not able to download

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 16, 2013 at 7:13 am

      Click on the links, at the bottom you will get social plugins to login and share. Once you will share, you will get the download link.

  12. TechJunkiesSimiValley
    May 16, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Use this software: http://www.recimg.com/. Its free and uses the built in Windows Refresh/Reset features to create an image of the machine. I installed all of my software and then used the recimg software above to create and image when I was done. Now, if something goes wrong, I can refresh but all of my programs are still there.

    I would also consider contacting Microsoft to see if they would provide you the backup DVD. That way you perform a clean install of the OS and your programs, then use the above software to create an image. Good Luck!

  13. Bruce Epper
    May 16, 2013 at 2:26 am

    When a computer comes with an OEM version of the OS installed, they almost always have another utility installed on them that allows you to create installation discs. In some countries this is required. The OOBE (out-of-box experience) on the initial boot of the machine will frequently automatically launch this utility so you can create these recovery discs. Every Toshiba, HP, and Dell I have set up for people in the last couple of years have all had them. In most cases, it will only allow you to burn one set of discs, so make sure you don't lose them otherwise you will need to order them from the computer manufacturer.

  14. Chris Marcoe
    May 16, 2013 at 12:55 am

    A tutorial for making it. Did the disk not come with the computer? Or is it an upgrade? If so, you should be able to download it from Microsoft, still.

    http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/18309-windows-8-upgrade-iso-download-create.html

    • Gaurav Joshi
      May 16, 2013 at 5:07 am

      No I didn't receive any windows 8 physical disk with it

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