Do my old Windows 8 recovery disks need to be remade for Windows 8.1?

March 3, 2014
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I have recovery disks I made for my laptop Windows 8 machine. A few months later I upgraded it to Windows 8.1.

Should I make new recovery disks or are the current Windows 8 disks OK to use?

  1. Barry H
    March 9, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    If you used a good software that is able to update backups, then it will be automatically updated and it will work. In case case you will have to add all the updates to the abckup. The whole process can be quite long. Everything depends on the number of updates and their quantity. If I were you i would create a new backup and I would use the software that is able to backup the updates as well. for example, Acronis True Image ( seems to the be right choice.

    • Tom
      March 10, 2014 at 2:08 am

      Thanks for your reply. I've never used Acronis but I heard of it. I'll look into it.

  2. Oron J
    March 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    The old recovery discs will work just fine, except that you'll need to reinstall all updates after recovery. If this bothers you, by all means create a new recovery set, but if you see it simply as a last resort, then don't bother, as you'll be spending a time creating them now rathern than potentially spending time later!

    • Tom
      March 10, 2014 at 2:07 am

      Thanks for your reply. I've never had to use the backups so I think I'll wait.

  3. Hovsep A
    March 4, 2014 at 7:11 am

    if the recovery disk that you mention is for refresh/repair windows and if i am not wrong then you dont need to make a new one since the recovery disk do not have the OS included it is the console an interface to start repair/refresh. The recovery disk for windows 8 contain some files like: bootmgr.efi, bootmgr, Boot, EFI, Sources

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