01-30-2013 06:06 AM
I upgraded my Lenovo Twist (3347-4HU) from Win 8 to Win 8 Pro with Windows Media Center (WMC). How do I copy the newly purchased operating system and WMC to my HDD recovery partition so that if I ever have to do a restore, it will restore Win 8 Pro with WMC and not the original copy of Win 8 that came on the computer? My concern is if a recovery is done from the factory recovery partition, I will lose my upgrade that I purchased.
01-30-2013 07:27 AM
Hey there poqman,
I am uncertain if you can "package" all of that unto the recovery partition; however, I did speak with a colleague that had upgraded to windows 8, and then opted for Pro. This is the process that he followed.
Have you by chance already downloaded and installed Win 8 Pro? If able, you could try downloading the upgrade files as an ISO or to a bootable USB Drive. Then make sure you store activation key that you should have received via email in a secure location that you can get to at any time that you would need too. By doing this, you recovery process would like this:
1) You will first recover from your Windows 8 OEM Recovery Media (If you have not already, it may be prudent to go ahead and make your recovery media if you have not done so yet.)
2) Once you have finished recovering back into Windows 8 OEM, you then install your upgrade of Pro to from your USB Drive/ISO, you will need your activation key.
Additionally, it may be prudent to follow up with Microsoft support to see what advice that they can give towards recovery options to ensure that you will always have Windows 8 Pro in the event of a recovery incident.
I hope this helps.
01-30-2013 09:11 AM
Another option would be to make a full-drive backup to an external HDD. You can use the oddly named "Windows 7 File Recovery" feature to make the backup.
It's probably a good idea to do that on a regular basis.
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01-30-2013 01:48 PM