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    What version Windows 8?

    My daughter's PC came with Windows 8 installed. No install DVD.

    I downloaded what I believe to be a Windows 8.1 ISO (just in case). I have the Install ID, but how do I tell if her version is 8 or 8.1? And, if it is 8.0, where can I get the ISO to make a backup/recovery DVD?

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    if it is 8.0, where can I get the ISO to make a backup/recovery DVD
    If it is a brand-name computer there should be a program on it that can be used to create the factory restore discs. Always use DVD-R or DVD+R but it may give you a choice of a USB Thumb/Flash drive, most likely 8GB or larger. I've done it both ways.

    If it is a Custom-built computer the disc should have come with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWBillow View Post
    I have the Install ID, but how do I tell if her version is 8 or 8.1? And, if it is 8.0, where can I get the ISO to make a backup/recovery DVD?

    Chuck
    If I go to Control Panel > System, I get this:
    SystemInfo.PNG

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    Computer manufacturers, custom builders excepted, no longer include an installation disk. All recovery files are contained in a hidden partition. The user is expected to access the partition by pressing a specific key at start up and follow a Wizard to restore the factory settings.
    If you find you have W8, go to the app store to download and install a free update to W8.1.
    When this is completed, download and install a disk imaging/cloning program such as Macrium Reflect and buy a USB to SATA connector and a hard drive (preferably the same size or larger than the one in your PC, but not smaller). Create a repair disk using Reflect. Clone your hard drive to the external hard drive. You now have the choice of restoring the original hard drive, or, if its failed, simply replacing it with the clone.

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    Thanks guys!

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