New computer tips – part two

In my last blog posting, I discussed Windows 7 File Recovery in Windows 8, which is basically a way to back up and restore your computer. This posting will discuss the other Windows 8 recovery option, which uses a USB device instead of a CD / DVD.

Andrew Clarke

Unlike the option discussed in my last posting, this option does not allow backing up data. It will only allow you to recover you computer to its factory condition (like a new PC). You can also use this recovery option to troubleshoot your computer even if it can’t start.

To access this recovery option, open the control panel and type “recovery” in the search box. You will see Windows 7 File Recovery followed by Recovery. Click on Recovery. Next, click Create A Recovery Drive.

If you leave the “Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive box” checked, the USB device will be able to work even if the recovery partition is damaged on the hard drive.

Selecting this option will require more space (a larger USB drive). From this point forward, just follow the instructions on the screen. For additional information concerning recovery drives, consult Microsoft at the following URL:

To use the recovery drive:

  1. Insert the USB device
  2. Swipe from the right-hand side of the screen or place you mouse in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Click Settings
  4. Click Change PC Settings
  5. Click General
  6. Click Restart Now under the Advanced Startup Options section
  7. Follow the instructions after the computer reboots

While Windows 8 is completely different from any other version of Windows, it doesn’t appear that Microsoft will be reversing this major change. Windows 8.1 is due out soon (it’s currently available in beta). Although there were promises of putting the start button back, my download showed something “like” a start button, but it’s not exactly the same. On a recent trip, I saw many Windows 8 computers in a large computer store with actual start buttons, but I have not taken the time to determine what third party program / app is making this option possible.

The best tip I can give you for running your old software is to right-click on the software icon, select properties, click the Compatibility tab, click Change settings for all users, and run the program in compatibility mode for Windows XP (Service Pack 3). Also, check the Run this program as an administrator. These changes have enabled me to run many of my older programs. Google has also been my best friend.

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