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Stuff happens. Stuff especially happens to hardware when it's running beta software. Which is why it's a good idea to have a way to repair Things That Go Wrong.
So here's what you do.
1. Get a USB flash drive, at least 256 MB in size, and plug it into an empty port on your Windows 8 PC.
2. Press Windows key + W and type recovery drive in the search box.
3. Click or tap Create a recovery drive and follow the on-screen instructions.
Keep that drive handy. When (not if) you need it, you can boot from it to get to the options shown here;.
After I installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the first thing I looked for was a way to create s system image backup. That's the best way to recover from a true disaster, like a hard drive crash.
If you search Windows 8 for backup, as I did, you might conclude that this essential feature is gone. But it's not. Oddly, though, the only way to find it is to look for Windows 7 file recovery. That search turns up the familiar sequence of dialog boxes shown here. Follow the prompts to save a system image to an external hard drive or to a network location.
You saved a system image. How do you use it?
Here, too, Windows 8 is baffling. If you figured out how to save a system image using the Windows 7 File Recovery tool (as I showed you in the last step), you can restore that image from Windows 8.
You can use the Recovery drive. (You created one, right?) Get to the Advanced options screen and choose System Image Recovery, which leads to the slightly retro dialog box shown here. Pick your saved image file, click Finish, and