Solved Problems with USB recovery disk

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  1. andersostling

    andersostling New Member

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    Apologies if I have already asked this questions, but I need more help ;)

    Before installing the Windows 10 Tech Preview I followed the guide and created a USB recovery flash drive. No errors although I used an 8 GB drive instead of the 16 GB that was stated as requirement. As far as I could see, the used space was approx. 6 GB.

    Installed the W10 DP without any hickups. Have been using it with success, but some things made me regret the update so I decided to use the recovery drive to go back to 8.1.

    Boot the recovery drive using vol down + power. I get a menu letting me choose language (Norwegian, Danish, Finish, Swedish). Selects Swedish. Next screen is keyboard layout. I choose Swedish here too. Third screen have the following options

    Exit and continue with Windows 10 DP
    Use an USB drive for recovery
    Advanced recovery options

    I select Use an USB drive ...

    The system reboots but instead of starting the recovery I am back to the same menu.

    I downloaded the recovery zip file from Microsoft using my serial number as input. This file is also approx. 6 GB. I followed the guide at the MS site and formatted the drive as a bootable disk and unzipped to the drive. No errors.

    But I get the exact same result with this downloaded recovery image.

    I have tested the USB stick on another computer and it boots to the same menu, except that the "Exit and continue" now says Windows 7 which is correct. Also, there is no "Use an USB ...". Since this machine is not a Surface Pro 3 I guess that this is expected.

    So the only remaining theory I have is that the size of the USB is important after all. Shall I buy a 16 GB stick and try with that one instead?

    Help?
     
  2. GreyFox7

    GreyFox7 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    You probably need to go into the Advanced Options and delete the Win 10 partition or at least format it.
     
  3. AllTaken

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    The size of the USB has to be 16gb or above and fat32 you can't negate this. External hard drive with a fat32 partition works just as well. What you could do is download a standard win image onto a USB 8gb which of course will boot..... install surface drivers after.
     
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    andersostling New Member

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    Thanks both of you. Will try the 16 GB first, if that does not work then I will do the CMD method.
     
  5. andersostling

    andersostling New Member

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    Moved all files from the 8GB to a 32GB stick. Booted and used the diskpart command to remove the recovery and OS partitions. After that I managed to do the reinstall with 8.1, now all is GOOD again.

    Guess I will wait until the Consumer Preview is ready for prime time before jumping on the 10-train again.

    Thanks everyone
     

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