If I have upgraded to 8.1 on the original surface, then I create a recovery media on a flash drive. Is this 8 or 8.1 when I restore?
Hmmm, thanks for the verification.I'm not sure this is correct.
-today I just got my surface rt (thxs ms for sales price of $199)
-after charging up and doing all the updates I made a usb recovery stick 3.44gb in size used space
-I then went to MS store and did the 8.1 RT update,and right away made another usb recovery stick and it is 1.99gb in size
-so i now have two usb recovery sticks and I'm guessing the first one has rt 8.0 and the second one has rt 8.1
***note*** I can confirm after you do a upgrade to RT 8.1 if you do a complete reset (like as if fresh from store) you Surface will stay with RT 8.1!
Identical devices, so the same recovery drive will work fine. Not sure about an optical disc solution at the moment.I have two identical RT's Do I need to create a Flash Recover drive for each, or can the single recovery in a pen drive be used for both?
Is it possible to create this on a DVD with an external drive?
No you cannot. Inspired by your post, I just tried.-I wonder if you could go back to 8.0 using recovery usb stick as with updated firmware as part of 8.1 maybe it wouldn't work? (I'm to chicken to find out)
-As far as putting either 8 or 8.1 onto a dvd I don't really see why not....as when you boot using - vol and power button routine your then given the option to boot from usb stick or dvd....so simply copying usb recovery files (after you have made one) over to a dvd,should work
You should try it. Life is full of risks. Jump in and join those of us who are adventurous. I just worked a 60+ hour week. I'm more interested in just lounging around.-did you try using a recouvery usb stick you made when you had 8.0?
-when asked did you say to repartition drive?
-another option might be to use the image of 8.0 microsoft put out for when people had issues upgrading to 8.1.
Download Surface RT Recovery Image (Windows RT 8.0) - North America from Official Microsoft Download Center