1.    06 Sep 2015 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1

    Upgrading Win8.1 to Win10: Best way to insure fallback capability

    I have a fairly new HP Laptop, 16GB RAM, 64bitOS, 1TB HDD, built-in CD/DVD burner. I just finished creating a rescue DVD using Macrium Reflect Free. I'm caught in the "automatic free upgrade" pending upgrade from Win8.1 to Win10 pushed from Microsoft scheduled for 2 days from now. I keep rescheduling/delaying the upgrade until I have created a local system image backup on one of my drives using Macrium Reflect Free. My internal C boot drive has 230GB used and 690GB unused. I have another external HDD with 372GB used and 558GB unused (drive F). I just added a new 1TB HDD My Passport Ultra with 930GB unused (drive G). I'm planning to dedicate this drive to system image backups only.

    I'm seeing comments on the web strongly suggesting a system image backup of Win8.1 prior to upgrading to Win10.

    1) Is there a way I can remove myself from the "MS Win10 upgrade robot" until I feel I'm ready?
    2) What's the best I can do to insure I could go back to Win8.1 with the system image that existed before upgrading to Win10?
    3) What else should I be considering to insure I have sound backup and restore capability?
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  2.    06 Sep 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 940
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro

    A rescue disk from MR is only a tool that can be used to repair windows boot problems; alone, it can not be used to restore your PC to an earlier state.

    The best way, IMHO, is to take a full image with MR the option: "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows" to write a full backup to an external drive. You can boot from the rescue disk later and use it to restore a backup.
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  3.    06 Sep 2015 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 401
    Windows 10 Pro

    Yeah, create an image of the system hard disk with a backup software. It allows you the restore your former system exactly as it was before the update.
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  4.    06 Sep 2015 #4
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    I'm in the ghetto
    Posts : 705
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Yup. As they have both said

    Use Macrium Reflect to
    1. Make the image on to a second drive
    2. Create a Macrium bootable rescue disk to ensure access to your Macrium image, should Windows become unusable.
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