This article is about how to create a USB recovery drive and use it to recover Windows 8/8.1.
The symtom above may occur to the following systems:
All Lenovo Laptops/Tablets preloaded with Windows 8.1
Some Lenovo Laptops/Tablets preloaded with Windows 8.0
If you run into problems with your PC, a USB recovery drive can help you troubleshoot and fix those problems, even if your PC won't start.
Your PC might have come with a recovery image that’s used to refresh or reset your PC. The recovery image is stored on a dedicated recovery partition on your PC, and is typically 3-6 GB in size. Windows 8.1 includes a built-in tool to create a USB recovery drive. Windows will let you know how big the recovery partition is, and you'll need a USB flash drive at least that big.
You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.
The recovery image and necessary recovery tools will be copied to your USB flash drive, which will take a while, depending on your PC and the size of the recovery image.
This is now your Windows 8.1 recovery drive, and you'll need it if you ever need to refresh or reset your PC. Keep it in a safe place and don't use it to store other files or data.
If you're having problems with your PC, you can try to refresh, or reset it. Refreshing your PC reinstalls Windows and keeps your personal files and settings. It also keeps the apps that came with your PC and the apps you installed from the Windows Store. Resetting your PC reinstalls Windows but deletes your files, settings, and apps—except for the apps that came with your PC.
It is strong recommended that you backup all you data before whatever you refresh or reset your PC.
If your PC can’t boot into windows 8.1, you can boot your computer from the USB recovery drive, select KB layout, select Troubleshoot, and then, select “Refresh your PC” or “Rest your PC” and then follow the instructions on the screen.
For those windows pad without KB, such as Miix 2 8, press Volume up + power, select boot menu, select UEFI device, and waiting for your PC boot from the recovery drive.
You can proceed “Refresh your PC” or “Rest your PC” in windows 8.1: