I have been reading the excellent discussion in the thread DISCUSSION - Best method (and program) to backup (image) GPT/UEFI disk and will eventually make the decision for which image backup program to get for new Windows 8.1 laptop. In the meantime, I have made the recovery USB stick that Windows 8.1 allows you to make--that stores the recovery partition data (I think--it wouldn't boot from it). PAUSE... during that process, screen says 8GB flash drive required. Yea, I have one. Would not work--no way, no how. Multiple tries. Eventually I decide it is because the formatted size on the stick is 7.45GB. So, go buy a 16GB stick because the machine says I need 8GB but won't use an 8GB rated stick. Very annoyed...need $10 device instead of a 25c DVD. END PAUSE I also made recovery DVDs by accidentally discovering a Toshiba utility on the machine that did that. Now, to the point of this post. As best I understand it, these things are useless unless I have a system repair disk to boot the machine in order to use these recovery items. Windows 8.1 does not allow you to make a system repair disk. So, what now bro? How do I make a Windows 8.1 system repair disk? <<That is my question.