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I have a 6 month old laptop with windows 8 on it.

My data and now my software is getting to the point I really need to know I have it all backed up and securely backed up.

my intentions are to boot from a cd, back up to a USB disk I have and make sure I can put it back the same way.  

the question is what backup software that will boot from CD is very dependable cheap ( but preferably not quite free ) .     with out spending a ton of money I want to know my software can be put back without issue.  The reason I prefer not free software is the feeling of something to depend on ( someone has the time to make sure that version of the backup program really software works )

what software have you used that you know works in this situation.  If it matters the laptop is a hp 2000 with windows 8 ( and all of Microsoft office which I can not replace )

timfox123
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You can use Ghost or Acronis to back up your system and make a bootable USB to recover the system with. You need the newest version of either product.

You can also make a Windows 8 Recovery driver (CD or USB key) to start the system if you have issues.  Do this from Action Center, Recovery tools.
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By the way, why can you not reinstall Office. I would make sure you can do that!  You never know what might fail. All of your software needs to be replaceable.
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Paragon Nackup &Recovery Free http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/
Does all you need.
Free does not mean bad. They have also Hard Disk Manager 14 if you prefer it.
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by:Santosh Gupta
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Hi,

"The Windows 7 file recovery tool" option helps you backup your files by selecting a backup external hard drive. It comes with Windows 8 as inbuilt feature.

you just need to go to search and type "The Windows 7 file recovery tool" then you will get the backup option,

go to left side of opened windows and select "Create a system Image".

backup

it will help you to take the image backup of entire system.
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probably you have the tools installed : a backup, and imaging tool from windows,  - depanding on the manufacturer, you have a lso the Factory reset partition, and the option to make Recovery DVD's

about the free Paragon soft and others : the main difference is usually that you have a support with paid versions -  with the free ones, you're on your own.
you can use the free ones - to test out which ones you like - then buy them (if you still want to)
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@timfox123 - If you use the Windows 8 backup, make sure you make the Windows 8 Recovery DVD or USB drive in addition.
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Thank you all

I went with Acronis because that is what I used in the past, just had to buy the new version

Just wanted to know I was doing the right thing for now ( this game changes all the time )

As far as the free backup that comes with windows, I did not find it or trust it :)
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@timfox123. - Thank you for the update and I was happy to help
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