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I recently purchased a used Acer Iconia W511 and the first impression is quite good. The previous owner has done a reset of the OS to make the tablet fairly close to what it was when it left the factory, but no recovery disc was supplied. I'd like to start fresh with a clean install of Windows 8.1 Enterprise. However, before doing that I want to do a backup of the current system. This will allow me to go back to the current state in case I want to sell the tablet in the future. And this is where my worries begin...
To do this I need to boot into some environment with a backup tool, e.g. Ghost. After having read about the lack of legacy boot support I settled on 'Windows To Go' (W2G) and thought it would be easy peasy to make a bootable usb stick. It wasn't...
This is what I have done:
1. BIOS > Main > Enable F12 boot menu
2. BIOS > Security > Set a supervisor password
3. BIOS > Security > Erase all secure boot settings
4. BIOS > Boot > Disable secure boot (Security > Secure boot mode = Custom)
5. Upgraded BIOS to v. 2.00 (hoping that Acer had added legacy support)
6. Created bootable W2G usb stick using this guide
This is what happens:
1. The usb stick does not even show up in the F12 boot menu on the Acer
2. The usb stick boots fine on my desktop computer
I have seen similar threads to this before and some folks claims to have installed other OSes and booted into W2G. Can I please have a step by step guide from you? Have I missed something in the BIOS? Some special considerations when creating the bootable usb? Maybe there is a better way than W2G? I would really apprieciate a nudge in the right direction.