So I have a 200gb external drive. If I backup my windows onto it, then put the external hard drive somewhere safe, and then i completely erase windows, if i don't like linux could I go back to my backup and reload windows again?
So here are the steps I want to take:
1. Grab my windows 8 laptop
2. Backup my windows laptop onto a external hard drive
3. Uninstall windows
4. Install linux
5. Try linux.
(If i like linux, the steps stop here. But if i don't like linux, then could I reload windows 8 from the backup? or would i have to re buy it?)
summary question: Could my backup of my windows computer be used to restore the windows onto a system with no OS?
and if not, then what would be a method of doing this?