I can't confirm (or deny) either, i am trying my best to stick with 8 NOT move to 8.1. There is a simple way that 8.1 users can confirm/deny these rumours and theories. I would, like you JohnC_21, also appreciate knowing.
Check that system images can be made:
go to "control panel--&gt;windows 7 file recovery (it might be called file recovery now)--&gt;Create a system image" and see if it lets you make an image on the external drive.
Check that system images can be used:
swipe to the top left of the screen, click on "settings", then click on "power", then hold down the "shift" key whilst clicking restart, this will restart the computer into the recovery environment. The select "troubleshoot--&gt;advanced options--&gt; system image recovery". this brings up a system recovery wizard, plug in a usb drive with a system image on it, see if the computer recognizes it. if it does follow through the options until it brings up the "if you continue you can't go back" dialog box. The if you actually want to do a system restore click "ok", if you just wanted to check it is possible choose "cancel" and go back to the recovery environment then boot normally.
If it works from the system recovery environment it should work just as well from a recovery stick or disc (i do suspect it's only for sticks on 8.1 and that it can't do recovery discs, whilst 8 could use cd discs or usb sticks). I've found recovery discs and drives to be quite unreliable on windows 8 (i've also found "reset" and "refresh" and "system restore" to be unreliable) but system image recovery works on 8.0 .
"Then I see this and I am really wondering if 8.1 has System Image or not."
that might have been written at the time of the preview not once 8.1 was released in full, that's why a user checking those two procedures would help clarify things. The how to geek article was certainly written at the time of the preview version.
"Windows 10 is progressing nicely... Can't wait!"
What about the logic of "it it ain't broke don't try to fix it", windows 8 has worked for me as soon as i went through the program defaults to disable all the metro interface junk and installed the programs i used to run on xp. the last thing people need is new systems while their current ones wrk fine, the problem happens when 8 stops getting supported in january 2016, no doubt ms will try and erase it from history then and pretend it never existed.
Edited by rp88, 17 December 2014 - 05:09 PM.
Back on this site, for a while anyway, been so busy the last year.
My systems:2 laptops, intel i3 processors, windows 8.1 installed on the hard-drive and linux mint 17.3 MATE installed to USB