I realize this is really more of a Windows question, but searching the web brings up so many unrelated topics (installing Windows from USB) that I couldn't find what I wanted.
My situation is that I have a new laptop arriving soon (Lenovo G710) with W8.1. I almost never use Windows, but I'd kinda like to keep a bootable version around, just in case. But I really don't want it taking up room on my internal drive.
So can I:
A) Make W8.1 restore disks if none are included, then
B) Wipe the internal HDD,
C) Install Linux to the internal HDD (probably Xubuntu 14.04 in a few days)
D) Use the Restore disks to install a bootable W8.1 on an external USB HDD? And boot from that if/when I want?
That would be great. I'd have Win 8.1 just in case, and still have my full internal HDD available to me.
TIA for any help - NTL2009