Just picked up a new laptop, with Windows 8 pre-installed. Obviously, this has to go, in favour of something more Linux-flavoured. However, I want to retain a fallback route, if necessary.
Is it possible to generate the OS install disks (not recovery disks that are going to be relying on asubsequently non-existant recovery partition) and without accepting the EULA? If so, how? Obviously, I'm trying to avoid having to go anywhere Win8 to do anything.
Another potential option I can see would be to take an image of the disk, including all partitions, as it stands right now? Kinda like ghosting the drive (albeit onto a significantly smaller drive - I only need the data, not the free space backing up). Is there a Linux distro, that I can boot from CD/DVD/flash-drive that can do this for me?