1.    3 Weeks Ago #1
    Join Date : Sep 2016
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Home

    Creating a recovery partition using windows media creation tool

    Hi all,

    I have just received a new laptop, but it didn't come with a recovery partition so I am trying to create one myself.

    The OS it's running is Windows 10 Home 64bit.

    I have downloaded the Media Creation Tool in order to download the ISO files for the partition but the none in the selection of Windows 10s in the "Edition" drop down menu match mine.

    This is the choice:

    - Windows 10
    - Windows 10 Home Single Language
    - Windows 10 N

    The selected edition when the "Use the recommended options for this PC" is ticked is "Windows 10".

    None of them include "home" apart from the Single Language edition.

    If my current OS is Windows 10 Home should I just select "Windows 10" from the menu?

    I take it then I won't be asked to enter an activation key?

    As you can probably tell I'm a newbie at this so I appreciate all your help and advice!

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  2.    3 Weeks Ago #2
    Join Date : Sep 2014
    DFW Area
    Posts : 336
    Windows 8&10

    If it is a new OEM system it should have the partitions it needs. Could you attach a picture of your Disk Management window showing the partitions?

    What kind of Recovery Partition are you trying to create or for what purpose are you trying to create one?
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  3.    3 Weeks Ago #3
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    S/E England
    Posts : 555
    Windows 10 Home x64 (1607)

    A recovery partition on the same drive as your OS is lost if the drive dies. Most round here strongly recommend making a system image of your drive on an external drive - USB HDDs are relatively cheap. The two advantages are that you can replace a dead hard drive and restore the image, plus it will be your personal system that's restored - not a plain-vanilla out-of-the-box fresh install. There are some tutorials on this.

    Windows comes with its own imaging software...
    System Image - Create in Windows 10

    ...but many prefer Macrium Reflect (free) for reliability.
    Macrium Reflect - Backup & Restore

    Now a USB or ISO install media can be useful at times, but not an essential if you have system images. The edition you want is the one the Media Creation Tool recommends for your PC (if asked, choose 32 or 64-bit to match what you're running now) . The one media will install Home or Pro according to the licence for your PC it finds on Microsoft's activation servers.
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