USB Recovery Drives/Images?


  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Home
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    USB Recovery Drives/Images?


    Would like to create bootable USB drives with "Recovery Images" for multiple machines with varied history -

    1. Last supported Windows XP Pro.
    2. Original Windows 8.x upgraded to current Windows 10 Home.
    3. Original and current Windows 10 Home.
    4. Surface with Original and current 10 Home.

    Do each of these machines require a specific recovery configuration or will one "generic" Win XP Pro along with similar generic for Win 10 Home USB drive work? Also, in the event of actually needing to use these drives/images for recovery, will Windows Product Keys be needed for each?
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  2. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
       #2

    Personally I would keep each machines' image on their own drive. But considering what you have, the WinXP probably will have to use a drive it supports, may not be the same type/configuration as the others. WinXP was 32-bit except the Pro version was also available as 64-bit.
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  3. Posts : 5
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    Berton said:
    Personally I would keep each machines' image on their own drive. But considering what you have, the WinXP probably will have to use a drive it supports, may not be the same type/configuration as the others. WinXP was 32-bit except the Pro version was also available as 64-bit.
    I understand probably best to keep multiple recovery images but are they strictly required because of hardware or some other machine specific issue? And what about Windows "proof of ownership" keys, would they be required to recovery a machine install?
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  4. CountMike's Avatar
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    W10+Developer Insider + Linux
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    If you use Macrium Reflect for instance, It will make a single image (.mrimg) file which is exact copy of that drive. Once you restore the image it will be same as it was at the moment you started backup. You can keep those .mrimg files wherever you wan, even on same disk being connected straight in or by USB, the are not going to interfere with each other.
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  5. Kyhi's Avatar
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    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #5

    Guess the question is for you to define
    "Recovery Images"
    As the Type of image will define the "Bootable Media"
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