Seeking clarity - Creating a Recovery Drive

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  1. Posts : 4,700
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    There is always the cloud recovery thing. The most recent I have found is the dell iso I mentioned earlier. October 2020 . I just checked the winre that is part of it:

    Information for Image 1
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    Index: 1
    Name: Microsoft Windows Recovery Environment (x64)
    Description: Microsoft Windows Recovery Environment (x64)
    Directory Count: 23268
    File Count: 117913
    Total Bytes: 7167340853
    Hard Link Bytes: 3316711933
    Creation Time: Sat Dec 07 07:11:48 2019 UTC
    Last Modification Time: Thu Oct 22 18:26:24 2020 UTC
    Architecture: x86_64
    Product Name: Microsoft« Windows« Operating System
    Edition ID: WindowsPE
    Installation Type: WindowsPE
    Product Type: WinNT
    Languages: ar-SA cs-CZ da-DK de-DE el-GR en-US es-ES fi-FI fr-FR he
    -IL hu-HU it-IT nb-NO nl-NL pl-PL pt-BR pt-PT ro-RO ru-RU sk-SK sl-SI sv-SE tr-T
    R uk-UA
    Default Language: en-US
    System Root: WINDOWS
    Major Version: 10
    Minor Version: 0
    Build: 19041
    Service Pack Build: 264
    Service Pack Level: 0
    WIMBoot compatible: no
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       #22

    jumanji said:
    Hi @ jimbo45,
    I am not going to repudiate what you have said in the previous post on using Macrium Reflect. Before you Steve C has suggested it in this thread. So nothing new. In another tutorial also Try3 has suggested it to the OP. ( Hmmm... I have also imaged my system on receipt using Paragon Hard Disk Manager. Now I use Macrium Reflect.)

    The question posed by the OP is "When Ive finished updating to version 20H2 am I supposed to create another recovery drive? If I do, will this create a recovery drive with the Windows 10 20H2 version on it?...or will it still be the factory shipped version 1909?" He has raised this question in this Tutorial also Create Recovery Drive in Windows 10

    The answer is "No. No matter what the current version is , if he creates a Recovery drive, even if he "checks the Back up system files to the recovery drive box" he will only be able to restore it to the factory setup" as iliustrated in my previous post (post #17)

    You are most welcome for any comments on it. If anything is wrong in it do point it. (The song "Use Macrium Reflect" has been sung many times to the OP)
    I realise most people on here use Macrium Reflect. Ive considered it myself but I havent decided to use it. As Ive mentioned before. In my case even if I had to perform a Clean Installation using the MCT it doesnt take that long really. I dont have lots of software to reinstall afterwards either. I fully understand why you guys on here use it though. A lot of you have multiple
    PC's and are constantly performing tests, analysing problems while helping members on here etc so it makes perfect sense. Im guessing Macrium Reflect isnt 100% perfect all the time though. There must be occasions where the System Image gets corrupted after incremental backups etc. When youve backed up and didnt realise there was any issues. My way of thinking is at least with a Recovery Drive or Clean installation youre guaranteed to be starting with a clean slate again....granted you have to install everything from scratch again though. For some people that will be a massive job...hence the reason why Macrium Reflect would be a much better solution. Its just a matter of choice and individual circumstances. Thanks guys anyway for all your help and advice, As always..its much appreciated
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    sportsfan148 said:
    .....My way of thinking is at least with a Recovery Drive or Clean installation youre guaranteed to be starting with a clean slate again....granted you have to install everything from scratch again though. ....
    Exactly my views. If my system does not boot, I will use the recovery drive and restore it to the factory condition and rebuild it to the present condition.

    As a matter of fact, you shouldn't even be bothered about whether the recovery drive will restore your PC with the current version on it. Even if it restores it to the factory installed version, you can always update with Windows update. Not a problem at all. Isn't it?
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  4. Posts : 985
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    jumanji said:
    Exactly my views. If my system does not boot, I will use the recovery drive and restore it to the factory condition and rebuild it to the present condition.

    As a matter of fact, you shouldn't even be bothered about whether the recovery drive will restore your PC with the current version on it. Even if it restores it to the factory installed version, you can always update with Windows update. Not a problem at all. Isn't it?
    Yeah..we're in total agreement mate. I was just curious whether it was worth making a fresh recovery drive or not when a new version gets released and installed on my laptop. That was the only reason for my post. As you say Ive no problems if the recovery drive will only install the factory installed version of Windows 10. Ive never tested this out but even if it gets to be a few years out of date, Im presuming that Windows Update will automatically bring my PC up to date with whatever the latest version is at the time
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