Seeking clarity - Creating a Recovery Drive

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  1. Posts : 985
    Windows 10 Home 21H1
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    Seeking clarity - Creating a Recovery Drive


    Hi, Ive recently bought an ASUS gaming laptop. ASUS advice was to immediately create a recovery drive using the standard method from within Windows 10. The laptop shipped with Windows 10 version 1909 but I still created the recovery drive straight away just to be on the safe side.
    I am about to upgrade to the latest version, Feature Update 20H2 through Windows Update.
    My question 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? Obviously if disaster ever strikes Id like to be able to recover and reinstall the latest Windows version if thats possible.
    Ive always used the Media Creation Tool in the past and clean installed. However this ASUS laptop has very little in the way of Bloatware so I'll be keeping all the ASUS software installed so the Create Recovery Drive method makes more sense.
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  2. Posts : 7,939
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
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    I would use Macrium Reflect Free to image and archive the OS as supplied. Then make routine backup images when the PC is configured.
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  3. Posts : 985
    Windows 10 Home 21H1
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    Steve C said:
    I would use Macrium Reflect Free to image and archive the OS as supplied. Then make routine backup images when the PC is configured.
    Hi Steve. I back up all my important files regularly to USB flash drives which I rotate so I have three backups. Macrium Reflect isnt necessary for me as I dont have loads of software installed. The Create Recovery Drive is sufficient in my case
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  4. Posts : 7,939
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
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    sportsfan148 said:
    Hi Steve. I back up all my important files regularly to USB flash drives which I rotate so I have three backups. Macrium Reflect isnt necessary for me as I dont have loads of software installed. The Create Recovery Drive is sufficient in my case
    Reflect backs up the entire OS and your user files so you can recover the initial working state of your laptop as supplied which you indicated was your intention.
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  5. Posts : 17,040
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
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    I suggest you ask in one of the tutorial threads themselves because the people who will then see your question are more likely to be able to answer it.
    Create a Bootable USB Recovery Drive - TenForumsTutorials
    Recover from a drive to Reset Windows 10 - TenForumsTutorials
    - The tutorials do not currently contain any explicit answer to your question.
    - I suspect that the answer is that you do not need to update your recovery drive because all it does is trigger elements within the installed Windows [at whatever Version that happens to be].

    Best of luck,
    Denis
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  6. Posts : 985
    Windows 10 Home 21H1
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    Try3 said:
    I suggest you ask in one of the tutorial threads themselves because the people who will then see your question are more likely to be able to answer it.
    Create a Bootable USB Recovery Drive - TenForumsTutorials
    Recover from a drive to Reset Windows 10 - TenForumsTutorials
    - The tutorials do not currently contain any explicit answer to your question.
    - I suspect that the answer is that you do not need to update your recovery drive because all it does is trigger elements within the installed Windows [at whatever Version that happens to be].

    Best of luck,
    Denis
    Thanks Denis I'll copy and paste my question into those links and hope someone replies. Cheers mate
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  7. Posts : 4,864
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 22H2
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    the recovery drive isn't a system image, Like Macrium reflect or any other Clone Image software.. It doesn't contain your personal files, settings, or programs. So, if your going to go through the tirouble of creating a Recovery Drive, you might as well just make a full Image file with all the programs, personal files and settings. You can do an Incremental Backup to your existing Image drive as time goes on to keep it current
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  8. Posts : 11,629
    Windows11 Home 64bit v:23H2 b:22631.3374
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    In respect of OEM Machines, the system may contain an Image partition. It is the factory Image. No matter when you create a recovery drive, the recovery drive will contain the factory image. When Windows does not start you can reinstall Windows 10 to the factory image with the recovery drive.. It is so on my Dell Inspiron which has a 12GB Image partition.. So I presume it may be so with other OEM machines too if it has a like Image partition..
    Seeking clarity - Creating a Recovery Drive-16-02-2021-16-46-15.jpg

    https://www.dell.com/support/kbdoc/e...-dell-computer

    My system with the Image Partition:

    Seeking clarity - Creating a Recovery Drive-16-02-2021-17-04-39.jpg
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  9. Posts : 17,040
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
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    sportsfan148 said:
    My question is..When Ive finished updating to version 20H2 am I supposed to create another recovery drive?
    jumanji said:
    In respect of OEM Machines, ...
    Jumanji,

    So, if I understand you correctly, you agree that making a new Recovery drive after Windows 10 Version updates would make no difference.

    Denis
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  10. Posts : 11,629
    Windows11 Home 64bit v:23H2 b:22631.3374
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    Yes. ( In respect of OEM machines that have a factory image) I wrote that post since spunk said "the recovery drive isn't a system image" ​ Factory image also is a original system image.
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