Windows 10: Recovery USB drive vs. Windows 10 bootable USB ?


  1. Posts : 88
    Windows 10-64 bit (version 1607 build 14393.1944)
       06 Jun 2018 #1

    Recovery USB drive vs. Windows 10 bootable USB ?


    1 . In Windows 10, one can create a Recovery Drive on a USB flash drive . 2 .Using Rufus after downloading Windows 10 installation ISO file from microsoft, I can make a bootable USB windows installation that can help me repair my existing windows installation or let me install windows 10 from scratch.Is there any difference between #1 and #2? If yes, then what?
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  2. slicendice's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build 17134.228 (Branch: RS4 Release Preview)
       06 Jun 2018 #2

    I see now that I have old information which is NOT accurate for Windows 10.

    Yes there is a difference.

    Recoverydrive = full compressed image copy of the current state of your machine (at the time of making image) that can be redeployed over your broken system and thus returning the computer back to a working state.

    Windows Installation Media = As the name implies, it's an installation media, but it also contains a set of recovery tools with can be useful for restoring Windows back to a bootable state in case of failure.
    Last edited by slicendice; 06 Jun 2018 at 16:56. Reason: Wrong information
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    trying to install win10
       06 Jun 2018 #3

    There is stuff missing from the "Recovery drive" - it can only work if used on the same system. It isn't a full compressed image the last time I looked.
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  4.    06 Jun 2018 #4

    The Recovery Drive created by Windows 10 is NOT a system image. It is the standard Windows 10 installation drive with specific drivers for that computer included. It will also have factory provided software included, if it was present on the computer at the time it was created. The Recovery Drive will do everything the standard install drive will do created with Rufus.
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    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       06 Jun 2018 #5

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    The Recovery Drive created by Windows 10 is NOT a system image. It is the standard Windows 10 installation drive with specific drivers for that computer included. It will also have factory provided software included...
    In fact, the OEM custom apps and drivers are in the C: drive in theC:\Recovery\Customizations and C:\Recovery\OEM folders for use when performing a Reset. On an OEM installed Windows you can use Reset to do a full factory reset including all the custom drivers and OEM apps. These folders are included in the system files copied to a Recovery drive, effectively turning it into an OEM factory reset drive.

    ...the following are copied onto the USB recovery media as well:

    • Windows Component Store
    • Installed drivers
    • Backup of preinstalled Windows apps
    • Provisioning packages containing preinstalled customizations (under C:\Recovery\Customizations)
    • Push-button Reset configuration XML and scripts (under C:\Recovery\OEM)
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    SIW2 said: View Post
    There is stuff missing from the "Recovery drive" - it can only work if used on the same system.


    Actually it's the full install media, and then some. A recovery drive is quite capable of being used to install Windows on any PC, but using one made by an OEM machine can have unintended consequences

    I used a usb to install windws from a mates pc. The problem is that after installation was compete I realized that the manufacturer and his computer product details are what my pc now register as??

    How can I resolve this and get my Samsung manufacturer details back and my original pc specs?
    Recycled my PC and Reinstailled windows
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