Windows 10: Dell pc, windows recovery image and restore issues

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  1.    12 Feb 2017 #51

    First of all. That is a really really nice set of tools you got in windows 10 recovery tools iso.
    Just fyi. I didn't see any clipboard managers in there. If you want one, I use ditto.

    Now to my problem
    Are there any particular screenshots you want me to take? Here is one
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  2.    12 Feb 2017 #52

    So here is a funny thing. I just made a bootable usb using rufus default settings "MBR partition for BIOS or UEFI-CSM" with NTFS from windows 10 1607 ISO. Did set the BIOS to UEFI with Legacy enabled then booted from legacy portion of boot menu. Finally did install Windows 10, but in legacy MBR.

    Does it really matter? I'm at the point to give up on UEFI and GPT. Are there any advantages to have Windows setup using GPT? Is "UEFI with Legacy enabled" the same as UEFI-CSM?

    Thanks
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    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       13 Feb 2017 #53

    Is "UEFI with Legacy enabled" the same as UEFI-CSM?
    YES

    GPT allows for more then 4 Primary Partitions
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  4.    13 Feb 2017 #54

    And if I don't care about 4 Primary partition?

    I thought that GPT has better protection against corruption vs MBR. Is it true?
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  5. Posts : 2,007
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       16 Feb 2017 #55

    Just got a New Dell Laptop with Windows10 and have been playing with the OEM Recovery and the Recovery Media download from Dell Support...

    Download the Media - Create USB - Boot - go into advanced options - command prompt

    use diskpart and clean the drive - exit - run factory recovery...
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    Windows 10 Edu
       16 Feb 2017 #56

    Kyhi said: View Post
    Dell puts the OEM Recovery Image on a partition within the SSD...
    So where you download the Recovery Image ??? Dell does not provide that as a service....
    Yeah, I have Dell and it's pretty standard these days that you download a recovery ISO. I myself have never been able to get the pre-installed recovery FS to work, and have used a downloaded ISO several times.
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  7.    16 Feb 2017 #57

    Kyhi said: View Post
    Just got a New Dell Laptop with Windows10 and have been playing with the OEM Recovery and the Recovery Media download from Dell Support...

    Download the Media - Create USB - Boot - go into advanced options - command prompt

    use diskpart and clean the drive - exit - run factory recovery...
    Does you Dell a separate recovery partition? Mine does not.
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  • Posts : 2,007
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       16 Feb 2017 #58

    The OEM uses 6 partitions....
    partition 5 is the recovery "Images" partition
    partition 6 is the "DellSupport" partition

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  • Posts : 2,007
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       16 Feb 2017 #59

    the downloaded recovery media does not create the Images partition...
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  •    16 Feb 2017 #60

    Kyhi said: View Post
    The OEM uses 6 partitions....
    partition 5 is the recovery "Images" partition
    partition 6 is the "DellSupport" partition
    This what my all other Dells have, but I do believe that this mini pc is different. It's bios is crippled. It only comes with 32gb ssd and 2 gb of ram. That 32gb ssd has 17gb free with windows 10 installed. I finally got my enclosure and I'm going to try to clone that 32gb ssd into a new one just for testing. I do want to point it out that un-compact version of windows 10 is running faster on this mini pc. Right now I have windows 10 installed in legacy mbr. I would be ok with it.

    I got this pc for $80 on BF and added 8 gb dim and 128gb M600 ssd for $70. It is a perfect kodi pc. I'm not complaining at all.
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