Windows 10: How to upgrade W-7 laptop to W-10 without factory recovery partition?

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  1. Posts : 12
    Windows 10 64 bit
       18 May 2017 #1

    How to upgrade W-7 laptop to W-10 without factory recovery partition?


    Hello everyone.
    I have a fairly new Dell laptop that I installed a SSD in after cloning the original HDD.
    Somehow the factory recovery partition was not copied to the SSD.
    I have tried twice to upgrade to W-10 and each time it has failed with error message 0XC1900200.
    Research indicate the error message relates to the missing partition. So now, my question is how to upgrade without the recovery partition?

    Thank you.
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  2. Posts : 1,168
    W10 pro x64 and W8.1 x86
       18 May 2017 #2

    Have you used the installation media to delete all partitions on your new SSD (by using the custom install option). The drive should show as all unallocated space before you begin to install.

    I had various problems with my Dell way back yonder when testing and trying W10 and found doing this resolved all issues.
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  3. Posts : 12
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       18 May 2017 #3

    https://www.tenforums.com/installation-upgrade/84766-how-upgrade-w-7-l


    Mooly said: View Post
    Have you used the installation media to delete all partitions on your new SSD (by using the custom install option). The drive should show as all unallocated space before you begin to install.

    I had various problems with my Dell way back yonder when testing and trying W10 and found doing this resolved all issues.
    Thank you for the fast reply.

    This is not a clean install. it is an upgrade from Windows 7 Pro.
    I downloaded the free upgrade and ran into the problem.
    If buying a copy of 10 Pro will solve the problem, I am willing to do that.

    TLRSR.
    Last edited by tlrsr; 18 May 2017 at 07:21. Reason: spelling error
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  4. Posts : 1,168
    W10 pro x64 and W8.1 x86
       18 May 2017 #4

    The media you use for upgrading should allow a clean install. I believe (from comments on here) that the W7 to W10 free offer is still working even though officially it ended months ago..

    Have you tried this:
    Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
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  5. Posts : 12
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       18 May 2017 #5

    Mooly said: View Post
    The media you use for upgrading should allow a clean install. I believe (from comments on here) that the W7 to W10 free offer is still working even though officially it ended months ago..

    Have you tried this:
    Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
    Thanks again Mooly!

    I do not want to do a clean install. I would lose all my data.
    All I want is to upgrade the W-7 OS to W-10 and I can't do that because of the missing recovery partition.
    Any thoughts on how to create the missing partition?

    TLRSR
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  6. Posts : 1,168
    W10 pro x64 and W8.1 x86
       18 May 2017 #6

    I believe the recovery partition on a Dell requires Dells own unique Master Boot Record. Even making a disk image and restoring that image 'breaks' the recovery options.

    Is the cloned SSD with W7 on it working OK as a W7 installation ?

    I've no quick answers as to what may fix your issue but gathering as much information will help with ideas and suggestions.

    (data... as in personal files/pictures/music etc is easily copied over to a clean install if needed)
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  7.    18 May 2017 #7

    Can you post a screen shot of disk management?
    Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials

    Your issue is likely with a System Reserved partition - not a recovery partition (or lack of).
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  • Posts : 12
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       18 May 2017 #8

    Mooly said: View Post
    I believe the recovery partition on a Dell requires Dells own unique Master Boot Record. Even making a disk image and restoring that image 'breaks' the recovery options.

    Is the cloned SSD with W7 on it working OK as a W7 installation ?

    I've no quick answers as to what may fix your issue but gathering as much information will help with ideas and suggestions.

    (data... as in personal files/pictures/music etc is easily copied over to a clean install if needed)
    yes, the W-7 OS is working fine. I want to upgrade to W-10 because all my work computers are 10.
    I can copy all my data, yes, but I have many programs that would be lost and some I could not reinstall.
    TLRSR
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  • Posts : 12
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       18 May 2017 #9

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Can you post a screen shot of disk management?
    Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials

    Your issue is likely with a System Reserved partition - not a recovery partition (or lack of).
    I think I figured out how to attach the screen shot.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Capture.PNG  
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  •    18 May 2017 #10

    This is the complicated procedure to upgrade from 7 pro to 10 Pro

    1) download iso

    2) mount as drive

    3) run setup.exe
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