After Upgrade to Win 10 - Is Recovery Partition Useful?


  1. Posts : 143
    Win 10 Pro 64bit
       #1

    After Upgrade to Win 10 - Is Recovery Partition Useful?


    Now running Win 10 Pro 64bit. Just did an in-place upgrade from Win 7 Pro. Seems to have worked fine - but I'm still testing....

    This is an HP PC which came with Win 7 and there is a recovery partition on the system disk.

    Is this recovery partition of any use now that I've upgraded to Win 10?
    If I used it would I go back to the factory version of Win 7?

    Should I just ignore that it is there?

    -- Larry
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  2. Posts : 12,467
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #2

    larrymcg said:
    Now running Win 10 Pro 64bit. Just did an in-place upgrade from Win 7 Pro. Seems to have worked fine - but I'm still testing....

    This is an HP PC which came with Win 7 and there is a recovery partition on the system disk.

    Is this recovery partition of any use now that I've upgraded to Win 10?
    If I used it would I go back to the factory version of Win 7?

    Should I just ignore that it is there?

    -- Larry
    It may depend upon the procedure HP [or other maker/vendor] uses to access that partition to restore back to the day it shipped from the factory. If it was Windows-based that feature is gone. There was a prompt early on, usually in the setup phase, that suggested making the discs for doing the restore, those would be useful if having to replace the HDD/Hard Disk Drive because it failed. You'd restore using the discs then do all the required updates such as Service Pack 1 then do the free Upgrade to Win10.
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  3. Posts : 17,349
    Windows 11 Pro
       #3

    Berton said:
    those would be useful if having to replace the HDD/Hard Disk Drive because it failed. You'd restore using the discs then do all the required updates such as Service Pack 1 then do the free Upgrade to Win10.
    Why not just restore directly to Windows 10 due to a hard drive replacement?
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  4. Posts : 17,349
    Windows 11 Pro
       #4

    larrymcg said:
    Should I just ignore that it is there?

    -- Larry
    Why not get a USB flash drive about the same size as the size actually in use in that old recovery partition. Use Macrium Reflect Free to make an image file of that partition to the USB flash drive. Then you can delete the old recovery partition and make that space on the hard drive useful again. If you ever find that you need that partition or something from it again you can either restore it to hard drive using Macrium Reflect - or you can just mount it with Macrium and browse it like a regular drive if you need a specific file from it.

    I've got 3 or 4 of flash drives like that in my desk drawer - some haven't been touched in years and I might even have one for a computer I no longer have.
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  5. Posts : 13,678
    Windows10
       #5

    Berton said:
    It may depend upon the procedure HP [or other maker/vendor] uses to access that partition to restore back to the day it shipped from the factory. If it was Windows-based that feature is gone. There was a prompt early on, usually in the setup phase, that suggested making the discs for doing the restore, those would be useful if having to replace the HDD/Hard Disk Drive because it failed. You'd restore using the discs then do all the required updates such as Service Pack 1 then do the free Upgrade to Win10.
    The whole point about Windows 10 is once you have upgraded and activated it, you never need to reinstall old OS and reupgrade (on same pc).
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