Windows 10: After Upgrade to Win 10 - Is Recovery Partition Useful?

  1.    04 Feb 2016 #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
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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       04 Feb 2016 #2

    larrymcg said: View Post
    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.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    04 Feb 2016 #3

    Berton said: View Post
    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?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    04 Feb 2016 #4

    larrymcg said: View Post
    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.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    05 Feb 2016 #5

    Berton said: View Post
    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).
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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