Recover Windows 10 from a Recovery Drive  

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  1. Posts : 985
    Windows 10 Home 21H1
       #10

    Hi, Ive just purchased a new laptop so Ive created a Recovery Drive in Windows using the Create a Recovery Drive method so that I can reinstall the factory image in case of any future problems. Ive never used this method before but Ive just watched a couple of videos on how to use the Recovery Drive.
    This tutorial says at Step 10...You can now pick up at step 15 here (click on link) to finish setting up Windows 10 which is the standard Clean Installation method where you delete all partitions on the drive until all space is left unallocated then select next.
    Is this correct? The videos Ive watched dont show this. Theres no mention of deleting or preparing partitions. On the videos Ive seen, after Step 9 in this tutorial the Recovery is shown as being pretty much automatic with no partition deletion/preparation at all
    Ive included a link below that explains better the reason for my question. It says that the Recovery Drive restores the hard drive to its original state.
    How to Revive Windows 10 With a Recovery Drive
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  2. Posts : 61,869
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #11

    sportsfan148 said:
    Hi, Ive just purchased a new laptop so Ive created a Recovery Drive in Windows using the Create a Recovery Drive method so that I can reinstall the factory image in case of any future problems. Ive never used this method before but Ive just watched a couple of videos on how to use the Recovery Drive.
    This tutorial says at Step 10...You can now pick up at step 15 here (click on link) to finish setting up Windows 10 which is the standard Clean Installation method where you delete all partitions on the drive until all space is left unallocated then select next.
    Is this correct? The videos Ive watched dont show this. Theres no mention of deleting or preparing partitions. On the videos Ive seen, after Step 9 in this tutorial the Recovery is shown as being pretty much automatic with no partition deletion/preparation at all
    Ive included a link below that explains better the reason for my question. It says that the Recovery Drive restores the hard drive to its original state.
    How to Revive Windows 10 With a Recovery Drive
    It should be to pick up at step 21 instead of 15 now. Is that what you're seeing?
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  3. Posts : 985
    Windows 10 Home 21H1
       #12

    Brink said:
    It should be to pick up at step 21 instead of 15 now. Is that what you're seeing?
    Hi Shawn. Ive just rechecked and it did say step 15 before but now it says Step 21. Thanks mate
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  4. Posts : 61,869
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #13

    sportsfan148 said:
    Hi Shawn. Ive just rechecked and it did say step 15 before but now it says Step 21. Thanks mate
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  5. Posts : 203
    Windows 10 pro x64
       #14

    sportsfan148 said:
    Hi, Ive just purchased a new laptop so Ive created a Recovery Drive in Windows using the Create a Recovery Drive method so that I can reinstall the factory image in case of any future problems. Ive never used this method before but Ive just watched a couple of videos on how to use the Recovery Drive.
    This tutorial says at Step 10...You can now pick up at step 15 here (click on link) to finish setting up Windows 10 which is the standard Clean Installation method where you delete all partitions on the drive until all space is left unallocated then select next.
    Is this correct? The videos Ive watched dont show this. Theres no mention of deleting or preparing partitions. On the videos Ive seen, after Step 9 in this tutorial the Recovery is shown as being pretty much automatic with no partition deletion/preparation at all
    Ive included a link below that explains better the reason for my question. It says that the Recovery Drive restores the hard drive to its original state.
    How to Revive Windows 10 With a Recovery Drive
    To avoid a clean install when a major problem appears the best solution is to keep periodically "image backup".
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  6. Posts : 11,612
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1776
       #15

    bug locker said:
    To avoid a clean install when a major problem appears the best solution is to keep periodically "image backup".
    sportsfan148,

    That piece of advice was wrong. Do not use the Built-In system imaging utility that that link takes you to.

    MS said not to in their announcement of Windows 10 Version 1709 and have never withdrawn that warning

    imaging deprecated in Ver 1709 - TenForums



    Macrium Reflect is often recommended in this forum for making system images. Other utilities are available but this one is so commonplace that you can get plenty of help for it.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect - TenForumsTutorials
    Macrium Software Macrium Reflect Free
    Macrium USB - TenForums
    Macrium Reflect KnowledgeBase - user guide [version-independent link]

    It can also make bootable system images. This facility is called viBoot and it requires Win10 Pro.
    Macrium viBoot - Macrium KB
    Macrium viBoot - Create Virtual Machine using Macrium Image - TenForumsTutorials



    While you're thinking about backups, consider Backup and Restore Device Drivers - TenForumsTutorials as well.

    All the best,
    Denis
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