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Lenovo Recovery Partition after Windows 10 Update

Q: Lenovo Recovery Partition after Windows 10 Update

Lenvo Community So I moved over to the dartk side and have installed Windows 10 on my Lenovo T430. So far so good but what happens to the Lenovo Recovery partition which remains on the computer. DO I still have access to it in the event something happens to WIndows 10 or should I remove the partition. I have OEM recovery disks so I can always return to WIndows 7 (or so I think) Jeff

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Preferred Solution: Lenovo Recovery Partition after Windows 10 Update

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My laptop came with Preinstalled Windows8(64bit). i recently upgraded to Windows8.1 through Windows-Store. i want to RESET my PC but it will bring Win-8 back, So how can i Update PBR Recovery Partition with new Win-8.1 ?  PBR partition contain "Install.wim" windows image file of Win8 of course, i want to update with Win8.1Both REFESH & RESET will bring back Windows 8. 

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Hello, I recently inherited a Lenovo Ideapad U310 Model 4375 and it currently has Ubuntu installed with no sign of any Windows partitions.Because of this, I can no longer make a recovery disc (if it was even possible to make in the first place). I've looked up the serial # on Microsoft's website for Windows and the windows product key is to be serviced by OEM (so can't download a Windows 7 ISO).Also, when trying to go through Lenovo's contact us page, the laptop shows warranty has been expired (whcih is fine). However. I could not find a page where I could purchase the recovery disc. Other things I've tried is pressing the Recovery button on the side and selecting "System Restore" from the boot menu. As expected, this does not work as the partition no longer exists. My questiopn is, where can I get a recovery disc to restore this laptop (Ideapad U310 Model 4375) to factory settings?   Thanks,Jon

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Lenovo E430 BJ9 win 7 64 bit professional sp1
i recover my notebook to factory setting.
after that tried to windows update, but it stuck at checking for updates screen.
i'm using Eset Smart Security 9, have tried to disable firewall & protection while windows update, but still it just stuck at checking for updates.

i have run SURT(CBS.zip) & SFC Scan(sfc.txt).
i tried to read the cbs log but cannot understand the error. pls help.


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Hi All,
Just started a new job where I am required to do quite a lot of IT related work. I have been wondering if there is a quick way of installing Win 7 with all necessary updates onto Lenovo work-station (which has recovery partition), should a situation occur where the PC need to be re-set to factory settings. I have a feeling that an image after clean install and downloading all updates would be handy, however there are few technicalities that I have problems with:

1. Where should I save the image of the OS? (should I create a separate partition where the image would be placed, since the recovery partition isn't probably big enough to save into, and I could have problems accessing it)

2 Would there be another, simpler/quicker way of installing fresh OS with all necessary updates (+SP1) onto the machine without deleting/accessing/modifying recovery partition?

I spent quite a lot of time re-setting few machines, since the broadband is pretty bad in my work-place, and downloading all updates, and SP! took a lot of time.

Please note that I do not want to use USB sticks, or disks. The hard drive would be the optimal choice for me here.

Any help with the above would be much appreciated.

PS. Let me know if more info is needed.

A:WIn 7/recovery partition Lenovo

Will you only be managing one PC for this issue or do you have a network of computers that could possibly need to be reimaged?

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Hi, i have a new lenovo thinkcentre e73 and just put the recovery files on to disk and then deleted the recovery Partition and now im worried .  If the computer ever breaks and i need to use the recovery disks i just made will it restore it to factory settings even restore the Q drive? Thanks and sorry im a pain, Im a worrier.


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A:Lenovo Recovery Partition

My advice (and it's just mine, of course) is to forget about the recovery partition from Lenovo, and how to use it along with the recovery media you might have built or been provided with by Lenovo, and what to do about the Q partition, etc., etc.
Why would you ever really want to go back to "factory" state?  Then you'd have to re-customize, re-install of of your 3rd-party software products, etc., etc..
Why not just instead implement an ongoing regular automatically scheduled (maybe weekly, or twice a week, or whatever makes you comfortable) "system image" backup regimen using a product like Macrium Reflect Free (or modestl priced non-free Standard version with additional useful functionality).  Buy yourself a 2TB external USB 3.0 drive like this Verbatim drive, and use it to store your multiple generations of "system image" backups.
Now you actually have an automatic system backup of your complete and up-to-date operational C-partition, as well as of any other partitions you care to backup in this "complete partition" way. If you ever do need to "restore" because of Windows corruption, or virus, or who knows what reason, you can at least revert to a very very recent version that already includes everything you've ever customized or installed.  Isn't that a better reversion platform level than Lenovo "factory"??
Also, if you want to supplement your "entire partition" backups (i.e. "system image") with a more everyday-usable... Read more

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After going to Windows 10, I still have a Lenovo Recovery Partition (about 10 Gb).  I do not think this is usable anymore.  What can I do with it.  Is it safe to delete it or format it?  I have a SL510 laptop.

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Why OneKey Recovery does not work after installing latest update of windows 10? I have updated windows today (14 Oct 2017). I think the latest version of windows 10 has been installed on my laptop now. After installing this latest version of windows 10, I am unable to make system backup using pre-installed OneKey Recovery Software in my Lenovo Yoga500 14ISK laptop. An another issue is I found a windows.old folder in my system drive which is using approximately 15 GB. It is a very disturbing thing to me. It is appearing after installing the updates. Can anybody help me with the above issues. Thanks in advance. Sincerely,Rubel Ahmed

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After going to Windows 10, I still have a Lenovo Recovery Partition (about 10 Gb).  I do not think this is usable anymore.  What can I do with it.  Is it safe to delete it or format it?  I have a SL510 laptop.
Moderator comment: Model added to subject for clarity.

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Hi there I am wondering how do I get get the system recovery back? I have accidently deleted the partition and now I dont know how to get it back or re-install it again? Any way of doing this? There wasnt any recovery disks came with my Lenovo only the drivers disk which I still got. Please can any one help me please? Thanks in advance for any advice....

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Why do I get "this folder is empty" when I try to view the files in the Lenovo Recovery Q partition? This is a Windows 7 operating system, and I have the window view Folder Options enabled to show hidden files, folders, and drives.  But there must be plenty there, since only 2.96GB of 9.76 GB of the Q partition is free.  I need to edit a file in the Q partition so I can create a back-up.  Any help in making the contents visible is appreciated.  Thanks


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A:Lenovo Recovery Q partition - empty?

I have answered my own question.  The answer is that you must also ensure to uncheck "Hide protected operating systems files (Recommended)".  By default, this is checked.  All then becomes visible. Hope this helps someone else.

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Hello. I apologize if this question has been asked before, but I read everything I could find on partitions and onekey recovery but I still do not understand the concept. I have a few questions for you.I purchased Lenovo Yoga 720 15inch version from best buy. The hard drive size is 256gb SSD. However, when I finished setting up the laptop, I noticed that my Local Drive (C) has only 192 space left. Right next to the Drive C, there is Drive D, which has 25gb space allocated by uses 1.7gb for Driver and YMC software only. There is nothing else in the drive, only drivers. As of now, after I installed all the programs necessary for me work, I have just 158gb space left in my Drive C. I would like to increase that space. I spoke to Lenovo on the phone and the guy told me that there is hidden partition in the drive for Lenovo Onekey recovery, which I do not think I need because I have done Windows reset before and successfully set up the clean format. Here are my questions for you. 1. Can I delete Drive D partition and merge it with Drive C without messing up my operating system? I have already backed up drivers from Drive D onto my external hard drive, and I would like to delete Drive D and merge it with Drive C. Please let me know if this is possible. 2. I looked for disk partition in the disk management, and it shows following:260mb Healthy (EFI System); 212.3gb (Windows C Healthy Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition); Lenovo (D Healthy Primary Parti... Read more

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Hello, I have the issue with Recovery partition on Lenovo ThinkPad Helix. I accidentally deleted this partition when I'm tryed to install custom Windows 7 on this tablet PC. Thus, I have a question, how can I get this recovery image for Lenovo Helix? Thank you in advance. 

A:Recovery partition on Lenovo ThinkPad Helix

Hi Murdoqq,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
If you deleted the recovery partition, you have deleted the files needed to create the recovery media without which you cannot create a recovery media.
If you get the OEM ISO and re install it, the key should register automatically because it?s flashed into BIOS.
Otherwise, you have to call Lenovo Technical Support and order for a new set of recovery discs. Refer here for further information regarding the same.
Hope this helps!
Best regards,

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Hi, I have a Lenovo Thinkpad X220 and my C drive (windows drive) corrupted yesterday. I cannot get to Lenovo Recovery to restore my C drive because the C drive was totally corrupted. I use linux bootable usb to try to access my hard drive, the C drive was corrupted, no data can be read, but the Recovery Partition (Q:\) was fine. I try to re-install my Thinkpad using the same OS (Windows 7 Pro-64 Bit) using the product key inside the battery slot to see if my hard drive fails or not, but the Windows that I reinstalled was fine until now. The Recovery Partition was still there, with different Letter path (changed to D:\) and whatever inside the recovery partition was hidden but the partition was 10GB used, so I think what inside the partition was hidden. My question is:1. Can I use my Recovery Partition again to factory reset my Thinkpad?2. Can I use the Recovery Partition with the Lenovo Rescue & Recovery apps that I download from Lenovo Website? Thank you, I still need My Thinkpad X220 eventhough I already have newer Lenovo laptop. Your help is much appreciate.

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I recently formatted my Lenovo Ideapad Z510 laptop & installed clean Windows 10 via Bootable Pen DriveWhile doing so I deleted all partitions from my hard disk including recovery partition & created a single new partition of C Drive & installed Windows 10 on it.The problem now I am facing is sometimes my laptop restarts automatically & then a blue screen appears saying Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.Then the recovery process appears& when I click recover It recover some days old version of my current operating system & uninstalls recently installed programmes.This is happening frequentlySo I want to know how can I recreate all those default Recovery Partitions&Do I need to format my laptop again for that?

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Hi all,I've recently purchased a Lenovo Legion Y520 which had Windows 10 pre-installed on it.I wanted to install Linux on SDD as the main OS. I wanted to move windows installation from the SDD to HDD.So i backed up the windows partition with a third-party tool then formated the SDD completely including the recovery partition.I talked to merchant technical support and they told me that the license for windows is obtained with the motherboard serial but the recovery tool would guarantee restoring everything including driver updates & Lenovo useful softwares.I want to know where can i get an official image for the recovery partition in case i wanted to install windows again on the SDD without the previously created image.Thanks in advance.

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i think hp / compaq should create a software update utitlity that would allow a consumer user to update their recovery partition, so that if they had to perform system recovery they wouldn't erase let's say an OS - Operating System upgrade.  ex: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, I'd like to upgrade to HP/Compaq Windows 7 Home Premium.  In other words the recovery partition wouldn't revert to factory installed OS but rather to the OS upgrade.


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A:Update Recovery Partition

More than likely, that violates the licensing agreement with Microsoft. At least, I imagine it would. You are talking about two separate copies of separate operating system software. 

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This is how my desktop looks after 1803 update. If I remember correctly, there was Recovery drive D in previous versions? Is this supposed to be this way, or should I create one manually?


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Hi,So, when I started the Recovery drive, it searched and found no partition to save the system files on and it asked me to insert a usb 16GB which I did, and it did backup the system files using around 11 GB which is great.Now, there's a hidden recovery partition 12.99 GB as you can see in the picture which for some reason the recovery drive didn't find it and it's showing that it's free but in fact 9 GB are used up and I would like to update that recovery partition by putting there the other 11 GB because it's very recent. If I open my laptop in recovery mode, onekey would ask me if I want to restore from initial backup. That initial backup I have no control over it and unable to update it. If i want to backup my system using onekey, it will say estimated image file 80 GB but I only want system files like when using the recovery drive.I hope you guys understand me and that I haven't over complicated things. Thx.P.s. I have so many disk 0 partitions, can I delete any of them? How can i find out, which one is the recent one from the last windows upgrade?

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Is there a way to boot directly off of D:(recovery partition) so i can restore my gateway laptop to factory settings? Right now I get a "BOOTMGR is missing" error message. The C: drive is completely gone, but like i said, the recovery partition is intact.

Thanks in advance.

Edit: I tried hitting f11 at startup to bring up gateways recovery menu, but again nothing. I have the windows vista recovery environment disc also if that helps.

A:Formatted Windows Vista partition, but i still have the Recovery partition on D:

There are files on c: used by the recovery partition on d:

Boot with your Vista recovery DVD and reinstall Vista.

Regards. . .



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Hi everyone,

I recently purchased a Dell Windows RT tablet from someone. It had the problem of not starting anymore. I managed to get my hands on a Windows RT 8.0 Recovery USB Image for this type of tablet. I used a Imaging tool to install this image on a USB drive.
I booted with this and I could access the Advanced recovery options. I started the Command Prompt and launched Diskpart. I saw all of the partitions where gone. So I used Diskpart to re-install all of the partitions using the Microsoft standard.
It looks like this:

convert gpt
create partition primary size=450
set id=DE94BBA4-06D1-4D40-A16A-BFD50179D6AC
gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"
assign letter=T
create partition efi size=200
format quick fs=fat32 label="System"
assign letter=S
create partition msr size=128
create partition primary
shrink minimum=4200
gpt attributes=0x0000000000000000
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows"
assign letter=W
create partition primary
set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
format quick fs=ntfs label="Recovery image"
assign letter=R

All went well. After recreating the partitions, I used DISM to deploy the *.wim image on the USB drive to the Windows partition and installed the bootloader afterwards. The tablet was fixed after this :) I installed Windows RT 8.0 and updated to Windows
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I have a laptop HP 450 G3.
The disk contains 
a) Recovery partition
b) System partition
TPM is activated
The Laptop wasn't attached to Domain.
I was using this system for over 6 months without a problem and <g class="gr_ gr_25 gr-alert gr_tiny gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear ContextualSpelling multiReplace" data-gr-id="25" id="25">i</g>
was using only the <g class="gr_ gr_22 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" data-gr-id="22" id="22">bitlocker</g> password to unlock it.
My password is a 10 digit number, for example, 1234567890
After I attempted a Windows 10 Upgrade to the latest version and turned off the PC the system now asks for Recovery key, which I don't have because ? never used it before.
All my files are in this partition, including the operating system and ? cannot access it.
I have also tried to unlock the drive with the manage-bde command but failed.

I am confident that ? types the password correctly since ? was typing it for 6 months.

What can ? do to get back my data? Anyone that can help me please contact me

I also tried the repair-bde command but with no success.
C:\WINDOWS\system32>repair-bde h: x: -pw
BitLocker Drive Encryption: Repair Tool version 10.0.17134
Copyright (C) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Enter the password t... Read more

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In last day I got my laptop reset after that I got trouble that it's taking every update again. I reset my laptop few times in past few months and it's updating again from starting. any idea to put updated images in lenovo one key recovery.   I have chrome, firefox on my  c drive and I don't want to make backup of current pc with my log-in in browser. Any help?

A:Is there anyway to update the one recovery images in lenovo laptop ?

Hi anirugu91 , 
Welcome to the Community Forums. 
Since the recovery image are factory created by the depot engineers , there won't be anyway to change it without using the OEM internal tool. 
Other option that you can try is creating a user backup from One Key Recovery software or simply cloning the harddrive after you have update it. 
Hope this help answer your query.

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I was running partition magic to partiton an external hard drive but partiton magic took it upon itself to do...something to my recovery partition. the recovery partition doesnt show up. its there because the other partition software i use (minipartition) sees it and can view the files. i think maybe partiton magic unlabled it or something. PLEASE help. i have no idea what to do

A:partition magic and windows 7 recovery partition

That's no problem; try giving it a letter in Device Manager.

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to TSF by the way!

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I'm trying to re-install Windows 8 as it is not working properly, but did not make a copy of the  Dell software image when I bought my Dell XPS 8500. I can not now make a copy of the software image.
When I use Dell Backup and Recovery, it says "it can not detect the recovery partition on this computer it may be missing or corrupt. To recover your computer to the original factory state and restore the recovery partition please use your system recovery discs"
In the past I would have just re-installed the OS from the provided discs and I'm not sure what to do next. At the moment the OS is not working correctly.

A:Windows 8 Recovery with no OEM DVD or USB drive or recovery partition

Dell made a software called "Dell Backup and Recovery" to help it's users to backup or recover the Operating System, Factory Installed Drivers and Applications and Personal User Data like Music, Videos, Photos and documents etc. To do so, Dell creates a Hard Partition called Recovery which contains an image of the Operating System, Drivers and Factory installed 3rd party applications like Mcafee Anti Virus which are all together known as Factory Image. Dell recommends it's consumer to backup this Recovery Partition in USB Flash Drive or Multiple DVD's as soon as they Fire the PC for the first time. Now, as you mentioned that you're recovery partition is corrupt, and you don't have the Recovery Media Disc's, none of your data could be recovered. If you PC is covered under warranty, you can call Dell Technical Support and request for the Windows 8 Media Kit & License Key and can simply do a full Operating System Reinstallation. If your PC isn't covered under warranty, you might need to Purchase the Retails Version of Windows 8 Media Kit with License Key for a $100. Remember that you can't use any other Dell Windows 8 Media Kit that didn't not came with your Dell PC as each Dell Windows 8 Media Kit has a Unique System Specific License Key for Windows 8 which is Injected into the System Bios and can't be retrieved by the User.
Next Time if you purchase a new Dell PC, Always remember to make the Recovery Media using Dell Backup... Read more

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I have a Lenovo laptop running Windows 7 Professional and I need to somehow use system recover to sort out the multiple problems. The OS was installed when it was new and no WIndows OS DVD's were issued with the laptop.  The WIndows install is 100% legit. The problem is only the failure of Lenovo to give customers the OS DVD's with the new laptop. The Lenovo warranty period has expired and their help/support is less than useless.
The recovery method in the Lenovo instructions does not work! I press the Novo key and F11 and get to the start of the recovery process where I select language and then when I click Next, the process stops with an alert saying I need to log in - see system administrator.
So I am unable to use the built in Recovery method.
I read there are several other methods of recovery and two of them I have explored:
1. Mircosoft website has a software-recovery section where I can enter my Product ID/Key and language and download an ISO for burning to be used as an install disk for fresh WIndow 7 Professional install.  The required 25 character Windows Key (xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx) which I obtained using a registration key app but is not accepted by Microsoft so I cannot proceed to download an ISO. I believe the Key is correct as it matches what I recorded one year ago and is same using two different Key recovery apps.
2. The Lenovo website gave instructions for burning DVD's to be used for restoring the laptop to as released from factory s... Read more

A:about Recovery Partition/Recovery methods - Windows 7

The site that you inputted your key does not accept OEM keys. Right click Computer > Properties. At the bottom of the page you will see your PID. If it has OEM in the PID then you cannot download an iso from Microsoft's site. You can input your key into the Ultimate PID checker and it will tell you the key is Valid.
If you created DVD's using lenovo's utility then you should not need to enter any key. It will be pre-activated.
When it asks you to login does it have a user and password box? Can you post a screen shot of the window?

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Hi guys: My problem was started by crashing my windows 10 soon after Logging windows password.?First of all  I tried Recovering by F11 method. But an error showed up saying Your device needs to repaired and not connected kr cant be acessed (Code: 0xc000000f).?Then i tried Repairing windows from bootable windows 10 USB but again it failed too (Error was startup repair cant repiar your system).?After trying this when i pulled my usb out,  i was not able to start my windows because on startup ,before windows 10 logo ,every time an error showed up saying (No bootable device - insert boot disk and press any key)?So i thought i could help my self by formatting c: drive and installing new windows from usb. But again i failed , error saying (your partition is of GTP type) after formatting c:?So To get rid of (no bootable device) error on stratup i thought i can get rid of it by formatting MBR partition and another very first partition labelling System. Both of them were 26OMB and 128MB respectively.But nothing happened after formatting both of them too.  I forgot to tell that apart from builtin windows 10... i had installed windows 7 too in my system long before all this story.when everything was Alright.?At this moment following Partitions are on my Hard drive.?Partition 1:  260 MB , Typeystem , Name: MBR, ( Currently formatted by me, mentioned above)Partition 2:  120MB, Typeystem, Name: (I dont remember lable , but i formatted i... Read more


Yes. Send a picture of the partition layout. I fear you have created quite a mess here and I wonder if maybe there is a problem with the hard drive. Have you run an F2 diagnostic scan on the hard drive? 

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Is it possible to create a recovery partition on C: for windows 8 pro 64 bit? if it CAN be done then how would one go about doing it? Have 500gb hdd so plenty of space.

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Hello. My Laptop was pre-installed with windows 7 Home Premium on C:
Some months ago, I have it installed with windows 8.1 on C:, and 7 Ultimate on B: (lol yes B).
I found out that the 7 Ultimate isn't legit, and also found out that I actually has Recovery Partition. so I want to recover the win 7 Home Premium, but to overwrite B: partition.
Can this actually be done?

My laptop is Asus G53JW btw. Thanks in advance.

A:Recovery Windows to Another Partition

No, the recovery process will write to C:

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Hi all,I have a Lenovo E560 that came pre-installed with windows 7 (GPT partition). GPT limits my encryption options and so I want to re-Install windows 7 and use MBR partition..I created Recovery media to 4 CD's.As per link below this describes how I should recover OS with MBR. https://support.lenovo.com/ie/en/documents/win8-dwgrd  ie: Boot to Rescue and recovery CD, choose factory restore , select partition style GPT or MBR.My problem is that when I boot to rescue and recovery via CD I am never given an option to Choose partition style ? Is there an updated Rescue and recovery CD that I need to create that does give me this option ? Thx,R

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Hey all, I have a question about making a recovery partition. I've got a Dell that came with W7 and has since gotten a clean install of 8. However, the recovery partition is from W7 and I'm assuming it has all the crap Dell preloaded on it. Is there a way I can make a new recovery partition or install 8 over the existing one?


A:Windows 8.1 recovery partition

As far as I've been able to determine the Factory Restore/Recovery partition is created during the build of the computer. The HDDs are usually clones from a master setup for a particular model and the procedure to restore from that partition relies on more than just having the software on that partition to get the restore started. I've not come across any software that can do the same for individuals wishing to create the same procedure. Same for the program that is created or modified to allow making the CDs or DVDs for the Factory Restore. In practical terms, changing to an OS that didn't come with the machine pretty much creates a Custom computer of it.

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I'm upgrading a Compaq Presario running XP that has a recovery partition installed by the manufacturer. It's my understanding that the recovery partition will be useless after the upgrade. Should the drive be reformatted and the partition deleted?

A:Windows XP Recovery Partition

If you want XP do not delete the recovery partition.

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Hi all,

My laptop hard disc drive was failing and so whilst under warranty it was sent away to be replaced. I have it back now but in 'My Computer' the recovery partition is not visible, only the main C: drive.

However, when I open disc management there are two recovery partitions listed (one ~27 GB and one ~1 GB) along with an OEM partition and an EFI system partition. My concern is I don't have the option to assign any of these drives a letter to make them visible in My Computer, should I be worried or is this common place?

A:Recovery Partition - Windows 8

I have a Samsung laptop. When I bought it and fired it up for the first time I was given the options to choose my partition size or none at all. I choose none at all which give me exactly what you have. I still have my recovery partition it's just hidden. This may what have happened when it was setup with the new HDD. Now I have created a partition and I'm dual booting windows 7/8.1 and have a C and D drive along with the hidden system recovery partition.

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Just wondering... I will be upgrading to Windows 7 from Vista and would like to know if it will automatically create it's own recovery partition and replace the one for Vista? My Compaq came pre-installed with a separate recovery partition for Vista. I was wondering, if I need to do a re-installation of Windows 7 in the future at some point, how would I go about it with just the Windows 7 upgrade disk...

A:Windows 7 recovery partition..

Hu zzuebe2, welcome to the forums.

The recovery partition you have & the partition the Se7en sets up are sompletely different.

The Vista recovery is a complete backup of your OS so if you need to you can 'return to factory' settings. This is normally done by selecting a 3rd party 'System Restore' from the Start Menu or during the POST bootup.

The 'recovery' partition for Se7en is in case you need to run a repair install which only (mainly) replaces/reinstalls important operating/system files to the same state as when you first installed.

Installing Se7en over your vista partition will leave the second partition as a (quite frankly) useless drive and still setup a 100MB recovery partition . If you wish to still use the 3rd party 'System Restore' you will need to upgrade from Vista to Se7en do doubt about it. This will, however, completely wipe all data from the drive & set it back to how you first opened the box.

Hope that answers you question


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So I got a new computer and I've finally set things up. I decided to make a Windows system image on to my external hard drive in case of an emergency. Anyway, I have an OEM recovery partition on my computer, and I'd like to keep if I have to restore from the image. Will restoring the image from the Windows install DVD remove my recovery partition, or do I get to choose the partition to restore to? Also, if this will remove the recovery partition, then what is a good backing up solutio/program?


A:Windows Image and Recovery Partition

You might want to use free Macrium Reflect or Paragon 10 for more reimaging options than the new Win7 backup imaging has yet.

However, if you don't tick the box on Win7 reimaging app to format the HD it is supposed to reimage only to the offsets (partitioning) you originally had - even if all partitions aren't included in image.

You might consider including Recov partition in your image. Be sure to make your Recov disks so you have a way to restore to factory condition regardless.

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Hi, I just registered on this forum hoping someone could help me solve a problem Ive been having for days now, any help is appreciated.

So I bought a new, Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook A544 with Windows 8.1 preinstalled and I immediately decided to install Windows 7 on it, I didnt format the recovery partition, only the partition on which OS was in. After using it for a couple of days I wanted to go back to using 8.1 so I tried to do a system restore following instructions on the fujitsu website but with no success. By formating the preinstalled partition I probably messed some settings up for the recovery.

I then installed a pirated version of 8.1 to see if I could factory reset then but I still wasnt able to do it with the instructions provided by fujitsu.

The recovery partition is intact, I can access it and there is a wim file in it, called install.wim. So is there any way I can do a clean install, by which I mean, format the hdd, and install Windows 8.1 using the wim file, basically restoring the laptop back to factory state? Im not sure Ive described my problem that well since english isnt my mothe tongue, so if any more information is needed I will try to provide it. Thanks!

A:Installing Windows 8.1 with recovery partition

YES. first use the Microsoft media creation tool to get good windows 8.1 software and use it to install windows
then you can register the factory recovery image..

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Hi guys, so I'm having issues with Windows 10 on my Y50, things aren't as smooth as they should be and I don't know if it's an issue with the drivers but I installed all the new drivers for it but yet.... The trackpad is really bad, the new gestures barely work. Animations are real slow. Some of the win10 apps just close on me randomly, live tiles don't work for many. videos on facebook/youtube etc are laggy/stuttering although not sure if this is Win10 issue but was working fine in 8.1. I tried reinstalling windows 10 couple times (clean install) so I'm running out of options and I want to recover to initial setup with Win 8.1. Maybe I shouldn't have done a clean install and chose the "upgrade" option instead so it installs over win 8.1, maybe it would be more stable? That's the only thing I haven't tried that I can think of.
I wanted to know if I recover will it bring it back to factory settings (Win 8.1) or will it just recover to a clean windows 10 install? Because when I installed win10, it formatted my hdd and now when I check in my disk management, there is a partition for recovery but its 100% free, theres nothing there. Same with the EFI and OEM partitions.
Is anyone else having these issues with Win10? I'd appreciate your help!
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A:Y50 - Windows 10 issues, Recovery partition gone?

Update: Win 10 is getting worse with new updates... im getting blue screens now, any thoughts?

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I accidentally installed grub onto my windows partition and erased the whole thing while trying to perform a Linux install. My laptop shipped with win 8, but I upgraded it to win 10 a few months ago. Now, there are no operating systems detected. I am using a dell laptop, which is why I am worried about burning installation media on this device as it may not be compatible.
Anyway, does anybody have a good reference for gateway recovery media? I'm not sure how to access the partition, as F8 and other windows related keys do not work anymore.

This is what my PC shows me-
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I can't seem to get any other replies on other forums, so I thought I'd try here. I just want to re-install windows and reformat the partitions back to their normal state.


A:How do I re-install Windows with or without recovery partition?

From an operating computer, make a Kyhi recovery bootable USB flash drive:
Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums

There is also a little utility on that recovery drive that will let you connect to WiFi. Please post a screenshot of disk management and we can help you more:
Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of - Windows 10 Forums

Please make sure to widen then columns so we can see all the info in them.

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I recently purchased a new Dell XPS laptop with SSD. The first thing I did after receiving it was to split the C drive into two using Easeus Partition Manager. Probably due to this, neither Windows nor the Dell Backup & Recovery software detect the recovery partition any more.

When I launch Windows built in recovery creator, it's 'Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive' option is grayed out. If I click next, it would say 'We can't create a recovery drive on this PC. Some required files are missing'.
Dell Backup and Recovery says 'Corrupted Environment. Dell Backup and Recovery has not been able to detect the Recovery Partition on this computer. It may be missing or corrupted." (see screenshots below).

One thing I am 100% sure is that the recovery partition is present and is intact. I was able to create a bootable USB using Dell Backup and Recovery (this is different from a full recovery media in the sense that the laptop will boot from USB, and then recover from the recovery partition). Using this USB, I was able to restore the OS properly. Unfortunately, even after this factory restore, Windows doesn't detect the recovery partition.

I did some research on this here and on other forums. Based on that, I am posting what I have done until now hoping that it will be helpful.

1. Output of diskpart

Here, partition 4 and partition 9 both have WinRE.wim. Partition 4 also has Reagent.xml. Both have the GUID same, but offset is different.

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A:Windows Not Detecting OEM Recovery Partition

I would recommend you making the DELL OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
Dell Windows 8 Recovery.
Windows 8 - Recovery Media in 99 Seconds - YouTube
Recovering Windows using the Dell Direct USB Key - YouTube
Dell Direct USB Key Solution - YouTube
Dell Recovery Mode - Making Recovery CD - YouTube
How to order Microsoft official Dell OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks.
Manuals | Dell US

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I have upgraded to Windows 10 and plan to stay there.  My HP recovery disk uses 12.5 GB. 1 - What use will this partition be after 30 days from my Windows 10 install.  (not going back to windows 7.2 - Where does Windows 10 install installation files?3 - What happens if the Partition is deleted? Thanks,

A:HP Partition Recovery - windows 10 upgrade

@jvoracle?, welcome to the forum. When requesting help you should always include the make/model (i.e. p6-xxxx) of the computer and/or monitor. This information is necessary for us to review the specifications of them.

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I have this laptop that has Recovery partition and it's Windows Vista. The computer is slow and to many problems show up, a lot of programs are not working as they suppose to. Now I want to make it fresh and fast again. What I suppose to do do a Format to Windows 7, or its better to do it with the recovery partition but the thing is I still don't how to do it with it. Only I know is do a format and clear the partition C. Thanks in advance.

A:Recovery partition Windows Vista

First of all back up from your pictures, musics, etc that stored in the user folder.
I have no doubt that Windows 7 is better than windows vista (My idea).
To install a windows 7 , you can simply boot up with a windows7 DVD and format drive C, then install a fresh winodws7.
To perform a Windows Vista Recovery :
I don't know your laptop brand, Please take a look HERE, it explain how to start from recovery partition for Asus,DELL,Sony,Acer,etc.

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I bought an Aspire E11 with a 32Gb eMMC which actualy is just 29Gb ...From these 29 Gb Windows 8.1 reserves 10Gb for recovery partition, leaving me with only 8Gb free on drice C after system and apps installed. I have already created a dedicated USB recovery pen, how can I delete and use as extension of drive C the 10Gb initially reserved for recovery ???

A:How to delete Windows 8.1 Recovery Partition

Hi,Its better suggested not to delete the partition, but yes you can use programs like partition magic to get the job done,. Cheers

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OK what I need to do is complicated. I have been searching for hours and cannot come up with a solution.
I have a computer with Windows 8 Pre-installed. It has a recover partition. I have disabled UEFI in the BIOS until I can finish installing Windows 7. I do not have any blank DVDs or access to a USB drive. What I want to do is delete the files in the Windows 8 recovery partition and put Windows 7 installer there. Then boot from that and replace Windows 8 with Windows 7. I have the drivers already downloaded to go onto the recovery partition. I have been unable to find any resources online to do this. I already Have a Windows 7 ISO ready to go.

A:How do I create Windows 7 Recovery Partition

How do I get over 100 views and no responses?

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I recently reloaded an old version of Windows 7 Home Premium. My original version (same disk) had issues with updates. When I reloaded the installation disk, I found that I had 2 versions on boot up.

THe original version is running extremely slow........full of many problems

THe new version has a 250 MB partition of the Recovery partition......and is practically full. I constantly need to clean out files.

What is the best way to change this so i can use the newer version and subsequently get updates on this on line?

A:Recovery Partition Full in Windows 7. Need help


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Hello, So after i migrate my HDD to an SSD, will i have to reactivate windows? and also will the migration tool move the recovery partition from the HDD to SSD as well after migration?

A:Reactivate Windows/Recovery Partition

Arail99 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums! The "device" is registered with the Microsoft Activation servers when it is first activated. As long as all you change the the drive, it will reactivate automatically once you gp online. As to the Recovery partition, probably not.  But it doesn't matter anyway because the Recovery won't work with the smaller SSD as the first thing the function does is erase and reformat the entire drive, to reinstate the original partition scheme, and since the SSD is to small, that will fail and the Recovery will stop at that point. IF you want a Recovery solution after migrating to the SSD, I strongly suggest using a third-party tool known as Macrium Reflect. What I recommend is the following:1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR)2) Run MR and choose the option: "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows" to write a full backup to an external drive, USB stick, or DVDs3) Use the option to create a boot USB stick or CDI use this all the time and it typically takes less than 10 minutes to do the image backup and about the same time or less to do a restore. Plus, MR has the option to Add a Recovery Boot Menu entry. This allows you then to boot into WinPE, and you can then use that to do a restore -- when you can't boot into Windows!NOW, you have the means to restore a full working system from the external drive, USB or DVDs stick in only a few minutes.Good Luck

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I have a Dell XPS laptop. I reinstalled windows a weeks ago using an oem disc. Since then i have notice my sound sometimes stops working. I would like to reinstall to factory. I booted and pressed f8 then clicked repair windows. At the repair menu the dell factory reinstall option is missing. My recovery partition is still on the drive.

A:How do I Reinstall Windows from a recovery partition?

Is there no Dell Recovery Tool listed using the method you just described? It appears you are attempting to do everything correctly.

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