You'll launch the Create a system repair disc procedure from the Windows 7 File Recovery user interface
Now, when you see the Windows 7 File Recovery user interface, select the Create a system repair disc command on the left side of the screen to launch the creation tool. This process is illustrated in Figure J. To start the procedure, click the Create disc button.
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If you only create a base recovery disk, can it be used for multiple machines? I did not see in the slides anything about copying the OEM information. Is that included in the default recovery process?
....and text for information about copying OEM information to the Recovery Drive. Better yet, read the entire article: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/window-on-windows/create-a-recovery-drive-in-windows-8/7261
Maybe it's just me. When I think of OEM information, I think computer maker. I would not expect the OEM information on my HP Elite to be the same as the OEM information on my Surface Pro. (Interestingly, running the utility on my HP Elite did not work. The checkbox was simply grayed out.) If I understand this correctly the "OEM" information is part and parcel of the Windows recovery partition and the utility does not distinguish between was is Windows-specific and what is PC-specific (i.e. drivers)?
...generic and can be used in any system as long as you adhere to the 32-bit/64-bit rule. Don't mistake the Recovery Disk as a backup, it only provides you with the ability to boot up the system and the tools necessary to revive your system and access previously created backup information like and external System Image or and internal Restore Point. Now, if you select the option to include the the OEM Recovery Partition, that does turn the Recovery Drive into a backup of sorts. i.e. the Recovery Drive will now contain a copy of the OEM Recovery information which can be used to return the system to the state it was in when you first got it. In otherwords it would have all the extras that the OEM put onto the system. Of course, once you include the OEM information on a Recovery Drive, then it becomes system specific in that OEM Recovery Partition from and HP laptop would do you no good in an Acer laptop. As to your HP Elite question where the check box was disabled, I can only assume that the HP Elite doesn't include a typical OEM Recovery Partition.