Windows 8

Protect yourself with a Windows 8 Recovery Drive

Copy the recovery partition check box will be enabled

n a moment, you'll see the first screen in the Recovery Drive wizard, as shown in Figure C. If your computer came with an OEM recovery partition, the Copy the recovery partition check box will be enabled allowing you to include the contents of the recovery partition on the recovery USB flash drive. (If you select this option, you'll need a sufficiently large capacity USB flash drive.) To continue, click Next.

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5 comments
sparent
sparent

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?

sparent
sparent

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)?

sparent
sparent

Thanks for the extra clarification, Greg.

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

...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.