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Windows 7: Create F10 Recovery Partition


08 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
Create F10 Recovery Partition

I have a computer with the F10 option when I first turn on the computer. The hard drive failed so I have replaced it and installed windows 7. I am wondering if I can create a recovery partition when I turn on the computer and use the F10 option to restore back to when I first installed windows 7?

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08 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I don't think you can create a partition that will do that by pressing f10, but you can create a system image of your system that is activated and will restore your PC to exactly the way it is when you create the image. You can burn it to DVD, a separate partition or a USB stick. This would be my suggestion to you. Get your computer exactly the way you want it with all your basic and primary apps installed and everything activated. Then make a system recovery image and a recovery disk. To do this go to Control Panel>System and Recovery>Backup and Restore and look on the left hand side of the Windows and you will see both options. Click create a system image and tell Windows where to save your image and it will make an exact copy of your partition. Then it will ask you to make a recovery disk. Follow the instructions on doing that and you will have a backup of your system at it's bare minimum.
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08 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

If you buy and use Acronis True Image 2010, you can tell it to setup the Startup Recovery Manager which will give a "Press F11 to start Acronis recovery". When you do that you have access to the full Acronis recovery functions.
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08 Aug 2010   #4

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

No you cannot create a recovery partition. On my laptop, its F11 to enter recovery partition. But that's only available when you get a new PC as the manufacturer installs a recovery partition. Once you change the HDD or reinstall OS, its gone forever. The option of F11 in BIOS will still remain.
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08 Aug 2010   #5

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

An alternative to ATI Home is Macrium Reflect. The commercial version comes with the option of installing WinPE to the hard drive. That way, should Windows 7 ever fail, you can boot into WinPE and use that to do a restore from a saved partition image -- either located on the hard drive, on a network drive, or on DVDs.
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08 Aug 2010   #6
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With the Recovery Disks for your model which should have been made when you first got computer, or can be ordered from maker.
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08 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I don't want to restore the computer to the factory settings. I want to know if I can use the F10 at the beginning to do a restore that I create and have partitioned on the "D" drive.

I believe the F10 function is built into the BIOS. So can I point it to my new recovery that I create after I install windows 7 on a brand new hard drive?
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08 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

The F10 is normally a part of the initial boot code for the OS that is called after the BIOS

Paragon is another that provides what they call the capsule that can restore an image at boot - their version is the most similar to the setups used by OEMs, that I have seen
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04 May 2011   #9

win 7 ult x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dinesh View Post
No you cannot create a recovery partition. On my laptop, its F11 to enter recovery partition. But that's only available when you get a new PC as the manufacturer installs a recovery partition. Once you change the HDD or reinstall OS, its gone forever. The option of F11 in BIOS will still remain.
Reinstalling the OS does not remove the recovery partition unless you tell it to. It is very possible to reinstall the os, leaving the recovery partition in tact and functional.

You most certainly can. Look at it this way, if the manufacturer can create it, why can't you? It's just a matter of the right bootloader, to function how you want it to, and a little know how in command line operations. It can be done, no one has taken the time to do it, and put the progress out there is the problem....until me. I searched forever for this very thing, and was very unsuccessful finding the solution, so I created it.

Here's a link to the forum with the bootloader that i used, and in there is a post by me (dex3985), with DETAILED instructions on the steps I took to create my own fully automatic restore partition, that stays completely hidden until you press a pre defined key combination at boot up.

[Dell with MediaDirect] XOSL Bootloader, Hardware dual boot made easy

There is email info in that thread, should you have any questions, the guide is pretty self explanitory though, if you have some know how with computers. If you don't, I probably wouldn't attempt it.

Cheers
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04 May 2011   #10

win 7 ult x64
 
 

That bootloader was in a Dell forum, however, the manufacturer of the system does not matter at all.
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