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Windows 7: formatting recovery partition

21 Jan 2012   #11
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

On the XPS 8300 the recovery partition is also the active partition. Transfer your bootmgr from there to the C: partition with EasyBCD. Here is how. Then you can delete it.

Else you will make your system unbootable if you keep mucking with it.

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22 Jan 2012   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

As advised earlier, Dell OEM Reinstall Disk is just a phone-call away. You are entitled to have it. So get it. Dell is always prompt.
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22 Jan 2012   #13

home premium 64 bit

thanks everyone for the help. Special thanks to whs for the easy solution
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22 Jan 2012   #14
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

You are very welcome. Your post actually triggered me to make the tutorial. Since I have an XPS8300 myself, I knew what the problem was and how simple it was to correct it.
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22 Jan 2012   #15

Windows 10 Pro / OpenSUSE

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whatfor View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Animal5150 View Post
19 Gigs IS a lot of space for a recovery partition to take BUT I myself would just leave it alone. I know you use other recovery software but it never hurts to have another option to take your machine to "day 1" if worse came to worse.
If I chose to use this recovery partition to take my machine back to 'day 1'
I would have all the crap back that was installed by dell that I dont need and took me an hour or more to get rid of. Thanks for the reponse but I really need some advice on this
I don't know if it is the same for every company, but I do know that with Asus, although the computer comes with crapware when it's out of the box, using this recovery option does not bring back most of the crapware, so far on both Asus laptops I have, only 1 crapware program was included in the recovery partition.
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