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Win Recovery vs HP Recovery

Forgive the duplication, if any, but I have looked  & could not find  an answer.

I have a new Win7/64-bit Pavilion desktop.  Is there any significant differences between the Windows System Image & HP Recovery?  I have already created a System Image & Repair Disk with Windows; do I need to create the Recovery Disk with HP as well?

 

Jeff

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Hi Jeff,

 

HP Recovery Discs will reinstall the operating system to the condition the PC was in when you first purchased it - so you will have to apply all windows updates again, reload you're files and programs etc.  The windows image you create would reinstall the operating system plus your files, programs etc to the state the PC was in when you created the image - this is really useful as you can regularly create a new image.  I would always recommend creating the HP Recovery Discs - you can't be too safe.

 

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Hi,

The significant difference is that Windows System Restore (you called it recovery) is not a destructive process in terms of documents, music and videos. They are not deleted. Windows System Recovery can also, but unfortunately not always, be reversed. That is convenient if you find that a particular restore point does not do what you expect it to.

 

HP Recovery is a destructive process. All of the data that you have on the PC is deleted during  the Partitioning and formatting process unless you have backed it up. The operating system and software that was included with the PC can be restored back to factory condition. 

 

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erico

 





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erico wrote:

Hi,

The significant difference is that Windows System Restore (you called it recovery) is not a destructive process in terms of documents, music and videos. They are not deleted. Windows System Recovery can also, but unfortunately not always, be reversed. That is convenient if you find that a particular restore point does not do what you expect it to.

 

HP Recovery is a destructive process. All of the data that you have on the PC is deleted during  the Partitioning and formatting process unless you have backed it up. The operating system and software that was included with the PC can be restored back to factory condition. 

 

Best regards,
erico

 


Thank you for your reply!I am aware of the difference between Win System Restore & Win Recovery (from System Image).  It is my understanding that Win Recovery resets the system to the state of the Image, and is therefore "destructive" also.

 

 

I asked my original question to help me determine which software to keep on my PC, or if I should keep both.  

 

Based on the 2 replies thusfar, it seems the 2 programs accomplish the same thing?

 



 

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Hi Jeff,

 

The main difference is that the System Image created by Windows will include all programs, files, windows updates etc you have installed at the time you create the Image, whereas the HP Recovery Discs will just reinstall the OS, not any files, programs or updates you have added since purchase. 

 

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Hi Jeff,

Windows System Recovery is part of the operating system. You cannot remove it per se. All you can do is deselect hard drive(s) that are encompassed in a system recovery and set the percentage of disk space that is devoted to system recovery. Windows System Restore does not delete your documents. That is the beauty of System Restore. 


An HP Recovery disc set  or media (depending on the desktop/notebook)   is your copy of the operating system and bundled software. I am not personally in the habit of tossing legal copies of current Windows operating systems in the trash bin.  Having access to the HP Recovery Manger on the Recovery partition is like having a panic button. If you repartition your hard disk you will lose access to it.  F11 will no longer work as a hotkey to invoke it. The following video explains in detail what HP Recovery is.

 

 

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erico





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