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    Windows 10 Recovery - Reference - The need to replace Microsoft Windows Recovery

    Sorry for spammy posts - but I wanted to keep each section seperate - as they are very large walls of text - but very important for each section - so, this is the only way to seperate it. I will eventually collate the whole project after I finish.

    So, let us begin.

    Why is the default Windows Recovery that is created automatically during Windows Setup bad?

    1) If you buy a retail version of Windows to upgrade, or clean install - you will lose your OEM Recovery, unless you make a partition image of the original drive, and apply it to your new installation.

    2) Replacing Hard Drives will also require an image of the original drive.

    3) The partition layout Microsoft recommends and the partition layout Windows actually choses to use - are not the same.

    4) Unless you implement a Push Button Recovery - Windows Recovery - actually does more harm than good.

    Typically, You will only ever need to use your recovery options - if there is something terribly wrong, or to clean the device for resale.
    Unfortuately - if you were attempting to recover from device failure due to incorrect drivers - Windows Recovery - will retain every driver that has been installed on your system.
    After the initial recovery process boots after wiping the program files from the computer - the driver installation phase begins.
    Windows will choose the latest date drivers that match hardware ID. Unfortunately for you, if this device reported to the System that it was operational - but it's behaviour actually caused instability - that was your most recent driver - and Windows will select that first.

    5) The push button reset that ASUS provides, is somewhat better - but still - not immune to the drivers being loaded in to the driver store.
    Push Button Reset - is a comlete image of how the Operating System, after Customisation, that is applied to the drive that the user originally had the Windows installation. This is why the OEM partition is significantly larger than installation media. It must be large enough to have a fully expanded Windows installation, and extra room for scratch.

    During major version updates - dynamic updating of these images in the hidden recovery partitions are also updated - depending on the flags chosen by OEM or during setup.
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