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Installation disk/recovery disk differences?

by blucyg / October 26, 2011 9:24 AM PDT

I recently bought an Asus CM1730
Windows 7 desktop. It came with an 'Installation Disk' -- the retailer created a set of 'Recovery Disks' for it.
What is the difference between them? When would I use each of
them? Do either contain Windows?
Thank you for your help.

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by pgc3 / October 27, 2011 12:54 AM PDT

My guess would be the ASUS disk would be what is called a "BOOT " disk and what the store created were the OS disks. You would use these for system failures and ONLY then. The store disks (usually 2 or 3 DVD'S) would/should contain the total operating system and would restore the system back to "as new" . The boot disk would be used IF the system failed to boot and would/could recover the system from within the system (OS). ONLY use these IF you need to, store them in a safe location as a just in case.

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by blucyg / October 27, 2011 1:33 AM PDT
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Thank you - your reply clarified my quandary a lot. Not to beleaguer it - but - wouldn't the
OS disks include the boot in??
If (and I hope I never do) need the boot disc -- wouldn't I need to follow it with the OS discs? Thank you for your help.

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