Recovery partition, copy and boot???

Hello everyone, I have a dell studio laptop that originally came with Windows 7 installed. It is currently running windows 10 version 1903. My question is; is it possible to copy the recovery partition to a USB and boot from that to bring the laptop back to factory? I ask this because I don’t understand how to do it from windows 10 upgrade and security settings page.

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I've heard folk try.

But I've never seen it work here. This is why we order up Dell's recover media for W7. At least with W10 we can clean install and not worry about activation if W10 has activated before.

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availible drivers from dell

I have the reinstallation cd but dell does not offer drivers from what I saw. Are there any sites that you can get them?

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Since I don't see the full model number

I can't check it out. For me it's the same old slog. Service tag number at Dell and if I feel I need more I have to use the old school methods. For Intel chipset drivers I go to Of course we update the BIOS before we start since we are doing a clean install and now's the time to make that current. Then the usual order of motherboard, audio, video and then other drivers. Sometimes W10 gets it right and we stop.

I do see a lot of machines where the client claims it's a driver issue but nope, just some failed hardware.

You have a lot of posts so I would be guessing you are creating new posts all about the same PC or are a tech working a lot of PCs. This is why I forget all prior discussions and use only the data given in each post. Otherwise I can get mixed up on what machine the tech is working on.

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Yes this is all about my dell studio 1749 laptop. I know there is a recovery partition on the hard drive that should bring it back to factory settings l just can’t figure out the way to do it. Service tag 1HGBWM1. I have been running around in circles trying to figure this out. I just don’t have the knowledge to accomplish my mission. Thanks for your understanding. I just tried copying the recovery to a USB but I’m having trouble with that also it’s telling me one file is too big for the USB which when you look at it it doesn’t look like it’s too big for the USB?? Which I believe is the image file that I need to do the recovery. So far the only thing I could do is create a shortcut on the USB but I don’t know if that’ll get me to my destination.

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For Dell it used to be their Fkey.

But as the OS changes the boot code is changed and breaks, destroys the onboard recovery. I'm sure you've read this so I see no need to go over this again.

You can try asking on Dell forums but it's been done many times. It either works or not and when it does not, well, beating the dead horse is about the closest answer I know of. shows 36 downloads so if I were to reload W7 this is where I'd look as the service tag is empty (tip: uncheck the service tag option.)

Such an install can be too much for users. It's more of the classic (some say Jurassic) install methods. There is no step by step which can really update folk that don't install Windows or their first time.

Microsoft never created a great install system and up to Vista the machine makers tried to shore this up with recovery media and to placate those that wanted a clean install, drivers at the maker's web site.

As to the file is too big for USB, try NTFS next time but be aware that after so many folk trying this, it's just an exercise for those that think this can help or work.

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(NT) Thank you
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Where is this M.2 connection?
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The M.2 is in my new machine which is a Dell Inspiron all in one I’m trying to figure that out too. But right now I have a quick question I was running diagnostics on my laptop because I wasn’t sure of where to go in windows 10, anyway, right now I’m at a screen that says System image recovery. Could this be what I’ve been looking for the whole time? Or will it just go back to windows 10 again?

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I can't tell you that. You would have to try it.

This is why I must forget old discussions. If you have a prior discussion then continue there rather than create new discussions trying to pose the same question another way.

As to System Image Recovery, since that could be W10 or W7 I can't answer.

Also, Dell had more than a few recovery systems. Example (and there are more out there):
"Dell DataSafe Local (Windows 7, Inspiron, Studio, XPS)
Dell Backup and Recovery Manager (Windows 7, OptiPlex, Latitude, Precision, Vostro)"

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My apologies

Being new to the forum so I wasn’t really sure how they were run home learning as I go thanks for the input. It looks like I can restart the computer if I don’t tell it who I am, so I might do that and see if I can get back to it again after I save a couple more things and give it a shot see what happens. I’ll let you know.

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you can run the recovery partition from Windows 10. Reboot your computer holding down shift button, hold it down until your computer shows recovery options. Select your UEFI and reboot. Go into laptops recovery mode by sleecting either F10 or F8 depends on your make of laptop. You will not be able to run its original factory install. Cheers from the computers repairs team.

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