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copy hidden partition used for recovery to factory default

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    copy hidden partition used for recovery to factory default


    hi,

    I just ran into a problem during my upgarding my laptops to win 8 pro from win 7 and also win 8

    2) I have discovered that my laptop which came with win 8 which i upgraded to win 8 pro with a dvd, has had the contents of the hidden partition deleted in the upgrade process [as told to me by acer][that is i can no longer go back to factory default settings ever!].The hidden partition is going to be returned to original condition.So i would like to copy the image of that hidden partition somewhere,where i can copy it back onto the hdd hidden partition should this ever happen again for whatever reason.But not onto a dvd,either a externall hdd or usb stick if its possible.

    2) i have another acer laptop which i have also upgraded,but from win 7 to win 8 pro.
    And it seems that the hidden partition and the factory default settings in that laptop have been untouched!! as i have just restored it back to factory condition.
    But i would also like to copy the hidden partition for this one.
    And i also have other laptops with hidden partitions with vista and xp.

    [so win 8 will delete the factory settings in a hidden partition when it is an upgradde from win 8 to win 8 pro but not from win 7 ???

    What are the ways to copy the hidden partition for ones i know how to remove the hdd and ones that i do not?? In a way that is easy to copy back to the hdd concerned.

    Thanks in Advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by win8user2013
    2) I have discovered that my laptop which came with win 8 which i upgraded to win 8 pro with a dvd, has had the contents of the hidden partition deleted in the upgrade process [as told to me by acer][that is i can no longer go back to factory default settings ever!].The hidden partition is going to be returned to original condition.So i would like to copy the image of that hidden partition somewhere,where i can copy it back onto the hdd hidden partition should this ever happen again for whatever reason.But not onto a dvd,either a externall hdd or usb stick if its possible.

    DO NOT USE THE DVD TO UPGRADE, as you will make the Recovery Partition UNUSEABLE.

    Use Windows 8 Pro Pack.

    To upgrade Windows 8 core, you need to use the Pro Pack.
    To upgrade to Pro Pack
    No install files needed.
    Only the Upgrade key is need.
    Add Features to Windows 8
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    That's one of the first things I discovered, while some versions of Windows 7 Home can be updated to Ultimate using a DVD, Windows 8 Home or Pro without Media Center cannot be updated that way, it's always through the Pro Pack. That also answers a question another guy had, he had upgraded using Pro Pack but Microsoft only sent him a Home version DVD, it was because the Pro upgrade was from Add Features.

    I think, any version of Windows 7 or 8 that had been updated from Vista or XP using a download from MS, cannot be updated with a Disk of a higher OS. At least that seems to be how it behaves.

    Which is a pain, because with Windows 7 I've upgraded a number of system from Home to Pro using a disk, in order to repair some grievous errors with the OS caused by Virii. Seems that can't be done with Windows 8, but I haven't installed Home version on any of my machines to test it.
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copy hidden partition used for recovery to factory default
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