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copy hidden partition used for recovery to factory default


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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
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    win 8
    Computer type
    Laptop

theog

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For all notebooks with all OS's

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.




win8user2013 said:
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.
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/6673-add-features-windows-8-a.html
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

XweAponX

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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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.