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Author Topic: What's the difference between a recovery disk and a Windows reinstallation disk?  (Read 2768 times)

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Panda25

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    I am looking into buying a new computer and noticed that some systems come with recovery disks and some systems come with Windows installation disks.  What is the difference?  Do recovery disks make it so that when you reinstall Windows, the drivers are installed as well?  I have a Dell Dimension 4300 right now and it came with a Windows installation disk that had Dell printed on the label.  When I rebuilt my system one time, I still had to reinstall all the drivers.  Would a recovery disk reinstall all drivers without me having to go on the Net and download them?
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    A Windows installation disk installs Windows.
    A recovery disk sets your PC back to how it was when you got it.
    A Windows disk is the better of the two.
    Hope this helps.

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    When I rebuilt my system one time, I still had to reinstall all the drivers.  Would a recovery disk reinstall all drivers without me having to go on the Net and download them?
    Yes, that is an advantage of using a recovery disk that came with the computer when it was new.  Since you're talking about new computers, I have a hunch that, if you elect to get the Windows disk, they might also come with a disk that has the drivers you need.  I'd look into that.

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      Thank you both for the information.  I've been wondering about this for a long time.  Now I know.

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      You're welcome.
      Post back if you have any more questions.