Windows 10: Use DELL Recovery USB or WindowsRecovery USB for a Clean Install

Discus and support Use DELL Recovery USB or WindowsRecovery USB for a Clean Install in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Good morning all, I'm doing a full CLEAN lnstall, I have my Windows OS Recovery USB Prepped' and all the Original Drivers Backed up to my ExHDD' In... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by Dasha, Feb 26, 2021.

  1. Dasha Win User

    Use DELL Recovery USB or WindowsRecovery USB for a Clean Install


    Good morning all, I'm doing a full CLEAN lnstall, I have my Windows OS Recovery USB Prepped' and all the Original Drivers Backed up to my ExHDD' In trying to find out is if I should Use the DELL recovery USB or the Windows recovery USB? its all about installing; replacing the drivers, DELL OR WINDOWS - M/Soft packages, any or most wll have to be sorted inorder - dowloaded - saved to the EX HDD,
    Installed in order l assume via DEVICE/Manager' as update driver delete driver search for driver in, ExHDD OLD drivers backed-up OR ExHDD DELL NEW drivers?
    Hoping that I can move around enough with the Driver supplied ln the Recovery OS drivers to do all this
    what can i expect? Assumiming the DELL Recovery would install all the latest driver's for the DELL Inspiron 3670 (2019) during BOOT-UP?There is a BIOS and

    :)
     
    Dasha, Feb 26, 2021
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  2. thraxed Win User

    Installing windows off of a USB stick

    Step By Step from vista:
    From admin cmd prompt

    1. diskpart
    1a. list disk
    2. select disk 1 (replace 1 with your usb drive)
    3. clean
    4. create partition primary
    5. select partition 1 (replace 1 with your usb drive)
    6. active
    7. format fs=fat32
    8. assign
    9. exit

    Copy Windows Vista's DVD ROM content to the Flash Drive

    xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\ (d being your vista cd and e being your usb stick)

    And that's it, boot off your usb disk
     
    thraxed, Feb 26, 2021
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  3. Bree Win User
    Windows 10 recovery USB - which size???

    Not even that. What creating a recovery drive does (if you select 'include system files') is to construct the files required to clean install Windows. If this is made on an OEM install these file will include the OEM custom apps and drivers - effectively a 'factory reset' drive. It is extracting an install image from your existing system files that takes the time.

    The steps in making a recovery drive are shown in this tutorial...

    Create Recovery Drive in Windows 10 | Tutorials


    • first you choose whether or not to include system files (step 5 in tutorial)
    • next the recovery drive files are constructed (this can take a long time if you include system files)
    • only after that is complete will you be asked which usb to use (step 6 in tutorial). At this point you will be told how large a usb you need.

    Without system files 512 Mb is sufficient. Including system files it will be just over 4GB.


    At which step did you get the error? If you were not asked which usb to use then it was the construction of the system files that failed, nothing to do with what usb you had.
     
  4. Nikhar_K Win User

    Use DELL Recovery USB or WindowsRecovery USB for a Clean Install

    USB Recovery

    Hi Janie,

    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.

    Please reply to the following questions to get a better understanding on the issue:

    • Are you getting any error message?
    • How are you creating the recovery USB?

    However, you can follow the steps from Create a recovery drive
    to create a recovery drive.

    Hope it helps.

    Nikhar Khare

    Microsoft Community – Moderator
     
    Nikhar_K, Feb 26, 2021
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