How to Create Windows 10 Factory Recovery Partition and Restore it
If you have upgraded your computer from Windows 7/8.1 to Windows 10, and already had a factory recovery partition, then you must have realized that the Recovery partition will not be updated. So incase if you restore your computer to factory state, you will go back to Windows 7/8.1 whatever you had when you bought your PC/laptop. It is cumbersome process to upgrade to Windows 10 and install all your programs again.
It is a great idea to take a create Windows 10 installation disc or USB flash drive immediately after Windows 10 upgrade and when everything is running smoothly. The only inconvenience in creating a external recovery media is you need to be careful not to misplace the recovery DVD or USB flash drive and you need to carry it just incase your laptop got messed up while on vacations or official trip!
To overcome this problematic situation, I recommend creating a dedicated Windows 10 Recovery partition within your PC itself so that you can use it when and wherever you need.
Create OneKey Recovery Windows 10 Partition
IMPORTANT: Before you proceed make sure you have at least 2 times of used hard disk space more free hard disk space. For example, say you have 100GB used hard disk space including your personal data, Windows OS, and programs, then you will need at least 300GB of free hard disk space. Don’t worry, OneKey Recovery will not use the entire 300GB, it will only use the same size as you used space, but it needs that extra space for its buffering operation.
1. We shall use a freeware developed by AOMEI called OneKey Recovery.
2. Launch the program and click on OneKey System Backup.
3. Check the option Backup system to AOMEI OneKey Recovery Partition (Recommended) and click Next. If you have too little internal hard disk space left and impossible to proceed, you can choose Backup system to other location and proceed with on-screen instructions. This article focus is on creating internal factory partition which is highly recommended, so I will only cover it in detail.
4. Click Advanced button to see what’s going to happen to your hard disk partition.
As you see, OneKey Recovery tool will create a new partition named AOMEI Recovery which is nothing but the Factory Recovery Partition like system for your new Windows 10. Click Start Backup.
5) Some of you may see a error message like the one shown below. Don’t worry, it is Windows AIK/ADK service which you need to have installed on your computer for the Recovery partition to get created. It is a free download and links will be shown in the dialog box as below. Since you already have Windows 10 installed, make sure you click on second link that is meant for Windows 8/8.1 and then download and install the package. After installing the package, click Start Backup again.
6) It will take sometime for the process to complete.
7) After the process is complete you will get a message prompt that the system backup is completed successfully and the boot menu is created. Click OK and then Finish.
8) You can now check in the Disk management tool to see how the partition is created. Type Disk Management in Taskbar search box and click Create and format hard disk partitions. You will see a new partition called AOMIE Recovery.
You are done with creation of Windows 10 Factory Recovery Partition. If you ever need to restore your PC to this backup, proceed as follows:
Restore Windows 10 using OneKey Recovery Partition
VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure to take a backup of all your current personal data before proceeding with the restore process. When you restore to factory settings, it means the personal files will be restored back to the date when you created the OneKey Recovery partition. Any changes that you made to the personal data and any new program additions will not be restored.
1) Restart your computer. If you have created OneKey Recovery partition like I described above, then you will see OneKey Recovery boot menu at boot time. You have to hit F11 key to boot into OneKey Recovery options.
2) Click Enter into AOMEI OneKey Recovery.
3) Click Yes to restore your computer.
4) Click Start Restore.
5) Be patient and do nothing until the process is 100% complete. Click Finish.
How did your Recovery partition creation or restoration go? Let us know in comments below.