Windows Guides: Recovery Tools Hidden on Your PC

recovery tools hidden on your pc

By Rich Robinson for Windows Guides

Copy Windows Setup, Drivers or Bundled Software from the Recovery Partition

When I first bought my netbook from Acer it came with the Windows 7 Starter Edition. Luckily for me I had an extra Home Premium license I could use. Problem was that the graphics driver needed was not available for download, and was not available through Windows. A fact I only discovered once I had re-installed windows. Another irritating thing I discovered was that the bundled software that was pre-installed with my windows starter edition, did not run anymore.

The solution? The hidden recovery partition.

Most new computers today comes with pre-installed Windows and bundled software. These licenses or programs does not come with an installation disk, package or user-manuals. Instead the setup files (or recovery disk) is stored in a hidden partition on your hard-drive, together with various extra drivers and tweak files. At the end of this article I will show you where to look for the files and how to retrieve them, but first lets unhide the partition. To unlock or get access to this hidden partition we need to unhide it. This can be achieved using the built-in DiskPart Tool. You can choose to get access to the disk on a one-time basis or permanently assigning a drive letter for it. In most cases you are able to assign a drive letter using the Windows Disk management tool. The Recovery Partition is normally set to have no drive letter by default. We can override this feature by using Diskpart.


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  1. Please let me know what you findout. I have a very similar delema with software I would like to transfer.

  2. I would like to transfer Microsoft home Publishing 2000 from my old gatway computer to a dell computer. The program was pre-installed on the gateway. Any way of doing this?

    • Copy the entire Directory containing the program to a Flash drive or a CD then copy to the new computer.@larry:

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