Disk management- RECOVERY: how to use it?

under disk management, there is a 14GB partition for RECOVERY. How can I use that to restore machine to original state?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Recovery Partition was put there by the vendor to recover to factory state. If you think it is not correct / not working the only I know of is to rebuild the machine with factory DVD's. This will rebuild the recovery partition. You cannot correct it yourself.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
What Dell?

On bootup try F11, if that doesn't work try CTRL-F11.  There are other keys but we need to know the machine and model.
andreasSystem AdminCommented:
On boot, just after powering on, you need to press a special hotkey to start the recovery process. This hotkey should be found on the documentation that came with the machine.
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it is different for different manufacturers
so 25112 - if you would be so kind as to tell us what system this is? model plse?
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
There are two ways to restore machine to factory settings. One is using F11 or any other F key which you press during start of your machine. It will then load special recovery interface and perform restore there.
The second option is booting the machine from a CD or DVD which is coming with the server. Once it boots and you select restore - it will point you to the recovery partition to perform restore from it. You need to find out which method is available for you.
As mentioned, it depends on the manufacturer and sometimes even on the PC. So you should go online to the site of your manufacturer, look for your PC model there, and then find the manual or help section where the factory restore is explained for that PC. Besides that, it is usually also explained somewhere in the Paper manual you got with your PC, so checking that can also help.

Further If the PC uses Windows 7 or earlier OS's, there is also a manufacturer provided utility installed, which allows you to create a set of recovery DVD's. Recovery partitions are of no use if your disk breaks down, or if you want to replace the disk with another. For that you need those DVD's. When you get a PC freshly, this utility normally pops up now and then reminding you to create those DVD's, and that is always one of the first things you should do. If you haven't yet created them, it is time to do so.

Windows 8.x allows you to create a booting recovery USB stick with the recovery partition from within the control panel, recovery, create a recovery drive. So there you don't need to use a manufacturer provided 3rd party tool. Get a USB stick that is just slightly larger than your recovery partition, and then create that drive, then lock it safely away and don't use it for anything else.

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