No access to recovery partition - cannot perform Windows 7 updates

tucktech used Ask the Experts™
Hello Experts. I have a windows 7 system that has a recover partition.   While in Disk Management (in Computer Management) I cannot get any access to the "recovery partition".

When I highlight it and right mouse click all I get is "help", I don't get the other options normally preseted for drives.

Because of this I cannot perform Windows updates or upgrade the system to Windows 10.

How should I resolve this issue?
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Wesley MillerComputer Network Analyst

The recovery partiton is only needed if you are going to reinstall Windows 7....

To update Windows 7 with the latest drivers you can usually go to the Manufacture Web site and download then run an updater program.

If you want to reinstall Windows 7 then see this link for information on doing that.
RobertSystem Admin

Are you receiving a specific error when you attempt to upgrade / update that makes you think the recovery partition is preventing it from updating?
As Wesley indicated the recovery partition is not needed for upgrade / update.
Top Expert 2013

the access to recovery partition can differ  for other brands, so what pc model is this ?


It is a Dell Inc. OptiPlex 7020
Top Expert 2013

does the W7 system still run?
the you can update to w10 as follows :

btw - how did you come to the conclusion you need the recovery partition ?

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