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Marc Thomas
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May 9, 2015 - 6:13 pm
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I'm running a clean install of Windows 10 preview (10074), not an upgrade and am wondering why there is a huge recovery folder of about 11gb.
It appears to contain oem drivers amongst other stuff and would like to delete it, as the partition I'm using for this preview is only about 55gb.
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I do believe a recovery image is purely optional and whether you need a recovery image for a W10 preview would be questionable. If this were mine I would set a system restore and copy and paste the two recovery folders to another location, delete them out of your W10 C drive and reboot. You can store the recovery image on another drive but you then have to use the recovery image tool too and tell Windows where the image is located.
I never ran the recovery image tool back when I was running the W10 preview, just wasn't worth the trouble.

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Folder deleted and seemingly not noticed by the system.
What puzzles me is why that folder was created without asking me.

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Hey Marc - That would be the image that's automatically created for "Refresh" and "Restore" purposes. It is mandatory but if the user is never going to utilize those features, they always have the option of deleting the folder. I deleted my recovery image folder from Windows 8.1 because I use full system images created by Acronis TI for recovery purposes.

Windows won't worry about the folder being deleted but then, of course, the Refresh and Restore features won't work.

I'm pretty sure the recovery image + Refresh and Restore is MS's way of providing a quick and simple (if not wholly reliable) alternative to system imaging for less experienced users. Also, perhaps, in place of installation media which is becoming more and more scarce.

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Hi Marc
The only thing I can think of is if you let Windows create your partition when you installed W10 from you unallocated disc space. Instead of a recovery partition W10 probably just created a recovery image. I have a 32bit W10 on a HD by it's self and I am not really impressed with the functionality, compared to W7, it just looks and feels to much like W8.

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Hi Marc
I finally got the W10TP on a hard drive. Was trying to dual boot or run it in a VM but it doesn't dual boot well or run in a VM well. I did get my GT430 graphics driver to install and this has really helped with the display.
I installed FF to get away from IE and the Spartan browser. I have the same problems with IE and Spartan that I have been having, not to impressed with either IE or Spartan.
One of the biggest issues with W10, is the Windows Update. I see no way to turn off Windows Update or to hide a update that will not install. Hopefully MS will address this issue before final release.
I guess I was one of the few who used Media Center with a TV card, and with lack of support for Media Center this will be a definite thumbs down. I will try to install a couple of games I have and see if they will run.

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Hi Daniel
Generally speaking I much prefer Win 10 to the other one and will definitely use it much more than I ever used 8.
I get poor game performance in it for some reason and Spartan has crashed a few times.
Could Media Center be installed separately?
I'm going to open a new thread for first impressions of Win 10.

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