W 8.1 Multiple recovery partitions

By 11mrtom
Sep 22, 2014
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  1. Well, I'm courious about the multiple partitions I have.

    The Acer Aspire E1 571 avived with W 8 preinstalled. Went through the W8.1 update and the unit is patched up to date, all stable.

    I have multiple recovery partitions, what do they each signify? If I revert to factory install, do I get W 8 or W8.1?

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  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    Oh fun!!

    Notice, the first three are 'smallish' (<400mb) and the fourth is sizable 15+gb.

    • The fourth is the real recovery data for the NTFS C:\
    • The second (noted as EFI system) is the true boot area for the secure boot technology (that's what I understand at least).
    • One or three contain device drivers ( I am told, but which one I'm uncertain ???)
  3. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,777   +242

    If you do a Factory reinstall . Your system will go back to Win 8. You will need to update to win8.1. In other words If the computer was win 8 when you bought it . This what the system restore image will be.

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