Which Types of Windows 10 & 11 Updates Also Update The Recovery Partition?

Petrula 31 Reputation points
2023-03-30T20:42:42.11+00:00

Which Types of Windows 10 & 11 Updates Also Update The Recovery Partition?

That is when is the Recovery Partition updated?

 

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  1. Ayomide Oluwaga 946 Reputation points
    2023-03-31T10:26:19.36+00:00

    Hi, you are welcome.

    In answer to your first question, when an update updates the Recovery partition and modifies the WinRE image file, it may include third-party drivers that are currently enabled in the operating system, but this depends on the specific update and its design. The WinRE image file contains a basic set of drivers needed for system recovery, and if third-party drivers are required for recovery operations, they may be included in the updated image file. However, not all third-party drivers may be included, and some drivers may be disabled by default in WinRE. If specific third-party drivers need to be included in the WinRE image file, tools such as DISM can be used to add or remove them manually, but this requires technical knowledge and experience.

    As for your second question, yes, there are tools available to create a WinRE image or a Recovery partition on a computer. One such tool is the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK), which includes the Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) and other tools for creating custom installation and recovery images. You can get it from the link: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/get-started/adk-install

    I hope this was helpful, let me know if you have further questions.

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  1. Ayomide Oluwaga 946 Reputation points
    2023-03-30T23:32:34.8433333+00:00

    Hello @Petrula

    I understand you would like to know which one of the windows updates (feature, Quality, Cumulative Updates) will update the recovery partition.

    Feature updates are more likely to update the recovery partition compared to other types of updates. This is because feature updates often include changes to the operating system's recovery tools, which are stored in the recovery partition.

    When you install a feature update on Windows 10 or 11, the installation process will typically check to see if your recovery partition is up-to-date. If not, it may update the recovery partition as part of the installation process. However, the exact behavior can vary depending on the specific update and your computer's manufacturer.

    Let me know if this was helpful.

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  2. Petrula 31 Reputation points
    2023-03-31T05:30:51.92+00:00

    Thank you for the clarification as to when it might update the Recovery partition.

    When the update does update the Recovery partition, does it place all the current enabled third party drivers in the winrt.wim?

    I have one laptop with no Recovery partition, is there a tool to create a winrt.wim, or create a Recovery partition?

    Thank you for the feedback.

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  3. Docs 15,151 Reputation points
    2023-04-06T20:42:05.86+00:00

    If you want to create a recovery partition then open a new thread.

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