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Where would I best go about downloading and finding Windows Recovery disks for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8?

Do they fix most problems? What are they typically designed to do?

Are they different from the Original ISO Windows Disk? Like are they a specially designed disk or can you use the Windows disk.

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marked as duplicate by Randolph West, Breakthrough, Mokubai, mpy, Journeyman Geek Jun 20 '13 at 11:20

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are you trying to fix a problem or are you trying to re-install your operating system? DELL/HP/etc... usually charge you for the disks, but most now have a hidden recovery partition.... Depends on your you computer/laptop and the manufacturer... most likely OEM – Logman Jun 17 '13 at 23:01
This is for system repair without recovery partitions. – Rachel Nark Jun 18 '13 at 0:38
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Since you are trying to do a system repair without a recovery partition, the best option would be to contact the PC manufacturer. Different models may have different pre-installed drivers and software, so a disk for one PC might not work on another. The manufacturer should be able to point you right to a download or provide a new disk tailored to your specific machine.

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Recovery and Reinstallation disk for OEM systems can be obtained through the manufacturer. Sometimes they require you register the computer's serial number before providing the disks.

Retail disks can be downloaded on TechNet if you have a subscription, or from the Microsoft store if you purchased online.

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