|Choose||If you …||Features|
|Operating System Recovery Media||Need a pre-burned disk with operating system recovery image||Installs the Windows installation files if error occurs|
|DVD Software Recovery Media||Need a pre-burned disk with DVD software recovery data||Installs the CyberLink PowerDVD and/or Roxio® software installation files if error occurs|
|Resource DVD||Need a pre-burned disk with drivers for your system||Allows re-installation of software to accompany the hardware on the system|
|How do I get back to these states?||What do I use?||Notes|
|Dell Factory Image including operating system and all drivers and applications installed when your system was built in the Dell factory||Factory Image Restore to restore the system back to the original factory image.||Does not include any applications or data you may have added since your system was received from Dell.|
|Original Windows operating system image (does not install your Dell system drivers)||
||Installs only the Windows operating system. Does not include Dell system drivers or applications preinstalled on the system when you received it from Dell or any applications or data you may have added.|
|Most recent backup state for operating system partition||Microsoft File History, System Restore and System Image Backup||Follow instructions within the Microsoft Windows utilities, as steps and process can differ between Operating Systems.|
|Most recent state of entire computer including all hard disk partitions||Windows System Image Backup from a removable device where files are stored.||Follow instructions within the Microsoft Windows utilities, as steps and process can differ between Operating Systems.|
|An earlier point in time when my system was working well||
1. Create a bootable recovery drive that includes the Windows Recovery Environment (also called "WinRE") and can include your Dell Factory Image (user’s choice). Your Dell Factory Image includes your operating system (OS), and any drivers and applications installed when your system was built in the Dell factory
How does this benefit me? The Windows Recovery Environment allows you to fix problems that are preventing Windows from starting. It also allows you to restore Windows to an earlier point in time, access a command prompt, and among other things, launch the Dell Factory Image Recovery utility and restore your system to your original image - all without having to be in Windows.
Note: It is strongly recommended that you include your Dell Factory Image on your recovery disk.
2. Create a one-time legal backup copy of your Microsoft Windows OS on a DVD or external storage device. The copy will also include your Dell factory-installed drivers.
How does this benefit me? This allows you to create a one-time backup copy of your original Microsoft Windows operating system to recover or reinstall your operating system in case of failure.
|What do you want to back up?||What do I use?||Notes|
|Personal files, for example, pictures, music and documents from any hard drive partition||
||Built-in Windows utilities|
|Operating system partition only including all programs and data stored there||
||Built-in Windows utilities|
|Entire computer including all hard disk partitions||Windows System Image Backup utility (to external storage device)||Windows Complete PC Backup is not available in all OS versions|