Originally Posted by strollin
Generally speaking, recovery media differs from an install disk in that the recovery media will restore your computer back to the way it left the factory. Win 7 install disk might not have all of the necessary drivers and won't have any of the software applications that were installed on the computer when you bought it (no crapware either!).
A better solution to either is to get your computer setup with all necessary drivers & OS updates, crapware deleted and essential apps installed then use software like Macrium Reflect
to create a system image which will allow you to restore your system back to the way you like it.
Thank you for your reply, I bought my laptop 2 months ago and have since introduced new things to it. I haven't made any changes to its default settings, only brought in some downloads and softwares. In this case, is it still possible for the windows to detect the state when it left the factory while creating this recovery?
As for the system image, it's something new to me. What can it do? Does it recover everything and restore the system to the state before it experiences a crash like the recovery media does?
Another question regarding the recovery media, can i create it using a >8 GB flashdrive or pendrive? It's recommended to use CD-R or CD-RW btw.