New recovery option idea: SupportAssist Factory Re-Image USB
I give kudos to Dell for providing two options for recovering a system: SupportAssist OS Recovery (on separate partition; used in conjunction with Factory Image Restore), and downloadable "vanilla" OS recovery media. This gives the user options on bringing back a computer to life.
However, on the SupportAssist OS Recovery method, it is lost when the vanilla media is used to re-image the hard drive. And there is no way to restore the "full" factory image (with the operating system, apps & drivers preinstalled; as if you were setting up a new Dell PC) after that.
So my idea for more recovery options is:
- Dell SupportAssist OS Recovery (Factory Image Restore) - Used to back up files, diagnose, repair, or restore the entire computer to factory settings.
- Dell SupportAssist Factory Re-Image USB (must be downloaded) - Same as above, but can also be used for "bare-metal recovery" (blank hard drive).
- Operating System Recovery Media (must be downloaded) - For advanced (and adventurous) users, this media contains a "vanilla" image of Windows 10, without the Dell pre-installed drivers and apps. Useful if user doesn't wants a "clean" Windows without the bloatware.