Are you saying that I can boot from the dvd and get to the recovery file without having to install the OS?
It depends of what you mean by "recovery file".
And once I'm in the "Recovery Environment" I can copy it to a flash drive or better yet to my pc?
In the Recovery Environment, you have access to the command prompt from which you can use the "copy", "xcopy", etc. commands to copy files from a drive to another.
Or will I have to actually use it to repair the computer? If I do will it restore/repair the recovery drive on my pc?
You can use the installation disc to repair your computer. Either via a "Repair Install" (which is done following the installation process) or using the features of the Recovery Environment (Image Restore, System Restore, Startup Repair, etc).
I've been reading online that the installation disk is not the same thing as a recovery disk, Is that wrong?
It is because you cannot install/reinstall Windows from a Recovery disc, but you can from the installation disc and you can also access the Recovery Environment from it.
Clicking on that option will bring you in the Recovery Environment.
Edited by Aura, 28 July 2015 - 10:34 AM.