Create a Recovery Drive in Windows 10

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Create a Recovery Drive in Windows 10 can help you troubleshoot and fix problems with your PC, even if it won’t start. You need is a USB drive to Create a Recovery Drive in Windows 10. Let’s begin the steps:

  1. From the taskbar, search for Create a recovery drive and then select it. You might be asked to enter an admin password or confirm your choice.
  2. When the tool opens, make sure Back up system files to the recovery drive is selected and then select Next.
  3. Connect a USB drive to your PC, select it, and then select Next > Create. A lot of files need to be copied to the recovery drive, so this might take a while.
  4. When it’s done, you might see a Delete the recovery partition from your PC link on the final screen. If you want to free up drive space on your PC, select the link and then select Delete. If not, select Finish.

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After you Create a Recovery Drive in Windows 10, you can Reset or Restore your PC. See the steps below:

  1. Connect the recovery drive and turn on your PC.
  2. On the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot, and then select an option. If you don’t see the Choose your option screen, your PC might not be set up to boot from a drive. Check your PC manufacturer’s website for info on how to change your PC’s boot order.
    • Restore from a system restore point by selecting Advanced Options > System Restore. This will remove recently installed apps, drivers, and updates that might be causing your PC problems, but it won’t affect your personal files.
    • Select Reset this PC and then choose to keep or remove your files.If resetting doesn’t work, you can also Recover from a drive. This will reinstall Windows 10 (unless your PC came with Windows 8/8.1 and a recovery partition from your PC manufacturer, in which case it’ll reinstall the version of Windows that came with your PC). It’ll also remove your personal files, apps and drivers you installed, and changes you made to settings.

    Note: If you chose not to back up system files when you created your recovery drive, Reset this PC and Recover from a drive won’t be available.

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