How to create a recovery drive in Windows 10

Windows is a lot more stable than it was a few years ago. However, it is still possible that Windows will no longer start for some reason. What are you doing then? Creating a recovery drive on a USB stick is a solution.

Earlier you could read on this website how to start Windows 10 in safe mode. This is useful if certain parts of Windows stop working and you want to fix it. But it is also possible that Windows is so badly damaged that the operating system no longer wants to start at all. Also read: How to make a duplicate backup safely and quickly.

In those cases, you'll be glad you created a recovery drive. By the way, if you're reading this when Windows is already dead, remember that you can also create a recovery drive on someone else's system, and then use it on your own PC.

Create a recovery drive

Creating a recovery drive in Windows is very simple. Make sure you have an empty USB stick of at least 8 GB at hand. usb? Don't we do that with a DVD anymore? Technically this is possible, but in comparison USB sticks are much cheaper these days and they also fit in your pocket. Click now Start and then type recovery. Click on the option that is found (Recovery in Control Panel).

In the window that appears, you will see the option you need right at the top: Create a recovery drive. You will then be asked if Recovery Media Creator is allowed to make changes to your system. The answer to that is Yes. A window will now appear, in which you click on Next one. Windows will now perform a scan first, this may take a few minutes.

Reinstall Windows

Windows will then indicate which drives you can use as recovery drives. You will immediately receive the warning that all content on the drive (in this case the USB stick) will be deleted. click on To make to initiate the process. Windows will now erase any contents of the USB stick and install the Windows system files on it.

When that's ready, you can start Windows with the USB stick, even if Windows no longer gives any sign of life on your PC. In the worst case scenario, you can use the recovery drive to reinstall Windows from scratch.

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