You may never know when you’ll need a Windows recovery drive. So, it’s a good idea to create USB recovery drive for Windows. Recovery drive lets you to restore your system to original state if you experience any issues in the system. It is recommended to create a Windows 10 recovery disk with a removable device to repair or reinstall system when needed. Whereas personal files and desktop application won’t come along with the recovery drive. So, you should back up your personal files already.

If your system malfunction before you made a recovery drive, you can create Windows 10 recovery drive using another computer to boot your system. However, the recovery drive won’t work across different version of Windows 10. Similarly, you cannot use a recovery drive made by Windows 10 32-bit to boot a 64-bit system.

In this article we will be using built-in tool to create Windows 10 USB recovery drive. Before getting started make sure you have a USB stick of at least 16 GB. Also, as this process will erase any data that’s stored on the drive use an empty USB drive.

Also Check: How to enable Safe Mode on Windows!

Follow steps below to create a Windows 10 USB recovery drive:

  1. First of all, open “Control Panel“.
  2. On control panel screen, click on “Recovery“.
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  3. Under “Advanced recovery tool“, click on “Create a recovery drive” link.
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  4. Windows will asks if you want to allow this app to make changes to your device, answer “Yes“.
  5. Under create recovery drive screen select “Back up system files to the recovery drive“, then click “Next“.
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  6. Insert a USB drive, wait for Windows to show your device. If you have multiple drive installed, select the one you want to use. And click “Next“.
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  7. The screen will warn you that everything on the drive will be deleted. So, make sure you have copy of everything that’s on the drive. And then click on “Create” button. The process will take some time, till then be patient.
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  8. After the drive has been created, click on “Finish” button.
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There you go, you have successfully created a USB recovery drive. When your system fails to boot, you can use this USB to restore Windows 10. Now, just plug in your USB to the system, change boot option in “BIOS” to boot your system from USB drive and follow on follow on-screen instruction to finish the restoration.

Also Read: How to Recover deleted files using Microsoft’s File Recovery!

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