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Create a recovery drive

It's a good idea to create a recovery drive. That way, if your PC ever experiences a major issue such as hardware failure, you'll be able to use the recovery drive to reinstall Windows 10. Windows updates to improve security and PC performance periodically so it is recommended to recreate the recovery drive annually. Personal files and any applications that did not come with your PC will not be backed up. You'll need a USB drive that's at least 16 gigabytes.

Warning: Use an empty USB drive because this process will erase any data that's already stored on the drive.

To create a recovery drive in Windows 10:

  1. In the search box next to the Start  button, 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.
  4. Select Create. Many files need to be copied to the recovery drive, so this might take a while.

If you ever need to use the recovery drive to reinstall Windows 10 on your PC, see Recovery options in Windows 10  for further instructions. It's a good idea to back up your files frequently because the recovery drive isn't a system image. It doesn't contain your personal files, settings, or programs.

Need more options for creating a recovery drive?

  1. For Windows 7, see Create a system repair disc .
  2. For Windows 8.1, see Create a USB recovery drive .
  3. To download Windows 10 installation media, see Recovery options in Windows 10 .
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Create a system repair disc

In the left pane, click Create a system repair disc, and then follow the steps. ... Insert a Windows 7 installation disc. To use the system repair disc. Insert the system repair disc into your CD or DVD drive. Restart your computer using the computer's power button. If prompted, press any key to start the computer from the system repair disc. ...

Create a system repair disc

In the left pane, click Create a system repair disc, and then follow the steps. ... Insert a Windows 7 installation disc. To use the system repair disc. Insert the system repair disc into your CD or DVD drive. Restart your computer using the computer's power button. If prompted, press any key to start the computer from the system repair disc. ...

Create a system repair disc

In the left pane, click Create a system repair disc, and then follow the steps. ... Insert a Windows 7 installation disc. To use the system repair disc. Insert the system repair disc into your CD or DVD drive. Restart your computer using the computer's power button. If prompted, press any key to start the computer from the system repair disc. ...

Use the System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted system files

Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.Type Command Prompt in the Search box, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.

Use a fix-it tool with Windows 10

Instead of fix-it tools, Windows 10 uses troubleshooters to help you solve problems with your PC. To run a troubleshooter: Select Start > Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot , or select the Find troubleshooters shortcut at the end of this topic. Select the type of troubleshooting you want to do, then select Run the troubleshooter.

Create a recovery drive

For Windows 7, see Create a system repair disc. For Windows 8.1, see Create a USB recovery drive . To download Windows 10 installation media, see Recovery options in Windows .

Recovery options in Windows

Info for Windows Insiders. If you’re an Insider and the current preview build isn’t working for you, select Start > Settings > System > Recovery .Next to Go back , select Go back.This won’t remove your personal files, but it’ll remove recently installed apps and drivers, and change settings back to their defaults.

Create a USB recovery drive

To create a USB recovery drive. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search .) Enter recovery drive in the search box, and then select Create a recovery drive. After the recovery drive tool opens, make ...
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