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How to create a Windows 10 recovery disc

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How to create a Windows 10 recovery disc: You recently purchased a computer equipped with a Windows 10 operating system and, convinced to take all the necessary precautions to solve any future problems yourself, you are looking for information on how to create a small disk to rely on if the PC no longer succeeds starting alone. For your information, Windows 10 offers the possibility to create a recovery drive, containing the files needed to boot and any system diagnostics, in a couple of clicks: you need to have a USB stick available sufficiently great and a few minutes of time.

How do you say? Now that you know, do you want to create this media immediately? Then keep reading the next few bars of this guide: below, I intend to explain  how to create a Windows 10 recovery disc and how to use it in case of problems. In addition, I will take care to show you the “alternative” procedures you need to use in the event that, for some reason, the recovery unit does not do its duty.

So what are you waiting for? Take some free time for yourself, make yourself comfortable and read carefully everything I have to explain to you on the subject: I can guarantee that, if necessary, knowing everything perfectly can greatly simplify the resolution of problems that will have arisen. Having said that, I just have to wish you happy reading and good work!

Create a Windows 10 recovery drive

Although the latest version of Windows has significantly better recovery mechanisms than those of its predecessors, having a recovery disk available is a great way to minimize the possibility of completely formatting your computer due to various problems. guy.

Before proceeding, make sure you have a USB drive large enough to hold all the necessary files (I recommend starting from at least 16 GB , since the precise file size will be specified by the system during construction) and keep in mind that, during the process, the data already present on the key in question will be destroyed.

Having said that, the time has come to take action: to  create a Windows 10 recovery disc , first open the Start menu  (by clicking on the flag icon located in the lower left corner of the screen) or start the Cortana voice assistant  , type the phrase  recovery disk in the search field, click on the first result returned, usually marked with the word “desktop app” and press the Yes button of the next warning window.

Once the creation program interface has started, insert the  USB stick into the computer, put the check mark next to  Back up system files on the recovery drive , click on the Next button  and wait for Windows to collect all the files needed (may take several minutes).

Once the files have been collected, select the USB drive that will act as a recovery disk, click on the Next button  and, aware that the operation will delete all the data already existing on the stick, press the Create button  to immediately start the process: also in this case, it may take several minutes for the procedure to be completed.

Once you have finished creating the recovery drive, if your PC was previously equipped with a recovery partition , you can choose to keep it by clicking on the Finish button  , or if you want to delete it to save disk space: in this case, click on the buttons  Delete recovery partition and  Delete and, at the end of the process, press the Finish button  .

Use the recovery disc

Now that you’ve created your recovery drive, it’s time to explain how to use it in case Windows can’t boot properly: first, insert the USB stick into your computer, turn it on and enter the BIOS / UEFI (if you can’t to do it yourself, you can consult my dedicated guide ) to change the boot sequence and set the PC to  boot from USB .

If everything went as planned, at the next restart you should initially display a completely black screen (which may remain for a few minutes) and, subsequently, the screen to choose the  keyboard layout in your possession: select the option that best suits your case (eg  Italian ), presses the Troubleshoot button   and uses one of the proposed items to perform the most suitable operation for the state of your computer.

In fact, you can perform a  system restore starting from a restore point previously created on your PC, you can opt for an  image restore if you have previously created a Windows image or use the Startup recovery tool  to try to correct problems that prevent the correct startup of the operating system or, if you are experienced enough, use  the Command Prompt to manually issue the commands you need.

Workarounds for recovering Windows 10

If for some reason you were unable to create and / or use the Windows 10 recovery unit, you can try to solve the problems by resorting to a computer recovery : if you have the possibility to start Windows 10, you can complete this operation taking advantage of the recovery options built into the operating system, otherwise you can achieve the same result by using a bootable image of the same.

Reset your PC

If you still manage to access the operating system (even only in safe mode ), you can take advantage of the Reset Windows 10 PC function  to try to restore its correct functioning. By doing so, you have the option to choose whether to delete only apps, programs and settings, while keeping personal files intact, or whether to delete everything and start again from scratch.

To do this, open the Windows Start menu  by clicking on the flag-shaped button, located in the lower left corner of the screen, press the pulsante button  attached to its sidebar and, from there, first click on the Update icon  and security  and, subsequently, on the item  Restore .

After that, press the Start  button  located in the Reset your PC section  , choose whether to  Keep personal files (deleting apps, programs and settings anyway) or  Remove everything , click the Next button  , possibly indicating whether to delete only personal files or clean up the drive safely to prevent recovery and, finally, confirms the willingness to proceed by pressing the Restore button  : at this point, the computer is restarted and, depending on the option chosen, only the operating system is restored or all the personal files.

At the end of the procedure, all you have to do is follow Cortana’s instructions to reconfigure the operating system: if you prefer to speed up the process, click on the Use quick settings button  to use the default settings of the operating system. Finally, decide whether to associate a Microsoft account (indicating username and password when required) or a local account to your computer.

Note : if asked, do not forget to activate your copy of Windows 10 by providing the product key associated with your license. To do this, access  the operating system Settings  , press the Update and security icon  , enter the Activation section  and press the Change Product Key link  .

To get additional information on the steps just illustrated, you can consult my guide on how to restore Windows 10 , in which I dealt specifically with the topic.

Use the Windows 10 installation disc

If, for some reason, it is impossible for you to access your operating system, you can still try to restore it through its installation disc: what you need to do, in practice, is to obtain an ISO image of the operating system in question by making use of Media Creation Tool , the official Microsoft tool through which you can download and / or install any version of Windows 10, burn it to DVD or USB stick  using a working PC and boot the damaged computer from this medium.

So, from the working computer, connected to  this Web page  to download the Media Creation Tool , click on the button  Download the tool now and launch the program you just downloaded (eg  MediaCreationTool1803.exe ), then clicking on the Yes button  inside the window. notice that opens on the screen.

Once this is done, wait for some preliminary checks to be carried out, press the Accept button  to comply with the conditions of use of Windows 10, affix the check mark next to the item  Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD or ISO file) for a other PC , click on the Next button  , choose the language , edition and architecture of the operating system to download and press the Next button again  .

If you wish, you can immediately create a  bootable USB media  by placing a check mark next to the item  USB flash drive : insert an empty USB stick  (with a minimum size of 8 GB ), press the Next button  and follow the on-screen instructions to finalize the support creation.

Alternatively, if you want to create a DVD , you must put a check mark on ISO File , click  Next , choose the folder in which to save the image and wait patiently for it to be downloaded. Once the download is complete, you will have to burn the resulting file on a DVD: if you don’t know how to do it, you can rely on my guide on how to burn ISO files .

Once you have obtained the installation media, move to the  non-functioning Windows 10 PC , insert the DVD or connect the USB stick, then turn on the computer,  enter the BIOS / UEFI  of the same (as I explained in the previous section ) and change the boot order, putting the DVD player or USB disk in the first position.

If everything went in the right direction, after restarting the computer, you should see the wording  Press a key to start from CD-ROM or DVD-ROM : therefore, you press a random key on the keyboard to make the computer start from the installation media, select the  desired language and  keyboard layout , press the Next button  and, in the next screen, click on the link  Reset my computer located in the lower left corner.

At this point, presses on the item  Troubleshooting  and follow the instructions that I have given you in the chapter on using the recovery unit , since the next screen is in all respects identical to the one shown starting the computer from the restoration.

If even these options should not solve your problem, I advise you to completely format your computer using the same image: I explained how to do it in my guide on how to format Windows 10 .