How to Create Windows 10 Recovery USB?

Windows 10 nowadays works very well. Days of Windows 95 or Windows Vista when users had to suffer many consecutive BSODs and other nasty errors has gone in the past. Still, problems appear from time to time. Corrupted drives, viruses, hardware issues or other problems may cause you a severe headache. For a users’ comfortable experience Microsoft provides a convenient tool that allows creating a special Windows 10 recovery USB with necessary files and utilities. In the darkest times, this USB will help you to quickly resolve software problems with your PC.

It is important to understand that you should create a Windows 10 recovery USB when your PC works perfectly fine. You won’t be able to make a recovery drive when a PC can’t boot or works with errors. Microsoft recommends creating recovery USB and updating it every year or so to keep important recovery data up to date.

Here is what you need to create Windows 10 recovery USB:

  • A working computer with Windows 10 and no issues.
  • A USB drive with at least 8 GB of free space. Optical discs are not supported.

Caution: backup important data on a drive before you go. When Windows 10 creates recovery USB, it wipes all the information on the drive.

Now let’s get the job done. Windows 10 recovery USB tool is in the classic Control Panel. Hit Win + R on your keyboard and type in control. This command opens the Control Panel. We think this is the easiest way to get in there since Microsoft for some reason has buried Control Panel deep inside the Windows jungles.

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In the search bar type in Recovery. You will get a list in which you need to find Create a recovery drive link.

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Here is an alternative way to get there: simply open Start and type Recovery Drive. This will get you straight to the Windows 10 recovery USB utility.

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For your information: creating Windows 10 recovery USB requires Administrator access level so make sure your profile has such rights or you know the Administrator password.

On the first step be sure to tick the Backup system files to the recovery drive. This will give you an option to use your drive to reinstall Windows 10 in case of emergency. And there is one important thing you should remember: this utility does not back up your apps and personal data. It is for Windows 10 system files only.

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Click Next and wait a couple of seconds. This may take some time even on modern and fast PCs.

On the next screen select the drive you want to keep as a Windows 10 recovery USB. Hit Next and confirm that you are aware that the system will wipe everything on a drive.

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Press Create and wait. This process will take a while. Depending on your PC specs and drive speed, creating recovery USB may take more than an hour. Sit back and do something else but keep in mind that Recovery drive utility is very CPU-taxing.

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After the process is done, remove the drive from a PC and enjoy using your computer knowing that if something goes wrong, your Windows 10 recovery USB is there for you. If something goes wrong simply boot from that drive and follow on-screen instructions.

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