Creating a Windows 10 recovery drive allows you to boot from the flash drive and access the advanced startup options to help troubleshoot the issue.
Windows 10 has more ways than ever to recover and back up your system, as well as more advanced startup options (similar to ones in Windows 8.1.) But just like other versions of Windows, there may come a time when you’re unable to boot if something goes awry.
Creating a recovery drive allows you to boot from the USB drive and access the advanced startup options. Then you can use those tools to help boot and troubleshoot the issue.
Windows 10 Recovery Drive
Creating a Recovery Drive for Windows 10 is much like creating one for Windows 8.1. For best results, grab a flash drive that’s at least 16 GB and plug it into your PC. Then type: recovery drive into the search field and hit Enter. Or select the option to create on from the results at the top.
That will launch the wizard to create a recovery drive. Make sure ‘Back up system files to the recovery drive’ is checked and click Next.
Now select the flash drive you want to use for your recovery and click Next.
On the next screen, click Create to start the process of creating your recovery drive; it should just take a few minutes to complete. Keep in mind that this is deleting all of the data on the drive.
Bear in mind that all of the data on the drive gets deleted.
That’s it! Now make sure to put the drive in a safe place so you can use it in the future if needed.
Advanced Boot Options
If you’re unable to boot into Windows 10 for any reason, you can boot from the recovery drive and will get a menu of advanced options to help troubleshoot the problem and get your system up and running.
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