How to Create Windows 10 System Repair Disk or Boot Drive

How to Create a Windows 10 System Repair Disk or Boot Drive

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Feb 02, 2021 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions


The greatness of Windows 10 is that you are allowed to create a system repair disk or boot drive which can be used to troubleshoot as well as restore your PC. With this media, you get access to advanced startup options of Windows 10.

What is the purpose of a Recovery Disk?

When your PC faces some error or is in some kind of bad condition, it becomes essential to troubleshoot that problem and in severe cases, your PC needs to be reset. Starting from Windows 8, there has been a feature in your OS with which you can easily create a USB recovery drive and resolve all serious issues of your PC. If you don't have any USB drive, there is no need to worry because you can create a system repair disk with the help of a CD or DVD also. A recovery disk helps you to utilize different Windows recovery choices even if your computer doesn't boot.

In case you can't restore your PC, the system repair disk or boot drive allows you to reinstall your OS. Some users complain that their system crashed before making a recovery disk. They can create a Windows 10 recovery disk on another computer and use it to boot their troubled PC. Note that you can't use a recovery disk made for Windows 8 to recover/troubleshoot/repair a Windows 10 PC. Also, a Windows 10 recovery disk made for 64-bit computers can't be used on 32-bit computers.

How to Create a System Repair Disc in Windows 10?

A common concern while preparing a system repair disk in Windows 10 is the USB drive of what capacity should be used. Well, here is the answer. Your USB drive shouldn't be less than 16 GB. Note that all your Data on that USB will get erased during the process of creating a Windows 10 System Repair Disk. Here are the simple steps you should follow:

Step 1: Connect your USB drive with your PC.

Step 2: Now, write "recovery drive" in the Search Box. Then, from the list of results, choose "Create a recovery drive".

Step 3: A Window will open. You have to check "Back up system files to the recovery drive" and click on "Next".

Step 4: Now, you should select the USB flash drive, then click on "Next" to continue.

Step 5: On the next screen, you have to click on "Create" to begin the process.

Step 6: Congratulations! The drive is ready. You should click on "Finish".

What should you do if a problem occurs while creating a recovery drive?

Well, it's a technical task, errors can occur any time and you can't neglect them. Of course, you can resolve them.

Burn recovery drive ISO to your USB drive

When Windows fails to create the recovery drive and gives the error "We can't create the recovery drive", the first thing you should do is check whether you have properly connected the USB drive, and is it identifiable by Windows?

If this isn't the problem, you should simply download the ISO file of Windows 10 recovery disk and burn it on your CD/DVD or USB drive.

Fix the problem we can't create a recovery drive

This problem occurs when the Windows recovery environment gets disabled. You can open an elevated Command Prompt and run the "reagentc/info" command in it.

When Windows RE (Recovery Environment) is disabled, you can't even boot in that. For re-enabling it, just write "reagentc/enable". If this also doesn't work, make use of Windows 10 installation ISO file and fix this issue. Follow these steps:

Step 1: If there isn't any Recovery folder in C drive, make one. Now, make another folder in that Recovery folder and name it WindowsRE. Note that the default state of the Recovery folder is hidden. So, you should type "show hidden files" in the Search Box. File Explorer will open. Now, click on the checkbox before Show hidden files, folders, and drives option and uncheck Hide protected operating system files(Recommended) option.

Step 2: From this to Step No. 4, you will be creating file (however, if you already have a backup of that file or if it can be copied from some other Windows 10 PC, move directly to Step No. 5). Mount Windows 10 installation ISO file as a virtual drive and open it.

Step 3: Go to the Source folder and find Install.wim file. Copy the location path of this file.

Step 4: Now, you should type the following command in the elevated cmd (Command Prompt):

dism /mount-wim /wimfile:[just copied path of install.wim file] /index:2 /mountdir:[the location path where you want the mounted file to be saved]

Thus, the command will be something like this: dism /mount-wim /wimfile:"F:\windows 10 ISO\sources\install.wim" /index:2 /mountdir:D:\mount_image_file\

Step 5: Go to the location path you mentioned in the previous step and find out Winre.wim file. Then, copy this file to the location C:\Recovery\WindowsRE.

Step 6: Finally, type the command "Reagentc /setreimage /path C:\Recovery\WindowsRE" (don't use quotes).

This way you can successfully create Windows 10 System Repair Disk or Boot Drive.


A Windows 10 System Repair Disk or Boot Drive troubleshoots your PC's problems even when your OS doesn't open. With the simple methods available in this article, it becomes super-easy to create a Windows 10 Recovery Disk, recover Windows 10 from crucial error(s), and restore your PC from an ISO file.

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