Create a Windows 10 Recovery Disk Using Media Creation Tool

Last Updated on April 16, 2020 by Next Century

The Media Creation Tool is a very useful program from Microsoft that allows you to create a fresh image of Windows 10 to use to rebuild your computer.

  • Go to the Microsoft Windows 10 website to download the Media Creation Tool

  • Select the correct version of Windows 10, 32-bit if you have 32-bit Windows and 64-bit if you have 64-bit Windows.

    You must get this part right otherwise it won’t work.

  • Select Create installation media for another PC

  • Select the Language, Windows 10 edition and the version.

    Again, you must get this right otherwise the disk won’t work.

  • Select your disk medium, USB or DVD

  • Wait for Windows to download the necessary files and create the disk

Using the Microsoft Media Creation Tool means you get a brand new and updated Windows 10 image but does require a download of around 3.5GB to create. Make sure you don’t use this tool if you have a restricted data plan. The upside is that the image is regularly updated by Microsoft so you shouldn’t have to then run Windows Update for too long afterwards.


As well as creating a Windows 10 recovery disk you can also use third party software to clone your boot drive. These are usually premium applications that will take a direct copy of your hard drive and recreate it bit by bit onto another drive. If you happen to have a spare drive lying around, this is certainly an option.

Hard drive cloning is a way to make sure your computer is always available and is a useful tool for making a more complete version of a recovery disk. The downside is that most of the software required to create a clone costs money and you also need a spare hard drive. There are some free software that can do the job but I have no idea if they are any good or not.

If you spend a lot of time on your computer, making a Windows 10 recovery disk is a no brainer. Yes you need a spare USB drive or blank DVD(s) and 20 minutes of your time. But in return, you get to recover a failed computer within half an hour rather than much longer. Well worth doing in my book.

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