How to Create a Recovery USB Drive in Windows 10

In case you run into major problems with Windows it’s worth creating a recovery USB drive that at least lets you get up and running again.

You will need at least a 4GB USB stick which is empty.

Here is a guide on how to create the recovery media:


Select the Start button


Then in the search box type “Create a recovery drive” and then select the option below


You will then see the Recovery Drive creator as you can see below


Make sure your empty USB is connected and then click on Next

Wait while the wizard prepares to copy files to your


Then you are prompted to check that you have at least a 4GB USB flash drive connected, then click Next


You are then advised that if there are any files on the USB flash drive, they will be deleted!  Click Create to continue


Next you will see the creating the recovery drive, which can take some time


Once this is complete, you will see the message ‘The recovery drive is ready’.  Click Finish to complete the process.

You now have a recovery USB drive that can fix your computer should something go wrong with Windows 10.

Please note, this process does not backup any data files in any way!

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