How to use a Windows 10 Recovery USB drive

We highly encourage you to make a recovery drive as soon as you buy a new PC or install Windows 10. It can work as a lifesaver if Windows 10 stops working, because you cannot use your apps or files. So, what really can you do for it? How can it work as a lifesaver for your PC? It will provide you tools for recovery and restore and tinker the Windows 10 to make it work back. Here are the solutions you can use with a Windows 10 recovery USB drive:

 1.Windows 10 recovery USB drive

To take the advantage of the recovery drive of Windows 10, firstly you need to boot the system from the drive you created. Insert the recovery USB drive into your Computer and be sure that it boots from it until the next restart. Once it is loaded the recovery drive will give you the options for the keyboard layout which you want to use. Look for your preferable language for typing in the recovery environment, tap on its name. If you cannot see the keyboard layout on the screen then go ‘See more keyboard layouts’. Mostly the ‘US’ layout works well, even if you are not English speaker.

Now the tool starts and you are ready to restore Windows 10 from your USB stick. So, let us look what all you can do with Windows 10 recovery USB drive:

Windows 10 recovery USB Drive

The resetting will delete all your personal settings and files from the computer. There are two important reasons to run the reset.

  • Number 1 that you want to get free all the changes in the settings and all the old files in windows 10. This is suggested as a perfect way to start fresh and start new. It will work if your computer is working slower and it can improve the performance of Windows 10.

  • If you are planning to sell your PC or give it to someone else, while protecting your privacy. When you perform the Reset your personal settings and data are not available together with the PC.  Now from the ‘Choose an option’ screen select, ‘Recover from a drive’.

You have two resetting options:

  • ‘Just remove my files’ – Windows 10 setting will be reset to their default and personal files will be deleted. However, you can still restore your personal files using a data recovery tool.

  • ‘Fully clean the drive’ – make sure that your settings and data are not available after you are done. The data will be completely deleted and further no recovery tool will be able to restore it. This is the recommended option if you want full privacy. However, the process will take really long to perform.

Choose the option that is best according to your need. Windows 10 will run a little preparation before it is ready and give you the confirmation for the resetting process. Click on ‘Recover’ to start the process.

2. Use the recovery USB drive for resetting Windows 10 to the earlier stage

With the help of restore points that Windows 10 creates to bring back changes that make the system malfunction. Therefore, it is a good habit to create restore points on a daily basis especially before any update. A system restore works as a lifesaver when everything seems to be lost.  It allows you to go back and recover your pc from a bad driver or a nasty app. On the ‘Choose an option’ screen, choose ‘troubleshoot’. From the ‘Advanced option’ click on ‘System Restore’.

3. USB drive to go back to the previous version of Windows 10

The recovery USB drive of Windows 10 allows you to install the last feature updates. In the ‘Advanced option’ click on ‘Uninstall updates. Now the Windows 10 recovery USB drive will show you two options: ‘Uninstall latest quality update’ and ‘Uninstall latest feature updates. Choose the one you want. On the second screen if you select ‘Uninstall the latest quality updates’ your personal files, apps and games will not be affected. On the other hand, if you select ‘Uninstall the latest feature update’ it will warn you that you will lose all your data. In both the cases press ‘Confirm’ whichever option you want to proceed in.

Now wait for the Windows 10 update to remove fully from your PC. When the process is complete it will notify you and you can press ‘Done’ and reboot the system.

4. Using recovery USB drive to replace windows 10 and your data with a system image

Windows 10 is able to create a complete partition for apps and personal folders which are stored there. The system image is a complete copy of the system partition and in the backup file there is no difference between personal data and system.  When you replace it with a system image, all system and personal data will be replaced with what was there in the backup. You can utilize the system image recovery option from the ‘Advanced options’ screen by clicking on ‘System image Recovery’. On the following screen choose the system that you wish to restore. This will launch the system image restoration app that will complete the recovery.

5. Windows 10 System Repair USB drive

You can fix windows from recovering the drive when Windows 10 has problem in starting up. In order to repair the startup, go on the ‘Advanced options’ and select ‘Startup Repair’. From the next screen choose the operating system that you wish to restore. Troubleshooting program in Windows 10 will run for a few minutes showing ‘’Diagnosing your PC’’’.

After it is done, it will show you the repair option for your PC or system. If it does not give you the option for fixing it will provide you with another option to go back to recovering the tool.

6. Using the Windows 10 recovery USB drive for Command Prompt.

To launch the Command Prompt. from the recovery drive in the ‘Advanced option’ tab on ‘Command prompt’.

The command prompt window will appear and you can start typing your commands. After it is completed type in the command ‘Exit’ to go back on the Recovery tool.

7. Using the Windows 10 USB recovery drive to access BIOS or UEFI

It is necessary to make changes in the UEFI firmware or BIOS of windows 10 for it to work again. The recovery drive provides you with access to UEFI or BIOS. in the ‘Advanced option’ screen tap on the ‘UEFI Firmware’ settings.

Now click and select ‘Restart’ to start with the process. After the restart your computer or device loads up with UEFI settings where you can make changes.

Have you fixed your issue with Windows 10?

Windows 10 recovery USB drive is an important tool for troubleshooting and problems in the system. The recovery drive provides you to fix your issue when Windows 10 fails to work correctly. Try these methods and see how well they work and share your experience.


Q .What is Windows Recovery?

A. Windows recovery is the method of restoring Windows OS to its normal or last known good configuration after it crashed, became corrupted, or stopped working normally. The recovery process will back your all data and software.

Q. What does System Recovery do in Windows 10?

A. System Recovery will wiped all your personal data and configuration and reset the your system a default new fresh until you make a recovery image of all data and then do the system recovery.

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