How to Make a Windows 10 Recovery Disk
There will come a time when our PCs and laptops no longer work as effectively as they were. There are a couple of crashes and lags, here and there. In some instances, some programs fail to load correctly since they are already corrupted.
There are many ways of addressing this issue. However, one of the most common remedies for this problem is doing a system restore. To do this, you should be equipped with a recovery disk or flash drive. In this article, we will teach you how to make windows ten recovery disk.
We will also give you some useful information about the importance of doing the system restore for your PCs or laptops.
What does a Windows recovery disk do?
Ever since Windows 8, the company has made it possible for consumers to create a recovery drive with the use of a flash drive. Even before that, consumers can create recovery disks using CDs or DVDs. If ever a flash drive is not within your reach or if you want to make use of a spare CD/DVD in your house, then you can create a recovery drive using the latter. Nevertheless, the two media can be used to reset your computer whenever it is experiencing some severe problems.
A recovery disk gives you the possibility of reinstalling the system on the computer after reformatting. If you still have full access to the programs of your computer and it still boots appropriately, you can conveniently create a system recovery disk. You can also build from another computer.
It is worth noting that not all recovery disks will work across a myriad of versions of Windows 10. For example, you cannot use a Windows 8 recovery disk to troubleshoot a computer running Windows 10. Also, you cannot use a Windows 10 recovery disk for an older operating system>
How to make a Windows 10 recovery disk?
When making a recovery disk, you need to make sure that you have a large capacity disk. This is important since you will be copying several files in a single disc. It is also worth noting that any existing data on the drive will be deleted in the process.
Here are the steps in creating a Windows 10 recovery disk:
- The first step is to insert the disc on the computer. You can do this through the optical drive that’s already built into the computer. If you don’t have one, you can make use of portable disk drives.
- The next step is to type “recovery drive” into the search box. In the pop-up section, select the option that says “Create a recovery drive.”
- Another pop-up window will show up; the next step is to select “Back up system files into the recovery drive.” Once done, click Next.
- A pop-up window will appear which lets you select the media you intend to create the recovery drive. Select the option that lets you create onto a DVD.
- Afterward, you need to click on “Create.” Once done, the system will start creating the recovery drive.
After the process is done, a pop-up window will appear which shows the option, “Delete the recovery partition from your PC.” This will show up if you had a Windows recovery partition installed on the hard drive. You have the option to click this option so that you can save more space on the computer.
You can now reboot your PC. If your computer fails to boot correctly, you can insert the Windows 10 recovery disk to make a system recovery. At this juncture, you need to change the boot order within the BIOS so that you can boot from the recovery disk.
System Cannot Create a Recovery Disk
There are some instances when the system is not able to create a recovery disk. When this happens, what do you need to do?
The first thing you need to do is to check whether the disk is inserted well and is fully recognized by the system. Sometimes, the system fails to identify a disc on the first attempt. You should remove the drive from the computer and then reinsert it to see if it loads correctly.
If reinserting the disk does not do the job, you can, fortunately, download the ISO file of the recovery disk for Windows 10 on the internet. You can then burn the ISO file to a CD. However, take note that ISO files downloaded on the internet are personal files.
You should also check whether the system permits Windows recovery and if it is enabled. To do this, you need to run “reagent/info” on the command prompt.
If the Windows 10 recovery environment is disabled, the system does not permit you to run a recovery file.
System Restore in Windows 10
Windows 10 is fully capable of running System Restore. It is also very compatible and functional across different versions of the OS. However, the system chooses to turn off this feature by default. What’s worse is that the settings for System Restore are deeply embedded within the Control panel settings. This is somewhat a tedious task for casual users who are not well versed with how it works. It is not a standard feature stumbled upon by someone who is new to the Windows 10 platform.
If you are still new to this feature and do not have knowledge about it, we are here to discuss how you can enable System Restore on Windows 10. It is also worth noting that you can revert to an old version of Windows using System Restore.
The primary and most straightforward way of finding System Restore is seeing it in the Start Menu. The search menu usually sits on the right portion of the Windows Tab. Just click on the Cortana or Search button placed on the taskbar and then type in “System Restore.
Once you have navigated System Restore through the search bar, Click on the option that says “Create a restore point.” This directs you to the System Protection Tab of the Settings Window. This is where you will find the options for system restore.
If you have already used the System Restore from a previous Windows version, then you will recognize that it has the same interface with the one in Windows 10. If you want to protect certain drives in the system, you need to toggle in enable in the Protection Settings. In most cases, users only need to restore the primary drive or the local Drive C to achieve the required protection.
To enable System Restore, you need to pick the drive you want to work on. Once you have decided which drive to work on, click ‘Configure”. After this, a pop-up window will appear, once this shows, click on “Turn on System Protection.”
You also need to make sure that the drive you are running System Restore with has an adequate amount of space. It would be useless without the necessary storage space to store all the restore points. To check whether it has enough space, you can see this through the Disk Space Usage section.
The higher the space intended for System Restore, the higher the number of restore points you can dispose of off whenever a severe system error occurs. However, you also need to make sure that you assign just the right amount of space for System Restore. If you allocate a larger than required space, then you won’t have enough space for your data and other programs. Balance is key. In this context, we highly recommend assigning at least 10 GB of disk space for System Restore.
After the changes have been made, you need to click Apply and then OK. Doing so, will save all the changes and update in configurations you have made for your drive. You can now close the window.
At this point, you already have enabled System Restore in the drive you selected. This feature runs typically in the background automatically, but you can also run it manually depending on the restore points you want to create.
Whenever the need arises, for example, a slow running system, you can go back to the same window and then launch System Restore. On a side note, whenever the system fails to boot, which is a worst case scenario, you can. Fortunately, launch System Restore in the Recovery Environment.
Why is System Restore Important?
As we have mentioned earlier in this article, System Restore serves a vital role in troubleshooting faulty Windows systems throughout a decade. However, System Restore has proven to be even more critical as in the case of Windows 10.
Before the rollout of Windows 10, Windows have made it clear to the consumers that they will be employing several updates within the system through the Microsoft Update Service. Some of these updates include security patches, fixes to common bugs and other useful updates. These updates are vital to the proper running of the system and Windows have encouraged consumers to have the systems updated.
However, thousands of consumers prefer not to deal with these updates promptly. Worse, some consumers even disabled the update service in their computers. Unfortunately, Windows could not force their users to upgrade their systems.
Most of these users prefer not to update their system since some updates disrupt the standard functionality of some programs and some come with minor bugs which cause annoying lags or crashes. While there is a reasonable rationale why some users prefer not to update their systems, these updates are still worth the time and effort. They exist to make the system more stable and reliable.
As a result of this, the system becomes more vulnerable to security threats and other issues, making them more susceptible to cyber problems or viruses.
Windows 10 constantly encourages its users to accept the Windows EULA and install all other security features and updates that come along with it. Microsoft has put in a lot of research into these updates. This software allows some users to buy some time before they have to update their system. In most cases, updates can be postponed for some time. But for sure, Windows 10 Home users will receive all the necessary updates after they are being released.
Users of Windows 10 Pro, on the other hand, enjoy a more flexible option when it comes to updates. However, this flexibility comes with a catch. Users of Windows 10 Pro can do away with these updates by joining the Current Branch for Business or CBB for eight months. This is an updated roadmap that is made for businesses that require updates for batches of major critical systems. After the eight months, the users need to update their policies on a timely basis.
Windows 10 Enterprise also has another approach when it comes to system updates. Users of Windows 10 enterprise have the capability of doing away with these updates. They can defer with these updates for several years while still receiving support from Microsoft. It is worth noting that choosing Windows 10 enterprise comes with a hefty price. This is why they win this much privilege compared to other users.
Nevertheless, this effort by Microsoft in encouraging Windows 10 users to install updates come with a positive outcome. Generally, once all the software is updated on a timely basis, preventing security threats will no longer be an issue. Whenever there are some issues after installing these updates, this is where System Restore comes into the picture.
Considering you already have the latest version of Windows 10 through the company’s mandatory update and you already installed the correct backups and recovery tools, System Restore can add another layer of security. Whenever one of these updates come with a fundamental issue or if it is incompatible to specific software or the system itself, System Restore corrects these issues without any hassle. You only need to allow a certain amount of storage from the drive for the restore points.
In this light, we hope that the company figures out a way or another process for updating the Windows system. We also hope that Microsoft churns out more stable and reliable updates in the years to come. As of now, we have to endure some minor issues that come along with these updates as we have no other choice. With that being said, preparing your system with System Restore will surely keep your system running smoothly.