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How to Create a Recovery Disk in Windows 10

If you are using Windows 10, you may need to create a recovery disk, which can be for system recovery or password recovery.

1. The first thing you are recommended to do after you have installed Windows 10 on your PC is creating a recovery disk just in case someday system failure happens to your Windows 10.

2. If you’ve created a password for a user account on your Windows 10, you need to keep firmly in mind the password, and meantime, you’d better create a password recovery disk just in case.

Windows 10 including the earlier Windows has the built-in feature allowing you to create a system recovery disk or password recovery disk. What you need to do is just preparing a USB flash drive.

Part 1: Create a Windows 10 system recovery disk

Step 1: Plug a USB flash drive into your PC.

Step 2: Access Control Panel in Windows 10.

Step 3: Type recovery in the search field in the top right corner. Then click on Create a recovery drive link.

Create a recovery drive

Step 4: Click Yes to confirm the UAC dialog.

Tips: UAC dialog won’t pop up if you’ve disabled User Account Control in your Windows 10.

Confirm UAC

Step 5: Tick the box next to Back up system files to the recovery drive, and then click Next.

Back up system files

Step 6: Wait while it’s preparing. This will take a few minutes.


Step 7: From the listed drive click or tap to select the USB drive on which you will create a Windows 10 recovery disk, and then click Next.

Step 8: It warns you everything on your drive will be deleted. Make sure you have backed up your personal files stored on the USB flash drive before you click Create to continue.

Click Create

Step 9: Then the creating process starts. It will take about or more than 10 minutes. Just wait patiently.

Step 10: When it’s completed, you have created a Windows 10 recovery disk ready. Click Finish and put the disk in a safe place.

In addition: A Windows 10 installation USB drive also can be used as a recovery disk when system failure happens. Burning a Windows 10 ISO file to USB drive helps create a Win 10 setup/installation disk if you have no one.

Tips: How to use a Windows 10 recovery disk

If your Windows 10 fails to start normally, you can boot your PC from the recovery disk so that you can get into the recovery environment to troubleshoot the problem.

Step 1: Plug the USB recovery drive into your Windows 10 PC. Start PC and set your PC to boot from the USB drive.

Step 2: When PC boots up, you will access to the Advanced Startup Tools. There you can select Troubleshoot and then follow its steps to recover your Windows 10 from the drive.

Part 2: Create windows 10 password recovery disk

Step 1: Open Control Panel and type password in the search box. Then click on Create a password reset disk link.

Create a reset disk

Step 2: Insert a USB flash drive into your PC and follow the Forgotten Password Wizard to store your Windows 10 password recovery information on the USB drive to create a recovery disk.

Follow the wizard to create a recovery disk

If you forgot your password unable to sign in your Windows 10, just need to plug the recovery disk into your PC. Click the Reset password link at the sign-in screen and follow the Password Wizard to create a new password.

In addition: You can also create a recovery disk for Windows 10 password reset using a third-party iSumsoft Windows Password Refixer program.