How to Create a Windows 10 Recovery USB

This post is a step-by-step tutorial with pictures on How to create a Windows 10 Recovery disk. A recovery drive is a much needed & very helpful tool when it comes to troubleshooting your PC. Though Windows 10 recovery options can be used in a number of ways, making and keeping a recovery disk is a must have for those dire situations where nothing else works. The best part about this recovery disk is that it doesn’t just help troubleshoot your PC, it can also contain a proper backup of your PC. So, in case of data loss, you have an option of recovering your essentials.

Below are the steps with pictures to create a recovery disk:

  • Go to the start screen
  • In the search box, type Create a recovery drive
  • Click on the app under results.
  • Click on Yes, when prompted
  • Refer the screengrab below


  • Now,
  • a wizard to create the recovery drive will open up


  • If you wish to include system files
  • Check the check box as indicated in the screenshot above,
  • else, uncheck the box
  • Click on Next

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  • It might take a minutes for your system to get ready
  • Make sure you insert a USB disk with at least 8 GB space
  • Also make sure that your don’t have any data on the drive, as this app will format the drive
  • Select the USB drive
  • and click next



  • After you click on create, the process will start & might take from a few minutes to more than that, depending on the option you chose.


  • The wizard will copy files to your drive and you will receive a confirmation message at the end


  • Click on Finish
  • Your Recovery Drive is now ready