14 replies on How to use a Windows 10 recovery USB drive

  1. nebula says:

    Nice article, hank you

    • Anonymous says:

      Happy to help. Do not hesitate to subscribe to our newsletter, for more useful content.

  2. Jim Williams says:

    Can the Windows 10 Recovery Disk be used on a brand new hard drive? I’m looking to upgrade the 160 GB drive that came with this system with Windows 10 with a 640 GB without any version of Windows installed. I already created the recovery drive.

    • Anonymous says:

      It can be used on any PC with both new and old hard drives. 😉

    • Anonymous says:

      However, the tools available won’t work the same if Windows 10 is not installed on the PC where you want to use it. You can use only the tools from the recovery disk that do not depend on Windows 10 being installed.

      • Jim Williams says:

        Thanks for the answer. So, in essence, I can install it on a new HDD using the Recover from a drive, right? Excellent! Might want to include that point in the article, because I Googled it and came up with zero that answered that question. 🙂

  3. GuyWylie says:

    Should probably mention that you probably have to go into the BIOS settings or the UEFI I should say and make sure you have it set for the USB to boot up the system first.

  4. Janos says:

    Hi there.

    An excellent tutorial except for one small matter and that relates to a printout of this tutorial.

    As my memory is rather short I thought I would printout the tutorial so that I could refer to it as and when required.

    I selected my print preview button and proceeded to check though the pages if all was OK before pressing the print button, and here lies the problem.

    Going though the print preview pages I noticed that only about 4 or 5 pages at the beginning actually had the blue “example” panels working. There were no more blue panels after the first lot only blank segments where the blue demo’s should be.

    Would you please advise as to how I can overcome this problem?

    Cheers Janos

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      Scroll down the entire article, check that all images are loaded in your browser, then print the tutorial. This should fix your issue.

      • Janos says:

        Hi there.

        Thanks for getting back to me.
        No sorry, your suggestion did not fix it. As it stands now when I run up print preview I get:

        Pages 5 thru to page 7 bottom blue panels not showing.(Missing).
        Pages 8 to 13 all blue (and black) panels completely missing.

        Next suggestion/fix please.

        Cheers Janos.

        • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

          I don’t have other suggestions. I just scrolled down the article slowly, waited for everything to load, including the ads. Then, after all the images were visible, I pressed CTRL+P, and the print version of the site (without ads) was ready for print, with everything included.

          • Janos says:

            All fixed.

            As it turned out, it was the way my printer set up the page that was to fault. I should have paid more attention to the settings.

            My bad!

            Thanks for the input.


  5. iron Head says:

    I have bsod after installing updates. After letting my PC to fix it I end up with the oxc window and the 000021a stop code.

    Next the computer shuts down. It restarts but ends up shutting down. My recovery flash drive lights up but will not pause the shutdown or boot.

    I have a disc drive but not windows cd.

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