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Windows 10 spotlight: Prepare, repair, and recover

Originally Published:
Jul 2016

This ebook outlines the steps that will help power users, support techs, and net admins safeguard against and recover from problems and system failures with Windows 10.

It covers these topics:

  • Creating a Windows 10 Recovery Drive
  • Mastering Recovery Drive options
  • Launching Windows 10 Startup Repair
  • Reviving Windows 10 with System Image Recovery
  • Using System Restore as a recovery tool
  • Accessing Windows 10 Safe Mode

From the ebook:
A Recovery Drive lets you boot your system and easily access a number of recovery and troubleshooting tools to revive a failing Windows 10 system. If you haven’t done so yet, you need to create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive. That way, you’ll be prepared should you encounter a problem with your Windows 10 installation. In Windows 10, you can create a Recovery Drive on a USB flash drive as well as on an optical disc. While both procedures produce the same recovery tool, they are created from different user interfaces. The USB flash drive version is created using a stand-alone tool; the optical disc is created from the Backup And Restore (Windows 7) user interface. Why Microsoft didn’t unify the process under one roof, I don’t know. In this article, I’ll show you both ways to create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive.

Using a USB flash drive
The USB flash drive you use will become a dedicated Recovery Drive—you won’t be able to use it for anything else. In its base configuration, the contents of the Recovery Drive will require about 330 MB of space. However, if you choose to include the system files, which will allow you to use the Recovery Drive to reinstall Windows, you’ll need more space. Thus, if you are creating a basic Recovery Drive, you can use a 1GB USB flash drive. (If you have a smaller drive, from the old days, you could use it as well.) If you are going to add system files, you’ll want at least a 16GB USB flash drive.

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