Ideally, when Windows doesn’t boot normally after multiple attempts, it automatically boots from the recovery partition. Then you are presented with troubleshooting options such as System Restore, Image Recovery etc.
But if the problem is severe and if Windows does not open the advanced recovery menu for you, you can make use of specialized tools such as recovery drive and system repair disc.
Both these tools serve the same purpose and offer troubleshooting options such as System Restore, System Image Recovery, Command Prompt and Startup settings. While these are useful, recovery drive option offers you a little more. It also provides you an option to reinstall Windows.
Note: Recovery drive is available in Windows 8 and 10, while system repair is available in Windows 7.
How to create a recovery drive
- Click on Start button and type recovery drive in the Search bar
- Click on ‘Create Recovery Drive’
- You will get an option to ‘Backup system files to recovery drive’. Selecting this will give you the option to reinstall Windows when required.
- Then choose the USB to be used as a recovery drive
- Click Create to allow Windows to make the USB as a recovery drive. Please note that your USB will be formatted and all data erased.
Now a recovery drive will be created and can be used when your system does not boot or in case of emergencies.
How to create a system repair disc
- Click on Start and search for Control Panel
- Open Control Panel and click on Backup & Restore
- Select ‘Create a system repair disc’
- Select the disc you wish to write into and click on ‘Create disc’. This will take less time compared to creating a recovery drive.
A system repair disc will be created and will be handy to use in case of emergencies.
How to use a recovery drive or a system repair disc?
As discussed above, Windows provides advanced recovery options after multiple failed boots. However, if you are not given that option, you can use either a recovery drive or a system repair.
Just insert the recovery drive or CD into the system in question and boot from the device. Once your PC boots, you will be given various options to troubleshoot. The options are described below. You can choose the one appropriate for your situation.
System Restore: To restore your PC to an earlier point. This will allow you to undo any changes made which may be affecting your system’s performance
Command prompt: Command prompt allows you to repair your computer in a do it yourself method.
System Image Recovery: This is to recover data from a system image. This is possible only if you have already created a system image beforehand.
Startup repair: This tool is designed to repair corrupt or missing system files that are required to boot the system normally.
Startup settings: You can start up your computer in a variety of ways including Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking etc. Use this option if you want your computer to start up differently.
On one hand, issues with your computer starting up can be repaired using system repair and recovery drives. What about data loss on computers? They pose another set of problems, however. Whether you have formatted your drive or you have performed a factory reset, data loss is bound to happen.
If you need to recover files after a factory reset, you can use Remo Recover to your rescue. For more details on the process, refer recover files after factory reset Windows 10.