Windows 10: Repair Disc / Recovery Drive (how many needed?)

Discus and support Repair Disc / Recovery Drive (how many needed?) in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hi, Maybe this thread should be under "Backup & Restore" instead of "General Support". Since it isn't a specific problem but rather a general question,... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Tarponton, Nov 29, 2018.

  1. Tarponton Win User

    Repair Disc / Recovery Drive (how many needed?)

    Maybe this thread should be under "Backup & Restore" instead of "General Support". Since it isn't a specific problem but rather a general question, I have posted it here, OK.

    I have found that the best way to get my computer back to working correctly when Win.10 goes haywire is to use a "Windows Image Backup". Restore points don't always work and a complete "System Reset" takes too much time to reinstall Apps and change settings, yes. Also I just do not know how to use a "Repair Disc", "Recovery Drive" or "Safe Mode" even though I know that they are important and have their uses.

    Since Microsoft has new Win.10-1803 Builds coming fast & furiously, I have chosen to schedule a new Image Backup about a day or two after each new Build is installed. This gives me a little time to see if it is working properly.

    I have noticed that when the Image is finished, we receive a pop-up asking whether we would like to create a "Repair Disc".

    Through your forum at "", I have learned that a system repair disc is the CD/DVD version of a USB recovery drive, yes. So basically, they do the same things, yes.

    I have also noticed that Microsoft identifies their Operating Systems with a three category breakdown.
    For my present OS they are:

    Edition: Windows 10 Home
    Version: 1803
    Build: 17134.441

    QUESTION 1: When is a new "Repair Disc" or "Recovery Drive" needed? For each new Build or only for each new Version?

    QUESTION 2: How do the Disc vs Drive compare as to versatility and user friendliness?

    QUESTION 3: What is the purpose of "Installation Media" and how does it differ from the above "Disc / Drive"?

    P.S. Can you include some links as to the proper (when & how) to use a "Repair Disc" and "Installation Media"

    Thank you for all your time to help me learn computing faster.


    Tarponton, Nov 29, 2018

  2. Recovery Drive versus System Repair Disc

    In Windows 10 there are two different operating system recovery/repair programs:

    • Using Control Panel | System and Security | Backup and Restore (Windows 7) you can create a System Repair Disc, typically on a DVD.
    • By searching for Recovery Drive you can create a recovery drive on a USB drive that typically requires ~6 GB.
    Is it important to make both of these, and when do you want one and when do you want the other?

    Should each of these be updated for major operating system updates?
    Mickey Segal, Nov 29, 2018
  3. Repair/Recovery Disc


    Apologies for delay in response. Many thanks for your comments. In essence you've answered my question regarding whether the DVD provides repair functionality to an existing install but please read on.................

    I've done as you have suggested but, under item 4, I do not see
    the "Automatic Repair" option 1?!

    The options under "troubleshoot" are.........

    1. System restore

    2. System Image Recovery

    3. Start-up repair

    4. Command prompt and

    5 Go back to previous build.

    Only repair option is item 3. but I'm not having problems starting up. No options run.,

    I've just installed latest update ; Cumulative Update for Windows 10 x64 Systems (KB3081424) and attempted to create a recovery disc via Control Panel/Security and Maintenance/Recovery/Create a Recovery Drive.

    As previously reported this (still) fails due to a problem occurring in creating the recovery drive. No indication given/available as to what this problem is/could be.

    An ideas?? Please see my post "Cannot create a recovery drive in Windows 10" and if possible reply via this
    majestic100, Nov 29, 2018
  4. Repair Disc / Recovery Drive (how many needed?)

    cannot create repair disc


    I realize the inconvenience you are experiencing with creating system repair disc. I will certainly help you with the issue.

    To understand the issue better, I would like to know please check if the CD/DVD drive is detecting in Device manager and check for yellow color exclamation mark next to it?

    This issue could occur if the media is corrupted, hence you need to replace the media which you are using as some of the media may cause this type of issues while burning. Try the below steps and check if it helps to resolve the

    Step 1.

    In the search bar, type recdisc.exe and hit

    Step 2.

    • Now press Windows key + X and click
      Control Panel (All Items view), and click on the
      Backup and Restore
    • Now click on the Create a System recovery disc link in the left blue pane.
    • Insert a blank CD or DVD into your CD/DVD drive and click on the Create disc button.
    NOTE: If you are prompted to insert a Windows installation disc, it means that the files needed to create the system repair disc cannot be found on your
    computer. Insert a Windows 10 installation disc.

    • It will now start creating the System Repair Disc
    NOTE: If any Auto Play window pops up, just close it.

    • When it's finished, click on the Close button.
    • Click on OK.
    • Now remove the remove and label your new Windows 10 System Repair Disc from the CD/DVD drive.

    Hope this helps. If you need further assistance with Windows, let us know and will be glad to help.
    Ankit Rajput, Nov 29, 2018

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