Windows 10: What does unchecking "Backup system files to the recovery drive" do?

Discus and support What does unchecking "Backup system files to the recovery drive" do? in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I'm trying to create a recovery for my Windows 10, and during the process I get an error saying that: "We can't create the recovery drive: A problem... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Windows10Help, May 15, 2016.

  1. What does unchecking "Backup system files to the recovery drive" do?


    I'm trying to create a recovery for my Windows 10, and during the process I get an error saying that: "We can't create the recovery drive: A problem occurred while creating the recovery drive." With some searching, I found that a common way to fix the error is to un-tick the "Backup system files to the recovery drive" message before proceeding to create a recovery drive. I'm wondering what would happen to the recovery/back-up if I did so.

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    Windows10Help, May 15, 2016
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  2. SueG-MD Win User

    can't create recovery drive for win10 build 10240

    After 3 attempts to create a recovery drive, unchecking that box allowed me to create the recovery drive. Thanks.
     
    SueG-MD, May 15, 2016
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  3. Myname88 Win User
    Windows 10, can't create recovery drive.

    Uncheck the box "Back up system files to the recovery drive." Then it will work.
     
    Myname88, May 15, 2016
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  4. essenbe Win User

    What does unchecking "Backup system files to the recovery drive" do?

    Have you read this? Recovery Drive - Create in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    From the Tutorial


    What does unchecking "Backup system files to the recovery drive" do? [​IMG]
    Note Back up system files to the recovery drive will require that the USB flash drive is large (at least 8-16 GB) enough for this.

    Checking this option will give you a Recover from drive Troubleshoot option in advanced startup that allows you to reinstall Windows from the recovery drive.



    Some people are getting a We can't create the recovery drive - A problem occurred while creating the recovery drive error message with Back up system files to the recovery drive checked.

    If you have this issue, then leaving Back up system files to the recovery drive unchecked should allow it to successfully create a recovery drive.
     
    essenbe, May 15, 2016
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  5. NavyLCDR New Member
    If you uncheck the backup system files option - you basically end up with a recovery drive that will just give you the Windows recovery menu with no means of actually performing a re-installation of Windows from it.
     
    NavyLCDR, Apr 5, 2018
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