Windows 10: Windows recovery USB & CD

Discus and support Windows recovery USB & CD in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; I have a recovery USB and a set of recovery CD's but it is not clear how to use them. The system I want to restore is still booting but some parts of... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by JP Ronse, Apr 14, 2021.

  1. JP Ronse Win User

    Windows recovery USB & CD


    I have a recovery USB and a set of recovery CD's but it is not clear how to use them.

    The system I want to restore is still booting but some parts of the Windows interface are missing e.g. the Start button doesn't work anymore, no pop-up.

    :)
     
    JP Ronse, Apr 14, 2021
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  2. thraxed Win User

    Installing windows off of a USB stick

    Step By Step from vista:
    From admin cmd prompt

    1. diskpart
    1a. list disk
    2. select disk 1 (replace 1 with your usb drive)
    3. clean
    4. create partition primary
    5. select partition 1 (replace 1 with your usb drive)
    6. active
    7. format fs=fat32
    8. assign
    9. exit

    Copy Windows Vista's DVD ROM content to the Flash Drive

    xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\ (d being your vista cd and e being your usb stick)

    And that's it, boot off your usb disk
     
    thraxed, Apr 14, 2021
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  3. Bree Win User
    Windows 10 recovery USB - which size???

    Not even that. What creating a recovery drive does (if you select 'include system files') is to construct the files required to clean install Windows. If this is made on an OEM install these file will include the OEM custom apps and drivers - effectively a 'factory reset' drive. It is extracting an install image from your existing system files that takes the time.

    The steps in making a recovery drive are shown in this tutorial...

    Create Recovery Drive in Windows 10 | Tutorials


    • first you choose whether or not to include system files (step 5 in tutorial)
    • next the recovery drive files are constructed (this can take a long time if you include system files)
    • only after that is complete will you be asked which usb to use (step 6 in tutorial). At this point you will be told how large a usb you need.

    Without system files 512 Mb is sufficient. Including system files it will be just over 4GB.


    At which step did you get the error? If you were not asked which usb to use then it was the construction of the system files that failed, nothing to do with what usb you had.
     
  4. Nikhar_K Win User

    Windows recovery USB & CD

    USB Recovery

    Hi Janie,

    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.

    Please reply to the following questions to get a better understanding on the issue:

    • Are you getting any error message?
    • How are you creating the recovery USB?

    However, you can follow the steps from Create a recovery drive
    to create a recovery drive.

    Hope it helps.

    Nikhar Khare

    Microsoft Community – Moderator
     
    Nikhar_K, Apr 14, 2021
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