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3 Options to Create a Windows 10 Recovery Disk

If you need a recovery disk to reset PC, troubleshoot problem or reset password in Windows 10 or even reinstall Windows 10, please follow the article to learn how to create a Windows 10 recovery disk.

  1. Part 1: Create Windows 10 system recovery disk
  2. Part 2: Create Windows 10 password recovery disk

Part 1: Create Windows 10 system recovery disk

Windows 10 system recovery disk is mainly used to reset PC, troubleshoot problems or reinstall Windows system especially while Windows 10 cannot start normally. With two options provided here, you can create Windows 10 system recovery disk successfully in few steps.

Option 1: Create Windows 10 system recovery disk with media creation tool

This kind of Windows 10 system recovery disk is also called Windows 10 installation disc, which can be burned with media creation tool and bootable USB drive (or CD-ROM). With it in hand, it would be available to reinstall Windows 10, repair Windows 10 and reset Windows 10 forgotten local admin password with command at any time.

1. Get Creation Media Tool from Microsoft and run it on an accessible computer.


2. Accept Microsoft software license terms and check option "Create installation media for another PC".

3. Select language, confirm Windows system edition and version.

4. Plug the USB flash drive (CD/DVD-ROM) into computer and choose USB flash drive or "ISO file".

Then Windows 10 installation file will be downloaded automatically and burned into selected USB flash drive (or CD/DVD-ROM). About few minutes later, you will get a Windows 10 installation USB disc as system recovery disk.

Refer to: How to create Windows 10 installation media


Option 2: Create Windows 10 system recovery disk with Windows built-in feature

While you could access Windows 10, please make full use of Windows built-in feature to create a Windows 10 system recovery disk easier and faster.

1. Plug prepared USB flash drive into Windows 10.

2. Press Win + X and click Control Panel from menu to open it.

3. Search recovery in Control Panel and then select Create a recovery drive under System.

select to create a recovery drive in windows 10

4. Click "Yes" on pop-up UAC dialog to run Recovery Media Creator.

confirm to create system recovery disk

5. Tick the box to back up system files and then click on Next to continue.

If you do this, you can also use recovery disk to perform a reinstall of Windows later.

back up system files to windows 10 recovery drive

6. Wait for minutes while Windows is checked by recovery drive program.

begin to create system recovery disk after system checking

7. Then you will be prompted to select USB drive to connect to Windows 10 and create Windows 10 recovery disk with it.

8. In the process, content on USB flash drive will be wiped out at first and then begin to create recovery disk.

9. While it is created completely, click Finish to get the recovery disk and save it in safe place.

How to use Windows 10 system recovery disk?

1. While Windows 10 starts normally but you want to troubleshoot problem, please open Security > Recovery to choose options there if you don’t want to do a complete reinstall with system recovery disk.

2. While Windows 10 cannot start normally, boot Windows 10 from system recovery disk instead and enter Advanced Startup option, where you can select Troubleshoot or recover Windows 10 from the drive.


Part 2: Create a Windows 10 password recovery disk

Besides system recovery disk, password recovery disk is another common disk, which can be created in computer to help reset Windows 10 forgotten password for local account.

1. Open Control Panel and insert bootable USB flash drive.

2. Search password in control panel and click on Create a password reset disk under User Accounts.

choose to create a password recovery disk in windows 10

3. While Forgotten Password Wizard pops up, click Next and follow it to create a password reset disk with USB flash drive.

begin to create windows 10 password recovery disk

How to use Windows 10 password recovery disk?

1. While forgot Windows 10 local account password, take the password recovery disk to plug into computer.

2. Then when you are prompted password is incorrect on login screen, click OK and Reset password link to reset Windows 10 local account password with it.

In addition: Third-party software iSunshare Windows 10 Password Genius also could help to create a Windows 10 password recovery disk on another computer. Then while you are locked out of Windows 10 computer, password reset disk also can be created to reset Windows 10 forgotten password for local and Microsoft account.

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