Recovery drive in rescue USB format for Windows
Hope for the best and prepare for the worst. In computing, this maxim will save you from any problem. Data lossappliances that don't turn on, files that disappear... Everything goes well until one fine day Windows stops working properly. what to do in that case? There are several solutions, depending on the severity of the problem. One of them, go to the recovery drive or rescue USB that you can create yourself in Windows 10 or Windows 11.
In the words of Microsoft, “if your computer ever experiences a major problemsuch as a hardware failure, you'll be able to use the recovery drive to reinstall Windows." Like I said, it's a drastic solution when all of the above fails. but you will have something to hold on to if you can't fix what's wrong with a simpler method.
Remember that before going to the recovery unit you should make a backup of the contents of your PC, especially personal files such as documents, photographs or videos. Once you have your files safe, you can restore Windows with the help of your current version of Windows, be it Windows 10 or Windows 11. And if this method does not work, the definitive solution is in the rescue USB.
Reset your PC from Windows
Before using the recovery unit, let's test sort out the Windows problem from within Windows itself. You may have to uninstall an application, a hardware driver, check for infected files, etc. If this doesn't work, you can reinstall windows from Windows itself. And in Windows 10 and Windows 11 it is very easy.
First. It doesn't hurt to have a backup of your personal files. In the cloud or on an external device. Just in case. Then we'll go to Start > Settings > System > Recovery and we will activate the option reset this computer. Windows will do a clean reinstall so that everything goes well. Optionally, you can keep your personal files. Yes, it will remove changes and applications installed.
The process will take time, but at the end, you will have a clean version of windows with your personal files. Everything should be fine, just like before the problem that brought you here. Of course, to use this option you will need internet connection to download the installer and possible updates.
A recovery drive for Windows
If you don't have a permanent internet connection or if the above method doesn't work, we have a last-use solution. It is known as recovery unit, rescue disk or rescue USB. This method requires the internet only to create the disk, not to do the reinstallation. In addition, it will be useful for you to recover any Windows computer besides your own.
To create the rescue USB we need a flash drive or USB drive of at least 16 GB. Remember that with this method, the installation of Windows will be clean, so you will have to save your personal files on another drive or upload them to the cloud. Also remember that the USB you use as a recovery drive must be empty, as its contents will disappear. It is also convenient have Windows up to date so that the rescue USB is configured with the latest Windows changes and files. This will make a clean and updated installation.
First we will go to search box Windows and search for “recovery drive”. An application or tool will appear in the results that we will open. Then we will mark the option Back up your system files to the recovery drive. Following the wizard of the tool, we will connect the rescue USB drive, select it and finally click on Create.
When we have to go to the rescue USB, we will have to insert it into a USB port and boot the PC from it. Then it will be enough to follow the instructions and thus make a clean installation of windows. Finally, we will copy the personal files that we had on an external USB as a backup or backup. With this, any Windows issues should go away.