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How to Use Windows 10 Recovery Option

Windows includes a number of tools you can use to make sure your files can be recovered if you need to. If you're having problems with your PC, you can use Recovery Option to fix it.

Today, we will introduce you how to use Windows 10 recovery to recover your computer. This article also applies to Windows 8, 7.

1, Press Win key and click Settings icon and Update and Security option in turn.

update security setting

2, Open the Update and Security, you can catch the list on the left and please select Recovery. Then you can see the Reset this PC, Go back to an earlier build and Advanced startup options on the right.


Reset this PC

If your PC is not running well, Reset this PC might help you. This lets you choose to keep your files or remove them, and then reinstalls Windows. Please click the Get started if you need.

reset this pc

There are two options let you choice. One is Keep my files. This option can help you remove your applications and settings, but keep personal files for you.

Another one is Remove everything. This option can help you remove all of your personal files, applications, and settings.

choose an option

You can select one of them by yourself.

Go Back to An Earlier Build

If you want to go back to your previous version of Windows, you can use Go back to an earlier build option.

Please note that you only have 10 days to use this option in the latest Windows 10 update.

go back to an earlier build

Advanced Startup

If your PC isn't working well after you recently installed the application, driver, or update. We suggest that you need to use Advanced startup option.

It can start up from an USB drive or DVD, change your PC’s firmware settings, change Windows startup settings, or restore Windows from a system image. Please click the Restart now.

advanced startup

Please wait a few seconds, you can enter to Choose an Option interface. Please select Troubleshoot > Advanced options.

From here, you can restore Windows from System Image you created, use System Restore to correct problems, use Startup Settings to enter safe mode and perform other maintenance tasks.

advanced options

You can also open the Recovery from Control Panel.

recovery control panel

You can catch the Advanced recovery tools list.

You can Create a recovery drive to troubleshoot problems when your PC cannot start.

If you want to undo recent system changes, but leave files such as documents, pictures, and music unchanged, please Open System Restore.

If you want to change restore settings, manage disk space, and create or delete restore points, please Configure System Restore.

advanced recovery tools

As we know, Create a recovery drive is an important and common recovery tool. Even if your PC can’t start, you can use a recovery drive to reset it or troubleshoot problems. If you back up system files to this drive, you’ll also be able to use it to reinstall Windows.

You can plug an USB flash drive or USB hard drive into your computer before following below steps to operating.

How to Create a Recovery Drive to USB Drive

1, Please click the Create a recovery drive option. You can go into Recovery Drive interface. Please check Back up system files to the recovery drive and go to Next. Windows will detect the USB flash drive.

create recovery drive

2, Please wait a few minutes, all available drive(s) will be showed. Please choose H :\( RECOVERY) and go to Next > Create. A lot of files need to be copied to the recovery drive, so this might take a while.

select usb flash drive

Then, the recovery drive is ready. Please hit Finish.

recovery drive ready


Windows offers a full recovery environment you can use for troubleshooting and recovery, as well as the ability to fully reset your PC to its default settings. In daily life, Windows always has a variety of problems. So we have to use recovery to recover our computer. We hope this article can help you.

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