Creators Update ~ Flash System Repair Disc Fail


  1. Posts : 9
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    Creators Update ~ Flash System Repair Disc Fail


    I used to create system repair discs for my PC's just in the event of a failure. Now problem is that for some reason Windows has stopped offering the ability to create a system repair disc to Flash Disk. It used to, but it just stopped, saying that there is no DVD drive connected to the PC, and it now completely ignores any Flash that is connected.
    This may be down to the Creators Update or it may be due to the fact that my PC no longer has a DVD drive ( This would be a bug in Windows 10 that really wouldn't surprise me at all ). I am not sure which. Does anyone know?
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    Hi, probably the answer you will get is a recommendation to use disk imaging e.g. using Macrium Reflect (free).

    Windows Backup and Restore is being deprecated.
    Features removed or Deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update - Windows 10 Forums

    System Image Backup (SIB) Solution
    We recommend that users use full-disk backup solutions from other vendors.
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...ll-creators-up
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  3. Posts : 1,520
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    It's not clear whether you have tried the option to create a Recovery Drive?

    As it says here:
    Create Recovery Drive in Windows 10
    A recovery drive is a USB version of a system repair disc with an option to include the system files to be able to also reset Windows 10 from the recovery drive.
    It isn't quite the same as having a backup image, and for instance you can run more repair options from a recovery drive.
    That said, a good backup image (using a 3rd party tool as dalchina says) would be my first line of defence.
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  4. Posts : 9
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    DavidY said:
    It's not clear whether you have tried the option to create a Recovery Drive?

    As it says here:
    Create Recovery Drive in Windows 10


    It isn't quite the same as having a backup image, and for instance you can run more repair options from a recovery drive.
    That said, a good backup image (using a 3rd party tool as dalchina says) would be my first line of defence.
    Ah, thank you, you are right, I was looking in the wrong place.
    I must confess I find the different options just confusing.
    My data is fully backed up but I am concerned about what happens if the system is damaged. I really want something on a flash drive that can automatically repair a damaged system. It doesn't matter if it has to re-install windows, that's fine, the important thing is that it can, since I don't have any Windows 10 source disks.
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  5. dalchina's Avatar
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    You can freely download Win 10 iso's. There's a tutorial... feel free to have a look.

    Note that there's no such thing as a reliable automatic repair, I'm afraid.
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  6. Posts : 9
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    Thread Starter
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    Where do I get my key from though? Without that's surely the ISO is useless?
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  7. dalchina's Avatar
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    This question has been asked so many times.

    If you clean install, activation is automatic. Even if you make significant hardware changes you can usually expect this to be ok. Please feel free to search the forum for discussion on this.

    There are also some useful repair options using an installation disk.
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  8. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    djfaz said:
    I used to create system repair discs for my PC's just in the event of a failure. Now problem is that for some reason Windows has stopped offering the ability to create a system repair disc to Flash Disk. It used to, but it just stopped, saying that there is no DVD drive connected to the PC, and it now completely ignores any Flash that is connected.
    There are two ways in Windows 10 to create a bootable 'media' with the recovery tools on it. One makes a CD/DVD and is routinely offered at the end of creating a system image through Backup & Restore. This is described as a 'Repair Disk', the other makes a USB and is called a 'Recovery Drive'.

    The two processes to create this 'media' have always been quite separate, each can only make one type of media (USB or DVD/CD), each is started from a different place in the Control Panel, and neither gives the choice of using the other type of media. It has been this way since the 10240 RTM version was released.

    The one feature that a Recovery Drive has that's not available on a Repair Disk is the option (ticked by default) to include the system files. With system files included a Recovery Drive can reinstall Windows from scratch.

    Functionally, a Repair Disk CD/DVD is identical to a Recovery Drive USB that does not include the system files. They can be used interchangeably.

    Create System Repair Disc in Windows 10
    Create Recovery Drive in Windows 10
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