Windows 10: Recovery thumb drive doesn't work

  1.    09 May 2016 #1

    Recovery thumb drive doesn't work

    I made a recovery thumb drive according to the directions, and it told me that it was finished. I opened it and it has all the recovery and boot files. But when I tested it, nothing happened. I tried removing it and restated, turned off my rig, and replaced the thumb drive. Still nothing happens.
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       09 May 2016 #2

    I had the same issue. It never seemed to work.
    Eventually, I gave up on that.
    Instead, I do regular system image backup to an external hard drive. Together with creating regular system restore points, I have no problem restoring my system if it is needed.

    You will have others recommending Macrium Effect.
    Give it a try. Use it if you like it over the built-in system image backup.
    Decision is yours to make.
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  3.    09 May 2016 #3

    There are 2 possible causes here.

    Either you made the recovery key wrong (perhaps it was made for for BIOS when you have EFI PC or v.v.) or you don't have your PC set to boot from USB.

    I don't know what directions you followed but you could try option 2 here and use Rufus to create the USB key - it is pretty reliable USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    You then need to check in your BIOS that USB is top of your boot list or alternatively search for Windows to Go startup options and set it to Yes. It will then try to boot from any connected USB the next time you restart.

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