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  1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 9
    Windows 10
       02 Aug 2015 #1

    Windows 10 bootable USB


    Hi,

    I've just upgraded.

    I was previously on 8.1 and frequently used System Restore and Backup to generate a recovery image of my windows installation. In the event that I ever needed to restore an image, I used a bootable recovery USB - if memory serves me correctly, I needed to create a new USB when I moved to 8.1 because the one for 8 did not work with a 8.1 image.

    I assume I now need to create a new one for 10, however I cannot find out how you do it.

    Anyone else done this?

    Thanks,

    jra505
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,424
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       02 Aug 2015 #2

    Hello jra505, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    The tutorial below can give a few options for how to create a bootable Windows 10 installation USB.

    USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10
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  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 9
    Windows 10
       02 Aug 2015 #3

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello jra505, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    The tutorial below can give a few options for how to create a bootable Windows 10 installation USB.

    USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10
    Thanks very much for the post.

    Unless I've misunderstood, those instructions are for creating a bootable USB from which you can install a fresh installation of Windows 10. All I am after is a bootable USB which allows you to access the recovery options, one of which is to restore a backed up image.

    Thanks,

    jra505
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  4. Joined : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 4,334
    Windows 10 Pro X64 14393.576
       02 Aug 2015 #4

    Try this:

    Create a recovery drive

    A recovery drive can help you troubleshoot and fix problems with your PC, even if it wonít start. To create one, all you need is a USB drive.

    • From the taskbar, search for Create a recovery drive and then select it. You might be asked to enter an admin password or confirm your choice.
    • When the tool opens, make sure Back up system files to the recovery drive is selected and then select Next.
    • Connect a USB drive to your PC, select it, and then select Next > Create. A lot of files need to be copied to the recovery drive, so this might take a while.
    • When itís done, you might see a Delete the recovery partition from your PC link on the final screen. If you want to free up drive space on your PC, select the link and then select Delete. If not, select Finish.
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 16
    W10 Pro 64 bit
       02 Aug 2015 #5

    Size?


    Ztruker said: View Post
    Try this:

    Create a recovery drive

    A recovery drive can help you troubleshoot and fix problems with your PC, even if it wonít start. To create one, all you need is a USB drive.

    • From the taskbar, search for Create a recovery drive and then select it. You might be asked to enter an admin password or confirm your choice.
    • When the tool opens, make sure Back up system files to the recovery drive is selected and then select Next.
    • Connect a USB drive to your PC, select it, and then select Next > Create. A lot of files need to be copied to the recovery drive, so this might take a while.
    • When itís done, you might see a Delete the recovery partition from your PC link on the final screen. If you want to free up drive space on your PC, select the link and then select Delete. If not, select Finish.
    What size in GB should the USB drive be?
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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,424
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       02 Aug 2015 #6
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  7. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 9
    Windows 10
       03 Aug 2015 #7

    When I try that, I get this error:

    Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	28143
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  8. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,424
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       03 Aug 2015 #8

    jra505 said: View Post
    Thanks very much for the post.

    Unless I've misunderstood, those instructions are for creating a bootable USB from which you can install a fresh installation of Windows 10. All I am after is a bootable USB which allows you to access the recovery options, one of which is to restore a backed up image.

    Thanks,

    jra505
    Just a FYI, that an installation USB will also let you boot to the recovery options.

    Advanced Startup Options - Boot to in Windows 10
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  9. Joined : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 4,334
    Windows 10 Pro X64 14393.576
       03 Aug 2015 #9

    I get the same error when I try to create the Recovery drive too.
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  10. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,424
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       03 Aug 2015 #10

    Currently, folks have been getting that error when the Back up system files to the recovery drive check box is ticked.

    Leaving it unchecked should allow it to successfully create a recovery drive.
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