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    Enable or Disable Windows Recovery Environment in Windows 10

    Enable or Disable Windows Recovery Environment in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) in Windows 10
    Published by Category: General Tips
    28 May 2020
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    How to Enable or Disable Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) in Windows 10


    Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) is a recovery environment that can repair common causes of unbootable operating systems. By default, WinRE is preloaded into the Windows 10 for desktop editions (Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education) and Windows Server 2016 installations.

    WinRE includes these tools:

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) in advanced options at startup in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable WinRE.



    Contents

    • Option One: See Current Status of Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)
    • Option Two: Enable Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)
    • Option Three: Disable Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)



    EXAMPLE: Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) enabled or disabled in advanced options at startup
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    OPTION ONE

    See Current Status of Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)


    1 Open an elevated command prompt.

    2 Copy and paste reagentc /info into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    3 Look to the right of Windows RE Status to see if it is currently Enabled or Disabled.

    Enable or Disable Windows Recovery Environment in Windows 10-windows_re_status-1.jpg Enable or Disable Windows Recovery Environment in Windows 10-windows_re_status-2.png






    OPTION TWO

    Enable Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)


    This is the default setting.


    1 Open an elevated command prompt.

    2 Copy and paste reagentc /enable into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Windows Recovery Environment in Windows 10-enable_windows_re.png






    OPTION THREE

    Disable Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)


    1 Open an elevated command prompt.

    2 Copy and paste reagentc /disable into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Windows Recovery Environment in Windows 10-disable_windows_re.png


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Home
       #1

    Hi, I tried using this technique to enable Win RE but I end up with this:

    reagentc /enable
    REAGENTC.EXE: Operation failed: 5

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  2. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 15,332
    10 Home x64 (2004) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #2

    ssimlai said:
    Hi, I tried using this technique to enable Win RE but I end up with this:
    reagentc /enable
    REAGENTC.EXE: Operation failed: 5
    Welcome to TenForums ssimlai


    You have to run that command in an administrator command prompt.

    Open Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10
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  3. Andrew129260's Avatar
    Posts : 182
    Windows 10 Pro x64 latest version
       #3

    Hey, I have ran reagentc /info and it shows it is disabled.

    I then did reagentc /enable and it stated the following:

    reagentc the windows re image was not found

    I had restored an image successfully from aomei backupper when my main ssd died and I had to get it replaced through warranty. But now it seems like the recovery environment is missing. I searched online and it seems like it would be a major pain to re-add it back to the system. I ran a sfc /scan now and the dism command to make sure their was no corruption with the windows 10 install and everything checked out okay. Should I worry about this and attempt to re-add it, or if its working fine and I use images do I need to even worry about this? I don't feel like reinstalling windows just to fix this.

    Thanks
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,806
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Hello Andrew @Andrew129260,

    I wouldn't worry about it. You can sort it the next time you do a clean install of Windows 10.

    For now, you could create a bootable Windows 10 installation USB to use instead. When you boot from this USB, WinRE will be available from it.

    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10
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  5. Andrew129260's Avatar
    Posts : 182
    Windows 10 Pro x64 latest version
       #5

    Awesome, thanks
      My Computers


 

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