Creating a rescue disk Windows 10 and how to restore the system using it

Windows 10 is a reliable operating system, but it is also prone to critical crashes. Virus attacks, overflowing RAM, downloading programs from unverified sites – all this can seriously damage your computer's performance. To be able to quickly restore it, the programmers of the corporation Microsoft have developed a system that allows you to create a recovery or rescue disk that stores the configuration of the installed system. You can create it immediately after installation Windows 10, which simplifies the process of reanimating the system after failures. A rescue disk can be created while the system is running, for which there are several options.

Content

  • Why you need a rescue disk Windows 10
  • Recovery disc creation methods Windows 10
    • Through the control panel
      • Video: Create a Rescue Disk Windows 10 Using the Control Panel
    • Using the wbadmin console program
      • Video: Create an Archive Image Windows 10
    • Using third-party programs
      • Creating a rescue disk Windows 10 using the DAEMON Tools Ultra utility
      • Creating a Rescue Disk Windows 10 using the utility Windows USB / DVD Download Tool from corporation Microsoft
  • How to restore a system using a boot disk
    • Video: Recovering Windows 10 Using a Rescue Disk
  • Problems when creating an emergency recovery disc and using it, ways to solve the problems that have arisen

Why you need a rescue disk Windows 10

In terms of reliability, Wimdows 10 surpasses its predecessors. The 'dozens' have many built-in functions that simplify the use of the system for any user. But still, no one is immune from critical failures and errors that lead to computer inoperability and data loss. For such cases, you need a rescue disk Windows 10, which you may need at any time. It can only be created on computers that have a physical optical drive or USB controller.

The rescue disk helps in the following situations:

  • does not start Windows 10;
  • the system is malfunctioning;
  • you need to restore the system;
  • you must return your computer to its original condition.

Recovery disc creation methods Windows 10

There are several ways to create a rescue disk. Let's consider them in detail.

Through the control panel

Corporation Microsoft has developed an easy way to create an Emergency Recovery Disc, streamlining the process used in previous editions. This rescue disk is also suitable for troubleshooting on another computer with Windows 10 installed, if the system has the same bit and edition. To reinstall the system on another computer, the rescue disk is suitable if the computer has a digital license registered on the installation servers Microsoft.

Follow these steps:

  1. Open the 'Control Panel' by double-clicking on the icon of the same name on the desktop. Control Panel icon on the desktop

    Double click on the 'Control Panel' icon to open the program of the same name

  2. Set the 'View' option in the upper right corner of the display to 'Large icons' for convenience. Control panel view selection menu

    Set the view option 'Large icons' to make it easier to find the desired item

  3. Click on the 'Restore' icon. All Control Panel Items

    Click on the 'Recovery' icon to open the panel of the same name

  4. On the panel that opens, select 'Create a recovery drive'. Create a recovery drive option in the Recovery panel

    Click on the 'Create a recovery disk' icon to go to setting the process of the same name

  5. Enable the option 'Back up system files to recovery drive'. The process will take a long time. On the other hand, recovery Windows 10 will be more efficient, since all the files required for recovery are copied to the rescue disk. Recovery Drive panel and option Back up system files to recovery drive

    Enable the option 'Back up system files to the recovery drive' for more efficient system recovery

  6. Connect a flash drive to the USB port if it hasn't been connected before. Pre-copy the information from it to the hard drive, since the flash drive itself will be reformatted.
  7. Click on the 'Next' button. Recovery Drive panel and Next button

    Click on the 'Next' button to start the process

  8. The process of copying files to the flash drive begins. Wait for the end. Recovery drive creation progress indicator

    Wait for the process of copying files to the flash drive to finish

  9. After the copying process is finished, click on the 'Finish' button.

Video: Create a Rescue Disk Windows 10 Using the Control Panel

Using the wbadmin console program

In Windows 10 there is a built-in utility wbadmin.exe that makes it much easier to back up information and create an emergency recovery disk.

The system image created on the rescue disk is a complete copy of the hard drive data, which includes system files Windows 10, user files, user-installed programs, program configurations and other information.

To create a rescue disk using the wbadmin utility, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the 'Start' button.
  2. In the menu of the Start button that appears, click on the line Windows PowerShell (administrator). Start button context menu

    From the Start button menu, click Windows PowerShell (Admin)

  3. In the administrator command prompt console that opens, enter: wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget: E: -include: C: -allCritical -quiet, where the name of the logical drive corresponds to the media on which the rescue disk will be created Windows 10. Command Line Admin Console with the wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget: E: -include: C: -allCritical -quiet command entered

    Enter wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget: E: -include: C: -allCritical -quiet

  4. Press the Enter key on your keyboard.
  5. The process of creating a backup copy of the files on the hard drive will begin. Wait for completion. File backup process in command line console

    Wait for the backup process to complete

At the end of the process, a directory Windows ImageBackup will be created on the target disk containing the system image.

If necessary, you can include in the image and other logical drives of the computer. In this case, the shell will look like this: wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget: E: -include: C :, D:, F :, G: -allCritical -quiet.

Command line administrator console with the wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget: E: -include: C:, D:, F:, G: -allCritical -quiet command entered

Enter wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget: E: -include: C:, D:, F:, G: -allCritical -quiet to include the logical drives of the computer in the image

And it is also possible to save the system image to a network folder. The shell will then look like this: wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget: \ Remote_Computer \ Folder -include: C: -allCritical -quiet.

Command line administrator console with the entered command wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget: \ Remote_Computer \ Folder -include: C: -allCritical –quiet

Enter wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget: \ Remote_Computer \ Folder -include: C: -allCritical -quiet to save the system image to a network folder

Video: Create an Archive Image Windows 10

Using third-party programs

You can create a rescue disc using various third-party utilities.

Creating a rescue disk Windows 10 using the DAEMON Tools Ultra utility

DAEMON Tools Ultra is a highly functional and professional utility that allows you to work with any type of image.

  1. Launch DAEMON Tools Ultra.
  2. Click on 'Tools'. In the drop-down menu, select the 'Create Bootable USB' line. DAEMON Tools Ultra main window, 'Tools' menu

    In the dropdown menu, click on the line 'Create Bootable USB'

  3. Connect a flash drive or external drive.
  4. Use the 'Image' key to select the ISO file to copy. Window for selecting an ISO file to copy

    Click on the 'Image' button and in the 'Explorer' that opens, select the ISO file to copy

  5. Enable the 'Overwrite MBR' option to create a boot record. Without creating a boot record, the media will not be detected as bootable by the computer or laptop. Bootable USB creation setup window

    Enable the 'Overwrite MBR' option to create a boot record

  6. Save the files you want from the USB stick to the hard drive before formatting.
  7. The NTFS file system is detected automatically. The disc label can be omitted. Make sure your flash drive is at least eight gigabytes in size.
  8. Click on the 'Start' button. DAEMON Tools Ultra will start creating an emergency bootable flash drive or external drive. The window for creating a bootable USB, the 'Start' button

    Click on the 'Start' button to start the process

  9. It will take a few seconds to create a boot record, since its size is several megabytes. Expect. DAEMON Tools Ultra while rewriting boot sectors

    The boot record is created in a few seconds

  10. Image recording takes up to twenty minutes, depending on the amount of information in the image file. Wait for the end. You can go into the background by clicking the 'Hide' button. DAEMON Tools Ultra while burning an ISO image

    Image recording takes up to twenty minutes, click on the 'Hide' button to go to the background

  11. After the copy Windows 10 is written to the flash drive, DAEMON Tools Ultra will inform you about the success of the process. Click Finish. DAEMON Tools Ultra after the completion of the rescue disk creation

    When finished creating the rescue disk, click on the 'Finish' button to close the program and complete the process

All steps to create a rescue disk Windows 10 are accompanied by detailed program instructions.

Most modern computers and laptops have USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. If a flash drive has been used for a number of years, then its write speed drops several times. The information will be written to the new carrier much faster. Therefore, it is preferable to use a new flash drive when creating a rescue disk. The write speed to an optical disc is much slower, but it has the advantage that it can be stored in an unused state for a long time. A flash drive can be constantly in operation, which is a prerequisite for its failure and loss of necessary information.

Creating a Rescue Disk Windows 10 using the utility Windows USB / DVD Download Tool from corporation Microsoft

Windows USB / DVD Download Tool is a useful utility for creating bootable drives. It is very user-friendly, has a simple interface and works with different types of media. The utility is best suited for computer devices without virtual drives, such as ultrabooks or netbooks, but it also works well with devices that have DVD drives. The utility can automatically determine the path to the distribution ISO image and read it.

If, when starting Windows USB / DVD Download Tool, a message appears stating that you need to install Microsoft. NET Framework 2.0, then you need to go along the path: 'Control Panel – Programs and Features – Enabling or disable features Windows 'and check the box in the line Microsoft. NET Framework 3.5 (includes 2.0 and 3.0).

And also it is necessary to remember that the flash drive on which the rescue disk will be created must have a volume of at least eight gigabytes. In addition, to create a rescue disk Windows 10, you need to have a previously created ISO image.

To create a rescue disk using the Windows USB / DVD Download Tool, you must perform the following sequence of actions:

  1. Insert the flash drive into the USB port of your computer or laptop and run the Windows USB / DVD Download Tool.
  2. Click the Browse button and select the ISO image file Windows 10. Then click on the Next button. Window for selecting an image file Windows 10 for loading

    Select the ISO file with the image Windows 10 and click on the Next button

  3. In the next panel, click on the USB device button. Recording media selection window

    Click on the USB device key to select the flash drive as the recording medium

  4. After selecting the media, click the Being copying button. The window for starting copying files from the image

    Click the Being copying button

  5. Before starting the creation of the rescue disk, you must delete all data from the flash drive and format it. To do this, click on the Erase USB Device button in the window that appears with a message about the lack of free space on the flash drive. Not enough free space on your flash drive

    Click on the Erase USB Device button to erase all data from the flash drive

  6. Click 'Yes' to confirm formatting. Formatting confirmation request

    Click on the 'Yes' button to confirm formatting

  7. After formatting the flash drive, the installer Windows 10 will start recording from the ISO image. Expect.
  8. Close the Windows USB / DVD Download Tool after completing the rescue disk creation.

How to restore a system using a boot disk

To restore the system using the rescue disk, follow these steps:

  1. Start up from the Rescue Disk after a system reboot or on initial power up.
  2. Set to B IOS or specify the boot priority in the start menu. It can be a USB device or DVD drive.
  3. After booting the system from the flash drive, a window will appear defining the actions to return Windows 10 to a healthy state. First select 'Startup Repair'. Advanced Options Window

    Select 'Startup Repair' to restore your system

  4. As a rule, after a short diagnosis of the computer, it will be reported that it is impossible to solve the problem. After that, go back to Advanced Options and go to System Restore.

    Startup Repair window with a message that the problem could not be solved

    Click the 'Advanced Options' button to return to the screen of the same name and select 'System Restore'

  5. In the start window of System Restore, click on the Next button. Restore system files and settings window

    Click on the 'Next' button to start configuring the process

  6. Select the rollback point in the next window. Rollback point selection window

    Select the required rollback point and click 'Next'

  7. Confirm the restore point. Restore point confirmation window

    Click on the 'Finish' button to confirm the restore point

  8. Confirm the start of the recovery process again. Confirmation request to start the recovery process

    In the window, click on the 'Yes' button to confirm the start of the recovery process

  9. After restoring the system, restart your computer. After it, the system configuration should return to a working state.
  10. If your computer is still working, go back to the advanced options and go to the 'System Image Recovery' item.
  11. Select the archived system image and click on the 'Next' button. Window for selecting an archived system image

    Select the archived system image and click on the 'Next' button

  12. In the next window, click the Next button again. The window for selecting additional recovery options

    Click on the 'Next' button again to continue

  13. Confirm the selection of the archive image by pressing the 'Finish' button. Confirmation window for selecting an archived image

    Click on the 'Finish' button to confirm the selection of the archive image

  14. Confirm the start of the recovery process again. Confirmation window for starting the restore process from an archived image

    Click on the 'Yes' button to confirm the start of the restore process from the archived image

At the end of the process, the system will be restored to a working state. If all methods have been tried, but the system was not restored, then all that remains is a rollback to its original state.

Window 'Installation Windows 10'

Click on the 'System Restore' line to reinstall the OS on your computer

Video: Recovering Windows 10 Using a Rescue Disk

Problems when creating an emergency recovery disc and using it, ways to solve the problems that have arisen

When creating a rescue disk Windows 10, various problems may arise. The most typical are the following typical mistakes:

  1. The created DVD or flash drive does not boot the system. An error message appears during installation. This means that an ISO disk image file was created in error. Solution: you need to burn a new ISO image or write to a new media to avoid errors.
  2. The DVD drive or USB port is defective and cannot read the media. Solution: burn the ISO image on another computer or laptop, or try using a similar port or drive, if available on the computer.
  3. Frequent interruptions to the Internet connection. For example, the Media Creation Tool, when downloading an image Windows 10 from the corporation's official website Microsoft, requires a permanent connection. When interrupts occur, the recording fails and cannot complete. Solution: check the connection and restore continuous network access.
  4. The application reports the loss of communication with the DVD drive and displays a write error message. Solution: if the recording was carried out to a DVD-RW disc, then do a full erase and overwrite the image Windows 10 again, when the recording was carried out to a flash drive – just overwrite.
  5. The daisy chain connections of the drive or USB controllers are loose. Solution: disconnect the computer from the network, disassemble it and check the loop connections, and then carry out the image recording process Windows 10 again.
  6. Unable to write image Windows 10 to the selected medium using the selected application. Solution: try using a different application, as there is a chance that yours is not working properly.
  7. The flash drive or DVD is worn out or bad sectors. Solution: replace the flash drive or DVD and repeat the image recording.

No matter how reliably and long-term it works Windows 10, there is always a possibility that a system error will occur that will not allow using the OS in the future. Users should have a clear idea that without a rescue disk on hand, they will get a lot of problems at the wrong time. As soon as possible, you need to create it, since it allows you to restore the system to a working state in the shortest possible time without outside help. To do this, you can use any of the methods discussed in the article. This will ensure that in the event of a malfunction Windows 10, you can quickly restore the system to the previous configuration.

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