This guide will walk you through the steps required to make a USB repair disk for Windows 10, which ideally should be done before a problem presents itself. A best practice is to make one of these with an old USB stick and leave it in a drawer for a "rainy day".

However if you are having difficulty booting into your OS this can be done using another Windows PC.


No parts required.

  1. Go to:
  2. If you have UAC enabled click "Yes"
    • If you have UAC enabled click "Yes"

    • Click "Accept"

    • Option: Actually read T&Cs

    • Select "Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD or ISO file) for another PC"

    • Click "Next"

    • If you are creating a USB for another computer take care to get these settings correct for the computer it will be used on. Language is not so important as it can be changed later.

    • If you are creating a back up for the computer you are running the tool on, selecting the check box "Use the recommended options for this PC" will select the settings automatically.

    • Select "USB flash drive"

    • Click "Next"

    • By selecting "ISO file" you can create a disk image that can be burned to a CD or USB at a later date.

    • Now select the USB drive you wish to put the tool on.

    • If your drive does not appear here, make sure it is correctly inserted and detected by Windows.

    • Now windows will download and verify the installation files.

    • Now windows will write the installation files to your drive.

    • Once it's finished writing to the disk click "Next"

    • And after a short wait you're done!


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Mr. Bailey. How is this Boot drive different from the Recovery drive that I create directly from my PC? Thanks.

John Norton - Reply

They do the same thing essentially, they allow you to boot and recover your windows installation. However there is a one difference and that's that, I believe, the recovery drive tool only gives you the option to create a disk for the computer you are using. It's exactly like the recovery partition that some computers and laptops have.

My guide is quite generic in that you could create the disk for any Windows 10 installation.

Thanks for the question.

Conor Bailey -

I recommend you add something about how to boot from the USB drive, especially on a machine that has UEFI SecureBoot enabled.

Bill Meacham - Reply

I agree that that part of the process is important, however there are so many variables to uefi that writing a coherent guide for that would be difficult. Not to mention that screen shotting those steps a more difficult (although obviously not impossible).

But thank you for the feed back, I'll consider it in the future.

Conor Bailey -

for the second step, what you mean UAC pls?

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