Are you worried that your Windows 11/10 PC’s system files may suddenly become corrupted due to viruses or operating system damage? If something like this happened you could lose all your data. Or do you have a PC with Windows that won’t start and you would like to restore Windows but you don’t have a bootable CD or USB stick?
Fortunately, there are preventative methods that allow you to avoid problems even in the event of a crash or damage to the Windows 11/10 operating system. In Windows 11/10 itself the possibility is provided create a USB recovery disk, that is, a flash drive that you can use for repair and restore the system in case of inability to start the PC or other situations of “apparent death” of the computer.
In addition to the solution provided by Windows itself, there are programs designed specifically for create a recovery disk and then repair the PC that has the problems, read also about this how to create recovery disk for Windows 11/10. Read on to find out how to create a bootable and recovery USB stick for your PC.
#1. Create Windows repair USB with Partition Assistant
The program Partition Assistant is software that can quickly and easily create a bootable USB disk. It also allows you to copy and Transfer Windows to USB so you can always carry the operating system (and data) with you on a flash drive. By connecting this stick to any other Windows PC you will be able to use your software and it will be like being in front of your computer! Here are the steps to follow to create recovery key for Windows 11/10.
Creating a bootable media (such as USB flash drive) based on Windows PE (Windows Pre-Installation Environment) can load an operating system and run “Partition Assistant” in the system. It is very useful for solving computer problems and recover data when the native system fails to boot. Windows PE bootable media allows you to boot a computer for recovery purposes. After you start Windows PE, you can reformat or modify your hard drive and then copy the Windows PE source files to your hard drive. With the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant it is very easy to create this bootable media on USB stick.
a) Download and install Partition Assistant
To get started download and install Partition Assistant on a working Windows PC from the following link:
After installation this initial screen will open:
b) Access the Boot Media function
Step 1. Insert the blank USB stick into this working Windows PC where you have installed Partition Assistant
Step 2. Start Partition Assistant on that PC, click in the top right on Instruments and then click on the “ functionCreate Bootable Media” and click “After you“.
Step 3. The program will warn you that to create a boot USB stick for Windows you can also use the Windows To Go function (in this regard you can read the guide on how to install Windows on a USB stick). However, if you choose to proceed with the “Boot Support” in the next step you will have to select the destination USB stick.
Click “Proceed” to complete the operation of creating the boot disk on the stick.
c) Start Windows from the created boot key
After the bootable USB stick go to the Windows PC to be restored, access the BIOS and change the boot order by setting Removable Devices as first choice.
Then connect the flash drive you created to the computer, restart the PC and the window will automatically open Partition Assistant. Now you can use Partition Assistant’s built-in functions to repair that computer. For example, you can format the disk or use the partition check function by right-clicking on the disk and selecting Advanced –> Check Partition
Or you can rebuild the MBR (Master Boot Recorder) table which represents the first sector of the hard disk and the main cause of the Windows startup problem. Right-click and select Rebuild MBR to proceed.
#2. Create Recovery USB Stick from Windows 11/10 settings
Below we point out the steps to follow create recovery USB stick for Windows 11/10, using the function already included.
Step 1. At the bottom left of your PC, in the search box write “Create recovery drive”
Step 2. Click on the “Create recovery drive” item to start the process of creating the recovery USB stick for Windows 11/10
Step 3. Leave the “ box checkedBack up your system files to the recovery drive” which will allow you to reinstall Windows via the USB stick if something goes wrong. This option obviously requires more storage space but is definitely worth doing.
Step 4. Click on AFTER YOU and Windows will take some time to calculate the amount of space needed for the operation. At the end of this process you will see the space needed to create the recovery drive. Make sure your USB stick has the required space and connect it to your PC (to any USB port).
Step 5. Proceed with creating the recovery USB stick. Obviously any data on the flash drive will be overwritten and deleted, so make sure you connect an empty flash drive to the PC.