Create a recovery drive that you can use to boot the system when it won't boot using regular methods. Create the drive on a USB stick using the Recovery option in Control Panel. Work through the wizard to create the drive, label it, and keep it in a safe place. Learn the steps to use the drive when applicable.
- [Instructor] When Windows encounters a catastrophic failure, one that's so bad you can't boot the machine to access the recovery options from inside the OS, you can use a recovery to get the computer back up and running. You have to create this drive yourself though before a problem occurs. So if you haven't done it yet, now is a good time. To get started type recovery drive in the search window on the taskbar and click create a recovery drive in the results. When you do you’ll see the wizard here.
Read what's offered on the screen. It says that you can use the recovery drive to reset your computer, to troubleshoot it, or even reinstall it. If you haven't yet inserted a USB drive, that's at least eight gigabytes, do so now then make sure backup system files to the recovery drive is selected and click Next. It might take a minute for Windows to locate all the available drives on your computer. If you see more than one drive select the one you want to use and click Next.
Note that everything on the drive will be deleted, so make sure you select the right one. I'll choose my E drive already named Recovery. Now I'll click Create. When the process completes, and it could take a little bit of time, clearly mark recovery drive on the USB Stick and store in a safe place. If you ever find yourself in a situation where the computer won't boot, all you have to do is insert this drive and try again. The computer should boot directly to the drive.
Troubleshooting options will then appear. You can try automatic repair first, and if that doesn’t work, perhaps system restore, if you still can't get the computer to start up, try system image recovery. Before you move on, do you have any other computers you manage? Consider making recovery disks for those computers too while at the very least verify system restore is enabled and other backups are in place.
Note: The course also maps to the third part of MCSA exam 70-698, Installing and Configuring Windows 10. Taking this course will prepare you for objectives in the Manage and Maintain Windows domain of the test.
- Configuring Windows Update
- Updating Windows apps
- Reviewing event logs
- Using Resource Monitor and Performance Monitor
- Managing security with Windows Defender
- Creating a recovery drive
- Restoring and recovering files
- Recovering the OS with Windows Recovery
- Configuring authorization and authentication
- Securing Windows 10 with passwords
- Joining workgroups and domains
- Creating and using accounts
- Automating tasks with PowerShell