How to Create a Dell Recovery USB in Windows 10 (2 Ways)

Can’t create Dell Recovery USB? Here will give you the guidance for how to create Dell recovery USB in Windows 10 and how to restore Windows 10 from the recovery USB.


by Lily Updated on July 26, 2023

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Why is Dell Windows recovery USB needed?

Many computers come with a recovery image that’s used to refresh or reset your computer. This recovery image is stored on a dedicated recovery partition that consumes 3 to 6GB in size. However, many users want to delete the recovery image from the computer and try to use a recovery drive to replace it. Thus, you need to create a USB recovery drive.

Windows 10 recovery USB will give a lot of help to computer users. If your windows running into problems, and you do not have a recovery partition or the recovery info has been removed, a Windows recovery USB can help you troubleshoot and fix those problems. Even if your PC won’t start, you can use the Windows recovery USB to access recovery tools and solve the problems. Besides, you can also use the recovery USB to free up storage space.

Create Dell recovery USB in Windows 10 with built-in tool

Windows 8 or Windows 10 allows you to create recovery USB (or other drives) or to create system repair disc. To open the recovery drive creating tool in Windows 8, you can press Windows key and type recovery drive, or tap the Settings category and launch the Create a recovery drive application.

Creat Recovery Drive

In Windows 10, you need to type recovery drive in the search box of Settings. You can also find recovery drive creator by opening Control Panel (Win+X) -> Open Recovery -> Click Create Recovery Drive.

Create A Recovery Drive

Then, you have opened the Recovery Media Creator in Windows 10. And next, you can use it to create a Windows 10 recovery drive for Dell. Click Next.

Recovery Drive Creator

You will wait a minute for the recovery drive creator preparing. After that, it will bring you to the page where you can select the USB flash drive.

Select USB Flash Drive

After you select the USB flash drive, Windows will give you a warning that everything on the drive will be deleted. So, if there is any important data, you'd better backup files on USB flash drive before doing this job.


When you click Create, it will execute that task immediately, and that would take some time. When the process is finished, it will show you “The recovery drive is ready”. And you can click Finish to exit.


Thus, you have already created Dell Recovery USB Windows 10.

How to boot from Dell recovery USB and repair Windows 10

If there is something wrong with your Dell computer, you may need to troubleshoot system to minimize the damage from the Dell recovery USB. Booting from a USB drive may vary depending on the model and make.

For Dell laptop, here you need to press F12 (if you are working on Dell desktop, press Esc). It will show you the Windows logo. Then, you can choose your keyboard layout, and click Troubleshoot -> Recover from a drive. Follow the on-screen instructions and wait for a while to troubleshoot Windows 10 system.

Recover from a Drive

Can’t create Dell recovery USB in Windows 10 - fixed

However, you may meet the problem that you can’t create recovery USB on new Dell with Windows 10 by using the built-in recovery drive creator. Thus, here we highly suggest you create Dell recovery USB with a third party software AOMEI Backupper Standard.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free yet powerful backup and restore software for Windows users. You can use it to create Dell recovery USB with Windows 10 more easily.

Step 1. Insert your USB formatted as NTFS to your computer. Free download AOMEI Backupper. Install and launch it. Then, select Create Bootable Media under Tools tab.

Create Bootable Media

Step 2. Then, choose the type of emergency bootable disc that you are trying to create. Here we choose Windows PE. Click Next.

Windows Bootable Disc

Step 3. In this page, you can select the USB you prepared before as the storage media. Click Next. The program will start to create Dell boot disk immediately.

Select USB Device

With those simple steps, you can create Windows 10 recovery USB for your Dell computer. After that, you can boot from the bootable USB drive you created.

AOMEI Backupper also allows you to create a system backup image. Whenever your computer fails to boot, you can use this recovery USB to boot your computer and restore Windows 10 system image backup from it. Besides, it also works for other Windows OS including Windows 8, Windows 7. What’s more, it has many other advanced features like dissimilar hardware restore, system clone, etc. You can upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional to get more.

Lily · Editor
Lily Green joined AOMEI in 2018 and has since become a professional in the areas of data protection and data transfer. She is committed to helping users protect their precious computer data and troubleshoot Windows system errors. She consistently stays vigilant about the latest trends in technology, guaranteeing that the given information aligned with the ongoing advancements in the field.