Why Create Recovery Partition in Windows 10?

Microsoft says Windows 10 no longer needs to create a separate recovery image. It will benefit most users, and save disk space for computers. Users are not concerned about computer breaks down. Once it does, you can use “Reset” to restore Windows 10 system. It seems that you don’t need to create recovery partition Windows 10.

However, it may mislead some users greatly. Windows 10 Reset function only restore your system to factory settings, and means that your Windows 10 will be reinstalled, but all software you added during the usage of computer will be disappeared. Most users regret not to create recovery partition Win 10 in advance.

Then, you may wander how to create custom recovery partition of Windows 10. In this article, I will introduce you 2 ways, you can use the built-in tool or a third-party tool AOMEI OneKey Recovery.

How to create a recovery partition in Windows 10 and restore from it?

Make a recovery drive with built-in tool

Want to create a recovery drive in Windows 10 with USB instead of CD/DVD? Here is full guidance for you.


  • Prepare a USB flash drive with 16GB at least.

  • Create a backup for your USB drive if there are something important. All the data on the USB drive will be deleted during this process.

Detailed steps:

Step 1. Connect the USB drive to your computer and make sure it can be detected.

Step 2. Type “recovery drive” into the search box and select “Create a recovery drive” in the listed results.

Step 3. In the pop-out window, check the option “Back up system files to the recovery drive” and click “Next”.

Recovery Drive

Note: “Back up system files to the recovery drive” option is very useful, especially when you cannot troubleshoot your computer. It gives you a chance to reinstall your computer.

Step 4. Then select the USB flash drive connected before, and click ”Next” to continue.

Select USB

Step 5. Click “Create” to begin creating the recovery drive.


Restore system with built-in recovery drive

Step 1. Boot from Windows 10 recovery USB drive.

Step 2. Select the keyboard layout.

Step 3. Select Troubleshoot.

Step 4. Select Recover from a drive and wait when you will receive a message like Getting things ready until the next window appears.

Recover from a Drive

Step 5. Click Just remove my files or Clean the drive fully.

Step 6. Click Recover to start this process. It will take a while depending on the size of your hard drive and then your PC will restart.

Step 7. Follow the instructions to set up your Windows 10.

Create system recovery partition via AOMEI OKR and restore from it

Create a Windows 10 factory recovery partition

It is easier to create customized recovery partition of Windows 10 for users that hate to reinstalling system and other applications, software, etc. You can consider AOMEI OneKey Recovery and it is easy to operate with following the guidance. It allows you to create a recovery partition in Windows 10 for Lenovo, Samsung, Dell, HP, Acer, etc.

How to create recovery partition in laptop Windows 10 with AOMEI OneKey Recovery? First of all, download, install and launch it in your computer.

Step 1. Choose Onekey System Backup.

OKR Backup

Step 2. There are two ways to backup system image. You can backup system to local system disk or other external disk. After choosing, click “Next” to move on. In this article, the first option is chosen as the example.

Backup to

Step 3. Click “Start Backup” after confirming.

Confirm Backup

Note: AOMEI OneKey Recovery will spare some free space form the destination and create a recovery partition. If there is an unallocated space, AOMEI OneKey Recovery will store image to it by default. Then, you can preview the partitions layout via the “Advanced” option.

Recover system with AOMEI OKR

In the future, once if your computer can’t boot, you can press f11 or A to restore system back. When you reach the main page of AOMEI OneKey Recovery, choose the second option as the below picture shown.

OKR Recovery

The main process is:

Step 1. Choose a way to restore.

Restore from

Step 2. Click Start Restore after confirming.

Confirm Restore

Another way to restore your computer

If you want to restore your computer to factory settings or you don’t need all data and software that are stored in C drive. You can follow the below steps to reset Windows 10.

Step 1. Go to Settings > Update & security > Recovery > Reset this PC, click Get started button


Step 2. Select Restore factory settings in the following picture.

Restore Factory Settings

Attention: This operation will remove personal files, apps and drivers you installed, and any changes you made to settings.

Step 3. Follow the on-screen instructions to restore your computer.

Final words

Creating a recovery partition in Windows 10 is essential. It can help you to repair your computer when accidents happen. You can use the built-in recovery drive feature or turn to a third-party tool like AOMEI OneKey Recovery. More so, you can use Reset this PC in Windows 10.

All of them can help you out of troubles. But they have a little difference. Recovery drive and AOMEI OneKey Recovery will restore your computer to a previous backup state while Reset this PC will factory reset Windows 10 and remove all the data and installed programs from hard drive.