Easiest Way to Fix Windows 11 Could not Find the Recovery Environment

You can learn why Windows 11 could not find the recovery environment and the easiest method to fix the problem. Please keep reading to learn more detailed information.


by Clytze Updated on May 9, 2024

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Why Windows 11 Could not Find the Recovery Environment?

In Windows 11, the Windows Recovery Environment is enabled by default. It can help you troubleshoot and fix common startup problems, such as rebuilding and repairing the startup program, adding a new Windows installation to the boot menu, restoring the Windows operating system to an earlier date using a previously created restore point, etc.

However, some users reported that they encountered an error message as shown in the picture below when resetting or refreshing their computer. This hinders the user from successfully completing the process of recharging or refreshing the computer.

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There are many reasons why this Windows 11 cannot find the recovery environment error message appears, the most common ones are as follows.

  • The Windows recovery environment is disabled.
  • The Windows installation disk is bad.
  • There is no Windows installation or recovery media.

So, how to solve the problem of not finding the recovery environment, you can read on to learn 3 simple solutions provided in the article.

How to Fix Windows 11 Could not Find the Recovery Environment

After understanding the causes, you can use the 3 methods described below to help you fix the problem. The first method you can use the Windows command line to detect whether the recovery environment is disabled, if disabled, execute the corresponding command line to enable it. Or you can choose professional third-party software, which can also help you fix the “cannot find Windows recovery environment” problem due to different reasons.

Fix 1. Enable the Recovery Agent

The REAgentC.exe tool can be used to configure the Windows Recovery Environment boot image. Therefore, you can use this command to check if Windows RE status disabled, and enable Windows Recovery Environment. You can follow the steps below.

Step 1. Enter CMD in Windows 11 search box, right-click the Command Prompt and click the Run as administrator option.

Step 2. In the Command Prompt window, enter (or copy and paste) the command below to find out if the recovery environment is enabled or disabled.

Reagentc /info

Step 3. If the recovery environment is disabled, enter the command below and press enter to enable the recovery environment.

Reagentc /enable

Enable Recovery Agent Command

When an "Operation Successful " message appears on the screen, the Recovery Environment has been successfully enabled on your computer.

Fix 2. Use Professional Third-party Software (Easiest)

One of the easiest ways to solve this problem is to choose the professional third-party software AOMEI Backupper Professional to help you solve the problem. There are 2 methods to help you enter WinPE, the first one is to create a Windows recovery environment with this software, which will be described in the following section, and the other one is to create a bootable disk, which will be described in method 3.

You also need to create a system image with this software. Being able to enter the recovery environment is a prerequisite and having a backup is a core condition, so that you can restore the system backup file if your computer does not boot then you can use your computer normally.

You can download the free trial version to use for 30 days, install and launch it. If you are a Windows Server user, you can pick AOMEI Backupper Server

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Step 1. Go to the Tools tab and click Recovery Environment.

Recovery Environment

Step 2. In the pop-up window, click the Enable the boot option of recovery environment, and select the standing time.

Enable AOMEI Recovery Environment Boot Option

After the creation is complete, every time you start the computer, there will be two options. Even if the computer fails and cannot find the recovery environment, you can enter the recovery environment through the software to save your system.

Creating a recovery environment allows you to enter the WinPE environment to restore system on the current computer. Not only that, the AOMEI Image Deploy helps you restore system image files to multiple computers, which is very useful if you want to recover multiple computers in one place. You can upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Tech or Techplus version to enjoy this feature.

Fix 3. Create a Recovery Disk or Installation Disk

In addition to the two methods mentioned before, you can also try to fix the problem of Windows 11 not finding the recovery environment by creating a bootable media.   It works the same as the recovery environment, but requires you to prepare a USB or CD/DVD to store all boot files. 

With it, you can create a Windows 11 recovery USB not only for your current computer, but also for another computer, and this recovery disk can be applied to all Windows computers, including Windows 11/10/8/7 (both 32-bit and 64-bit).

Create Bootable Media


The professional third-party software AOMEI Backupper can help you effectively solve the problem of Windows 11 could not find the recovery environment. It can not only restore your system to WinPE environment through the software when your computer fails, it can also create system backups to effectively protect your data and help you restore your system quickly when you encounter problems.

This software also offers a Universal Restore feature that can help you restore your system to a computer with different hardware if you need it. You can download this software to explore more useful features.

Clytze · Editor
Clytze, an editor at AOMEI Technology, is passionate about safeguarding your digital world. She dedicates her expertise to empower users like you in data security and recovery. She firmly believes that everyone should have the tools and knowledge to protect their digital assets through computer backup, seamless disk cloning, and efficient file synchronization. Clytze is your trusted guide on the journey to data safety.