If you’re facing problems on your Windows 10 PC, it’s better to reset, refresh, or restore your system. Remember that while resetting your Windows PC, it will remove everything and reinstall Windows 10 to start over completely with a clean install. In order to reset your Windows 10 PC, you may get a prompt to insert or connect your Windows 10 installation media or recovery drive if there’s an issue with the default Windows image or if there’s not an OEM factory recovery image present. The process of resetting helps you choose whether to keep your documents and files or completely remove them and then, reinstall Windows. Today, we’ll let you know about how to create reset recovery image in Windows 10.
Create Reset Recovery Image in Windows 10
Before we get started with the process on how to create reset recovery image, let’s first talk about it. A reset recovery image is basically like having your installation media always connected and ready to use to reset your computer with.
Please note that you must be signed in as an administrator to be able to create reset recovery image. The reset recovery image will continue to be available after a reset of Windows 10.
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Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to create reset recovery image in Windows 10.
- In File Explorer, you need to create a new folder named ResetRecoveryImage at a location (ex: F: ) where you’d like to keep the recovery image stored at, as you can see the screenshot displayed below
Note: It is to be suggested to create the ResetRecoveryImage on a hard drive other than Windows is installed on to help protect you if the Windows hard drive should fail.
- If you’ve not already, you can download 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10 ISO file that’s the same edition and 32-bit or 64-bit as your currently installed Windows 10
- Now, double click on the ISO file to mount and open it
- Next, open the sources folder and copy the install.wim file
- Now, paste the install.wim file into the new ResetRecoveryImage folder
- Navigate to an elevated command prompt
- Now, type reagentc /setosimage /path “location\ResetRecoveryImage” /index 1 in the elevated command prompt and hit Enter
Note: Place the location inside the command above with complete path of where you’ve created the ResetRecoveryImage folder. Let’s say: reagentc /setosimage /path “F:\ResetRecoveryImage” /index 1
- Once you’re done, you can close File Explorer and the command prompt if you want
That’s it! This way you can safeguard everything on your hard drive.
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