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Over the years you could back up an image of Windows XP and Windows 7 to another drive, but... with version 8.0, 8.1 and Windows 10 that has become impossible.  Windows has a nasty habit of changing the serial number of the disk format and making the restored image void and useless.

However, all is not lost!  You can use a USB flash drive to back up Window's most important files to a removable USB drive.  You can now back up the most important Operating System Files and restore them should you ever become faced with a corrupted operating system.

We start by going to the programs list and locating "SETTINGS."  Click on settings and then a dialog box at the top of the next screen will be blank.  In this box you will type the words, "Create Recovery Drive."

Once you have entered "create recovery drive" then press the ENTER KEY.
You will then see a pop-up dialog box instructing you to prepare a USB drive for the file recovery process to begin.


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Be sure to check off the backup and recovery option!  Then press NEXT and continue....



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You will be asked to select a USB drive to store all of the important Windows files on.  It will format the drive and create an image on the USB drive. 

If you have a lot of programs on your PC, be sure to go to the next larger size than Windows asks for.  Even though mine said I would need a 16 gig drive, I would up having to have a 32 gig flash drive.  So be prepared.

So just follow the prompts.  It will take anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes to build a recovery drive.  The more programs you have and the more C++ libraries you have the longer it takes to build.

Once it is finished it will tell you that it has completed the task is complete.  Unmount the drive and put it away in a safe place.

Next.... Restoring your Windows 10 OS files after a disaster!
Restoring from a Recovery USB Drive
Place the USB drive into a USB slot and power up the machine. 

Most PCs boot up option is one of the following keys, ESC, F2, F10, F11, or DEL key. 

One of these keys will let you into the boot option of your computer.  F12 is common on tablets.

Once you have found which key opens up your BIOS's boot menu, select the drive that contains your Windows 10 OS files.  Select and press ENTER.  The computer will then reboot.

You will then see the following screens as you go though the Restore Disk Options upon boot up.

Go to Troubleshoot and click the icon.  Next you will see the recover from a drive icon will show up under "troubleshoot."  Use this option of your computer is completely down and nothing else works.  If you are just hobbling a long, use the advanced option.

At this point, select the "Advanced Options."  First try a system restore.  If that fails, use the "system image recovery" option.  If that fails use the startup repair.  If total unresponsiveness is the problem of the day, then go back and use Recover from a drive option.

That is pretty much it.  If all this fails.... then dig out your Windows 10 DVD and boot from it.  Instead of installing the OS, select the "Repair" option.  Yes, it some times wipes out all your data and programs, but that is usually when everything went to pot anyway.

Good luck, best wishes... and see you next week.

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Over the years you could back up an image of Windows XP and Windows 7 to another drive, but... with version 8.0, 8.1 and Windows 10 that has become impossible.  Windows has a nasty habit of changing the serial number of the disk format and making the restored image void and useless.

However, all is not lost!  You can use a USB flash drive to back up Window's most important files to a removable USB drive.  You can now back up the most important Operating System Files and restore them should you ever become faced with a corrupted operating system.

We start by going to the programs list and locating "SETTINGS."  Click on settings and then a dialog box at the top of the next screen will be blank.  In this box you will type the words, "Create Recovery Drive."

Once you have entered "create recovery drive" then press the ENTER KEY.
You will then see a pop-up dialog box instructing you to prepare a USB drive for the file recovery process to begin.


Scroll down.......
Be sure to check off the backup and recovery option!  Then press NEXT and continue....



Scroll down...
You will be asked to select a USB drive to store all of the important Windows files on.  It will format the drive and create an image on the USB drive. 

If you have a lot of programs on your PC, be sure to go to the next larger size than Windows asks for.  Even though mine said I would need a 16 gig drive, I would up having to have a 32 gig flash drive.  So be prepared.

So just follow the prompts.  It will take anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes to build a recovery drive.  The more programs you have and the more C++ libraries you have the longer it takes to build.

Once it is finished it will tell you that it has completed the task is complete.  Unmount the drive and put it away in a safe place.

Next.... Restoring your Windows 10 OS files after a disaster!
Restoring from a Recovery USB Drive
Place the USB drive into a USB slot and power up the machine. 

Most PCs boot up option is one of the following keys, ESC, F2, F10, F11, or DEL key. 

One of these keys will let you into the boot option of your computer.  F12 is common on tablets.

Once you have found which key opens up your BIOS's boot menu, select the drive that contains your Windows 10 OS files.  Select and press ENTER.  The computer will then reboot.

You will then see the following screens as you go though the Restore Disk Options upon boot up.

Go to Troubleshoot and click the icon.  Next you will see the recover from a drive icon will show up under "troubleshoot."  Use this option of your computer is completely down and nothing else works.  If you are just hobbling a long, use the advanced option.

At this point, select the "Advanced Options."  First try a system restore.  If that fails, use the "system image recovery" option.  If that fails use the startup repair.  If total unresponsiveness is the problem of the day, then go back and use Recover from a drive option.

That is pretty much it.  If all this fails.... then dig out your Windows 10 DVD and boot from it.  Instead of installing the OS, select the "Repair" option.  Yes, it some times wipes out all your data and programs, but that is usually when everything went to pot anyway.

Good luck, best wishes... and see you next week.
Create a Recovery Drive