What is Windows Recovery Environment?

Windows Recovery Environment is a collection of different tools that work to repair and recover the windows system when it doesn’t boot up properly. The Windows Recovery Environment, also known as WinRE, is available in various Windows versions such as Windows Vista, 7, 8.x, and 10.

What is Windows Recovery Environment?

The working process of Window RE is a bit the same as a Windows Preinstallation Environment, and most of the computer manufacturers configure the Windows system with WRE or Windows Recovery Environment installed to the local hard drive of the system. However, the latest version of Windows can automatically install the WRE at the time of Windows installation. WinRE is the Windows Recovery Environment that can repair the Windows Operating System.

WRE offers convenience to Windows users to boot up their system in a stable manner. In case you want to learn about the Windows Recovery Environment, then this article will help you to get complete information about it. So, in this article, we will give you details on How to enable and access WRE easily.

How to Enable/Disable Windows Recovery Environment?

As we have previously described, Windows Recovery Environment offers different tools which are beneficial to resolve Windows related issues. Therefore, it is good to enable WRE in your system, and for doing, you can easily use the below procedure.

Step 1: First, open the Run utility by pressing Windows and R keys on the keyboard, then type “cmd” and click on the OK button. This command will open the Command Prompt, but you can also use the start menu search bar for opening.CMD

Step 2: In the Command Prompt, please type the following command or copy-paste this command and then press Enter to execute it.

reagentc /info

Step 3: In Command Prompt, you will receive status details of WRE that Windows Recovery Environment is enabled.Windows Recovery Environment

Step 4: For enabling the Windows 10 Recovery Environment in your system, you need to type the below command and press Enter to execute it.

reagentc /enable

Step 5: In Command Prompt, you will receive status details of WRE, which conforms that Windows Recovery Environment is enabled.Windows Recovery Environment

Step 6: For disabling the Windows 10 Recovery Environment in your system, you need to type the below command and press Enter to execute it.

reagentc /disable

Windows Recovery Environment Disable

Step 7: In Command Prompt, you will receive status details of WRE, which conforms that Windows Recovery Environment is disabled.

How to Access WRE (Windows Recovery Environment)?

There are specific procedures to access the WRE in various versions of Windows. So we will give you a brief about these procedures so that you can use them according to your system. You can use this procedure to restore WRE in Windows 10/8.x/8/7/xp easily.

For Windows 7/Vista

  • First, you need to press and hold the F8 key at the time of the boot process, and it will open the boot menu, so select Repair your computer in it.

(Remember if your system uses the F8 key for opening the BIOS boot menu, then ensure that press F8 after the appearance of BIOS screen and before the Windows boot up).

For Windows XP

  • You have to press Windows, and I key on the keyboard, then click on the Power icon.
  • After that, you need to hold the shift button then click on the Restart.
  • Next, click on the Troubleshooting and Advanced options for opening the repair options.

For Windows Recovery 10/8/8.1

  • First, you need to press the Windows and X keys to bring up the Quick Link menu.
  • After that, click on the Shutdown or sign out, hold the Shift button, and then click on the Restart.
  • Now, click on the Troubleshooting and Advanced Options for opening the repair options.

How to Boot to Windows 10 Recovery Environment?

Step 1: You need to start your system then hold the power button when the startup logo appears on the screen. Hold the power button until the screen of your system goes blank.Windows startup logo screen

Step 2: After that, wait for a few moments and press the power button to start the system again.

Step 3: Now, let your system start completely, then you will see the below screen.Windows Automatic Repair

Step 4: After starting the Windows Recovery Environment, you have to select the Advanced Options then select troubleshootWindows Repair

Step 5: Select Advanced Options.Choose Windows Options

Step 6: After that, click on Reset this PC for restoring Windows 10. The system will then ask you about “Keep my files” and “Remove everything,” so choose according to you.Reset This PC

Step 7: It will boot your system in Windows Recovery Environment.

How to Create Windows Recovery Environment Bootable Media Drive?

It is good to create a Windows Recovery Environment bootable media drive so that you can use it when your system experiences any issue like hardware failure. For creating this bootable media drive, you need a 16 GB USB drive and follow the given procedure for it.

Step 1: First, you need to search the Create a recovery drive in the Start Menu search bar and open it.

Step 2: In some cases, your system will require an admin password or a dialog box for confirmation.

Step 3: After opening this tool, ensure that you have selected Back up system files to the recovery drive, then click on the Next button.

Step 4: Now, connect your media drive with your system and click on the Next button after selecting the drive.

Step 5: At last, click on the Create, and it will take some time to complete because your system will copy many files to the recovery drive.

Conclusion

This article has complete details regarding the Windows Recovery Environment and various procedures in the field of this feature of Windows. As we have described, the WRE is a set of tools that are beneficial for repairing and recovering the windows system when it could not find the recovery environment.  So in this article, we have provided information for creating a media drive, access, and enable/disable WRE in different versions of Windows.

We hope you can use these procedures in your system and get complete benefits of this feature of Windows because you can recover your windows with or without deleting the system’s files.  However, remember that you need to follow every step carefully to complete the procedure without having any error.

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