When you have a moderate to severe problem with Windows 11 or Windows 10, you can use the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) to repair it. It includes a number of sophisticated troubleshooting options, such as conducting startup repairs, removing Windows updates, and resetting the operating system.
You can boot Windows 11/10 into the Windows Recovery Environment in a variety of ways. However, this is contingent on the status of the operating system. Is Windows, for example, functional? Or are you having difficulty simply getting to the desktop area? Regardless, the solutions listed below will take care of you.
Read on to discover more about the system recovery options that you can use to fix Windows 11/10 once you’ve booted into the Windows Recovery Environment.
If you can boot into Windows 11 or Windows 10, the easiest way to get to the Windows Recovery Environment is to restart your computer normally through the Start menu.
The only additional step is to press and hold the Shift key while selecting the Restart option.
In Windows 11 and Windows 10, the Settings app has a specific option to reboot your computer into the Windows Recovery Environment. Although the method described above is faster, it may be useful if you are having problems with the Start menu.
Begin by pressing Windows + I to bring up the Settings app. Then, go to System (or Update & Security in Windows 10) > Recovery and select the Restart now option within the Advanced startup section.
The Settings app in Windows 11 and Windows 10 offers a dedicated option for rebooting your machine into the Windows Recovery Environment. Although the method mentioned above is faster, it may be handy if the Start menu is giving you trouble.
Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to open the Security Screen. Then, select the Power icon at the screen’s bottom-right, hold down the Shift key, and choose Restart.
If you have trouble logging into Windows 11 or Windows 10, you can try booting into the Windows Recovery Environment via the Lock Screen. Again, select the Power icon and select Restart while holding down the Shift key.
Another option to load the Windows Recovery Environment is to use the Windows PowerShell console (which you can find in the Start menu’s applications list).
shutdown /r /o
Windows should boot into WinRE within 30 seconds by default. If you’re having problems, try running the command again with more parameters. This immediately quits all programmes and reboots the operating system:
shutdown /r /o /f /t 0
The reagentc /boottore command is another tool that might help you access system recovery options. You must, however, run it from an elevated Windows PowerShell console and then manually reboot your PC.
You can also get to WinRE by pressing a certain function key (e.g., F11, F10, or F9) on your PC right as it boots up. Expect it to work on a limited number of desktop and laptop computers.
If Windows 11 or Windows 10 fails to load or freezes during startup, you can force it into the Windows Recovery Environment by shutting down the machine three times. Press and hold the Power button until the screen shuts off to accomplish this.
After the third attempt, the words Preparing Automatic Repair should flash beneath the Windows 11/10 logo on the screen. When prompted to enter WinRE, choose Advanced Options.
You can enter the Windows Recovery Environment by using a Windows 11/10 installation USB or CD. If your computer is set up to boot from a USB or DVD, press any key when it prompts you to do so during startup.
On the Windows Setup that then shows up subsequently, select Next > Repair your computer.
To access your system recovery options, select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options once you’ve entered the Windows Recovery Environment. Alternatively, you can choose to boot into Windows 11/10 or to exit and shut down your computer by selecting Turn off your PC.
Here’s a summary of the WinRE system recovery options:
Startup Repair: This option instructs your computer to perform a series of automatic repairs in order to resolve issues that prevent Windows 11 or Windows 10 from loading. When debugging Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) errors, it’s a good idea to run this.
Startup Settings: You can adjust the operating system’s default startup behaviour. It can be used to start Windows 11/10 in Safe Mode, for instance.
The Command Prompt terminal is loaded when you type cmd. It can be used to run command-line utilities such the System File Checker and Check Disk Utility.
Uninstall Updates: If an issue arises after installing a feature or quality update for Windows 11/10, you can use this option to roll back the update.
UEFI Firmware Settings: Allows you to rapidly access UEFI firmware settings.
System Restore: If you have System Restore enabled in Windows 11/10, you can use it to undo detrimental changes by restoring your machine to a previous state.
System Recovery Image: You can use a system recovery image to restore your computer’s data.
reset your PC: After selecting Troubleshoot in WinRE, this option becomes visible. It can be used to restore Windows 10 or Windows 11 to its factory defaults. You also have the option of keeping your personal information private.
The Windows Recovery Environment’s system recovery choices aren’t the answer to every problem that arises in Windows 11 and Windows 10. If you’re still having issues, you might want to go the extra mile and reinstall Windows from scratch.