Friday, December 2, 2022

What is Windows Recovery Environment? [Windows RE]

What is Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)? Well, it’s all about system recovery. When your system fails to boot up due to various issues, WinRE helps it recover. Think of it as a set of tools that comes by default in versions like Windows Vista, 7, 8,8.1, and 10. Has it piqued your interest? If yes, then here’s your chance to know all about Windows Recovery Environment and how to access it.

Windows Recovery Environment

The working process of Window RE is a bit the same as a Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE). Most of the computer manufacturers configure the Windows system with WRE or Windows Recovery Environment installed to the system’s local hard drive. However, the latest version of Windows can automatically install the WRE at the time of Windows installation. It can repair the Windows Operating System and help it boot up the way it should.

1. How to Enable/Disable Windows Recovery Environment?

WinRE Windows 10 offers the required tools to resolve booting issues in Windows 10 recovery mode. Therefore, it is advisable to enable WRE in your system. To this end, you can follow the below procedure.

Step 1: First, hit the Windows and R keys to access the Run Utility. Next, type “cmd” and click on the OK icon. This will open the Command Prompt. Or, use the start menu in the search bar for opening Command Prompt.CMD

Step 2: In the Command Prompt, punch in “reagentc /info” command. Or, you can copy-paste this command. In either case, hit the “Enter” icon to execute the command.

Step 3: Now, 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 “reagentc /enable” command and press Enter to execute it.

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: To disable the WinRE, you need to type the “reagentc /disable” command and press Enter to execute it.Windows-Recovery-Environment-Disable

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

2. How to Access WinRE (Windows Recovery Environment)?

There are specific procedures to access the Windows RE in various versions of Windows. Also, you can use this procedure to easily restore WinRE in Windows 10/8.x/8/7/xp.

For Windows 7/Vista

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

Remember if your system uses the F8 key for opening the BIOS boot menu, then ensure to press F8 after the appearance of the 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.
  • Following this, hit the shift button then press Restart.
  • Next, click on the Troubleshooting and Advanced options for opening the repair options.

For Windows Recovery 10/8/8.1

  • First, hit the Windows and X keys to bring up the Quick Link menu.
  • After that, opt for Shut down or sign out. To this end, press the Shift button and then press Restart.
  • Now, click on the Troubleshooting and Advanced Options for opening the repair options.

3. 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. Keep holding the power button until the screen blanks out.Windows-start-up-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: Once WinRE gets activated, opt for the Advanced Options then hit troubleshootWindows-Repair

Step 5: Now opt for the Advanced Options.Choose-Windows-Options

Step 6: Next, press “Reset this PC” to restore Windows. You will have two options to choose from: “Keep my files” and “Remove everything.” So, take your pick.Reset-This-PC

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

4. How to Create Windows Recovery Environment Bootable Media Drive?

Having a Windows Recovery Environment bootable media drive is always advisable. You can use it whenever you could not find the recovery environment due to system issues like hardware failure. For creating this bootable media drive, you need a 16 GB USB drive. Follow the given procedure for it.

Step 1: First, look for 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 dialogue box for confirmation.

Step 3: After opening this tool, ensure that you have selected “Back up system files to the recovery drive.” Now, hit the “Next” icon.

Step 4: Next, 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 icon, and it will take some time to complete because your system will copy many files to the recovery drive.


So, that was all you needed to know about Windows Recovery Environment and various procedures to access it on Windows 10. 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 the complete benefits of this feature. This will allow you to 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 committing any errors at any stage.

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Akhil Bhadwal
Akhil Bhadwal
Creating and curating content for 7+ years now. I've worked for different organizations on various capacities and dealt with a wide range of content that includes both tech and non-tech.

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