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Solved: Windows Recovery Tool Not Working on Desktop/Laptop

Updated on Nov 30, 2018 by Tracy King to Partition Manager

Windows recovery tool - system repair disk/boot drive won’t work in Windows 10/8/7 on your desktop or laptop? Easy and effective methods are available to help you fix Windows recovery tool not working error in Windows with ease now.

Don't bother when your Windows recovery tool which is also known as system repair disk or system boot drive fails to work on a desktop or laptop. You may not be able to create recovery points for Windows system or cannot restore Windows 10/8/7 to a previous state when system errors happen. Don't let this problem bother you anymore.

Here below, we've found professional and effective alternative methods to help you fix Windows recovery tool not working or stops working issue on a desktop/laptop under Windows 10/8/7. Follow and find relative methods that suit you the most now.

Method 1. Create a bootable disk as an alternative tool

If you prefer an all-in-one method to fix the corrupted Windows recovery tool in Windows 10/8/7, we'd like to recommend you create a WinPE bootable disk as an alternative tool which is able to repair some internal system errors make it boot up properly again.

Professional partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master will make it easy and simple for you to create a Windows recovery tool alternative disk - WinPE bootable disk now: 

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 Windows 10 is supported


Step 1: Prepare a disc or drive

To create a bootable disk of EaseUS Partition Master, you should prepare a storage media, like a USB drive, flash drive or a CD/DVD disc. Correctly connect the drive to your computer.

Launch EaseUS Partition Master, go to the "WinPE Creator" feature on the top. Click on it.

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Step 2: Create EaseUS Partition Master bootable drive

You can choose the USB or CD/DVD when the drive is available. However, if you do not have a storage device at hand, you can also save the ISO file to a local drive, and later burn it to a storage media. Once made the option, click "Proceed".

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You have created an EaseUS Partition Master WinPE bootable disk now. You can manage your hard disks and partitions through the bootable drive whenever the computer fails to boot normally.

If you have RAID drives, load the RAID driver first by clicking Add Driver from the menu bar, which can help you add the driver of your device under WinPE environment, as some specific device cannot be recognized under WinPE environment without drivers installed, such as RAID or some specific hard disk.

Method 2. Recreate new Windows recovery tool/drive in Windows 10/8/7

Another method to fix the Windows recovery tool not working error is to recreate a new Windows recovery tool/drive for Windows 10/8/7. It's highly recommended to backup system and data first. And you shall be very careful while recreating new Windows recovery drive to fix unexpected Windows recovery tool not working error. 

For Windows 10/8 users:

If you are a Windows 10/8 user, you may follow below steps to create a Windows recovery drive as Windows recovery tool alternative:

1.  Enter "recovery drive" in the search >Choose "create a recovery drive".
Tick the option of "back up system files to the recovery drive", so that you'll be able to reinstall Windows.
2. Make sure the prepared USB drive, SD card or CD/DVD has at least 2GB (the recovery image size) and insert it to the computer.
3. Select "copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive" > go to "create".
4. After the process finishes, you can either choose to keep the recovery image on your PC or remove it all by choosing "delete", then eject the USB drive.

For Windows 7 users:

  • Press Windows and type: recdisk and hit Enter to open the disc creation tool;
  • Connect a USB drive, SD card, CD or DVD which you'll use as the storage media as the system repair disk with PC;
  • Select the disc-burner drive with a writable USB drive, SD card, CD or DVD in it;
  • Click "Create disk" button to create a system repair (recovery) disk for Windows 7.

Method 3. Check and fix file system error to repair Windows recovery tool

When Windows system files corrupt, Windows recovery tool may fail to work or Windows recovery disk will not allow you to smoothly restore Windows system to a specific point or state. Therefore, you need to check and fix system file error so to repair the Windows recovery tool and let it work properly again. Follow to repair Windows recovery tool:

  • Right-click on Start/Windows icon at the left corner > Select "Command Prompt (Admin)".
  • Type:sfc /scannow in Command Prompt window and hit Enter.

Then a full system scan order will run in your desktop or laptop to fix the system file error and help you repair the Windows recovery tool.