Whether you've just bought a new Windows 11 PC or upgraded an existing one to Microsoft's latest OS, it is a good idea to create a recovery drive. A recovery drive can help save you from a lot of trouble if your computer ever starts having problems that cannot be resolved using common solutions.

With a recovery drive, you won't have to start from scratch in case there is a problem with your PC. You can simply use the recovery drive to reinstall Windows easily, and Microsoft even includes built-in tools to help you create such a drive in just a few clicks. Here's how you can do so.

  1. Open the Start menu, type recovery, and click on the 'Create a Recovery Drive' option when it appears.
  1. This will start the Recovery Drive Setup Wizard. Click on the 'Next' button after checking the 'Back up system files to the Recovery Drive' option.
  1. Now, you will need to connect a USB drive with at least 16GB of free space. Windows will delete all existing data on the drive before creating the Recovery Drive on it. Click on the 'Next' button after connecting the drive.
  1. Next, click on the 'Create' button and wait until the process is complete. Since a lot of files have to be written to the drive, it can take some time.
  1. Finally, click on the 'Finish' button once the Recovery Drive is created.

Once the Recovery Drive is created, you can use it to reinstall Windows 11 on your PC if it runs into problems and fails to start. You can use it to restore your PC if you had created a system restore point earlier. Since Windows often adds more features through updates over time, we recommend creating a recovery drive at regular intervals. This way, you won't have to install older versions of the OS if a problem occurs.