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Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE), is also referred to as
Advanced Startup Options,
Advanced boot options or
Windows Start settings. The
Advanced Startup Options menu in Windows 11, Windows 10, and Windows 8 provides access to Windows diagnostic and repair tools such as System Restore, Command Prompt, Startup Repair, and more.
This is also where you can access
Startup Settings, the menu that includes Safe Mode, among other startup methods that could help you access Windows if it's having startup issues.
Figure 1: Advanced Startup Options screen (English only)
Windows Recovery Environment or Windows RE (WinRE) provides tools to diagnose and fix issues with Windows. The
Advanced startup or Windows RE (WinRE) can be accessed in multiple ways in Windows 11 or Windows 10.
Advanced startup options using the Windows installation media is the most recommended method. If Windows is not loading, or the computer does not start because of a Bluescreen or STOP error, the
Advanced startup options can be accessed using the Windows installation media.
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One Time Boot Menu.
To access the Advanced startup options (Windows Recovery Environment or WinRE) from the Settings app, follow these steps.
If Windows does not boot, and you don't have the Windows installation media, then follow these steps.
shutdown /r /o /f /t 00and press the Enter key.
From the login screen, click Shutdown, then hold down the Shift key while selecting Restart.
The Automatic Repair tool automates common diagnostic and repair tasks if Windows does not boot. Automatic Repair starts if the computer fails over to WinRE because of a detected startup failure.
System Restore takes your computer back to an earlier point in time, called a system restore point. Restore points are generated when you install a new app or drive, and when you create a restore point manually. Using System Restore will not affect your personal files, but it will remove apps, drivers, and updates installed after the restore point was made.
Windows command-line tools such as
Chkdsk, and more are available to fix Windows startup issues.
System Image Recovery is used for file backup and system image backup to an external storage device. After setting up System Image Recovery, Windows keeps track of new or modified files and folders, adding them to the backup. Users can create a system image or an exact image of a drive. If such an image is available, users can restore the contents of their computer if the hard disk drive or computer stops working.
The Startup Repair function helps you automatically scan your device and fix common problems that is preventing Windows from starting up.
For more information about how to use the Advanced Startup Options menu, see the Microsoft article Recovery options in Windows.
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