How to Enable Windows Recovery Environment in Windows 10

Windows Recovery Environment disabled or not working? Here’s a simple way to verify and enable Windows Recovery Environment in Windows 10.

When your computer has problems with booting up, it will take you straight to the Windows Recovery Environment, also known as WinRE. This is where you will find different options to boot into safe mode, troubleshoot problems, boot into other devices. In fact, the recovery environment even allows you to revert to the previous version of Windows if it is still available. Generally, Windows Recovery Environment is enabled by default and you will never have to change its status.


However, due to some weird program settings or bugs, it can be disabled without you knowing. If the Windows Recovery Environment is disabled, it will limit your options when your machine fails to boot up.

So, without further ado, let me show how you can enable the Windows Recovery Environment in Windows 10.

Steps to Enabled Windows Recovery Environment

Before going forward and enabling the Windows Recovery Environment, you can check the current status. i.e, enabled or disabled.

1. First, open the start menu, search for “Command Prompt” and then click on then “Run as Administrator” option. You can also right-click on the result and select the same option.

2. In the Command Prompt window, execute the below command. If the Windows Recovery Environment is enabled, you will see “Enabled” right next to “Windows RE Status”. If it is disabled, you will see “Disabled”.

reagentc /info

3. Once you’ve confirmed that the Windows Recovery Environment is disabled, execute the below command to enable.

reagentc /enable

As soon as you execute the command, the Windows Recovery Environment will be enabled instantly. You will see the “Operation successful” message.

If you ever want to, you can disable the Windows Recovery Environment by replacing “enable” with “disable” in the above command. The command will look like below.

reagentc /disable

Unless you know what you are doing and it is absolutely necessary, I don’t recommend disabling the WinRE.

Hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, do check out how to create custom recovery partition in Windows 10.

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