All-In-One Solutions| Windows 10 Recovery Environment Missing

Posted by @Ailsa

September 12, 2018

Stuck in Windows Recovery Environment missing error in Windows 10? We will provide All-In-One solutions to repair could not find WinRE in Windows 10/8/7.

The Problem

“I have a Dell computer running Windows 10. Today, I delete my recovery partition by mistake. So, I run a custom install for my Dell AW 15 R3. Everything is look like the same. However, I could not install the Dell recovery program due to the WinRE missing problem. So, how to do to repair Windows 10 Recovery environment missing issue?”

Obviously, the Windows RE Image file missing might occur to Asus, Dell, Surface Pro 3, and other computers.

What is WinRE in Windows 10/8/7?

As you know, Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) can be used to repair the operating system boot failure. WinRE has some tools you might need: Automatic repair and other troubleshooting tools; Push-button reset; and System image recovery. Generally, the WinRe image file named winre.wim will be saved in \Windows\System32\Recovery folder in Windows partition (Recovery or C partition).

Possible causes to WinRE missing in Windows 10

Except for deleting recovery partition mistakenly, there are other causes should responsible for the Windows 10 Recovery environment missing:

  • Windows RE Status shows Disabled.

  • Winre.wim file is missing or invalid.

  • Winre.wim file might be infected with a virus.

  • Corrupted Windows registry keys.

How to repair Windows 10 Recovery Environment missing error?

According to the causes, we will provide you the 5 ways to fix unable find the recovery environment in Windows 10.

Fix #1: Turn on Windows Recovery Agent

If the Windows recovery environment is disabled, you have to enable it to take effect:

1. Press Start in Windows 10.

2. Type cmd and run as administrator.

3. Input reagent /info and press Enter.

4. If the Windows RE status shows Disabled, input the following command to enable:

reagentc /enable

Enable WinRE

After enabling this option, if you still cannot find the Windows Recovery environment, you could try another way to repair.

Fix #2: Run System File Checker (SFC tool)

If your Winre.wim file is missing or corrupted, the system file checker will help you to scan corruptions and repair it automatically. The steps are listed as follows:

1. Press Start on desktop.

2. Input cmd in search box and Run as administrator.

3. Type sfc /scannow and hit Enter.

Wait for a while, check if the problem is solved or not.

Fix #3: Run Antivirus software

To make sure your computer is infected with virus or not, you could run antivirus software to remove malware or virus. Then check if the problem is fixed or not. If it’s not working, you could try the next way.

Fix #4: Repair corrupted Windows registry keys

It’s not a recommended way for you to manually repair corrupted Registry Keys, unless you are the professional PC users. Edit it by mistaken will let your computer refuse to boot and might need to reinstall your OS. Please be careful.

Before that, you have to export the registry related to Winre.wim to do a file backup. Then edit the Windows registry to repair. The steps will be found in Google.

Fix #5: Use Windows 10 Installation disc

If you have a Windows 10 installation disc, you could use it to reset Windows 10, and then the recovery environment could be fixed. However, you may encounter the reset failed in Windows 10 error.

Pick another reliable way as recovery option

If the mentioned above ways is not working for you, maybe the best system backup and restore software – AOMEI OneKey Recovery will help you to onekey protect your system, including Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10, Windows Server 2003/2008 (R2)/2012 (R2)/2016, SBS 2003/2008/2011, WHS 2011. The steps listed below to backup your Windows 10 and take precautions:

1. First of all, download it and install to your Windows 10. Then open this program.

2. Click OneKey System Backup on the main interface.

OneKey System Backup

3. Tick Backup system to AOMEI OneKey Recovery Partition (Recommended) or Backup system to other location.

Backup System to OneKey Recovery Partition

4. Choose a partition to create a hidden factory recovery partition to save the system image files, press Start Backup.

Start Backup

After a while, AOMEI OneKey Recovery will create recovery environment for Windows 10.

System Backup Complete

Besides, AOMEI OneKey Recovery will help you to OneKey Restore Windows 10 when the system fails to boot or other system files corruption, follow the instruction to restore:

1. Click OneKey System Restore on main window.

2. Tick Restore system by using the image file in AOMEI OneKey Recovery Partition or Restore system by selecting a system image file, and hit Next.

Restore System

3. Press Start Restore to restore Windows 10.

Start Restore


  • The System Recovery will be completed in WinPE.

  • If you could not boot up your Windows 10, you could press F11 or A key to enter onekey recovery environment to restore OS after you set the shortcut.

  • OneKey system backup and recovery provided by AOMEI also applied to Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and other popular operating systems.

With the help of AOMEI OneKey Recovery, you could add it to Windows 10 Recovery options, and then you will restore your Windows 10 easily if required.