Enable / disable Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) in Windows 10

The Windows Recovery Environment can be used to diagnose and repair a system that Windows cannot boot. In this guide, TipsMake.com will show you an easy way to enable or disable WinRE in Windows 10.

How to prevent Windows Recovery Environment from being used by unauthorized users? Do you get the error message 'Could not find the recovery environment' , when you try to perform a hard reset?

The Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) can be used to diagnose and repair a system that Windows cannot boot. In this guide, TipsMake.com will show you an easy way to enable or disable the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) in Windows 10.

Part 1: See WinRE status on PC

Before you begin, you can confirm that the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) is enabled or disabled on your Windows 10 system. Just open Command Prompt with admin rights and run the following command:

reagentc /info
Enable / disable Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) in Windows 10 Picture 1 View WinRE status on PC

Part 2: Disable WinRE

To disable the Windows Recovery Environment, just type the following command at Command Prompt with admin rights and press Enter.

reagentc /disable
Enable / disable Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) in Windows 10 Picture 2 The command disables the Windows Recovery Environment

Now that you've successfully disabled WinRE in Windows 10. Restart your computer to Advanced Options and you'll find that most system troubleshooting tools are missing. The only remaining option is Startup Settings.

Enable / disable Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) in Windows 10 Picture 3 The only remaining option is Startup Settings

When you try to perform a hard reset, you'll get an error message: 'Could not find the recovery environment, Insert your Windows installation or recovery media, and restart your PC with the media'. (Could not find a recovery environment, Insert your installation media or restore Windows and restart the PC with that media.)

Enable / disable Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) in Windows 10 Picture 4 When you try to perform a hard reset, you will receive an error message

Part 3: Activate WinRE

Whenever you need to activate the Windows Recovery Environment, just launch the Command Prompt with admin rights. Execute the command below that you have set up already:

reagentc /enable
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