Fix Could not find the recovery environment Windows 11

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Fix Could not find the recovery environment Windows 11

In this post, I'm going to show you How to Fix Could not find the recovery environment in Windows 11/10.

My PC was running slow and having some errors so I decided to reset my Windows 11 PC.

But when I was resetting my PC I got this error: could not find the recovery environment insert your windows installation or recovery media.

I really didn't know what just happened here. Because I didn't do anything stupid to windows for getting this type of error.

So I just checked online and on YouTube too. But they were just saying that you just need to fix system errors and scan your PC using antivirus. 

Saying something like this is so stupid. I mean it's a Windows reset error and they are saying that you just need to scan your PC for viruses.

There might be a chance of viruses doing this kind of system errors. I'm not completely denying it, but casually saying you just need to scan your PC for Windows error is so questionable.

Anyway, after spending almost half an hour, I found the correct method to fix "Could not find the recovery environment on Windows 11 PC".

There are mainly two causes behind this issue: 

1. winRE is disabled 

2. winRE is not found 

But don't worry my friends, I have some 100% working methods.

Yes, you will know how to fix could not find recovery environment windows 11 after reading this post.

I will show you the easiest methods through which you can fix this windows 11 reset error.

So let's start.


How to fix could not find the recovery environment error in windows 11 PC?

Video Guide:


Method 1: Enable WinRE

Here you need to open CMD as an administrator.

After that, you need to put the following command:

reagentc /info

You will see the winRE status.

If it is disabled, you just need to enable it, that's it.

To enable the winRE, you need to put the following command. Into the CMD.:

reagentc /enable 

You will see the successful message. 

Now go to your Windows 11 reset options and see if it is working or not.

And 90% of the time this method works.

If you see any error message something like this: "windows re image was not found" 

Then you need to go to method 2 to fix this problem.


Method 2: Fix and set WinRE 

Watch method 2 of the above video to fix this error: Windows are image was not found.

CMD commands:

bcdedit /enum all 

bcdedit /set {current} recoverysequence {GUID}

After applying method  2, try to reset your PC and see if it is working or not.

And I'm sure it will definitely work. Because this is the easiest method that I found on the Internet after searching for a couple of hours.

If you are still facing Windows 11 reset error or this "could not find recovery environment" error then the last option you can do is re-install Windows 11 manually.

See Method 3.


Method 3: Install Windows directly

Here you need to download one tool called the media creation tool.

It's a tool from Microsoft officially to install or upgrade to Windows 11.

Download Windows 10

Download Windows 11

Again, you can watch the above video, to know how to use the media creation tool.

If you're facing windows update problems, you can also fix them using this method.

Here are the simple steps on how to use it:

1. Download this tool

2. Run the setup

3. Go through instructions 

4. Select 'Upgrade this PC'

5. Install Windows

This will download and install the latest setup of windows 11 from the Microsft server.

Also, it will set all the windows 11 settings to default in order to reset your currently installed settings in windows 11.

You just need to wait till it completes the process of reinstallation and it's an automatic process so don't worry about it.

That's it. 

The above three are the most common methods that I found on the internet to fix could not find the recovery environment in windows 11.

But here are some of the working methods that I found on Microsoft and other windows troubleshooting sites.


4. Fix Winre.wim corrupted or missing 

Just open the CMD as an administrator and run this command:

reagentc /setreimage /path C:\Recovery\WindowsRE

IT will set the default for this Winre.wim automatically.

Now again type this reagentc /info in the CMD to check the winre path.

And if it shows the Windows RE location then it's better to assume that our problem has been solved and you can proceed to reset your PC.

5. Create a recovery drive and use it to reset 

You can use pendrive to create this recovery drive. It will just backup your system files to that drive and then you can use it to reset your PC or repair it using advanced options.

Just type create a recovery drive and you will see that option in the search box.

Open it and follow the instructions given on the screen and it will create that drive easily.

Read this guide to know exactly how to do it.

It's easy actually.


6. System Restore

If you can't reset your PC try restoring using the system restore to revert back to the safest point from the previously created points.

Obviously, it won't reset your PC because it will just revert back to the safest point possible to restore the system.

If you or any program have accidentally deleted or corrupted that windows RE location then it may solve it by setting the default path and reverting the system to the clean system files.


7. Bootable Drive 

This is just installing the windows setup into the drive and then we can use it to reset or repair our PC.

Watch videos on youtube to know how to create a bootable drive and reset your PC.


8. Use third party software 

There are software/ programs available to fix could not find the recovery environment in windows 11.

They will guide you on how to fix could not find the recovery environment error with proper instructions while performing these fixations.

These are the proven methods to fix could not find the recovery environment error in Windows 11 PC.

If you think any virus or harmful services are causing this issue read this article:
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