System Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) in Windows 11

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The Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) is a companion operating system installed alongside Windows 11, typically in a separate partition, that can help with troubleshooting, recovery, or booting from external media, such as a USB stick.

Advanced startup enables you to perform these actions:
  • Start recovery (aka: Windows RE or WinRE), troubleshooting, and diagnostic tools.
  • Boot from a disk (ex: USB or DVD) or device (UEFI only)
  • Access the PC's UEFI firmware
  • Restore Windows from a system image
  • Choose default operating system to boot to on PC if multiple operating systems are installed
When you boot to advanced startup, all user sessions are signed off. If you select a Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) feature from this menu, the PC restarts into WinRE and the selected feature is launched.

See also:

This tutorial will show you how to boot to the advanced startup (WinRE) in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) from Settings
  • Option Two: Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) from Start menu
  • Option Three: Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) from Win+X Quick Link Menu
  • Option Four: Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) from Ctrl+Alt+Del Screen
  • Option Five: Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) from Sign-in Screen
  • Option Six: Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) from Command
  • Option Seven: Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) from Windows 11 Installation USB
  • Option Eight: Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) from Recovery Drive
  • Option Nine: Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) from a Hard Reboot


EXAMPLE: Advanced startup (WinRE)
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OPTION ONE

Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) from Settings


1 Open Settings (WIn+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Recovery on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on the Restart now button for Advanced startup on the right side under Recovery options. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION TWO

Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) from Start menu


1 Open the Start menu. (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on the Power button.

3 Press and hold the Shift key, click/tap on Restart in the Power menu, and release the Shift key.

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OPTION THREE

Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) from Win+X Quick Link Menu


1 Open the Win+X Quick Link menu. (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on Shut down or sign out.

3 Press and hold the Shift key, click/tap on Restart in the menu, and release the Shift key.

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OPTION FOUR

Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) from Ctrl+Alt+Del Screen


1 Press the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys.

2 Click/tap on the Power button.

3 Press and hold the Shift key, click/tap on Restart in the Power menu, and release the Shift key.

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OPTION FIVE

Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) from Sign-in Screen


1 While on the sign-in screen: (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on the Power button.

3 Press and hold the Shift key, click/tap on Restart in the Power menu, and release the Shift key.

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OPTION SIX

Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) from Command


1 Open Windows Terminal.

2 Copy and paste the shutdown /r /o /f /t 00 command into Windows Terminal, and press Enter.





OPTION SEVEN

Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) from Windows 11 Installation USB


The Reset this PC option in "Troubleshoot" and Startup Settings option in "Advanced options" will not be available using this option.


1 Boot from your Windows 11 installation USB.

2 Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on the Repair your computer link. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION EIGHT

Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) from Recovery Drive


The Reset this PC option in "Troubleshoot" and Startup Settings option in "Advanced options" will not be available using this option.


1 Boot from your created USB recovery drive.

2 Choose your keyboard layout language. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION NINE

Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) from a Hard Reboot


This option can be handy if you are unable to boot into Windows.


1 Press and hold the power button on your PC until it powers off.

2 Press the power button on your PC to turn it on.

3 Repeat steps 1 and 2 above until you see the Windows logo screen, Please wait, or Diagnosing your PC message during boot like below. Usually it may take repeating up to 3 times. (see screenshots below)

WinRE starts automatically after detecting the following issues:

Two consecutive failed attempts to start Windows.
Two consecutive unexpected shutdowns that occur within two minutes of boot completion.
Two consecutive system reboots within two minutes of boot completion.
A Secure Boot error (except for issues related to Bootmgr.efi).
A BitLocker error on touch-only devices.


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4 When displayed, click/tap on See advanced repair options or Advanced options. (see screenshots below)

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That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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Thanks

Very nice tutorial -- will have a go with it later. !!

Cheers
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Hello Brink, thanks for the tutorial.
I prepared a vbs file from the command that you also mentioned in option six "Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) from Command"
When double-clicking .vbs file, it runs advanced startup without seeing the command prompt.

Here is the code, (save as a .vbs file)

Code:
CreateObject("Wscript.Shell").Run "cmd /c " & chr(34) & "shutdown.exe /r /o /f /t 00" & chr(34), 0, True
 

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Very good, I reckon a few will be glad of that as more people change to Win 11. I even found a couple of things I didn't know
 

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Very good, I reckon a few will be glad of that as more people change to Win 11. I even found a couple of things I didn't know
I can use Windows 11 with my digital Windows 10 license. I wanted to take a look and see the changes they made. There are things I like, there are some bugs I don't like. But our brand new Windows 11 is just a baby now. We'll see what happens together.
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 21H2 Home Single Language
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Hometech ALFA400C
    CPU
    I'm ashamed to talk about it...
    Motherboard
    There is no such a God, I only know mother-Earth
    Memory
    3GB :(
    Graphics Card(s)
    on-board
    Sound Card
    on-board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    (s) is too ambitious for me
    Screen Resolution
    1920*1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 250GB (SSD)
    Samsung MBG4GC 32GB (SSD)
    PSU
    I was very young when I last saw a PSU
    Case
    ...
    Cooling
    My coldness is enough to cool the computer
    Keyboard
    A broken and very clean keyboard
    Mouse
    Rat King
    Internet Speed
    Slowest internet connection in Europe
    Browser
    ChromePortable / TorBrowser
    Antivirus
    Biontech
    Other Info
    I can simply say that I took the red pill and I am not happy with it.
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