Some people see the message “Could not find the recovery environment” when they try to reset a Windows 11 or Windows 10 PC.
This message originates because no recovery environment was found to restore with. You are asked, “Insert your Windows installation or recovery media and restart your PC with the media”.
The recovery environment is also called “Windows Recovery Environment”, “Windows RE” or “WinRE”.
Windows Recovery Environment is no different from another environment where one can troubleshoot Windows problems. For example, several tools are available to address problems directly, such as safe mode. However, you see the message “Could not find the recovery environment” because Windows Recovery Environment cannot be loaded.
How to fix Could not find the recovery environment?
You can check if the recovery environment is active, you can see this through the “reagentc” command.
Right-click on the Start button. Then click PowerShell (admin) or Windows Terminal (admin).
In the window type:
You will now see information about the Windows Recovery Environment. In the “status” you will see whether the Windows Recovery Environment is disabled.
If the Windows Recovery Environment is disabled, you can activate it using the command.
You can now try to restore Windows again. The message “Could not find the recovery environment” has been resolved. Thank you for reading!