AOMEI OneKey Recovery: Create Factory Recovery Partition for Windows PC

As a Windows user, you have come across a situation, where your PC may have faced a Boot failure or displayed an Operating system not found error. If the computer just fails to boot, and if you do not have a system backup image, then there’s a high possibility that you may lose your data. This is where a tool like AOMEI OneKey Recovery can help you.

AOMEI OneKey Recovery review

AOMEI OneKey Recovery is a free software that can help you to create a factory recovery partition, make system backups, restore backups in case your system crashes, and use it to restore your computer to its factory default or a previously backed up state. The program is extremely user-friendly and hence easy to use. The interface is simple, with no unnecessary buttons or settings.

AOMEI OneKey Recovery

Just like the program itself, the installation is also hassle-free. This 18 MB software gets downloaded as well as installed within no time. The creators of OneKey Recovery freeware have taken care to avoid pushing third-party offers. That is good, and we hope it remains this way. Once the installation is complete, it will place a shortcut on your desktop, which directly opens the main page of the program.

Create Factory Recovery Partition

The program offers you a clean, easy-to-understand and self-explanatory interface. When you open OneKey Recovery freeware, on the home page of the program, you can see two options:

  • OneKey System Backup
  • OneKey System Recovery

The first option is for taking the system backup; while the second option is for restoring the backup, you may have taken earlier.

For each option, you will need to go through a series of small steps in order to take system backup or recover the backed-up data. It is an easy-to-follow wizard.

The screen for OneKey System Backup looks as follows:

Recovery freeware

The screen for OneKey System Recovery looks as follows:

Recovery freeware

It takes very few steps to create a factory recovery partition, as well as to restore your computer to it – around 2-3 clicks. For most of the systems, users just need to press ‘A’ when their machine starts booting into Windows PE environment in order to launch Onekey Recovery freeware.

When you are creating a factory recovery partition, this  tool prompts you to create a separate space in your disk for the backup. This way, your data and factory recovery partition remains safe. You can change or modify the backup partition on the disk anytime. This tool supports both GPT and MBR disks.

Due to the utility, simplicity and efficiency of this tool, we give a thumbs up. It’s a great way to create a factory recovery partition! It supports Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP – both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

UPDATE: AOMEI OneKey Recovery is no longer free. Check up some free backup software instead.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Secret

    Thank you sir for sharing the handy and helpful article.

  2. Rafia

    I have been using windows 8.1 for 4 months and its genuine. but now its performance is slow may be due to some viruses. so if i want to make backup of my window using this software it’ll only copy windows files or i ended up having same problem after recovering it?

  3. You will end up with the same problem.

  4. Ju Teng

    I’m planning to upgrade my HDD to SSD. Is that possible to backup and Recover ALL my Windows, Drivers, and Original Manufacture Software Recovery ?


    Thank You sir

  6. Ashis Bhadra

    Thank you! AOMEI offers great freeware system tools!

  7. Mike

    Will it work if I create this recovery part in an external HDD?

  8. Doris

    Yes! of course it is possible. You can connect your SSD to your computer, and then backup system to SSD. All Windows,Drivers, and original manufacture software installed in C drive will be backed up. but according to what you ask, Are you planning migrate your Windows system from HDD to SSD through AOMEI OneKey Recovery?

  9. Doris

    Yes, it will. The new version of AOMEI OneKey Recovery has solved such problem that backup system to external HDD. Therefore, It is no problem to create recovery partition in an external drive.

  10. Mike

    Thanks, but will it create the Partition itself, or do I have to create it first then run it, somehow it said that it won’t let me create the Recovery on an external and actually had me download the Backupper instead.

  11. Terry

    Does the program back up all the Program files and all the documents – or just the windows system files

  12. ayoub

    how can i change boot option A to F11
    in AOMEI ONE key

  13. Tmightymike

    at this point you are just backing up the possibly infected system and files. Do this: ( and reformat the drive with a fresh windows install. Before that though, transfer any files you want to save to an external disk then scan the disk for viruses using your antivirus software. Delete any infected files before transferring back to the PC with fresh Win8.x installation.

  14. Nick

    Toshiba Qosmio with Windows 7
    installed AOMEI OneKey Recovery
    finished the whole process and on restart
    press F11 for AOMEI OneKey Recovery…
    thats it….nothing happens….cant do anything with my laptop
    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !
    pressing F2 allows for BIOS settings but whats the use !

  15. michael perugini

    if you create a fresh recovery partition then say a couple of months , you have installed more things and pc is still running great , can you create a NEW recovery partition? will it just over write the old one?

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