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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

How to Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc



Information
This article will show you how to create a Windows 7 system repair disc to use to boot to the system recovery options if you don't have a Windows installation disc, can't find your Windows installation disc, or can't access the recovery options provided by your computer manufacturer.


Tip
If you would like to create this on a USB flash drive instead of a DVD, then also see this post here.


EXAMPLE: System Recovery Options screen
NOTE: Using the System Repair Disc that you have created below, you can boot to the system recovery options screen below.



OPTION ONE

Manually Create One in Windows 7

NOTE:
If you have a OEM Windows 7 instead of a retail Windows 7, then you may need to use OPTION TWO below to create a System Repair Disc with instead.

1. Open the Start Menu.

A) In the search line, type recdisc.exe and press Enter. (See screenshot below)



B) Go to step 3.

OR

2. Open the Control Panel (All Items view), and click on the Backup and Restore icon.

A) Click on the Create a System recovery disc link in the left blue pane. (See screenshot below)


3. Insert a blank CD or DVD into your CD/DVD drive and click on the Create disc button. (See screenshot below)

NOTE:
If you are prompted to insert a Windows installation disc, it means that the files needed to create the system repair disc cannot be found on your computer. Insert a Windows 7 installation disc.


4. It will now start creating the System Repair Disc. (See screenshot below)

NOTE:
If a AutoPlay window pops up, just close it.


5. When it's finished, click on the Close button. (See screenshot below)


6. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)


7. Remove and label your new Windows 7 System Repair Disc from the CD/DVD drive.



OPTION TWO

Create One with a Download

NOTE:
This option is perfect if you do not have a retail Windows 7 installation DVD and only have a OEM Windows 7 recovery DVD or partition.

1. Download the same 32 bit (x86) or 64 bit ISO file from the link below for your 32-bit ot 64-bit Windows 7 version.

NOTE:
This will be a torrent download. Be sure to read the instructions on how to download and use the torrent file at the site below.


2. Burn the ISO to a DVD disc.

OR

3. You can use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to burn the ISO to a USB flash drive.

4. You now have a Windows 7 System Repair Disc on a DVD or USB flash drive.

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