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How to create a Windows 7 Startup Repair Disk

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Dakeyras

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What Startup Repair is capable of can be read in this Microsoft Article.

You may need to Add The Run... Box For Windows 7 for the below...

However, you can also open the Run.. box via depressing both the Windows key and R together.

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Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc:

Note: the below can only be done if your machine has a a type of CD/R or DVD/R optical drive installed. Also depending on the exact type of OEM your machine has you may be unable to actually create a SRD.

  • Click on Start(Windows 7 Orb) >> Run..., then copy/paste the following command into the box and click on OK:

    recdisc.exe
  • Allow the UAC(User Account Control) prompt via selecting Yes.
  • You should now see a menu like the below:-
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  • Put a blank rewritable CD/DVD in your optical(CD/DVD) drive and then click on Create disc.
A blank CD/R or DVD/R can be used also...

  • Note: If a AutoPlay window pops up, just close it.
  • When the SRD has been created you will see similar to the below:-
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  • Now click on Close >> OK.
  • You now have a Windows 7 System Repair Disc.
Please note: The above can be created with either a 32 or 64 bit Operating System. However the disks are not interchangeable...IE a 32 bit Startup Repair Disk cannot be used on a 64 bit Operating System and vice versa otherwise damage may be caused rather than any actual repairs implemented.

The differences between the aforementioned can be read in this Microsoft Article:-

32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions
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Hi Dakeyras,

Thanks for this guide. Would it be possible to have this topic pinned so it can be found easily? Huh...please....please...please :)
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You're welcome!

No need to pin the actual topic I feel, you could always just bookmark it in your browser of choice favourites for example. Anyway I have updated the actual:-

Alphabetical List of How-to Guides and Tutorials

To include this particular tutorial under Operating Systems Guides. :)
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Is there anything similar to use with Windows 8.1 ?
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Hi TeaForTwo,

:welcome:
Windows 8.1 does not support the creation of a system repair or recovery disk to optical media like a CD or DVD. Windows 8.1 supports creating the system recovery / repair to a USB flash dirve. You can see a tutorial on that here
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hey go :)

I haven't used this yet so I'm not sure what it does :

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It say's System Image and theres an option for DVD's in the screen that follows? What's this for?

Thankyou for the link
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Hi. :)

I haven't used this yet so I'm not sure what it does :

That pertains to creating a backup of your system much in the same way as a Sytem Restore point but more concise and can be used in the event of a say catastrophic Operating System failure and or a severe malware problem for example. You could use such rather than having to resort to a reformat and reinstallation of the Windows Operating System.

Well worth doing so is my friendly advice and use of a external USB Hard-Drive or rewritable CD/DVD media can be used to create the system image on.
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cheers dakeyras, I've used DriveImage XML to create a disk image but I'll try creating one with the native tool... Think I'll use USB as DVD would take me a long time. :thumbsup:
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Acknowledged/you're welcome! :)
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Hello! I'm fairly new to the forum. I would just like to add that system repair disk can really be handy if you can't boot into windows.
I'm attaching a link that explains how to use it. Also A link where you can can down load the file.

Edited by Dakeyras, 30 June 2014 - 02:06 AM.
Removed unwarranted and unnecessary url's

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