How do I create a recovery disk for Windows 7?

Stephanie S August 25, 2013
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My friend’s computer wont boot. He has Windows 7 Home Edition, but I am running Vista. Is there any way to make a recovery disk for him?

  1. Tsf O
    August 29, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Here's How:

    1- Click on Start -> All Programs -> Maintenance.

    Tip: An alternative is to execute recdisc from the Run box or a Command Prompt window. If you do that, you can skip to Step 3 below.

    2- Click on the Create a System Repair Disc shortcut.

    3- Choose your optical disc drive from the Drive: drop-down box.

    4- nsert a blank disc in your optical drive.

    Note: An empty CD should be large enough for a System Repair Disc. I created a Windows 7 System Repair Disc on a new Windows 7 32-bit installation and it was only 145MB. If you only have a blank DVD or BD available, that's okay too of course.

    5- Click the Create disc button.

    6- Windows 7 will now create the System Repair Disc on the blank disc you inserted in the previous step. No special disc burning software is required.

    After the System Repair Disc creation is complete, Windows 7 displays a dialog box that you can close by clicking the Close button.

    7- Click the OK button back on the original Create a system repair disc window that's now showing up on your screen.

    8- Label the disc as "Windows 7 System Repair Disc" and keep it someplace safe.

    • Hovsep A
      September 4, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      i think the person has windows vista and not windows 7, your excellent method can be applied on windows vista to create the required cd.

  2. Sagar S
    August 26, 2013 at 8:57 am

    sry its lazesoft recovery suite

  3. Sagar S
    August 26, 2013 at 8:56 am

    You can use software called Lazesoft Professional Recovery

  4. Jan F
    August 26, 2013 at 8:31 am

    The previous answers are all correct but to be more specific:

    You can create a system repair disc or so called "Recovery Environment" using your Windows and the link/images provided by Hovsep. This disk will allow you to repair certain issues like startup, boot record, run check disk even revert to a previous restore point (if there are any present on the problematic system)

    However, this disc will not allow you to recover or replace damaged system files or reinstall Windows all together.
    To do this you either need a Windows 7 installation DVD or a recovery media created on a working Windows 7 system.

  5. Silhoutte J
    August 26, 2013 at 8:07 am

    The best way is to go to Start> Control Panel. Switch it to Large Icons. Then select Backup And Restore. On the left there are two options. Create a System Image and Create a System Restore disk.

    I would do an image then a restor disk. But thats where you go to do that.

  6. Hovsep A
    August 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    i think it should be okay because The system repair CD has only repair console and not the install files

    check here???

    • Bruce E
      August 25, 2013 at 11:52 pm

      I just verified that the Win7 ISO files at the location pointed to above are clean according to the VirusTotal records and have not been changed since the last scan performed.

      Make sure your download and burn the correct version (32- or 64-bit) for the system you want to recover.

      Once the machine is back up and running, you should create another recovery disc from that machine by going to Start - Maintenance - Create a System Repair Disc. This tool creates a custom disc for that particular machine including any drivers that did not come with Windows or have been updated (and locally installed) since the original installation. It also stores differences in the current machine state vs how Microsoft originally configures it.

      Using the custom disc in the future will normally make recovery of a system with issues faster and saves some frustration when the system gets reverted to the base configuration using a generic WinRE disc (including reverting to older drivers or having to reinstall other hardware drivers after repair/recovery) instead of what the end-user is accustomed to seeing.

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