You can create a system repair disk in Windows 7 and Windows Vista to guard against being unable to start Windows correctly. The repair disk loads the Windows Recovery Environment, which contains the recovery tools to repair/recover your unbootable Windows system.

Note that you can also use the Windows 7/Vista DVD to boot to Windows Recovery Environment. This guide is for those who own a OEM computer (with no Operating System CD/DVD), and those who want to maintain a CD exclusively for recovery scenarios.

Creating a System Repair Disk in Windows Vista

Windows Vista users need to use the method listed in the following site to create the System Repair Disk. As the Repair Disk creation tool (recdisc.exe) does not work in Windows Vista Service Pack 1, you need to download and run the pre-beta version of the file. For more information, see article Recover “Create a recovery disc” on Vista SP1 RTM at Long Zheng’s site.

Creating a System Repair Disk in Windows 7

Click Start, All Programs, Maintenance, Create a System Repair Disc

Insert a CD/DVD into the drive and press Create disc

This creates the System Repair Disc. To start the Windows Recovery Environment, place the System Repair Disc into the drive and reboot the PC via the CD/DVD drive (Hint: Set CD/DVD as the first boot device in BIOS).

Select your Windows installation from the list when prompted. The System Recovery Options are now displayed. These are the recovery tools available:

  1. Startup Repair
  2. System Restore
  3. System Image Recovery
  4. Windows Memory Diagnostic
  5. Command Prompt


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5 Comments

  1. Larlo Hall
    said this on Friday, November 16th 2012 10:23 pm

    This doesn’t work on my windows 7 system…I always get an unspecified error popup that says the disc cannot be completed…any further suggestions?

  2. ASM
    said this on Sunday, April 1st 2012 6:21 am

    UH oh. I tried as above, but get the error: This version of system repair is not compatible with this version of windows. The repair disc was created by my laptop win 7 64 system, and the image I wish to restore is my desktop win 7 64 from a usb flash drive.

  3. Damian Ikin
    said this on Tuesday, January 3rd 2012 4:00 pm

    Morning All. I have checked Start, All programs, Maintenance but there is no option to “Create a system repair disc”. the options are:
    Backup and restore centre
    help and support
    problem reports and solutions
    windows remote access.

    I’ve Vista SP2 32 bit and it is running extremely slowly. I have taken all my files off the laptop and want to take it back to the start/factory setup.

    Can anyone please assist? I do not have a recovery or system disc as it was pre-loaded.

    Regards Damian

  4. Jessica
    said this on Tuesday, January 25th 2011 6:52 pm

    Hi , you can easily use this

    http://hotfile.com/dl/99391059/6a4e5d2/RDISK-32bit-W7.iso.html

    download this and burn it to a CD or use UnetBootIn to burn it to USB drive then use this disk to repair windows 7. Just download and burn. It works!!

  5. Marsh
    said this on Thursday, February 25th 2010 11:50 am

    Eggcellent. Thank you!

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