How To: Create a System Repair Disc For Windows 7 & 8

Windows provides you with a simple and yet efficient way to to create a system recovery disc. In this disc you will have te chance to store every recovery tool you have, in order to fix almost any issues you encounter in your computer. How could you create such a disc? Well, you could use the Create a System Repair Disc wizard. As a result, you will be able to burn a CD or DVD that you can boot from, when your operating systems does not function well. Now let’s see how you can possibly create a system recovery disc in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Launch the ”Create a System Repair Disc” Wizard in Windows 7

There are many ways to start the Create a System Repair Disc wizard in Windows 7. For instance, you can open it from the All Programs folder.

  • On the Start menu select the All Programs folder and then choose the Maintenance folder from the list.
  • Inside that folder click on Create a System Repair Disc.

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An alternative way to access the wizard is from the Control Panel.

  • Go to the Control Panel and select the System and Security section.
  • In the window of this section, click the Backup and Restore link.
  • Then select the Create a system repair disc option, which is in the column on the upper left corner of the screen.

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Once you do it, the wizard will start.

Start the ”Create a System Repair Disc” Wizard in Windows 8

In this operating system the available methods you can use to access the wizard are a bit complex. Firstly. you can open it by perfoming a search for it on the Start screen.

  • Go to the Start screen and type file recovery in the search box. Then filter the search results by Settings and click or tap Windows 7 File Recovery. 

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Another way to launch the wizard is from the Control Panel.

  • Go to the Control Panel and search for file recovery. Then click or tap on the Windows 7 File Recovery result. 
  • In the window of Windows 7 File Recovery, click Create a system repair disc from the left-side column.

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NOTE: In Windows 8.1 this wizard is not available, so you will have to use other recovery tools instead of it.

Use the ”Create a System Repair Disc” Wizard

  • First of all, insert a blank CD or DVD into the drive and select that drive. Then click or tap Create Disc.
  • Make sure that the free space in the inserted DVD or CD is enough for a System Repair Disc. Note that the amount of space, required is 223 MB in Windows 8 and a bit less in Windows 7.

NOTE: You may be asked to insert a Windows installation disc. This means that your operating system cannot find some files, needed for the system repair disc process. In that case, you will have to insert the Windows installation disc, so that the files can be copied to your PC. Once you do this, you will continue the burning process. In case you have only one optical drive available, you will need to be careful when switching discs.

  • Now Window will start creating the disc. This process will take some time. You will be informed about the advance of the operation from a progress bar, shown in the window.
  • When the process is done, a pop-up window will appear asking you to label the disc, so that you could know its contents. Label it and then click or tap Close.

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  • In the Create a system repair disc wizard, click or tap OK to finish the operation.

Now the system repair disc is created. It is recommended to reboot your device at this point and then boot from the disc, so that you could check if everything works properly. If your computer is working well, you do not need to use it. If you notice any problems, you can troubleshoot them by booting from the disc and using it.

NOTE: Be aware that you need to set your optical drive as the first device in the Boot Device Order section of the BIOS menu. After this action, you could boot from the system repair disc.

System Repair Disc Contents

In Windows 8 the system repair disc is bigger than in Windows 7, because it contains a larger number of recovery tools. For example, you will be able to use the Reset and Refresh features, found in the operating system.

In addition, you will be able to access System Restore, the Command Prompt, to recover Windows by using a specific system image and finally to use the available automatic repair tools in both operating systems.

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You do not have to wait until your computer crashes to create a system repair disc. As you noticed from this tutorial, you can easily create such a disc. Therefore, go ahead and create one, in order to be prepared for any kinds of problems in your computer.