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Creating a Bootable Windows 7 System Repair Disc

Medialess systems are becoming more common, but that doesn't really help in instances where you can't boot into the built in recovery options that Windows has available. Luckily there's a simple way to create a system repair disk to access these tools in such an unfortunate scenario.


Medialess systems are a fantastic innovation when it comes to ease of use in those times when you need to re-install Windows. They also mean that you don't have to worry about rummaging around in drawers for your recovery disks that you put in that ‘safe place’ back when you originally purchased the system.

Another fantastic feature we have on modern systems is the System Recovery Options that are built into operating systems such as Windows 7 and Windows 8. These recovery tools allow you to repair start-up problems, repair system files and perform system restores when Windows is unable to boot successfully.  But in instances where your system is corrupted beyond being able to boot into these System Recovery Options you can find yourself stuck.

Luckily Microsoft has given us the option of creating a System Recovery Options bootable CD. I strongly suggest creating one of these bootable CD’s for those worst case scenarios.

Creating a Bootable System Recovery CD:

Click on the Start Button and in the search box type “recdisc” as seen in the image below:

Once the search has finished click on the “recdisc” icon in the search results as seen above.

This should then open the “Create a system repair disc” window as shown in the image below:

When creating the bootable disc I wasn’t sure if it required a DVD or CD as the information window didn’t specify. After burning the disk its size is only 165 MB, although you can burn the files to a DVD they will also fit on a CD perfectly fine.

Once you’ve inserted a blank disc into the drive simply press the “Create disc” button and the wizard will do the rest.
Once completed you should be prompted with the window in the picture below:

Once the wizard has finished you are now equipped with a System Repair Disc that will hopefully enable you to repair an existing Windows installation should it become corrupted or fail to boot for any reason.