Windows 7: Create a Bootable System Repair Disc

By creating a repair disc, you have a useful tool that can be used to boot your computer when disaster strikes. It contains system recovery tools to help recover from serious errors or restore your PC from a system image.

1. Open the Control Panel.

2. Under System and Security, select Back up your computer.

3. On the left side, select Create a system repair disc.

4. Select the desired drive from the dropdown.

5. Insert a blank DVD into the assigned drive.

6. Click the Create disc button.

Label your DVD and store it in a safe place so that you have quick access to it when you run into problems.


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  • RichardFrisch

    Does this work for all versions of Windows 7 or only some such as Business or Ultimate?

    • Anonymous

      Since 7 is built on much the same platform as Vista, likely it will work on all versions. The higher versions simply unlock more features, the basic registry hive and o/s are the same in all of them.

      • RichardFrisch


        I think you misunderstood my question. This is a built-in feature of Windows 7. I was asking whether or not the feature is crippled (i.e., does not work) in some of the less expensive versions of Windows 7.

        For example, XP Mode (a Windows 7 bundled XP virtual machine) only comes with Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions. Starter, Home Premium, etc. do not get it. Similarly, Bit-Locker is not available with Starter, Home Premium, and Professional but is enabled in Enterprise and Ultimate editions. Similarly, I believe Backup will not work with network drives for Windows 7 editions Home Premium and below.

        I have a hard time keeping up with the plethora of Windows 7 editions—32-bit, 64-bit, OEM, upgrade, retail, WAU multiplied by Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise/Ultimate. It is quite complex and confusing trying to remember the details much less keep it all straight.

        Hence, I was trying to clarify does the “Create a Bootable System Repair Disc” feature work in all editions or is it limited to only some of them?

  • Anonymous

    Sorry Rick – the point I am making is the basic OS (operating system) is the same, the command is the same, so there should be no issue.

    Although Windows 7 is now RTS (release to sellers), as I don’t work for a major hardware vendor I have not yet seen all the versions, so can’t answer this more fully, I’m sorry.

    My experience with OTHER Microsoft products, eg XP/Vista and Office, would lead me to believe that YES, this system repair disk WOULD work, as the corruption usually takes place in the .dll files related to the core/engine of the OS.

    Sorry I can’t do better than that – anyone else?

  • RichardFrisch

    Anyone know how to create a system repair disk ISO. Netbooks and other smaller computers do not have optical media readers/writers and therefore the system repair disk needs to be loaded on a USB flash drive. There is NO option to create this from the Windows 7 Utility. I tried using virutal DVD drive apps without success.