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Windows 7: system repair disc

14 Sep 2010   #1

64 bit
 
 
system repair disc

Is there any downside to creating a system repair disc (is this the same as a recovery disc?). I have a disc with the operating system that came with the computer but this wouldn't restore the computer after a crash without going through other operations such as hard disk partitioning etc. Please clarify. Thanks

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14 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

A System Repair disc will attempt to fix an existing install that won't boot. A Restore disc assumes you want to wipe the drive clean and restore the system to the day it was purchased. To me, the repair disc would be more useful.
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14 Sep 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Leon,

A system repair disc can only be used to boot to the System Recovery Options screen to help repair your current Windows 7 installation. You will not be able install Windows 7 with a system recovery disc.

The OEM recovery disc will format the hard drive and do a full clean reinstall of Windows 7 back to factory conditions.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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14 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

You can do the same thing with the Win 7 dvd and as you said it takes a few more steps, the repair disc load the file it needs to get you to the repair, restore, load a backup image, etc, but that's all it does. let us know if you need more info
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14 Sep 2010   #5

64 bit
 
 

silly question. What is OEM?
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14 Sep 2010   #6

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 2leon View Post
silly question. What is OEM?
Original Equipment Manufacturer
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14 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You don't have to down load anything to create a system repair disc. Just hit Start and type in repair disc and you will find it at the top. Windows 7 has that ability built in.
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14 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 2leon View Post
silly question. What is OEM?
Original Equipment Manufacturer
In your case leon according to your specs that would be Dell.
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14 Sep 2010   #9

64 bit
 
 
system image disc

Thanks for all the answers. I see that one also has the option of creating a system image disc. I guess that this would incorporate the operating system and other programs as well as data files. How is this used used? One would think that this and the system repair would be needed if something goes wrong. Is this correct? Thanks in advance
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14 Sep 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Leon,

A system image backup create a complete image of the "current" state of your selected hard drives with everything installed on it. When you do a system image recovery, it will restore the selected hard drives back to the same state as they were when the system image backup was created.

A OEM (Dell) factory recovery disk will wipe out your current state completely and restore only the default factory image back.


It would be a good idea to keep system image backups to make it easier to return to that same state without having to reinstall everything again that was not included in the factory image. It would also not be a bad idea to have "system repair disc" handy to use as needed at boot.
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