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Windows 7: Can I run a Windows 7 repair disk that was created on a different PC?

17 Dec 2012   #1
211

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Can I run a Windows 7 repair disk that was created on a different PC?

I have an issue with my desktop PC.
I believe I have a corrupted system file since the HDD is no longer bootable; however I have been able to remove the infected drive and install it as a slave on my HTPC. This has allowed me to backup all my important files.

My question... I'd like to run a Repair on the existing Windows 7 install but I never created a rescue disk when the OS was operational. Can I create a repair disk using my Windows 7 OS off the HTPC and run it over my desktop PC? Or is the disk specific to the PC the OS belongs to.

I'd like to avoid a fresh reinstall if possible.


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17 Dec 2012   #2
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

As long as they are both x64 or both x86, which ever you have,

Have a look at the red box at the top of this tutorial,

System Repair Disc - Create
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17 Dec 2012   #3
211

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
As long as they are both x64 or both x86, which ever you have,

Have a look at the red box at the top of this tutorial,

System Repair Disc - Create
...they are the same Windows 7 x64 versions.
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17 Dec 2012   #4
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

You should be fine then.
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17 Dec 2012   #5
211

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

So now I have a new issue.
The recovery seems to be hanging at the System Recovery Options "Searching for Windows installations..." screen..
The status bar scrolls and scrolls but ultimately does not get past this point of the recovery process.
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18 Dec 2012   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Try the bootrec commands given in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start.

This can jumpstart the appearance of an installation to repair when it fails to do so.

Everything else that can be done to start Win7 is in the tutorial. Is this your problem?
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