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Windows 7: Repair CD - System Repair Disk


31 Dec 2009   #1
iseeuu

 
 
Repair CD - System Repair Disk

Recently questions were raised as to what functions are available on the System Repair CD - Create that Windows 7 will create and burn to a CD.

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These clips are are from a 32 bit CD I made:
Insert the CD in the CD / DVD drive and reboot the computer.
When requested, "Hit any key to boot from CD."

Select the Language and click next.

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Windows will search for an Operating System to repair.

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You can choose to restore a System Image you created,
or go the Recovery Tools screen.

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These are the same utilities available through the Install DVD,
or via the function of the 100 MB System Partition (if installed).

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Tapping the F8 key before Windows loads (Safe Mode) opens this menu:

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Selecting "Repair Your Computer" also opens the "System Recovery Options" menu,
but requires a password to proceed.

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Cheers!
Robert

Please find a complete list of related tutorials here:


System Repair Disc - Create

System Recovery Options

How to Boot to the System Recovery Options in Windows 7

How to Boot to the Advanced Boot Options in Windows 7

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31 Dec 2009   #2
mitchell64

Windows Seven Home Premium 32bit SP1
 
 

Thank you for putting this together, it is great to have a bit of insight before venturing into something
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31 Dec 2009   #3
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Great work Robert.

I did Startup Repair on the beach the other day with my laptop, thanks to the 100mb System Reserved partition which put a "Repair Your Computer" link on the F8 Advanced Boot Options..

Was in the middle of removing a dual boot for a guy in Poland via Remote Desktop when laptop restarted to a black screen with cursor.

Since I didnt' have DVD with me, would have had to drive 100 miles to get home to finish the job before the guy could use his computer, plus missed some primo waves.


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01 Jan 2010   #4
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Great work Robert.

Is it the 100mb System Reserved partition which puts the Repair Console on the F8 Advanced Boot Options menu?

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If so, it's a good reason to accept the 100mb during install.
That is my understanding. It is one of the features of the System partition. It also means you can repair your C: drive (for example) without bootable media! However, if the hard drive crashes, bootable media will be required.

Cheers!
Robert
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01 Jan 2010   #5
RogerR

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
These are the same utilities available through the Install DVD,
or via the function of the 100 MB System Partition (if installed).
So, for clarity; if you have an install disk, there is no added functionality in making a rescue disk?
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01 Jan 2010   #6
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RogerR View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
These are the same utilities available through the Install DVD,
or via the function of the 100 MB System Partition (if installed).
So, for clarity; if you have an install disk, there is no added functionality in making a rescue disk?
For clarity, if you have the Install DVD and a working DVD drive, correct; there is no added functionality to having a "System Repair" CD.

For clarity, if you did not receive the Install DVD or only have a working CD-ROM, then the "System Repair" CD can provide all the functionality of the DVD.

Cheers!
Robert
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03 Jan 2010   #7
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Nice job iseeuu really nice. Fabe
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03 Jan 2010   #8
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Lovely post/thread. Really does help clarify, and also with regards to the media (CD or DVD). Thanks iseeuu.
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03 Jan 2010   #9
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thefabe View Post
Nice job iseeuu really nice. Fabe
Thanks Fabe! I hope it can be helpful to someone?

Cheers!
Robert
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03 Jan 2010   #10
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
Lovely post/thread. Really does help clarify, and also with regards to the media (CD or DVD). Thanks iseeuu.
Thank you! I was hoping it would prove helpful!

Cheers!
Robert
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