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Windows 7: System Repair Disc - Create

14 Jan 2009   #149
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
System Repair Disc - Create

How to Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc



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27 Feb 2013   #150
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Copy the contents of the DVD to a bootable USB

Use DISKPART to create a bootable USB

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27 Feb 2013   #151
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FredyC View Post
Hey. I am wondering, is there any way how to make repair disc on USB ? It's been like 5 years I had used any dvd drive and I don't have access to any currently.

I had found this program ... TotalMounter - a Free Virtual CD/DVD Burner That's Easy to Use. Anybody has experience with it ? Guess I can burn repair disc to image, but I am not sure how to place it on USB afterwards so it's bootable. Thanks for help.
From the tutorial:

Tip   Tip

If you would like to create a bootable System Repair USB flash drive, then you could use the free program ImgBurn to create an ISO file with this Windows 7 System Repair Disc (DVD), then use the Part 1 section in the tutorial below to extract the ISO file to a USB flash drive.

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool
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27 Feb 2013   #152
FredyC

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
 
 

Thanks VistaKing, I will try.

marshmimar: That's odd, I tried searching for "usb" in this tutorial and it didn't found anything. Anyway, I don't think this is the same. On the link you provided it's mentioning it needs usb stick with at least 4GB of space. First thing is, I don't have that available (only 2GB) and for second this tutorial is talking about using CD, so I would expect it can be about 650MB in size. I will try virtual drive way first and see if it works.
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27 Feb 2013   #153
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Fredy,

The USB flash drive size 4 GB was for a Windows 7 installation USB. That would also include the "System Repair Options" (WinRE) if you like.

If you only wanted a pure "System Repair USB", then it's a two part process. Create the System Repair Disc from this tutorial, and create an ISO file from it using the "ImgBurn" program. Next, use the same instructions in PART 1 of the USB tutorial with "Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool" program to extract the ISO to your 2 GB USB flash drive.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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27 Feb 2013   #154
FredyC

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
 
 

Sorry, but I am probably missing something. Does ImgBurn also offers some kind of virtual burner ? I didn't found that information on theirs site. Thing is, that "Create system repair disc" option allows to pick only drives and there is no option to create ISO or something else.
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27 Feb 2013   #155
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You would create a "System Repair Disc" to a DVD as usual in the tutorial first, then use ImgBurn to create an ISO from the DVD.

The ISO is what you would use to create the USB with using "Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool".
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27 Feb 2013   #156
FredyC

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
 
 

Um which part of "It's been like 5 years I had used any dvd drive and I don't have access to any currently." you didn't understand ?
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27 Feb 2013   #157
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Um, you asked, I told you, and gave you a secondary option since you didn't have a DVD.

You're best option would be to create a Windows 7 installation USB that can be used for the same, but it needs at least 4 GB USB flash drive.
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27 Feb 2013   #158
FredyC

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
 
 

Ok so we are back at original option of virtual burner with TotalMounter and than transferring the result to USB. Hope it will work, I don't want to buy another flash stick just to have repair disc on that.
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27 Feb 2013   #159
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

FredyC, you asked you SHALL receive


Insert the memory stick into a USB port on your computer. Open Windows Explorer, right click on the drive and choose Format.

NOTE: Before formatting your memory stick, don't forget to backup your files as the process will erase all its contents.

In the Format Removable Disk window choose the NTFS format and click on Start. The other configuration options are not important, the defaults work just fine.

After you formatted the USB stick, create on it two folders named boot and sources

he Recovery and Boot folders on your computer will contain the files needed to be copied on the memory stick.

The first folder is located at 'C:\Recovery'. This folder is used by Windows 7 to load System Recovery tools.

The Boot folder is located at 'C:\Windows\Boot' and its contents is used to boot the operating system.

Both folders are hidden by default. To view them, open Windows Explorer and access Folder Options. In the View tab check 'Show hidden files, folders and drive' and uncheck 'Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)'. Press the Apply button to enable the new settings.
Next, you need to open the Recovery folder on your computer. By default it can't be accessed, even though you are logged on as Administrator. In order to open it, Take Ownership Shortcut


How To Put System Repair Tools on the USB Flash

Now you have all the needed files to create the bootable memory stick. First open the Recovery folder. You will notice a sub-folder with an automatically generated name (series of numbers and letters) with a standard length of 32 characters. Open it.

NOTE: The folder name will be different from one PC to another.

Next you have to copy the file boot.sdi to the folder boot from the memory stick.

Then copy the Winre.wim file to the sources folder from the memory stick and rename it to boot.wim.

Now open the folder 'C:\Windows\Boot\DVD\PCAT' and copy the BCD file to the boot folder from the stick.

Go to 'C:\Windows\Boot\DVD\PCAT\en-US' and copy the bootfix.bin file to the folder boot from the USB flash.

Finally, go to C:\Windows\Boot\PCAT and copy the bootmgr file to the root of the memory stick.

DON'T FORGET to test the memory stick .
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