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Windows 7: How often should I create a system repair disc?

19 Jul 2011   #21
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bru View Post
This link Windows 7 - Service Pack 1 System Repair Disc says definitely create a new repair disk after installing SP1. I will do it as soon as I get more blank DVDs .
That is not a microsoft site. Opinions are like mouths. Everyone has one.


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19 Jul 2011   #22
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Startup Repair disk is a CD.
The System Repair Disc will very easily fit on a CD.

One could, and some do, put the System Repair Disc on a DVD.
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19 Jul 2011   #23
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Startup Repair disk is a CD.
Oops . Blank CDs I got. I'm off to make the new super duper SP1 containing repair disk now! Between (now) 2 repair disks and the system restore set I got a nice collection going. Since I got burned by not having the latter for my XP computer I learned my lesson (cost a pretty penny to buy a set). Don't skimp on these important tasks.
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19 Jul 2011   #24
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

The System Repair Disc does NOT contain Win 7 SP1.

The System Repair Disc will install a stripped-down version of Win 7 to a RAM disk. In other words, a portion of your ram will be set aside to be a "disk", this disk is assigned the drive letter X:, the mini-version of Win 7 will be installed onto that Ram disk.

You can remove the CD after the install. Try it.

The core of Win 7 didn't change when SP1 came out.

The System Repair disc is a specialized version of the WIN PE (pre-execution environment) with a shell and a couple of other additions.

The Win PE has hooks so that you can use your own user shell.

In the VIP section you find threads related to the WIN PE created by SIW2.
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19 Jul 2011   #25
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

From a Microsoft forum site: "After installing SP1 don't forget to create a new System Repair disc as a non SP1 system Repair disk will not work." Can find dozens of other similar comments including the one I already linked (which I got from this site).

Assuming we are talking about the same system repair disk it seems like cheap insurance since now I will use a CD. Heck even if it was a DVD (which I did use for my original repair disk) it's still cheap insurance. Doubt I will ever use either one with other options such as system image, but again...
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19 Jul 2011   #26
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Name the site.

Most of those are sanctioned by Microsoft but are NOT run or staffed by Microsoft personnel. When you find a KB then I'll perk up and pay attention.
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19 Jul 2011   #27
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Looks like the social MSDN forums:
How to make an Installation disc.

The post is attributed to an MVP.

Again, the way the system recovery (not restore) discs work, the tools will work on an SP1 machine even if the disc is RTM. However, there *could* be problems restoring a restore point, or modifying boot code, etc, if there are any differences in the way these might work between the two. I can see no reason *not* to rebuild a recovery disc, but I can't really see a good reason that it's absolutely necessary either. It won't hurt anything, though, and might avoid a few possible bugs, so..... I'd say it's a very good recommendation, but probably not a requirement.
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19 Jul 2011   #28
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Creating a System Repair disk doesn't need to be made on the machine you want to repair either. You need a 32-bit Repair disk for a 32-bit machine and same for 64-bit but it can be created on a different machine. Older versions of Windows had the ability to create similar disks but required they be made on the specific machine or they wouldn't work.
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20 Jul 2011   #29
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

The main part of the system repair disk is a file under the folder "Sources" called Boot.wim. This is located on your OS partition under a folder called "Recovery" and is called Winre.wim. I don't believe Winre.wim is touched by SP1 update so any change must be elswhere.

My pre SP1 System Repair ISO (on a USB) reimages fine. Maybe the Repair function would have problems?
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20 Jul 2011   #30
pare

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Is there a possibility to make a system repair disc on a old computer??
I mean 5 years old, preloaded with XP and has never been imaged and I also believe never been backed-up.
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