Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: how do i use the repair disk if I have no access to anything?!

20 Oct 2014   #1

how do i use the repair disk if I have no access to anything?!

Just following up guys, I have downloaded the repair onto a CD.... the problem is, I have no desktop, no 'my computer' etc. When I go into safe mode, etc etc, there's an option to click on comand prompt (or something like that!) can I find locate the CD using this? and will it go chkdsk e:??? soz, have no idea what I'm doing as you can tell. All the guides say things like 'log in as the administrator' etc etc, but I can't log in as anything at the moment.

I almost gave up and started to attack my computer! but it has all my family photo's on, so need to try everything before throwing it out the window.

thank you very much as always

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Oct 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

You have to change the boot order to boot from the CD when the PC start. Depending on your system you need to repeatedly hit either the Del, F10, or F2 key or whatever given for this on first boot screen when the computer starts booting to go into the BIOS and change the boot order there or F9 or F12 to see the boot order menu but could be a different one so best if you complete your System Specs which will make it easier to help. There are a number of ways to save the data on your drive so don't throw it out the window yet
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Oct 2014   #3


Thank you. I am at a screen called Phoenix- award bios coms setup utility advanced bios features.... Is this where I should be?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

21 Oct 2014   #4


I've done... First boot device: cd rom.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Oct 2014   #5


Gone for 'launch start up repair' just hangs again
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Oct 2014   #6
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

If you have access to another PC, can remove the drive from your PC and connect it to the other PC, then you should download and install "recuva" on the other PC -- and see if you can use it to recovery the files and folders from your drive.

If that finds files not all that you need, then you should consider using RecoverMyFiles instead. It is free to download and try, but you have to go online and buy a license to actually recover the files.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Oct 2014   #7


Thanks mark. I am happy to buy it.... So this seems like a good option thank you. What I don't understand, is how I can make the computer recognise the cd? Thank you
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 how do i use the repair disk if I have no access to anything?!

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Why does Windows 7 Repair disk never seem to repair anything?
I have run the Win 7 repair cd several times and the message always comes back that the repair disk could not fix the problem. What is it good for? My installation goes down for apparently no reason-- earlier or later the same day a blue screen will happen and the Win 7 repair mode kicks in. ...
General Discussion
SMART disk drive error-can't access Advanced Boot Options repair mode
My system is showing an internal hard drive error and F8 advanced boot options page doesn't appear to exist anymore (lost recovery via F8). That limits my troubleshooting. The system is a Dell Inspiron 560 desktop with core 2 quad Q8300 CPU at 2.5 ghz. 6.144 GB of RAM with DDR3 SDRAM. It's 3...
Hardware & Devices
Disk Shrinking problem. Cannot access to Virtual Disk Service
I was in Disk Management and was shrinking my disk C: where Windows 7 is located, to make room for another operating system. The window seemed as if it crashed so I closed it. It was a mistake. I opened it back up and now it's stuck at "Connecting to Virtual Disk Service". Partitions don't show up....
General Discussion
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. 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...
Performance & Maintenance
Lenovo: Initialize disk before logical disk manager can access it?
So, when I view my disk mgt on my new Lenovo Y480, I get the message as seen in Lenovo Disk Mgt picure. When viewing my Intel Rapid Storage Technology (see other 2 pictures), it "appears" everything is working correctly. I have the Y480, model 209387U: IdeaPad Y480 14" Laptop | Shop | Lenovo |...
Hardware & Devices
System Repair Disk not booting into repair options
Created it with no problems, apparently at least. My BIOS is set to boot from CD why won't my machine boot from the system repair disk? There were no errors when disk was created. My machine just boots to windows. Anyone else experience this with Win 7 Professional? Any tips?
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 22:40.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App