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Windows 7: Trouble booting to USB for System Repair purposes

10 Jun 2016   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Trouble booting to USB for System Repair purposes

Hi all! So I followed this guide Windows 7 - Create a system repair USB key to create a system repair USB.

First time trying it, I inserted it and booted to USB and the message "Remove disks or media and hit any key to restart" or something similar appeared. I took the USB out, hit any key and it restarted and booted to system repair, no problem.

However, immediately after I tried to do it again. Same thing happens up to the remove disks or media screen, but when I remove the USB and hit restart it just boots normally instead of going to system repair. I tried excluding all other boot options and leaving just USB:HDD, but then after hitting any key and restarting the computer just fails to boot and gives me an empty boot list. I tried using the USB on a different laptop and had the same problem.

So, I remade the USB (including reformatting the USB stick), and tried again. Same thing happens.

I'm just so confused because it worked once but not anymore after that! Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance

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10 Jun 2016   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Then you did not create the repair usb properly.

Why not just create a system repair disc with a cd ? So much simpler.

What problem are you having that you need a system repair usb key ?
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10 Jun 2016   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

The laptop doesnt have a CD drive. Getting blue screen on boot is the problem, I know what its because of though and just need to get into command prompt to fix it.
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11 Jun 2016   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

OK then just create a usb windows 7 installer, then you can do any repairs through command prompt.

Use this link to download Windows 7 Pro SP1 x 64

Links are valid for 24 hours from the time of creation.
Links expire: 6/12/2016 9:33:16 PM UTC

Once you`ve downloaded the iso file, use Rufus to put the file on at least a 4GB usb stick.

Now you`ll have an installer and a system repair usb stick.

This tutorial shows you how to get to a command prompt using the installer.

SFC /SCANNOW : Run in Command Prompt at Boot

Or read Method 1 step 1 in this tutorial to get to a command prompt.

DISKPART : At PC Startup
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