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Windows 7: System Repair Disk

05 Nov 2010   #11
gogreen

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
 
 

Is there an .iso file on my computer? If there is, where is it? I should be able to see it, since I have no files hidden. Or is an .iso file created as a group of startup files?


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05 Nov 2010   #12
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
If you see the normal desktop apper- then you have booted your regular installation of Windows on the Hard drive.

If you see a blue background with a little window showing startup repair - then you have successfully booted the repair disc.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gogreen View Post
Excellent, very useful information and link. Thanks.

Sorry, but I meant boot disk. I'm using a boot disk. It appears to be working, but how do I confirm that the computer did indeed boot from the optical drive?

Is a "repair disk" the same as a "boot disk"?

Thanks again.
For the OP and me
The system repair disk contains the Winre - I thought this was a (very) small subset of the OS in it's own right? Eg. command line tools like bootrec, bcdedit. When you select Drivers you get a version of Windows explorer etc.

Or does it pull in the tools from the Os HDD?
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05 Nov 2010   #13
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gogreen View Post
Is there an .iso file on my computer? If there is, where is it? I should be able to see it, since I have no files hidden. Or is an .iso file created as a group of startup files?
For questions specifically about Macrium look here:

Macrium Reflect Disk Imaging and Backup - Support
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05 Nov 2010   #14
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
If you see the normal desktop apper- then you have booted your regular installation of Windows on the Hard drive.

If you see a blue background with a little window showing startup repair - then you have successfully booted the repair disc.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gogreen View Post
Excellent, very useful information and link. Thanks.

Sorry, but I meant boot disk. I'm using a boot disk. It appears to be working, but how do I confirm that the computer did indeed boot from the optical drive?

Is a "repair disk" the same as a "boot disk"?

Thanks again.
For the OP and me
The system repair disk contains the Winre - I thought this was a (very) small subset of the OS in it's own right? Eg. command line tools like bootrec, bcdedit. When you select Drivers you get a version of Windows explorer etc.

Or does it pull in the tools from the Os HDD?
Curiosity got the better of me - disconnected my OS HDD. Yes it is a standalone sub system. Everything on X: eg X:\windows\system32 comes from the repair disk. The system repair disk windows explorer functionality is also standalone.

ADDED COMMENT:
There is a rerun on this answer below by someone else in case you missed it the first time.
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07 Nov 2010   #15
gogreen

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
 
 

So what about an .iso file? Where is it? A search for *.iso came up empty.
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07 Nov 2010   #16
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Have you checked out Brink's Tutorial ?

System Repair Disc - Create
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07 Nov 2010   #17
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You wouldn't normally have one on your pc.

Some oem machines include an .iso from which the oem repair discs are created.

Mostly they have .wim files.

You will have a .wim file called winre.wim on your windows partition in a hidden folder called Recovery.

That is the main component of the windows recovery disc.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gogreen View Post
So what about an .iso file? Where is it? A search for *.iso came up empty.
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07 Nov 2010   #18
gogreen

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
You wouldn't normally have one on your pc.

Some oem machines include an .iso from which the oem repair discs are created.

Mostly they have .wim files.

You will have a .wim file called winre.wim on your windows partition in a hidden folder called Recovery.

That is the main component of the windows recovery disc.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gogreen View Post
So what about an .iso file? Where is it? A search for *.iso came up empty.
Thank you for this explanation.
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07 Nov 2010   #19
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

The System Repair Disc contains a mini-Win 7, technically a Win 7 Recovery Environment which is a modified Win7Re.wim.

Oh yes, before I go further, SIW2 is THE expert on Recovery Environment and PreExecution Environment.

The System Repair Disc will install a mini-Win 7 in a ram disk which it creates and gives the drive letter X:

The System Repair Disc also turns control over to a special program (technically called a shell). You interface with that shell.

ISO files normally contain the necessary programs to be bootable BUT not always. ISO is referring to an international standards organization format. The specific number is ofter left off and one just says ISO.

Your Win 7 can burn an ISO file to a CD. All you have to do is click on it and the DVD/CD burn program will be started and you will be prompted to insert a CD/DVD.

You can also "mount" an ISO on a virtual drive.

Two popular and excellent programs for this are UltraIso and PowerISO. Both have a free version which does have a couple of restrictions but generally not enough to trouble one.

I use UltraIso. Both of these programs have many useful features if you need to examine, extract, create, manipulate an ISO file.

You can also put a bootable ISO file onto a correctly prepared USB stick.

Here's how to put that System Repair Disc on a USB stick.

WIN 7 SYSTEM REPAIR DISC ON A BOOTABLE USB


Putting a Win 7 System Repair Disc on a bootable USB consists of three steps:
1. Create a System Repair Disc
2. Prepare a USB stick
3. Copy the System Repair Disc to the USB

Step 1. Create a System Repair Disc
START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disc button

Step 2. Prepare a USB stick
The stick is prepared by running CMD.EXE as an administrator (also known as an elevated command prompt) and then using DiskPart to prepare the USB stick.

Elevated command prompt = Run CMD.EXE as administrator
WIN key
Type CMD.EXE (do not hit Enter key)
In the Programs list, Right-Click on CMD.EXE
Click on Run as administrator
YES button

Use DiskPart to prepare the USB Stick
type DiskPart, Enter key
type List disk, Enter key
note the numeral of the disk you want to clean
for example purposes, Iíll be using the numeral 2
type Select disk 2, Enter key
type Detail disk, Enter key
this info will let you know if you selected correctly
type Clean ALL, Enter key
your entire disk is being overwritten with zeros.
This can take a considerable amount of time
type Create Partition Primary, Enter key
This will create a primary partition
type Format fs=ntfs, Enter key
This formats the partition using the ntfs format.
type Assign, Enter key
This assigns the next available volume letter to the volume.
type Active, Enter key
This marks the current partition as active. Verifies that partition is capable of being a bootable partition.
type EXIT, Enter key
This exits the DiskPart program.
type EXIT, Enter key
This exits the command shell.

Step 3. Copy the System Repair Disc to the USB stick
Insert the System Repair Disc in the CD/DVD drive.
Using Windows Explorer, copy the entire contents to the USB stick.


You now have a bootable System Repair Disc on a USB stick.
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07 Nov 2010   #20
gogreen

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
 
 

Wow. It's going to take me a while to digest all this. Thank you!
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