How to Create a System Repair Disc for Windows 7

By Mark Justice Hinton

If your computer came with a Windows 7 DVD, you can use that DVD to repair your system, including restoring a system image created in Backup and Restore. If you don’t have a Windows 7 DVD, you need to create a System Repair Disc for this purpose.

Restoring a system image resets everything back to the way the computer was before it crashed. Without a System Repair Disc or the original DVD, you’ll need to start from scratch.

Many computers come with a Restore Disc, which restores your computer to factory condition. A Restore Disc isn’t the same as a Windows 7 Repair Disc. You should have both.

  1. Open the Start menu and type backup. Choose Backup and Restore.

    The Backup and Restore window opens.


  2. Click the Create a System Repair Disc link.


    The Create a System Repair Disc dialog box appears.

  3. Insert a blank DVD into your DVD drive.

  4. Click the Create Disc button.

    Windows 7 prepares the System Repair Disc.

  5. Click Close twice to exit the dialog boxes.

  6. Eject the disc, label it, and put it in a safe place.

    Remember to put the disc some place that you’ll be able to find in an emergency.

    When the disc is done, Windows 7 may start the AutoPlay dialog box. Close AutoPlay, if it opens.