System Recovery options for Windows 7 include several tools that can help you recover Windows 7 from a serious error. For example, you can use a system repair disc to access system recovery options if your Windows installation disc is missing or the Windows boot loader is not working.
In this tutorial I will show how to create a Windows 7 system repair disc on a CD or DVD with just a few clicks.
Create your first System Repair Disc
Creating a System Repair Disc is a simple process in Windows 7. The tool for creating it can be found by going to 'Start Menu -> All Programs -> Maintenance -> Create a System Repair Disc'.
Alternatively, you can find the create system disc tool in 'Control Panel -> System and Security -> Backup and Restore-> Create a system repair disc'.
Insert a blank CD / DVD into your optical drive, select that drive and click on the Create disc button. An empty CD should be enough for a System Repair Disc, given the fact that the space required is about 145MB.
NOTE: If you are prompted to insert a Windows installation disc, it means that the files needed to create the system repair disc cannot be found on your computer. You need to insert the Windows 7 installation disc first and the necessary files will be copied. The burning process will resume once this is done. If you have only one optical drive, you will need to be careful to switch the discs between them.
Now you have to wait for a few minutes to complete the process.
After the CD/DVD is finalized a pop-up window will be displayed that contains info about how to use the disc. Close it and go to the next window.
Click on the OK button to finish.
I recommend that you reboot your computer, insert the disc into drive and boot from it to check if the disc works properly.
NOTE: In order to boot from a CD/DVD, the optical drive has to be the first device in the 'Boot Device Order' section of computer BIOS.
The option to create a system repair disc is available in all versions of Windows 7 and it is a great insurance to have in case disaster strikes. For more information on system recovery tools, don't hesitate to read the articles recommended below.