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How to Use a Windows 7 System Repair Disc

Nov 22

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Tue, 22 Nov 2011 16:23:27 GMT  RssIcon

What is a System Repair Disc?

Let me start by clarifying what the System Repair Disc can and cannot do. The System Repair Disc discussed here CANNOT help you reinstall Windows 7 nor will it reformat your hard disk. It CAN be used to correct startup problems as well as to initiate System Restore, System Image Recovery and to run Windows Memory Diagnostics.


Now for the Fun Stuff...

Step 1. Insert the System Repair disc into the DVD/CD drive of your Laptop/PC and Restart/Reboot it using the reset button or by pressing the power button for 7 seconds to power off the system - then pressing it again to power.

Note: This assumes that your system cannot boot up WIndows 7 and these methods should not be used to restart or power down windows under normal operating conditions.


Step 2. As the system powers up - the screen displays "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD..." Press any key on your keyboard - this only shows for a few seconds and if you are not quick enough repeat latter part of step 1. This will initiate the white on black "Windows is Loading" splash screen.

 

Step 3. When Windows is finished loading files - you will need to select your  default keyboard and left click 'Next'. When System Recovery is finished searching for a Windows installation left click 'Next'. Then select "Use Recovery Tools That Can Help Fix Problems Starting Windows" and left Click Next - The System Recover Options dialog box appears as shown below:

Step 4. To resolve Start up issues we recommend using the first 3 options in the order they appear above - restarting your system after each and attempting to load Windows 7 as normal before moving onto the next option.

Startup Repair: This Automatically attempts to fix problems that are preventing Windows from starting and requires very little input from the user.

System Restore: Choose this option if Windows 7 starts and is not working since a software installation or a Windows Update. This will then restore Windows to an earlier point before those software changes took place. You'll need to pick an available restore point (start with the most recent and if the problems still exist choose an earlier restore point). You may lose recent programs or settings, but not your documents/pictures/music/data.

System Image Recovery: Recover your computer using a system image you created during a backup. This option is a last resort if the first 2 options did not resolve the problem. Using a System Image Recovery means you will lose data created or modified since the image was created, unless you have that data backed up elsewhere such as a memory stick or portable hard drive. Also see P4IT KB article "Creating a Windows 7 System Image".

Windows Memory Diagnostic: This tool is used to check your system for hardware errors associated with RAM memory. This diagnostic tool can take quite a bit of time to run depending on the amount of RAM you have installed and might uncover reasons your PC freezes or crashes.

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