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Published on 03.30.09 by Brent Trahan

Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc

Learn how to create a system repair disk that is used to boot a broken Windows 7 computer and attempt to recover it or restore your computer from a previous image.

Create a System Repair Disc

  1. Insert a blank CD/DVD in the disk drive.
  2. Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
  3. Open Backup and Restore in the Control Panel.


    Note: If Backup and Restore is not available, change View by to Large icons in the top right of the Control Panel.

  4. Select Create a system repair disc in the left column of the Backup and Restore window.


  5. Select the drive the blank CD/DVD is in and then click Create disc.


  6. When the disk has finished burning click Close in the Using the system repair disc window.


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  1. J2O says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for providing the download for the System Repair disk!

  2. Craig says:

    ok, so I keep getting the error message “BOOTMGR is compressed/missing press Ctrl-Alt-Del/any key to restart” I do not have access to a windows Seven Disc, My DVD/CD Drive is not accessable. and All I have is a 8G USB memory stick. I am just looking for some link to get the repair info i need to utilize the memory stick as a repair disk. Any any help here would be stellar. I am currently using my PS3 for internet searching and DLing. HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP!!!!!!! please. before i am bald ;-)

  3. Samir says:

    Thank you very much :) its very hard to find these when microsoft keeps trying to block them!

  4. 69yN says:

    Thankyou Sir! Very handy tool n Mr Craig assuming you know whether your system is either 64bit or 32bit just write the download to a disc and restart :-)

  5. I do trust all of the concepts you’ve introduced for your post. They’re really convincing and will definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are very short for starters. May just you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

  6. if67now says:

    Hi sir,

    This is one only site that provides the detailed steps. I am having a “window boot manager” error, I need to have an installation disc to fix this problem.

    For Step 6:

    Download a system repair disk:

    32 vs 64 bit. My laptop is in a window boot manager state, i cannot verify whether my laptop is 32 or 64. Another question, Suppose I am copying the file into disk using your 32 bit, will it work on both laptop computer or desktop? My operation system is window 7 home edition(dell inspiron 1545)

    Thank you so much.

  7. Arjun says:

    I successfully created a repair disk for windows 7 with your step by step instructions. I doesn’t expect with these simple steps, that the problem would be solved. Thanks Mr.Brnet.

  8. Komaz says:

    You know what? I’m soooo happy to be back into my Win 7 system after my installation disc would not read in the player. Saw that MS are trying to charge people for recovery discs or make them buy a whole new OS disc. Shame on you Micro$oft…

    You guys are life savers. Thank you so much!!!

  9. Marco says:

    I was unable to make a System Repair Disc myself on an OEM W7x64HP Toshiba L755 laptop:
    “System repair disc could not be created. Windows was unable to parse the requested XML data. (0x800705B9)”
    Googling I found that other people also have this same problem.

    So I very much appreciate your providing a direct download of these System Repair Discs, otherwise I wouldn’t have any way to obtain one. Your downloaded disc appears to work fine, or at least as the author intended.

    It’s a little quirky and non-intuitive so there’s a small learning curve. Some of the operations require a W7 install disc, which of course I do not have because it’s an OEM W7 computer, but some operations will work without it.

  10. Andline says:

    Sir I use lenovo B460e that does not have disk drive …. I use only bootable pendrive I’ve prob booting manager
    Windows failed to start a recent hardware r software a change might be the cause to fix problem
    1.insert ur window installation disk and restart your computer
    2.choose your language setting and then click next
    3.click repair your computer
    If you don’t have a disc contact your administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance
    Info an error accurred while attempting to read the boot configuratio data

  11. Will says:

    Thank you so much for the .iso, it worked first time where my original windows install dvd failed. Saved me a lot of money and bother!

  12. anonymous101 says:

    thanks this will be of big help… heheheh how can i create a system repair when i cant start windows 7… and the another pc i have had only windows xp… thanks for the download link.

  13. Chris says:

    I’ve tried what you’ve noted above. I’ve downloaded the windows system repair and put it on a flash drive as I don’t have access to a CD-R and still get an OS not found error upon start up. Any suggestions?

    • gwop says:

      Chris, read the second note highlighted under the links where you’ve downloaded your file, “Note: The system repair discs above are in ISO format. Learn how to burn an ISO image in Windows 7.” Therefore you cannot use the file as it is, but it needs to be burned into a format that can be read by the boot manager. If you do not have access to a CD then you would need to probably ask a friend to burn that ISO image for you and then copy those files back onto the flash drive. I am not sure this is gonna work, but I would make sure to clean the flash drive of any other file other than the Windows 7 System Repair files.

      Also when you turn your computer on it automatically tries to start up using the Windows 7 operating system installed in the hard drive. You need to change that so that instead of looking for an operating system in the hard drive, it actually reads your flash drive first. In order to change that order you need to power on your pc and before it tries to start Windows you need to hit F12 which will open the list of possible drives to start from and you need to select the USB flash drive and hit enter. . .Again, this is only after you’ve burned that ISO image file you’ve downloaded onto a CD or whatever media you wanna use and then transfer those files back on the USB drive.

  14. M says:

    Please can you explain a little bit about the files i have in my computer ( i mean the hard drives other than c) do they lose upon booting using the way already mentioed or do not worry about my files? Thanks very much

  15. Trevor says:

    I have a toshiba satellite l755 and am I suppose to be getting my desktop to show up when I do this or not. Because I just get the Windows Error Recovery menu.

  16. sassy says:

    have anyone found a solution to the whole black screen with flashing cursor yet?

  17. Ruben says:

    What size is the Windows 7 64-bit file?

  18. MichaelM says:

    Nice guide! I’m trying to fix a boot blackscreen problem with the 32bit


  19. Jeff says:


    I am downloading 64 bit windows 7 now on my pc. Once it is done & I save it on a disc, Do I need to format it or anything before I load it into my screwed up Toshiba Satellite laptop?

  20. ThirdMan says:

    Thank you for providing the download links; have been having the boot issue for a week now, and could not seem to find a solution. I do have 2 questions before I run it:

    1. To do a Win7 repair, will any files/folders be deleted on the PC?
    2. I have the 64bit version, but does it matter if it is Pro or Home?

    Thank you so much for your help.

  21. Dirk says:

    I had a hard disk failure and could no longer create a system image on cds but only on my passport but I did have some repair disks none of which worked to restore W7 on my Dell Laptop. I installed a new 500GB WD disk that shows up at boot. It is asking for drivers and an operating system.
    Your startup disk got me to the point of System Recovery Options but I cannot get to the system image on the passport disk although I can see the libraries on the mypassport disk.
    However it keeps asking for the drivers and I can’t seem to locate those.
    Any ideas?

  22. DazZing says:

    Thanks dude !

  23. Jennifer says:

    So we have the same problem here, but there is no disk drive, i can not use the external because its not loaded on the computer already and since it wont boot there is no way to loan the installation disk. I tried to burn from my other computer to a cd, then tried to copy that to an external hardrive, but that did not work either

  24. mary says:

    I have a system repair disc. How do I get it to load?

  25. Richard says:

    Excuse me will this delete all my computer information? Like documents and pictures ?

  26. Melinda says:

    My Toshiba Satellite P750 decided to have a heart attack and went into system repair. After 2 days it finally finished and said

    “… PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
    PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE Rom
    Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Medai in selsected Boot Device and press any key”

    I don’t have a disc so I downloaded it – thank you immensely, but now am not sure of the next step and the consequences of these actions.

    I am not very technically minded so I am very lost.

    Can anyone please help me.

    Appreciate any assistance available.

    Thanks in advance.

    • EdwardD says:

      “… PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
      PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE Rom
      Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Medai in selsected Boot Device and press any key”

      all this is saying is it is attempting a PXE boot(booting from network) because it failed to detect your hard drive. Your harddrive is probably failed and the disc you downloaded won’t help.

      • Melinda says:

        Thanks for that. I ended up leaving it to the professionals and took into a shop. THey are currently replacing the harddrive.

  27. themacmeister says:

    Many thanks indeed. I was just beginning a full install DVD download when I discovered these. You deserve a medal !!!

  28. Nick says:

    You rock EdwarD!

    This has got me back into a 64 bit laptop, thanks man…

  29. Nolin says:

    Do these work for all versions of Windows 7?

    Like Starter, Home pre, and ultimate.

  30. jimmy says:

    thank you so much! my gf almost killed me screwing her laptop! now i fixed it i m her hero again!! ty :)

    • Rebecca says:

      Will this delete all the system files and other documents in the computer?
      thanks in advance :-)

    • Rebecca says:

      Will this delete all the system files and other documents in the computer?
      and what does it mean when the blue screen with the cursor stays for 3-4 days..
      what should i do?
      thanks in advance :-)

  31. jshan says:

    Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem: Step 1, Step 2, Step 3….

    Status: OxcOOOOOOf

    i was able to successfully create windows 7 64 bit repair disc and upon restart got rid of the boot manager error and i’m right now in System Recovery Options screen. When i select Startup Repair, i’m getting a error message that states :Startup Repair Cannot repair this computer automatically.

    I partially formatted by c drive but looks like the dvd i used to config had i/o errors hence it din’t go through. Please help. If there are screenshots to fix this problem through cmd please provide.

  32. Lasi says:

    Hi thre,i hve done exactly what u have said on the steps bt i stil get the same results can u pls help on whats the next step

  33. Judy says:

    My screen keeps saying incert disk, my windows 7 will not do anything. I don’t have access to another computer to make the disk. Is there another way to get it started and does this mean my hard drive has to be replaced? I’m stuck.

  34. nick says:

    i did what you said, i created the disk with the system repair but it still didnt work :(

  35. Cosmic Deva says:

    Thank you soooo much! First downloaded an ISO that wouldnt read in efforts to create a bootable USB… then had to change it so it would work with Power ISO then before I even finished the windows program that coverts it to a bootable USB said it couldnt complete it… I decided to try it anyway… ran start up repair three times with no luck… then used your handy tips and restored the mbr! YOU ROCK. And all without having to reformat my laptop. Much gratitude… Great Tips!

  36. andrew says:

    Thanks, will try this. Why does it have to be so hard. We have given microsoft our money and we expect to be able to use the product that we have paid for. If it crashes it is hardly our fault, we bought a legit windows, I don’t see why we need to buy another one, in the meantime, days or weeks without access to our documemts, this is not progress!!!

  37. Rebecca says:

    Will this delete all the system files and other documents in the computer?
    and what does it mean when the blue screen with the cursor stays for 3-4 days..
    what should i do?
    Please someone help me…
    thanks in advance :-)

  38. DH says:

    I am aware this is for windows 7, but for windows 8 can I use the windows 7 system repair? I recently have a windows 8 laptop and an error came but I didn’t have get the chance to backup and I can’t even start my laptop. In my household now I have a lot of working windows 7 laptop. So I’m wondering will I be able to use windows 7 to restore windows 8.

    Thanks in advance.

  39. Raza says:

    IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR PUBLIC ! i had been trying to fix my boot error message Error 0xc000000f & error 0xc000000e as well as BOOTMGR missing ! i tried almost everything on microsoft help page and different page but failed badly ! i have Toshiba A665-14R laptop , Toshiba tried to help me and eventually asked me to pay them 99£ and they will fix any prob i got in my laptop , LUCKILY I COME ON THIS WEBSITE AND READ THIS ARTICLE , i downloaded both Windows 7 System Repair Disc 64-bit and
    Windows 7 System Repair Disc 32-bit , i put 64bit burn image in my toshiba computer then it gave me option to fix thru backup , i chose my backup and it fixed my window ! WOW lol it took 1 hour and now i am again playing games online ! THANK YOU VERY MUCH WHOEVER WROTE THIS HELPFUL ARTICLE AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS WEBSITE ! GOOD LUCK ALL

  40. Kevin r says:

    Did anybody fix the boot black screen?

  41. Jason says:

    Thank you for keeping these files out there on the web…I was running windows 8 on the only machine working. I didn’t have a windows 7 disk and this was literally my only option. Got ‘er done thanks to you. I read other people out there saying, why would anybody need these. Well, usually we don’t, but it’s that rare case when you do…


  42. Ty says:

    So, I have burned an ISO to disk all successfully.
    Then it says it couldn’t find bootmngr…
    Please help. Windows 10 wrecked my computer.

  43. Reece parker says:

    Will I lose all my pictures on my and data please help me out soon

  44. Colin says:

    I ran a check disk on my C drive, and after a reboot I got this message. Creating a boot disk was a hassle since I needed to find another Win7 laptop, but once I had the disk it fixed the issue and the computer booted right back up.

    Thanks for saving me time.

    Btw: Microsoft is jerks and won’t let anyone post the boot repair disk on the internet. The only way to find it is basically to make one yourself from a Windows 7 system.

  45. B89 says:

    One problem is that my computer doesn’t have a disk insert area – only USB’s. My computer keeps on saying I need to insert a Windows installation drive to restart it (apparently a recent hardware or software change might be the cause).

    Is there anyway for me to install the Windows installation disk on a USB?

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