Make a Windows 7 Recovery Boot Disk

| November 6, 2009

Do you need to make a Windows 7 recovery boot disk? Yes. It is essential for techs and end-users to have access to Windows 7 recovery options if it fails to boot. While most techs will have a full install disk, many users will not. In fact, many users don’t have any recovery disks, as they have purchased a new computer with Windows 7 pre-installed. That is why this disk is important. If Windows fails to load, you will need some way of booting into a mode that will give you options to load a restore point, run diagnostics or automatically repair issues you are having with start-up. This disk will not reload your Operating System, so users are still encouraged to burn recovery disks as instructed by the PC manufacturer.

How To Make a Windows 7 Recovery Boot Disk

To make a Windows 7 Recovery Boot Disk, simply go into the Control Panel and look under the System and Security section for “Back up your computer.”  Once you click that, you will see an option off to the left to “Create a system repair disk.”

Follow the prompts to make the disk using a blank DVD. Once the disk is made, try rebooting the computer.  The boot disk should launch and present you with the following screen:

Make a Windows 7 Recovery Boot Disk

Make a Windows 7 Recovery Boot Disk Video

We encourage users to take a moment to make a Windows 7 recovery boot disk, as it could be their only option of repair in the event their computer goes down. Backing up your system, creating restore points and having a way to access them is all part of having a successful recovery plan. Without the Windows 7 recovery boot disk, you may be forced to reinstall Windows if you get locked out of your computer. If you need more information on how to make a Windows 7 recovery boot disk, join our free forums and ask or read our other Windows 7 tutorials.

Category: Windows 7

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  1. Valerie says:

    I purchased a new emachine with pre-installed Windows 7 and when I tried to make the recovery/backup disks it would not write them. It told me it would take 3 disks and it would run for a few seconds then tell me to put in another disk this went on thru 8 so obviously it didn’t work! After using the computer for 10 days it totally crashed. Called tech support and it would not reboot thru system recovery in computer. I am getting nothing but the run around trying to get disks. I am being told they are working on creating them!! every time I call I am told it will be 1-2 weeks and this has gone on for a month and now WalMart will not take the computer back! Can’t get a straight answer if it is the machine or the software. Anybody out there know the answer?

    • Dave Dave says:

      Not really sure about eMachines, but most manufacturer’s allow you to recover via a hidden partition on the hard drive. Do you see something on the initial boot screen that says “Press (certain key) to access Recovery?

      Aside from that, it sounds like the optical drive is a dud. You might want to try different DVDs. Some are better than others, and some drives read other brands better than others.

  2. pers says:

    recovery disks for vista run under almost identical software and in almost every blue screen on boot up i have come across (i also diagnose and fix friends’ and co-workers’ computers as well) the system recovery option on a cd/dvd as well as the native hdd have never, ever turned up errors. if system restore doesn’t fix the problem, which it only occasionally does, i end up spending hours in the command line pouring through a DOS dictionary from 1992 and come out with a solution

  3. Mark says:

    Had the same problem. Found out it was because i was using dvd+R discs. I switched to dvd-R and it worked great.. Some dvd drives prefer one or the other

  4. Terry says:

    Sounds like we are all having the same problem, customer service, and tech services, are a joke. I have been told to call my computer manufacturer, or try to sell me a service contract for a little less than I could buy a new computer. Emachine, Acer have the worst customer support I have ever seen. I have three laptops, emachine, compaq, and a old Dell latitude…..I could call Dell tech services right now, and there will be a tech who will stay on the phone with me for as long as it takes to resolve my problem!! It all goes back to the old saying…..”If you buy something cheap……..”YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR”!! Amen….I will never buy another Acer, or Emachine…If I waited, and spent the money I have wasted on Acer/Emachine, I could have a very nice “DELL”……later friends…..on down the road…..X-NAVY PETTY OFFICER, Turkman

    • Dave Dave says:

      Unfortunately, to stay competitive companies have to cut something and tech support is the first thing to go. It’s a shame. That’s why everyone should join the PCTechBytes forum. It’s free and we help because we like helping people. See you there http://www.pctechbytes.net/

      • Jay D says:

        Dave you are absolutely awesome. I like what you said, “we help becuase we like to help” There has got to be more warm hearts like you around. This tech stuff is not easy and is always changing. Thanks for offering your advice and assistance free of charge.

        Jay D.

  5. Jim says:

    How do you get/create a windows 7 boot disk when you have a systems crash?

    • Dave Dave says:

      Is this for a custom build? If not, you will likely have to get the recovery disks from the manufacturer. If this is a major brand name, many times there will be a recovery partition on the disk and you can use that recovery partition to reinstall Windows. Post in our forums and we can elaborate–provide as much detail as you can and someone will be happy to help.

  6. hazel says:

    hi I was wondering how to get a free reboot disk for a hp

    • Dave Dave says:

      Free is not going to happen. You can usually buy them from HP for a small fee. We might be able to help you if you’re having problems with your PC. Join our free forums and ask your question there.