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Using a Windows 7 System Repair Disk

windows7_logoIf your Windows 7 computer will not start, or crashes with fatal errors, you may need to run  a Windows 7 System Repair disk to restore Windows 7 back to normal operation.  The Windows 7 Repair Disk is designed to let you boot to Windows and provides diagnostics and repair options to help you get your computer back up and running.

Hopefully, you made a Repair Disk when you got your computer. If not, your options for repairing your installation of Windows 7 is going to be considerably limited and more complicated. If you don’t already have a Repair Disk, you may be able to use a Repair Disk from another computer running Windows 7, providing the disk is compatible with your version of Windows 7.  In other words, if your installation of Windows 7 is a 32bit or 64bit operating system, the Repair Disk must also be the same. If you need help creating a repair disk, see Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc.

Note: This is virtually the same process for Windows Vista.

Using the Windows 7 System Repair Disk

    1. Insert the System Repair disc in the DVD drive and boot your computer to the DVD. (You may have to change your boot order in the BIOS, or some computers have a boot option at startup.
    2. The screen will display the message  “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD.”  This message will only be visible for a few seconds. Press any key. Click Next.
    3. When System Recover is finished searching for Windows installations, click Next.
    4. Choose Use Recovery Tools That Can Help Fix Problems Starting Windows. Windows will provide several  tools that you can use to repair your system, including using the system image, if you have one available:
    5. Choose the tool that best suits your situation:
      • Startup Repair: Most of the common issues that can cause Windows 7 not to boot up properly can be resolved by running the Startup Repair tool.  I suggest you start here first. If after running the Startup Repair tool, your installation of Windows 7 is still unstable, then try the System Restore tool. Using the Startup Repair tool should not affect your personal files.
      • System Restore:  The System Restore tool, as the name indicates, will restore your computer to a previous restore point. Now, while this should not affect your personal files, changes to your computer that were made after the restore point will be lost. This includes any software or security updates. Unfortunately, this can also include any viruses or malware that was captured in the restore point, so you will definitely want to run a full updated virus scan and download any missing security updates after your system is restored.
      • System Image Recovery:  The System Image Recovery tool will restore your computer using an image file. Of course, this mean you had to already have created an image file and have it readily available for the image recovery tool to find, such as on a DVD or USB flash drive.  Using the image recovery tool will delete all the files on your computer, including your personal data files, and they cannot be recovered.
      • Windows Memory Diagnostic:  It is a good idea to run the memory diagnostic tool if you are getting sporadic system crashes or memory errors.
      • Command Prompt: The Command Prompt option is better used by more advanced computer support technicians. This allows you to troubleshoot or resolve issues and examine system configurations using typed commands.

5. Click Next.

After using any of these tools, click Restart.

Hopefully your computer boots up now and runs perfectly normal.

If for some reason, your computer still fails to function properly, I strongly suggest  having a professional computer repair technician take a look at your computer.

I hope this post was useful for you.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process, please feel free to contact me. I won’t sell your information or try to spam you, but I will try to help you or at least get you going in the right direction.

Thanks for reading, and Peace!

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