How to Create a Windows 7 System Recovery Disc

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

Windows 7 provides support for creating a system repair disc that you can use to recover from a major operating system crash. The same features are included on the Windows 7 installation CD, but if you’ve lost this disc or it is damaged, you will need a repair disc to access the Windows 7 recovery features if your system malfunctions or becomes unbootable.

Click the Windows “Start” button and select “Control Panel” from the menu. Click “System and Security,” then select “Backup and Restore.”

Click "Create a System Repair Disc." If you have more than one optical drive installed on your PC, choose your preferred CD/DVD burner from the drop-down menu. Place a blank CD or DVD in the drive tray and click "Create disc." A progress bar displays on the screen.

Click “OK” when Windows reports that the process is complete. Creating the recovery disc should only take a few minutes.


  • The system repair disc requires only 140MB of space, so a CD will work fine. You can use a DVD if you don’t have a blank CD handy.

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