How to Create a Windows 7 System Recovery Disc

by ContributorUpdated September 28, 2017
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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.


Label your system repair disc and put it in a safe place.

If you travel frequently, it's a good idea to pack a repair disc in your laptop bag. If you run into major computer issues on the road, your recovery disc will help save the day.


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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