Windows 7 has a built-in feature System Repair Disc (also called recovery disc). It can help you to access System Recovery Options to troubleshoot problems or reinstall your computer when something severe happens, such as system failure, hard drive failure.
To create a recovery disc, you are only allowed to use CD/DVD. But if you do not have CD/DVD, you can use ISO image file to create a recovery disk for your computer. Aside by that, you still can make use of backup and restore software to create a bootable media using CD/DVD or USB.
And this software can support all versions of your computer, including Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, etc.
And you can create Windows 7 recovery disk or disc from another computer if you do not create a recovery disk or disc before your computer crashes.
- In this part, you will learn 3 ways to create Windows 7 recovery disk or disc for all editions, namely using Backup and Restore, ISO file and third-party tool.
The last one is much easier. To create a Windows 7 system repair disc (also called recovery disc):. Step 1: Plug CD or DVD disc into the optical drive. Step 2: Type Backup and Restore in the search box and click it, then tag on Create a system repair disc in the new pop-up window.
Or you can press “Win + R” to summon the run window and type recdisc, then click OK.
Step 3: Select your CD/DVD and click Create disc. After finishing all operations, you will receive a window with Repair disc Windows 7 32/64-bit like below.
Then, you are supposed to plug your disc out and save it to a safe place.
- If you have exactly CD or DVD disc, this method is a useful way.
- If you do not have CD or DVD disc, you still can make use of ISO image files to create a recovery disk.
- There are three things you need to prepare before creating Windows 7 recovery disk via ISO image file.
- ISO image file.If you do not have it, you can download it from Microsoft Store.
Storage device. A storage device is used to save your ISO image files and work as the media of your recovery disk.
- For portability, you can choose USB drive as your storage device.
- Windows 7 USB DVD download tool.
- This tool is used to burn ISO image file to your USB flash drive.
- To see the specific steps below.
Step 1: Open Windows 7 USB DVD download tool, click Browse to find your ISO image files, then click Next.
How to create Windows 7 recovery disk or disc 32/64 bit
Step 2: Choose USB as your media type. Step 3: Insert USB flash drive select it, then click Begin copying.
And this tool will format your USB flash drive first, then create bootable USB device. Thus, you need to make a backup first if there is something important. Step 5: After all finish, you can see the content of your recovery disk and ensure it's exactly the same as your ISO file. This way is quite simple.
However, this way requires a product key. If you do not have it, you cannot download ISO image file from Microsoft Store.
Aside by that, above 2 ways have a common limitation：It does not work across different versions of Windows 7. That's to say, you cannot use Windows 7 recovery disk 32 bit to restore 64 bit Windows 7.
It will contain all of the necessary drivers for specified computer, when you create a recovery disk or disc using above two ways.
So it can only be used to repair the specified computer. Thus, if you want to create a recovery 7 recovery disk to boot any versions of Windows system, you can use the following method.
To boot all versions of your Windows 7/8/10, you can choose backup and restore software AOMEI Backupper to create a bootable media via USB or CD/DVD. After you create a bootable media, you can use it to restore your unbootable computer even with different hardware when needed.
To create a bootable disk for your Windows 7/8/10, you need to download AOMEI Backupper first.
- Open this software, click Toolsand Create Bootable Media subsequently.
- Select Windows PE – Create bootable disc based on Windows PE.
- It supports all features provided by AOMEI Backupper Standard while bootable disc based on Linux kernel only supports some basic features.
- Select USB Bootable Device as your bootable media, then click Next.
- Do not unplug the USB device during creation unless you see Finish in the lower right corner.
- To sum up, Windows 7 recovery disk or disc gives you a chance to troubleshoot your computer.
If it still does not work, you can reinstall with a recovery disk or disc. To create a recovery disk or disc, you can choose the way you like.
If you only have computers with the same hardware, all of the ways from above can satisfy your needs.
- If you have all versions of computers, the last way will be a great choice for you.
- Windows 7 Enterprise (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
- Windows 7 Professional (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
- Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
- Windows 7 Home Basic (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
- Windows 7 Starter (32-bit edition) (Starter is available only in 32-bit)
It works with any Windows 7 that has Service Packs installed:
- Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
The disk is in ISO image format that you can burn to any CDs, DVDs or USB sticks and then use it as a bootable recovery CD/DVD/USB. We provided step-by-step instructions how to burn the ISO image below.
It’s a 120 MiB download file.
You cannot use a recovery or repair disk to install or reinstall Windows 7.
What is Windows 7 recovery disk for?
NeoSmart Technologies has published a guide on how to burn an ISO image to CD or DVD. This ISO image can be burnt to any CDs or DVDs and even USB drives.
You can burn the ISO with your favorite burning program. We published step-by-step instructions and guides on how to do this:
If you prefer to have a recovery USB instead, follow our guide on how to make a EasyRE recovery USB drive here.
Way 1: Create recovery disc via Backup and Restore
Our recovery and repair disk works with any desktop computers, workstations, laptops, notebooks, ultrabooks, netbooks or servers computers from all major PC manufacturers, Dell, Asus, IBM and more.
It works with older or no longer on the market PC brands, such as Gateway Computers or eMachines PCs.
Way 2: Create Windows 7 recovery disk USB via ISO
Dell recovery disk
This disk is compatible with Dell PCs and its manufactured series:
Do you have a Dell computer running Windows 7? Read our recovery and restore guide for Dell.
HP recovery disk
Easy Recovery Essentials works with your HP computer, including any of these series and models:
- Essential Home
- x2 models
Do you have a HP computer running Windows 7? Read our recovery and restore guide for HP.
Way 3: Create Windows 7 recovery disk USB with third-party media creator
Asus recovery disk
It works with any Asus computer model that runs any of the following Windows versions:
- Windows 8
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP
- Windows Server 2003, Server 2008 and Server 2012
Do you have an Asus computer running Windows 7? Read our recovery and restore guide for Asus.
Acer recovery disk
Acer users can download our disk. It’s compatible with all Acer models:
- Desktops models: Aspire M and T, Aspire X and Predator G
- Notebooks models: Aspire R, Aspire V3 and Aspire E
- Netbooks and ultra-thin computer models: Aspire S7, Aspire S5, Aspire S3, Aspire P, Aspire M, Aspire V7, Aspire V5
- Netbooks models: Aspire One
Do you have an Acer computer running Windows 7? Read our recovery and restore guide for Acer.
Lenovo, Toshiba, Samsung
Lenovo computers are supported by our disk, including any of the following series:
- Laptops models: ThinkPad and IdeaPad
- Desktops models: Thinkcentre and Ideacentre
Essentials series for laptops and desktop PCs are also supported.
Do you have a Lenovo computer running Windows 7? Read our recovery and restore guide for Lenovo.
The disk is compatible with any Toshiba computer model: Satellite, Qosmio, Portege, Tecra, Kira family series and All-in-One desktop series.
Do you have a Toshiba computer running Windows 7? Read our recovery and restore guide for Toshiba.
Samsung users can download our disk. It is compatible with any Samsung laptops or desktops:
- ATIV Book, Gaming and Business PC series for laptops
- ATIV One for All-in-One desktops
IBM, Compaq, Gateway, eMachines
Lenovo acquired IBM’s personal computer division in 2005. You can download Easy Recovery Essentials if you own a IBM computer.
It is compatible with IBM desktops and laptops models, like the ThinkPad series.
The Compaq company was acquired by HP in 2002.
It is compatible with Compaq notebooks and desktops, including the Compaq Presario series.
Gateway and eMachines
Gateway Computers was acquired by Acer in 2007. If you happen to have a Gateway computer, you can download our disk. It is compatible with its manufactured series:
- Series SX, DX and One ZX for desktop systems
- NE and NV series for notebooks
- LT series for netbooks
Do you have a Gateway computer running Windows 7? Read our recovery and restore guide for Gateway.
eMachines computers were available on sale until 2004 when Gateway Computers (above) brought the company. Gateway was acquired in 2007, but the eMachines brand was used until 2012.
If you own a computer from eMachines, you can download our disk as it is compatible with eMachines PCs.
Disk for Windows 8, Vista, XP or Server editions
Easy Recovery Essentials is compatible with other Windows versions, not just 7.
Read more about our recovery disk for Windows 8. It supports Windows 8 and its update, Windows 8.1.
Download for Windows 8.
Read more about our recovery disk for Windows Vista. Easy Recovery Essentials supports all Windows Vista editions, from Vista Starter to Vista Ultimate, and the 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
Download for Windows Vista.
Windows XP and Server 2003, 2008 and 2012
Windows XP is supported by Easy Recovery Essentials. This includes Service Packs of XP too: SP1, SP2, SP3.
Easy Recovery Essentials supports all Windows Server editions, such as Server 2003, Server 2008 and Server 2012 and the updated versions: Server 2003 R2, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012 R2.
Easy Recovery Essentials supports all Service Packs (SP) of your Windows:
- Windows XP SP1, XP SP2, XP SP3
- Windows Vista SP1, Vista SP2
- Windows 7 SP1, 7 SP2
- Windows 8, 8.1
- Windows Server 2003 R2, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012 R2
Download Easy Recovery Essentials from here.
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