Our Favorite Tips: How to create a Startup Repair Disk

How to create a Startup Repair Disk

Tip submitted by Dakeyras

Note: the below can only be done if your machine has a a type of CD/R or DVD/R optical drive installed. Also depending on the exact type of OEM your machine has you may be unable to actually create a SRD.

  • Click on Start(Windows 7 Orb) >> Run…, then copy/paste the following command into the box and click on OK:
  • recdisc.exe

  • Allow the UAC(User Account Control) prompt via selecting Yes.
  • You should now see a menu like the below:-
  • Put a blank rewritable CD/DVD in your optical(CD/DVD) drive and then click on Create disc.
  • Note: If a AutoPlay window pops up, just close it.
  • When the SRD has been created you will see similar to the below:-
  • Now click on Close >> OK.
  • You now have a Windows 7 System Repair Disc.
  • Please note: The above can be created with either a 32 or 64 bit Operating System. However the disks are not interchangeable…IE a 32 bit Startup Repair Disk cannot be used on a 64 bit Operating System and vice versa otherwise damage may be caused rather than any actual repairs implemented.

    The differences between the aforementioned can be read in this Microsoft Article:-

    32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions

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    6 thoughts on “Our Favorite Tips: How to create a Startup Repair Disk”

    1. Why only SRD instructions for Windows 7? I have VISTA and there’s no indication that the instructions will work for VISTA.

    2. What I got was a message saying “The files necessary to create a system repair disc were not found on this computer. You can still create a system repair disc if you have a Windows installation disc.” I do not have the installation disc since this installation was done by the shop that assembled my computer over a year ago.

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