Creating a System Repair Disc
Windows 7's System Image backup enables you to restore a working Windows installation to an empty hard disk that’s the same size (or larger) than the original drive. To do this, you must have a Windows 7 bootable disc.
While you can use your Windows 7 installation DVD to start the computer and restore a system image, what if you have a preinstalled version of Windows 7 and no installation DVD? While your system is working properly, you should create a System Repair disc. The System Repair disc also enables you to run other features of the Windows Recovery Environment, including startup repair, a full-featured command prompt, system restore, and memory diagnostic tests.
During the backup process, you are reminded to make a System Repair disc (Figure 7).
Figure 7 Before the system image and backup process is complete, you are reminded to make a System Repair disc.
To create the System Repair disc:
- Click the link shown in the in the left pane of the Backup and Restore dialog (Figure 8).
- Insert a blank CD or DVD into the drive listed.
- Click Create Disc (Figure 9).
Figure 8 Starting the process to create a repair disc.
Figure 9 Creating the repair disc.
The disc-creation process takes only a minute or two, and after it is completed, be sure to label the disc as prompted.