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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:

  1. Click the link shown in the in the left pane of the Backup and Restore dialog (Figure 8).
  2. Figure 8 Starting the process to create a repair disc.

  3. Insert a blank CD or DVD into the drive listed.
  4. Click Create Disc (Figure 9).
  5. 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.

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