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In Case Of Emergency: You Need This (Disc)

Before you do anything else, please do this:

1) Find the discs that came with the computer.

Do you see a “Windows 7” or “System Recovery” disc? No? Not surprising. Most PC makers are using a recovery partition these days (see, About the Recovery (D:) Drive). Well the plain and simple fact is — In Case Of Emergency: you going to want (need?) this disc.

Why? Because the discs are “bootable”, and can allow you to repair machines that will not otherwise boot (aka “start up”). If you ever run into such trouble, you can boot to the disc; which includes an automated boot-repair tool, some repair/diagnostic tools, and the ability to access a System Restore point and revert your system to an earlier (working) time. (see, My favorite Life Saver flavor? System Restore).
[note: The “recovery partition” option wipes your hard drive, and reverts the machine to the factory-condition state –> total data loss. All your updates and installed programs — gone. Thanks, manufacturers! *]

The disc will give you important “recovery” options, that can get your computer working again.

So you have a partition and not a disc. Remedy that now. All you need is a blank CD or DVD.

2) Click the Start button and type repair into the Search box. The top result is what you want to click – “Create a System Repair Disc”.


3) Your optical drive should be detected (if not, use the ‘drop-down arrow’ to select your CD/DVD drive). Click “Create disc”.


The drive tray should open, so put in your blank disc…


After a few moments, the tray should open (“eject”) and you will now have a “bootable” System Recovery disc…


.. and a powerful tool for repairing your computer in the event of serious errors. You need to make this disc BEFORE you need it.. though I hope you never will.

In case I wasn’t clear: do it now.

Kudos to Microsoft for making this tool a part of Windows.

* Utter, snide, facetiousness. A terrible move; and whoever decided that should be ashamed. And fired. IMHO.

Today’s quote: “”Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.” ~ Douglas MacArthur

Bonus: As a reward for reading down this far, I will explain a bit of Geekspeak you may have seen but not recognized (maybe you have) “disc” – with a “c” – is an optical disc, which you probably think of as a “CD” or “DVD”. When it’s spelled with a “k” (“disk”), they’re talking about hard drives.. usually the storage inside your machine.

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September 1, 2011 - Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Microsoft, PC, software, tech, troubleshooting, Windows, Windows 7 | , , , , , , ,


  1. Howdy Paul

    Is it necessary to make a system repair disc more than once per machine? (I made 2 per machine just in case one disc was defective.) I guess I’m asking if Windows Update will change the files that get saved on the disc. I keep current backups, so I’ve never considered creating new system repair discs.

    I’m not sure why I haven’t questioned the correct usage of “disc” vs “disk” before now. I’ve often stopped to think about it, but I never bothered to do any research. That puts my geek credentials in doubt… LOL

    Thanks for the clarification!


    Comment by kstinman | September 2, 2011 | Reply

    • kstinman,
      No, it is not necessary to occasionally update the Repair Disc (which loads what is called the “WinRE” [Windows Recovery Environment]), but I do recommend making one disc for each type of OS (32-bit/x64) you have and may need to repair… (if all your Win 7 machines are 64-bit, you only need one disc).

      I remembered the “c” vs “k” difference by the mnemonic – “C Stands For Frisbee”.
      (Weird, I know, but it worked!)


      Comment by techpaul | September 2, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hey Paul,
    Often wondered, but never asced… guess I’m not as smart as I sometimes thinc… thancs for the klarifikation.


    Comment by Rob | September 7, 2011 | Reply

    • Rob,
      Well, as I understand it, IT types are not the only ones with their own language (aka “jargon”).. But Geekspeak is a kinda in a league of its own, I think. (And thanks to too much exposure, I have become FUWA’d.)

      (Fed Up With Acronyms)


      Comment by techpaul | September 7, 2011 | Reply

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