How to Create a System Repair Disc to Restore Crashed PC

Posted by @Cody

October 12, 2018

While your Windows 10/8/7 is running smoothly, you should create a system repair disc in case of system issues. When your PC fails to boot, you can boot your computer from the system repair disc and then fix the problem.

Why need to create a system repair disc?

In case of system failure, Windows provides System Recovery Options, allowing you to fix some errors, restore your system, repair Windows files, recover previous settings, and more. You can find the System Recovery Options via the Repair Your Computer option on the Advanced Boot Options menu.

If your system cannot boot normally, you can access System Recovery Options by booting a Windows installation disc. If you don’t have a Windows installation disc, you can make a system repair disc to boot the computer that has serious problem and then start System Recovery Options to make your computer work normally again.

To create a system repair disc

In Windows 7 or Windows 10, you can use Backup and Restore, which is often used to back up files Windows 7 or Windows 10, to create system repair disc using CD/DVD. Before you do, make sure you have insert a writable empty disc to your computer. If you do not have CD or DVD, you can use a USB drive to create Windows 10 recovery disk from another computer to boot your computer into recovery environment for system recovery as long as they are the same  bit of operating system.

1. Type “backup” into the search box and select Backup and Restore.

2. You can find Create a system repair disc in the left pane, and click it. Then follow the instructions to complete the process.

Repair Disc

If you don’t have DVD/CD burner device or use Windows 8/8.1, which has removed the feature Backup and Restore, you can create a recovery drive with File History. With a recovery drive, you can reset your PC, or to troubleshot problems, even when it is unbootable. You can access Create a recovery drive in Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Recovery.

Recovery Drive

If you ever want to use the system repair disk, inert the disc and restart your computer. If your computer starts directly from hard drive instead of DVD/CD, enter BIOS to configure your computer to boot from a CD or DVD.

However, unlike installation disc, the system repair disc and recovery disk may not boot other computers except the one that created it. If you may fail to create a system recovery disk or system repair disc with an error message that System repair disc could not be created (0x80070057), which is often caused by the incapability with other software, or other errors. Then you can create bootable rescue disk with third party software to restore your computer.

Create bootable rescue media with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper, powerful Windows backup software, allows you to create bootable rescue media using DVD/CD or USB drive. If you don’t have DVD/CD or USB drive at hand, you can create an ISO image file so you can burn to any removable devices. It supports directly create bootable media on Windows 10/8/8.1/7. If your computer runs Windows XP or old version of Windows before it, you will need to install AIK before creating bootable disc.

To create bootable media:

1. Download, install and launch it.

2. Select Create Bootable Media under Backup tab.


3. Select a type of bootable media you want to create and click Next to continue. For a better performance, the Windows PE bootable disc is recommended. If your system disk is a GPT disk (UEFI boot mode), you’ll need to choose Legacy mode or UEFI mode.

Choose Type

4. Select the storage device or specify the location path where you want to export the ISO file, and then click Next to start.


If you have more than one computer, create a bootable media with AOMEI Backupper that is able to boot any Windows PCs rather than create a system repair disc. If you want it to be able to boot Windows Servers, you can download AOMEI Bacupper Server. It also allows you to create a system image backup to that bootable media or other storage devices, so you can boot the recovery disk to restore your computer, even when it is unbootable.

If you don’t want to connect any removable devices to boot your computer when it is in serious condition, you can also create a recovery partition on your internal hard drive, which allows you to restore your computer when it is not working without any removable devices.