How to Create a System Repair Disc in Windows 10/8/7?

July 19, 2019

How to create a system repair disc in Windows 10/8/7? Read this guide to get all the info you want to know.

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.

When 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, then 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. A system repair disc can also help you restore your computer from a system image or restore point. Now let’s start to see how to create a system repair disc in Windows 10/8/7.

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 inserted 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, insert 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, a 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:

Step 1. Download, install and launch it.

Step 2. Click Tools and then choose Create Bootable Media.


Step 3. Select a type of bootable media you want to create and click Next to continue. For better performance, the Windows PE bootable disc is recommended.

Select Bootable Disk Type

Step 4. Choose Create legacy bootable disc or Create UEFI bootable disc and then click Next to continue. The two options enable the bootable media to boot from legacy MBR mode or GPT/UEFI. Please view your motherboard user manual for information on choosing boot options at PC startup.

Choose PE Boot Mode

Note: You can download a pre-build PE from AOMEI server by selecting "Download WinPE creating environment from the internet", Windows AIK/ ADK is no longer required.

Step 5. Select the storage device or specify the location path where you want to export the ISO file, and then click Next to start. Wait for the process to complete and click Finish.

Select Bootable Media


That’s all for how to make a system repair disc in Windows 10/8/7. If you have more than one computer, you can create a bootable media with AOMEI Backupper which can boot any PCs regardless of Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista or other Windows system it runs.

If you want it to be able to boot Windows Servers, you can download AOMEI Bacupper Server. It also lets you 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.