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No USB mouse or keyboard in Windows 7 system repair disk?

Q: No USB mouse or keyboard in Windows 7 system repair disk?

Need help with getting a USB mouse or keyboard to work while using a Windows 7 system repair disk. My USB mouse seems to mostly be the problem. The keyboard works most of the time, so why doesn't the USB mouse work? Anyone?

Preferred Solution: No USB mouse or keyboard in Windows 7 system repair disk?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: No USB mouse or keyboard in Windows 7 system repair disk?

Hello Mike, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might double check your BIOS settings to make sure that you have it set to enable "Legacy USB" or any other USB type setting to allow seeing USB devices at boot to see if that may help.

You might also try connecting them to different USB ports.

Hope this helps for now,

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alright well one day i restarted my computer and it came up with this "missing or corrupt file windows\system32\config\system". My computer said running a repair was necessary. So i whipped out my OS DVD and started repairing. So about 75% of the way through of "installing windows" it came up with the window saying something along the lines of "your graphics card driver for your nvidia geforce 6800 hasnt been tested for windows xp." would you like to contine? but here's the kicker, i cant click anything because my usb doesnt appear to be working. I have an xps 400 from dell. couple years old, you know my graphics card. but i need to know someway of clicking the "yes" button but without a keyboard or mouse or anything usb. also, my computer doesnt have the slot for the old mouses. Like the little purple plug thing. and i dont have a slot for a keyboard either. any ideas. This just isnt my day. if you could help me that would be awsomee. alright well thanks.

Summary. i'm in the middle of a system repair. i can't use my mouse or keybord (or anything usb for that matter). I've tried messing with the bios but usb on startup is alreayd enabled. There is an error message that i just need to click one button and i can't do it. Anyway to fix this. also i cant start in safe mode or any other mode. Mous and keyboard work at the very begging like i can press f12 and it brings up boot menu and yeah. pleaseeee help.

A:USB mouse/keyboard dont work on system repair. please help

So, where are the replies to this query?

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i tried to make a disc image yesterday, then tried to backup my laptop (compaq w/ hp software and W7 home premium) and it comes up with an error saying its missing a "Volume Shadow Copy blah blah blah" its in the attachment. i want to create a system image.

help'd be appreciated.

A:Windows 7 can't backup or make disk images or system repair disk

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I've usually built my own and family members' computer systems, so have been using the original Windows 7 installation disks whenever I needed to do a fresh install or do a repair install, etc.
Only recently have I created Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit system repair disks, so wanted to ask what is probably a basic noob question.
As far as I can tell, the only difference between the two types of Windows disks (install and system repair) is that the original installation disks will support making a fresh install of windows, and the repair disks don't.
Is this the only difference, or am I missing something?

A:Windows 7 System Repair Disk Versus Windows 7 Installation Disk

Basically a Windows 7 recovery disk allows a non-booting system to access the Advanced Options screen for start up repair, Repair install, etc. It won't restore an image, you need a installation disc for that.

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I am a little confused about the image backup feature in Windows 8.1. Or more specifically, the "system repair disk" feature (if there is one).

I know it is possible to create a system image backup, but I don't see where you can create a "system repair disk" in Windows 8.1.

I have searched this forum and generally using a search engine, but I can't find a definitive answer to these questions:

Can you create a "system repair disk" in Windows 8.1? If so, how?

If not, can you use a system repair disk created in Windows 7?

Or maybe I have missed something.

Can anyone help?

A:Windows 8.1 System Repair Disk

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I've been trying to help my neighbor get her new Acer computer with Windows 8.1 set up. (I, personally use Windows 7, so I know almost nothing about Windows 8.1). One of the things that I wanted to do was to create a System Repair Disk like I did for my computer running Windows 7. Also, I wanted to create a set of System Restore disks so that if her computer crashed, she could restore it to the state that it was in when purchased.
I could not find a method to create a bootable System Repair disk. The Help file stated that there MIGHT be a restore partition on the computer's hard drive, and if there is, then a user could copy the restore partition to a USB device.
It seems to me that if the computer cannot be started because the Windows System has become corrupted, that a Restore Partition isn't going to be much good since there would be no way to access it. I would think that you would need a Repair disk to allow you to boot up the computer and gain access to the Restore Partition.
How do I find out if there IS a Restore Partition on the computer and how do I create a disk that could be use to boot up the computer in case of a failure so I can perform a restore operation, either from the Restore Partition or a set of Backup disks with a System Image on them?

A:Creating a Windows 8.1 System Repair Disk

Hi Bob
Maybe these tutorials will help You. They are all from here and I have used some of them with my Windows 8 computer. You will notice that one of them is for running recovery from the command prompt.
How to create a Windows system image in Windows 7 and Windows 8 How to use System Image Recovery in the Windows 7 and Windows 8 Recovery Environment How to use the Windows 8 System Recovery Environment Command Prompt How to create a bootable USB Flash Recovery Drive in Windows 8 How to create a Windows System Repair Disc How to use System Restore from the Windows 8 Recovery Environment
Good Luck
P.S. did You look under the Acer section of the start menu for a recovery disk creator program? I know there was one in my Windows 7 Acer L/T. I have no Acer with Win 8. And MS may have nixed that for windows 8 as my Lenovo doesn't have that ability.
So what I did was Clone the hard drive to a SSD drive VIA a USB adapter and then swap them. The Original hard Drive is sitting on the shelf in case I ever need to restart the computer clean.

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I'm trying to create a system repair disk for Win7. I got my copy of windows 7 online. I downloaded it and put it on to a dvd. I used that disk to setup and install windows 7 on my pc.

Now I want to create a repair disk. I type backup in the search box, I click 'create a system repair disk. I tells me the files needed to create a system repair disk were not found on my computer. You can still create a system repair disk if you have a windows installation Cd.

That's when I put in my Windows 7 installation disk I purchased online. Then it tells me the selected drive does not have a valid windows installation.

It should. I paid $135.00 for it. What do I do now? Please help!

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Hi, I recently corrupted my Windows data on my HP Probook 4445s when I was trying to dual-boot Ubuntu. I accidentally formatted a partition after which I am unable to start Windows.

I created a System Repair Disk from my other laptop which has the exact same OS (win 7 64 pro, sp1) and after it showed that the disk was successfully burned, I tried booting with it in my HP laptop.

However, even after changing BIOS settings to boot from CD/DVD I am unable to get it working as no matter which options I try, I get the following error message:

"Bootmgr missing. Press Ctrl+alt+delete to restart"

Any help would be appreciated.


A:Windows 7 recovery problem using System Repair Disk

It sounds like the disc you created is not bootable, the data cannot be burned to the disc by normal methods, instead you need to use software to create a bootable installation media
Follow step 1 of this tutorial to create a bootable disc or pen drive Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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I have Windows 7 loaded on a Raid 1 configuration.
I have an image of the system on D: Drive "which is on a different raid controller"

Task: Get the System Repair Disk to Book the system and see the D: Drive.

so how do I get my raid drivers on to the System Repair Disk?

A:How to ad Raid Drivers to a Windows 7 System Repair Disk

You can use the APP in this tutorial to slipstream in the drivers.
Slipstream Windows 7 SP1 into a Installation DVD or ISO File
SATA drivers - Load in Windows System Image Recovery

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hello guys,

if anyone has a download link for a System Repair Disk for Win 7 Ultimate SP1, that would be awesome!!

My scenario: i deleted the 100 mb system reserved partition following the tutorial, set C drive to active by the book, went to windows setup but when i click System Recovery Options i get "this version of system recovery tools is not compatible bla bla bla" and by doing a quick search, reason for that is that my win 7 dvd is pre SP1.

i do have another win 7 (writing from now) but is 32 bit so kind of bummer!

any help very appreciated!


A:Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - System Repair Disk 64 bit needed, help!!

You can download Windows 7, create an iso DVD and use that. Download the exact same version you have installed on the PC. For example, if you have Windows 7 Home 64 bit then download that version.

Windows 7 Direct Download Links

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I use advanced task killer to kill potentially unwanted processes.
I quarantined a process called "logon" or "profile" or something down that line.
I immediately got a bsod and restarted. I was not able to even boot into safe mode.
I decided to do a reinstall of the system files using the xp cd.
While it is installing I have full mouse control, and keyboard control in bios. However, I get a dialog box saying an audio codec has not passed windows logo testing. A minute or so before the dialog box I lose control of the mouse and keyboard. I can't select either choice without mouse or keyboard control. They are usb , and I have no ps2 ports.
I have tried unplugging and plugging it back in to no avail.
Also I can't find anything about usb legacy support in my dell bios.
Is there a way to delete the old driver if I cant regain mouse control?

A:Can't use mouse or keyboard during xp repair

I would try to find the battery in the motherboard and unplug it and replug it in after a couple minutes.

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Hi all,

this is my first post, so I'm hoping to get lucky enough to fix my problem.

I have a Dell Dimension 9150 with XP Home SP2.

2 weeks ago, my computer would not shut down, so I used the power button. Frozen computer. When I restarted it, I got an error that windows\system32\config\system was unrepairable.

I contacted Dell support (now out of warranty by several months) and they got me the installation cds. This at least let me launch the recovery console, and I followed the directions here:


I copied my system files to a backup location, and then copied them from the \repair folder. I got to the page 3 of the instructions when it told me to reboot.

Basically, now I can at least access windows (which is a big jump forward from where I was before tonight), but now my mouse and keyboard are not recognized, so it boots up to windows without any way to do the last 2 pages of instructions.

I have a microsoft mouse (and the original junk Dell one too) that could not be used (they are USB inputs). And, I have a new ergo-MS keyboard (and the original junk Dell one too) (also both USB devices). I don't know if that's causing the problem, but I'm willing to try just about anything to keep from losing all of the data on my desktop.

Let me know if I missed something.

A Savage

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I'm writing about my brother's Samsung R780 laptop (running Windows 7 64 bit), which recently stopped working. When he starts the computer, he gets the following error: "Windows Error Recovery." Searching around online led us to create a system repair disk on my laptop (which also runs Windows 7). When we boot with the disk in the drive, a prompt asking for our language (which is greyed out so we can't change it) and our keyboard (which we can change) appears. Without changing the keyboard option, we press 'next' and then it freezes.

We've also tried the 'repair your computer' option in the Advanced Boot Options, but it also freezes.

We don't know what else to try. Any suggestions would be very appreciated.

Thanks for your time.

A:"Windows Error Recovery." System Repair Disk Didn't Fix

See this link if it helps http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/quebecmisc/thread/12806c89-3592-4748-83dd-5b55eabec5a1

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A couple days ago I unplugged my usb keyboard on my dell dimension e310. When I went to plug it back in a few days later it would not work and the mouse stopped working. After trying several different things I read online I decided to do a repair install of XP. The mouse and keyboard are both usb. I am able to use both at boot including keyboard at bios and mouse during the repair install until it gets to 34 minutes "Installing Devices". For what ever reason between 34 and 33 minutes the mouse and keyboard quit working and then the regional and language settings pop up. I am stuck on this screen because I cannot select anything. Please help. Even when I turn it off and back on it keeps bringing me back to setup. The computer does not have any ps2 slots either.

A:no keyboard or mouse for repair install

There are Dell diagnostics on the hard drive accessed by F12 at power on. First step would be to run a complete diagnostic and see if anything shows up.Try all / any USB ports (you most likely have) - To repair XP you will need both the DELL XP reinstallation disc and either a DVD, or CD drive.If you reside in the US and are the registered owner of the computer, a disc containing the factory-installed operating system specific to your system, available from HERE. Note: Dell may charge for the disc.All Drivers and Downloads for your system can be found at http://support.dell.com/support/downloads.If you are considering an operating system reinstall, please Click Here for an alternative.

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A couple days ago I unplugged my usb keyboard on my dell dimension e310. When I went to plug it back in a few days later it would not work and the mouse stopped working. After trying several different things I read online I decided to do a repair install of XP. The mouse and keyboard are both usb. I am able to use both at boot including keyboard at bios and mouse during the repair install until it gets to 34 minutes "Installing Devices". For what ever reason between 34 and 33 minutes the mouse and keyboard quit working and then the regional and language settings pop up. I am stuck on this screen because I cannot select anything. Please help. Even when I turn it off and back on it keeps bringing me back to setup. The computer does not have any ps2 slots either.

A:no mouse or keyboard for repair install

hiya,if you can get into bios make sure USB legacy or something similar is enabled

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A couple days ago I unplugged my usb keyboard on my dell dimension e310. When I went to plug it back in a few days later it would not work and the mouse stopped working. After trying several different things I read online I decided to do a repair install of XP. The mouse and keyboard are both usb. I am able to use both at boot including keyboard at bios and mouse during the repair install until it gets to 34 minutes "Installing Devices". For what ever reason between 34 and 33 minutes the mouse and keyboard quit working and then the regional and language settings pop up. I am stuck on this screen because I cannot select anything. Please help. Even when I turn it off and back on it keeps bringing me back to setup. The computer does not have any ps2 slots either.

A:no mouse or keyboard for repair install

Boot into Setup (Bios) and make sure USB Legacy, or USB keyboard is Enabled. If you have PS/2 ports try using a PS/2 keyboard.

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Hi i am trying to do a repair install for windows XP

I have a message come up that says VIAAGP1.sys is required please type in the path and click ok.

This is good and i know where the file is but....

My keyboard and mouse do not work so i cannot click or type in the box

the keyboard and mouse are ps2 and works in the BIOS but as soon as windows starts they stop responding..

i cannot progress with the repair install with this problem...

I have tried putting the driver disc in but the message still pops up..

Thank You

Ps: i have tried usb keyboard and mouse and they do the same : working in the BIOS but when windows starts both stop responding

A:repair install XP -- no mouse or keyboard

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I was doing a repair on Windows XP with a Windows install CD.

Eventually it came to a point of asking me some questions and I realized the mouse and keyboard did not work. The mouse is PS/2 and keyboard is USB. Neither work.

What can I do?

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Created it with no problems, apparently at least. My BIOS is set to boot from CD drive...so why won't my machine boot from the system repair disk? There were no errors when disk was created. My machine just boots to windows.

Anyone else experience this with Win 7 Professional?

Any tips?

A:System Repair Disk not booting into repair options

You can also access the Repair console by booting into the Installer, or using f8 at bootup if you have the 100mb boot/repair partition installed along with Win7.

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hello i have win 8.1 and i'm confused about the differents about these disk i mentioned.
1)can you tell me what are the differents?
if are three different disk:
2)how can create each of them?
3)where is usefull each of them?
4) can i create these disks to usb?
also i have not any installation disk of win 8.1 (my preinstalled os was win 7).i have created a windows image backup.the backup is anything from that?
5) for automatic repair which disk i will create?
sorry for my bad english

A:system repair disk-installation disk-recovery disk

Originally Posted by vasilis

also i have not any installation disk of win 8.1

How to download and create a bootable Windows 8.1 installation media. -> link

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I guess the title says it. I don't own a wired keyboard or mouse. Should I go scrounging for them before trying Brink's in-place repair install upgrade?

A:Repair Install with wireless keyboard and mouse?

Depends on your system , mine boots up the USB ports on startup before the system boots into windows so I can press keys to boot from DVD etc , my sons doesn't and we have to use a wired keyboard on his.

I generally keep a wired keyboard and mouse handy just in case at all times anyway , it can't hurt.

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So my pc is stuck in startup repair loop, however the worst is that in it I have no input device, nothing works (tried all 6 usb ports 2.0/3.0). So I can't even attempt to fix this problem. They do work in BIOS.

Another problem is that I cannot go into advance boot options. I can use F5 /F8 to force it into giving me the option to go into ABO, but when I press it, it just goes straight to the loop (windows loading files...). No safe mode, nothing.

So there's my problem at the moment. However I have a second option/problem.

I've considered just using this opportunity to upgrade to Win10, however I have important data that I need to recover before re-installing my OS.

While my C (where system is) drive is worthless to me, all my important files are in my E drive. Unfortunately, my backup of those were lost to me just literally hours before I got stuck into the loop...These are of utmost important to me, so I need to know, when I re-install, either to Win7 or 10, do I have a way to keep my files in the E drive, can I avoid formatting them and recover them. The E Drive is in RAID 0 if that matters. This is the only reason why I've not re-install to fix this loop already. Please help.

A:Startup repair loop without keyboard & mouse

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I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but recently on my girlfriends computer we installed a webcam and everything kinda froze. Upon restarting the computer it comes up with the screen saying a device failed and may need a startup repair. Also gives the option to start windows normally. The problem is the keyboard is not recognized to choose an option. It counts down and goes to the screen to start the startup repair, but again no mouse or keyboard. I have tried accessing the BIOS but considering the keyboard is not working i cannot do that either. I'm not sure what all is in it as I got it from a friend when he built a new one. It is a custom computer, not from a typical manufacturer. It has worked perfectly up until trying to install the webcam. I have tried using every USB port and also tried using a ps/2 converter to no avail. I'm not sure what to do anymore, and I'm afraid of messing with it too much or hard-booting it too much. Please help if you can. I'm at a loss. I'm not exactly new to computers, but I've never had a problem where i couldn't use the keyboard at all.

A:Computer needs startup repair, but can't use mouse or keyboard

sorry, just saw that this is for the blue screens..which I am not getting, I'm sure the thread will be moved. Sorry again, i'm just at a complete loss and it's really late

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had to do a repair install on xp

initiated the install. files copied. machine rebooted. wants location to sp2 with 'ok' button

problem: doesnt recognise mouse or keyboard.

tried: usb mouse in various mouse - no luck

ps2 mouse (reboot) - no luck

old serial mouse (reboot) - no luck

keyboard is ps2.

cant boot to safe mode (insists on returning to setup)

so am stuck in setup with 'ok' button and no way to click or hit enter.

please help. Im stumped!

A:xp repair install - stuck! no mouse - no keyboard - help!!!

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Hey everyone,

My specs are as follows:
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2
Nvidia nforce chipset
XFX Nvidia 8600 GT XXX (256MBs, DX9/10)
AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core 4800+ (4.8 Ghz)
2x - 1 GB DDR2 RAM in dual channel

After not being able to solve the problem and trying later today again, I can no longer run the repair installation. If I attempt to run the repair installation (as for what happened when I tried to boot into XP with the last known good configuration option) Windows reboots immediately upon showing the cursor and the blue background as shown at the beggining of the setup. I've attempted to restart the repair installation from scratch, repairing my boot and master boot records from the XP disc's recovery console with no luck.

The summary of my problem:
After trying to remove what I believe is a virus, I've ended up having to use the Windows XP Pro SP2 repair installation. Even though everything goes smoothely, when it says it's "Installing Devices" a window pops up telling me that my video card has not passed "Windows logo testing". I believe I've gotten this message before, and even though usually I'd simply make it continue, I can't, because at this point the keyboard/mouse are disabled, and I don't think that they're even recieving power. I've checked my BIOS for things about USB and such, and everything looks right. I've tried also tried using a PS2 k... Read more

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My boss bought a new HP tower after our old one ran out of space. I plugged it in and everything worked until I realised the scanner didn't work. I downloaded a driver but it still didnt activate the scanner. So I looked at the driver repair discs that came with the tower. I installed that thinking it would repair the scanner driver and when I logged back in, the keyboard or mouse USB didnt work. I hope I didn't screw up anything. The keyboard works in BIOS. My boss doesn't know and I would like to get this repaired without bringing anyone in. HELP! Im on Windows 7.

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I am trying to do a Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 repair install on a Dell XPS 400 computer which only has USB ports and none of the old style PS/2 Mouse and Keyboard ports.

The repair install was going great until a screen came up, as illustrated in second post attachment, asking for "Files Needed" for the Network Port. I cannot Tab through or use the Mouse to cancel to let Windows continue the Windows Repair Installation (aka In-Place Upgrade)

Doesn't Windows XP Home Edition With Service Pack 2 have driver files to activate the USB Mouse and USB Keyboard? I am stuck on this screen and afraid to do a hard restart because I am concerned that I will not get another chance to do a Repair Installation. Will the Operating System be found if I run the install again and it gets to the part where it looks for existing installations to offer the Repair option

Can I somehow load the USB drivers for the Mouse and Keyboard at the beginning when it asks to press F6 to load third-party drivers or is that just for hard drive controller drivers?

I have an old Floppy Drive that I could try to plug into the Motherboard if it even has a Floppy connection on the Motherboard--I will look after posting this. From what I understand--you can only load the F6 drivers from a Floppy during an XP installation?

Much thanks to anyone that can indicate what the next course of action should be

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A:Solved: No USB Mouse or Keyboard During XP Repair Install-Stuck On Files Needed Scree

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Recently questions were raised as to what functions are available on the System Repair CD - Create that Windows 7 will create and burn to a CD.

These clips are are from a 32 bit CD I made:
Insert the CD in the CD / DVD drive and reboot the computer.
When requested, "Hit any key to boot from CD."

Select the Language and click next.

Windows will search for an Operating System to repair.

You can choose to restore a System Image you created,
or go the Recovery Tools screen.

These are the same utilities available through the Install DVD,
or via the function of the 100 MB System Partition (if installed).

Tapping the F8 key before Windows loads (Safe Mode) opens this menu:

Selecting "Repair Your Computer" also opens the "System Recovery Options" menu,
but requires a password to proceed.


Please find a complete list of related tutorials here:

System Repair Disc - Create

System Recovery Options

How to Boot to the System Recovery Options in Windows 7

How to Boot to the Advanced Boot Options in Windows 7


A:Repair CD - System Repair Disk

Thank you for putting this together, it is great to have a bit of insight before venturing into something

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1)i open the system recovery and i create one also i go to settings and  i put maximum use 3%(7gb)
but every time i reboot or next day i cant find my system recovery,its deleted.......
2)i cant create a dvd for repair system,i click on create disk repair and next,and says that there are some missing files........

A:system recovery deleted every time + cant create system repair disk

1.  You're actually talking about two separate things here.  Item #1 is "restore points", not system recovery.  This restores your system back to point "X" in time.
2.  The second item is "system recovery", with recovers the system to factory specs.
The system recovery, which is usually a partition on your computer.  If this partition is damaged, removed, or files are corrupted, you have only two basic choices:
1.  Order recovery DVDs from the manufacturer; or
2.  Purchase a boxed copy of the OS, and download the drivers from the manufacturer's website.
Have a great day!

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When I boot with disk and select the repair option it takes me to a DOS screen. I have no idea what command I need to use to fix my problem.

The problem is that when I try to boot up I get an error - unable to locate component iertutil.dll. I found a fix online that says to use the winxp os system install disk. Go to start, run and type in: sfc /scannow. This is supposed to check and reinstall lost or corrupt files. The problem is I can't boot up to a point where I can select run. I can't even get fully into safe mode

If anyone has any ideas I will be thrilled to hear them.

A:[SOLVED] How to repair system with the WinXP System Install disk?

This webpage should explain all.

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Having been helped by so many on this forum, I thought I'd help someone who doesn't have a Vista Repair Disk (...like ME!) and need one badly (...like ME!). Out of pure frustration and out of all other options to resurrect someone elses computer, I stuck in my WINDOWS 7 REPAIR DISK and it actually worked and repaired the Vista startup problems!!! Give it a try the next time you hose up Vista startup. My thinking was ...Windows 7 is a close "cousin" of Vista... why not?

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A P.C. will not connect to any web pages via internet explorer on one users profile only.. i have read this could be due to the large amount of viruses recently removed from his pc causing registry issues.. Was prompted to try a repair using windows installation disk but when the disk gets to the final loading stage the keyboard completely freezes up i have tried moving usb ports and different keyboards.. The disk i was using is a service pack 2 disk and the PC has 3 installed on it if this makes a difference. Any help would be appreciated also would re-installing explorer or upgrading to 8 resolve the issue its only one one profile though on a machine that has about 6.

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I recently had problems with BSOD. I was able to fix the underlying cause, but this got me nervous. So I am thinking of starting a program of periodically creating system images of my laptop - both the C & D drives - so that I could restore my system in the event of hardware failure. Make sense?
I have some questions to make sure that I understand the underlying System Image & Repair disk process, & also when I would use a Windows 7 ISO image.
(1) Am I correct that when I restore from a system image of both C & D drives, that both drives are **totally** recreated?
(2) Will I still have a legal copy of Windows 7 when I restore using the system image?
(3) Should I make sure that I have a repair disk before I restore from system image? If so, why?
(4) Is it necessary to periodically recreate a repair disk? Or once a repair disk is created, it is good for any future repair that may be needed?
(5) There are sites where one can download a Windows 7 ISO image.   
    (i) Am I correct that restoring from this image just installs Windows 7 and no other programs? 
    (ii) Will I still have a legal copy of Windows 7 when I restore using a Windows 7 ISO image? 
    (iii) When would I restore using a Windows 7 ISO image rather than restoring from a System Image?
    (iv) What is the recommended site to download a Windows 7 ISO image?
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A:Windows 7 - System Image, Repair Disk, & ISO Image Questions

Users have (at least) two ways to go to overcome those unforeseen problems that occur.
a.  Make clones of the hard drive reflecting the O/S.
b.  Use backup software which creates a file which can be restored, item for item.
I have done both at some time...right now, I prefer making a clone of my O/S (dual-boot) partitions...while backing up data files on extra hard drives I have lying around.  User preference determines whether a user backs up...or creates a cloned image.
You might take a look at Macrium Reflect, a program that seems to do each pretty well.
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download - http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
Those ISO files of Windows 7...are covered by this pronouncement here at BC:  Recommending ISOs of Windows Recovery Discs or pre-made ISOs of WinPE-BartPE - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic382841.html .
In addition to being illegal...those .iso files...or any file NOT obtained from a legal, authorized source...are subject to reflect code, errors, malware...or something else that the user has not bargained for, IMO.  If I were a malware misanthrope...that would be my favorite vector...giving an unknowing public something "for free" that they have no desire to legitimately obtain.

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Today I started my computer but it had a black screen so I restarted it. Afterwards it restarted itself again and comes to the system repair or start windows normally screen but my keyboard wouldn't work to start windows normally. Now I'm stuck on a loop where it tries to system repair and random BSOD appears. What do I do now? (I'm not really familiar with computers so forgive me if i cannot give much information about my computer)

A:System Repair loop, unable to use keyboard

try the steps in this link and see if it helps ya out any:

Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

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My company jettisoned our IT Department and contracted for IT services with an outside firm. Field personnel provided with laptop or desktop (or both) are now required to perform a System Image once per week and, in addition, to create a System Repair CD/DVD each week as part of the System Image process.

At the outset this appears to be overkill. No reason was provided for the change from simple backup to System Image, which is a time-consuming process. Equally confounding is the requirement for a new System Repair CD/DVD each week.

I'm a bit of a novice-what is the value of a System Image performed weekly and creating a new System Repair CD/DVD on a weekly basis?

A:System Image & System Repair Disk

Images allow you to restore your PC to how it was. Quite different to backing up files and folders. They allow you to recover from (e.g.)
- ransomware
- disk failure
- user error
- unbootable PC
- uncorrectable error
quickly and without technical help by restoring your PC to a previous working state.

Your system configuration evolves as you know, so updates are necessary.

However, there are more robust solutions than the built-in system image, and Macrium Reflect is strongly recommended here. It supports the generation of differential images (free edition) where only changes are saved in a smaller faster image file.

People have reported difficulty in using Backup and Restore here from time time.

Backing up to remote storage would be faster and more convenient than managing DVDs, but then, DVDs can't be hacked(!). (But nor can offline storage of course).

It takes me just a few minutes to update my system image with Macrium- with SSD + USB3.

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Without saying how old I am, I collect Social Security. Using that as a excuse to write this problem, here goes. == I installed Win 7 last November. I have on the top of my desk various jewel cases, some with nothing in them and some have a DVD. I just noticed one that I made that is labeled "Win 7 System Repair Dec 29 2009". Could someone fill me in as to why I made that? Does the fact that I put a date on it mean I need to update it? What would I use this for? BTW, I have a Win 7 DVD, do I still need the Repair disk?


A:Win 7 System Repair Disk

The DVD is probably used to boot the computer.
System Repair Disc - Create
The date is probably when you made it, does not have to be updated.

It would be used when you cannot boot, it is good to have. It will enable the computer to boot so that you can make needed repairs.

The Windows 7 DVD would be used to install the OS again.
The repair is to do just that boot and repair, the current system. Although the OS DVD can be used for repairs, I would keep both

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I'm getting ready to install Macrium Reflect Free in order to create an image on my WD My Passport Ultra external hard drive
--- I have created a System Repair disc
--- I saw in post that 7 as well as MR website, I will be able to create Linux CD or a Windows PE boot disc 
------ I was thinking of creating both boot discs
I saw in post in post 5 I'll be able to get into the System Recovery Options using the System Repair disc
--- Will the Linux CD or the Windows PE boot disc also go through the System Recovery Options or will they have their own options on what to do?
--- Come to think of it, maybe the only intent of the Linux CD or the Windows PE boot disc is to restore the image as opposed to the System Recovery Options
I also noted the comment of having the recovery media on a flash drive in order to restore back to factory
--- Can someone give me a link on how to figure out how to do that?
--- I have tried to look it up but I'm having a hard time selecting what to go by

A:System Repair Disk?

Hello! You should probably start a new topic. I'm sure this will be split and a new topic started. It would be a good idea to create both Linux and Windows PE. Macrium Reflect will have it's own options. You can use the system repair disc to restore the image created by the back up feature in Windows7 back up feature. I have used Macrium Reflect for several years and I can possibly answer most of your questions.
You have made a good decision to back up your Operating System. I will be glad to help you any way I can.
PS As far as creating recovery media; it depends on your make and model and your operating system. I can probably help you with that also!

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I have just installed Windows 7 on both of my Systems.
I am needing to make a System repair disk.
Will one disk for for both system? Or do i need to make a separtate one for each?

A:System Repair Disk

Any Windows 7 system repair disk made by any Windows 7 operating system will work on any and all Windows 7 operating systems (you do not need to make one for each system). They will only work on Windows 7, mind you! (Vista or XP will not be recognized if one of those is the OS on the system that you try to boot off the Windows 7 repair disk)

It is still okay to make 2, though. What if you lose/break the only one you made? Or, you can keep one in your laptop bag (assuming you have one), and one around your desk area.

I, myself, have 1 disk (DVD) and two flash drives with the System Repair files (flash drives are faster and easier to use, especially since I use my netbook a lot (no optical drive)).

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I can not create my systenm repair disk..my computer canot read the dvd after i created it.

Any help? can i create a bootable usb instead?


A:System repair disk

For better help with problems, Can you post your specs.
Filling out System Specs
System Info - See Your System Specs

Dont Know What Hardware You Have..??
VistaForums SysInfo Tool - Vista Forums

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i read through the many posts about using a disk image to restore an os, files, settings, etc.... and got most of my questions answered. there's one answer i can't find though. after i make an image of my hard drive i am prompted to make a system repair disk, do i need to make a new repair disk for each image? i am running w7 and using the imaging software built in.


A:system repair disk

You only need to make a repair disc once. It's pretty much just a generic disc that boots the repair console and allows you to run the restore.

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Let say I have five machines running Windows 7 but are of different makes and models. My question is would I need to or is it most appropriate to make a repair disk for each machine or could I just make one for all machines?

Also if you do a clean install on a computer but have a clean repair disk from an old computer with the same operating system do you need to make a new repair disk?

I know this kind of sounds stupid but I do a lot of installs at least 7 a day and I would hate to think I would need that many dvd's for each install ya know, but I'm not sure that why I'm askin'.....

A:System Repair Disk?

If you are going to Create a Recovery disk for these machines then you will only require 1 CD

But if you are planning on Reinstalling Windows on Multiple PC's then you will need more than one Licience key

See System Repair Disc - Create For More Information

Hope This Helps,

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I cannot make a system repair disk on any of my 2 PCs, as I try, it stops working. The reason shows as>

roblem signature:

  Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: recdisc.exe
  Application Version: 6.1.7601.17514
  Application Timestamp: 4ce7990e
  Fault Module Name: ole32.dll
Fault Module Version: 6.1.7601.23392
  Fault Module Timestamp: 56eb3627
  Exception Code: c0000005
  Exception Offset: 0000000000027d7b
  OS Version: 6.1.7601.
  Locale ID: 1033
  Additional Information 1: e574
  Additional Information 2: e57488545f86d383cf00c40c411daee5
  Additional Information 3: 7f30
  Additional Information 4: 7f30e34037f85db92c64bcc13e80a752
I need to download an ISO or ac tive booting disk or a system repair disk for W7

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Do i need to make a system repair disk for each system i have? Or does a single repair disk work the same on every system?

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I've created a system repair disk. How do I test it--how do I boot with it, just to be sure it'll work? Thanks.

A:System Repair Disk

Insert the repair disk in your CD/DVD drive. Make sure your BIOS is set to boot from that drive as first option. (When you first start your machine you probably see a prompt to use F12 - or some other key - to enter setup. Setup lets you change the boot order.)


Restart your computer and if the repair disk was successfully made you should see a list of options to choose from. Or, you could simply put the disk in your CD/DVD drive, click start > computer > and open the drive. You should see "Files currently on the disc" and they should include boot, sources, and bootmgr.

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I need to do a system repair, but do not have a system disk

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A:system repair without disk

Yes, I am aware it is for Vista and a Windows 7 install disk can be used for a Vista repair.  I am also aware that a system disk did not come with the computer.  You can also make repair disk on a working Windows 7 computer, your's, a friend's or one at the library.  Or you can make a Windows 7 install disk from the M$ download page.

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Do i need to make a System repair disk for each system i have, or will one single disk for for all of my systems?

A:System Repair Disk

If you have a MS Windows installation disk, there is no need for such.http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows...tem-repair-discLouis

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