How to Create a System Repair Disc (on USB) in Windows 7/10

Learn what creating a system repair disc means and how to create the repair disc using a CD/DVD or a USB flash drive in Windows 7 and 10. The created repair disc can be used on another computer.


By Lily Updated on December 26, 2023

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What Is a System Repair Disc Used for?

Before learning how to use Windows 7 Backup and Restore Create a system repair disc function, it is necessary to know what it is and what it can do. A system repair disc contains a set of system repair tool kit that can help you fix serious problems. It is also a bootable device. It can be created on a CD/DVD disc.

To create a system repair disc in Windows 7 or 10, mainly for following purposes:

  • Recover Windows from a serious error. As we know, Windows OS is vulnerable to virus, hacker attack, physical damage, etc. Although one protects the OS very well, the system might be affected by hard drive failure after using for a couple of years. Thus, if created a system repair disc to USB flash drive or other places, one can easily fix the system error with this disc and get system back to life.

  • Install or reinstall Windows system image. The system repair disc contains not only system recovery tools but also system startup programs. Therefore, to clean install Windows using a system image you created earlier, you can do it with “System Image Recovery” function in system repair disc.

  • Create a system repair disc for another computer. For computers that with same hardware, one can create a repair disc on one computer and repair the system of the other computer. To some extent, the system repair disc is a universal repair tool.

👉 How Do You Create a System Repair Disc in Windows 7?
👉 Best Alternative to Windows 7 Backup and Restore
👉 Create Bootable Rescue Media in Windows 7 or 10 with AOMEI Backupper

How Do You Create a System Repair Disc in Windows 7?

Creating a system repair disc in Windows 7 or 10 is quite easy. The steps are:

1. Insert the CD/DVD to computer CD/DVD-ROM drive and make sure it can be detected.

2. Go Start > Control Panel > Back up your computer > Create a system repair disc.

Create a system repair disc

3. In the pop-up window, select your CD/DVD and click Create disc. Wait for the process to be completed.

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Preparing files

Tips: You may need to change boot order in BIOS if Windows boots from hard drive directly when you want it to boot from the repair disc.

It is quite easy to create a Windows 7 repair disk using Backup and Restore. Nevertheless, there are some limitations with this software.

  • You cannot create a system repair disc on USB and make it a bootable flash drive.
  • If you want to create an ISO file and move to other places, you need to turn to other tools to create a system repair disc to ISO file.
  • You may even receive the error “the parameter is incorrect” during the creating process. 

Best Alternative to Windows 7 Backup and Restore

When the built-in tool cannot meet your needs, finding a reliable alternative to create Windows 7/10 system repair disc is a wise move. AOMEI Backupper Professional is mighty software that can give you a hand.

  • It allows you to create a bootable rescue drive using CD, DVD, or USB flash drive. You can also export ISO image file to other locations.
  • It offers you various backup solutions, including system backup, disk backup, partition backup and file backup.
  • It supports all editions of Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10/11.

Download the free trial and explore it by yourself.

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Create Bootable Rescue Media in Windows 7 or 10 with AOMEI Backupper

1. Plug in the USB flash drive if you want to create a bootable USB drive. If you want to keep an ISO file, ignore this step. Install and start AOMEI Backupper.

2. At the main interface, click Tools and then Create Bootable Media.

Create Bootable Media

3. Select Windows PE option for a better performance.

Windows PE

4. Select the storage media. You are allowed to burn to CD/DVD directly; create a USB bootable drive; or export the ISO file to desktop or other locations. Click Next to start creating it.

Choose Bootable Media

5. Wait for the process to be finished.

◑ The selected USB drive will be formatted before creation. Please back up important files in advance.
◑ You can create a bootable drive for Windows 8/8.1 as well using this software. For user who runs Windows XP or the previous, it is necessary to install AIK before starting.

Create a system image in advance

To restore your computer to an earlier date when serious problems occur, you must have a system image at hand. Just click Backup > System Backup and follow the wizard to create one.

System Backup


There are many ways to create a system repair disc in Windows 7 and 10. Different types of rescue tools can be used in different situations. It is important to choose the right one. Apart from creating bootable media, you can use AOMEI Backupper to copy bootable USB drive to another place. Why not try it out?

Lily · Editor
Lily Green joined AOMEI in 2018 and has since become a professional in the areas of data protection and data transfer. She is committed to helping users protect their precious computer data and troubleshoot Windows system errors. She consistently stays vigilant about the latest trends in technology, guaranteeing that the given information aligned with the ongoing advancements in the field.