By AOMEI / Last Updated September 16, 2019

Overview of Dell recovery media in Windows 7

A recovery media is any of various media containing a backup of the original factory condition or a favored condition of a computer as configured by an original equipment manufacturer or an end-user. To create recovery media for Dell computer in Windows 7 will bring much help to computer users.

If you encountered serious events like system crashes while using a Windows 7 computer, a Windows recovery media can help you troubleshoot and fix those problems. Even if your PC won’t start, you can use the Windows recovery media to access recovery tools and solve the problems.

Part 1. Create Dell Recovery Disk in Windows 7 via Dell OS Recovery Tool

Dell OS Recovery can help you download a customized Dell recovery image of Microsoft Windows that was preinstalled on your Dell PC. Go to download and install Dell OS Recovery Tool and follow the steps below to create Dell recovery disk in Windows 7.

Step 1. Click Start and open the Dell OS Recovery Tool.

Step 2. Select the computer and click Next.

  • Using the same Dell PC, please click This Computer.

  • Using another working PC, please enter the Service Tag of the Dell PC under Another computer, and click Search.

Step 3. Plug in your USB drive (at least 16GB of storage space).

Step 4. Select your USB under USB drive and check “I understand that the selected drive will be reformatted and existing data will be deleted”. If there are some important data on the USB drive, do not forget to backup the USB in advance to avoid data loss.

Step 5. Click Download to start.

Step 6. When the process is done, you will see a summary screen.

Part 2. Create Dell Recovery Disk in Windows 7 via AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free backup and restore tool which is designed for Windows 7/8/10/XP/Visa. It allows you to create bootable rescue media using DVD/CD or USB drive. If you do not have DVD/CD or USB, you can create an ISO image file so you can burn to any removable devices.

To create Dell recovery media in Windows 7, you should backup Dell computer first.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper, install and open this software. Then click Backup, select System Backup or Disk Backup according to your own needs. Here we take System Backup as an example.

System Backup

Step 2. It will automatically choose the source for you, and you only need to choose another location as destination path.

Select Destination

Step 3. At last, click Start Backup.

Then you should create a bootable media in case the computer won’t boot.

Step 1. Insert your USB drive to your computer (the USB drive should be formatted with NTFS). Then, select Create Bootable Media under Tools tab.

Create Bootable Media

Step 2. On next page, choose the type of emergency bootable disc. It is recommended to choose Windows PE. Then, click Next.

Select Bootable Disc Type

Step 3. 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

Step 4. 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

Part 3. Create Dell Recovery Media in Windows 7 with Windows Built-in Tool

Windows 7 allows you to create system repair disc. Follow the steps below to see how to create Dell recovery media for Windows 7.

Step 1. Insert the CD/DVD to the computer.

Step 2. Navigate to Start>Control Panel>System and Security>Backup and Restore. At the left column of Backup and Restore interface, click Create a system repair disc.

System Repair Disk

Step 3. In the pop-up window, select CD or DVD and click Create disc. Wait for the process to be finished.

Create Disc

When you need to repair your computer, you can insert the system repair disc and boot into Recovery Options to repair or restore your computer.

Although it is easy to create a Windows 7 system repair disc using Windows built-in tool, you can only use CD/DVD as recovery media, you cannot create a system repair disc on USB.

Part 4. Create Dell Recovery Media with Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

You can also create Dell recovery media with Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. To do it, you should prepare an ISO image file, USB drive and Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. Then, follow the steps below to create recovery media for Dell in Windows 7.

Step 1. Run Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool, click Browse button to locate the ISO of Windows 7 installation file. Then, click Next.

Choose ISO File

Step 2. Choose a media type. You can either choose USB device or DVD as media type. Here we take USB device as an example.

Media Type

Step 3. Insert your USB drive to the working computer and select it. Then, click Begin copying.

Insert USB

PS: Your USB will be overwritten during this process. It is recommended to backup important files on it.

Step 4. When the process completes, you’ll get a recovery USB drive.

The same as system repair disc, if your computer runs into issues, you can boot from this USB device and access Windows Recovery Options to repair/restore your computer.


With those four methods, you can create recovery media for your Dell computer in Windows 7. Whenever you have problems with your computer, even you cannot boot it, you can use the recovery media to boot the computer and restore from the system image backup created before.

If you prefer the easiest way to make it, then AOMEI Backupper Standard can be your best choice. It can help you create Dell recovery media in Windows 7 using CD/DVD or USB drive as per your needs. It’s also possible to create a bootable ISO file if you want.