By Lena / Last Updated September 17, 2019

Is it possible to launch Startup Repair in Windows 7 without CD?

When your Windows 7 computer won’t boot or has issues starting up, it will run Startup Repair automatically and try to fix the problem. You will see the Windows Error Recovery screen as the picture shown below. You can choose “Launch Startup Repair (recommended)” to run Startup Repair.

Launch Startup Repair

However, because of various reasons, you may meet Windows 7 Startup Repair loop problem without loading the normal Windows. Or it doesn’t show you the Windows Error Recovery screen. In this case, it seems that you will need the Windows 7 installation CD to launch the Startup Repair yourself. But the problem is that you have no installation disc at hand. So is it possible to repair Windows 7 without CD? Well, the answer is Yes. Keep reading to see how to launch Startup Repair in Windows 7 without CD.

How to Repair Windows 7 without CD?

Method 1. Access the Advanced Boot Options Screen

If your computer doesn’t show you the Windows Error Recovery screen, you can make it manually.

Step 1. Turn on your computer.

Step 2. Press and hold the F8 key.

Step 3. Then you will see the Advanced Boot Options screen. Here you can choose Repair Your Computer to run Startup Repair.

Repair Your Computer

Sometimes, the Startup Repair option may not be available and you will be asked to use a Windows installation disc to repair your computer. In this case, please move on to the next method.

Method 2. Launch System Recovery Options via bootable USB

If Windows cannot boot properly and refuses to run Startup Repair, then you have no choice but to launch Startup Repair from Windows 7 installation media. If you no longer have the installation CD, you can still create a system repair disc on another PC that runs Windows 7 to fix the issue.

However, you probably already know that Windows 7 only allows you to create the repair disc via CD/DVD while there is no optical drive for your computer or no CD/DVD at hand.

Fortunately, it’s also possible to create bootable USB to boot your computer with one free third-party tool - AOMEI Backupper Standard. It can help you create bootable rescue media using CD/DVD as well as USB flash drive. What’s more, the bootable media is able to boot any versions of Windows system.

Steps to create bootable media:

Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard.

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

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 Disc Type

Step 4. Choose Create legacy bootable disc or Create UEFI bootable disc and then click Next to continue.

Choose PE Boot Mode

Note: 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.

Step 5. Select the USB drive to create this bootable recovery media and then click Next to run this process.

Select Bootable Media

After creating bootable USB, you can follow the steps below to launch Startup Repair.

Steps to launch Startup Repair from bootable USB:

1. Insert the bootable USB you created before and boot your computer from it.

2. Press any key when you see “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD...

3. Choose Repair your computer > select your OS from the list when the Startup Repair finishes scanning your PC.

4. Then you will see the System Recovery Options, you can choose Startup Repair or any other options as per your needs.

Startup Repair


That’s all for how to repair Windows 7 without CD. You can first try to access the Advanced Boot Options by pressing F8. If it does not work, you can create a system repair disc using your USB flash drive and boot your computer from it to access the System Recovery Options.

By the way, AOMEI Backupper not only can help you create bootable media but also can help you backup your computer. You can backup your system, file, disk or partition. When your computer goes wrong, it can help you get out of the trouble as soon as possible.