How to Repair Windows 7 without CD Easily

Get clear ideas below and follow the stepwise guide to repair Windows 7 without CD. You have three choices, please check them and select one per your needs.


by Lena Updated on October 20, 2022

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How do I repair Windows 7 withou 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 don't have the installation disc at hand. So is it possible to repair Windows 7 without CD? Well, the answer is Yes. Keep reading to learn how to launch Startup Repair in Windows 7 without CD.

Use Advanced Boot Options to Launch Startup Repair in Windows 7

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

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, you can choose to create Windows 7 recovery USB to repiar Windows 7 computer. 

Create Windows 7 Repair tool to Troubleshoot Windows 7 

To create Windows 7 repair tool, you need three items, ISO image file, USB flash drive(at least 4GB) and Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. Please prepare them and then follow steps below. 

Step 1. Plug your USB flash drive into Windows 7 computer and be sure it can be detected. Then, run Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool, click “Browse" to choose the ISO file. 

Create Windows 7 Recovery USB Drive ISO

Step 2. In the following picture, you will ask to choose media type. Select USB device rather than DVD. 

Choose USB Device

Step 3. Select your USB drive from the drop-down menu and click Begin Copying to start the media creation process. Please remember to backup important files on it first, because this drive will be formatted finally. 

Insert USB Device

Wait until the whole process finishes, you can get a Windows 7 recovery USB drive. Then, you can use it to launch Startup Repair. Also, if Windows 7 startup is still not working, you could try other recovery options, such as, System Restore.

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

Easier Way to repair Windows 7 without CD

Except for Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool, you still can use a professional media creation tool - AOMEI Backupper Standard to create Windows 7 recovery USB to boot your computer when it refuses to boot. 

You have two ways to complete this task, namly, "Create Bootable Media" and "Recovery Environment". The former uses storage devices(USB drive or CD/DVD) as media to create bootable disks, while the latter does not require any media.  

And it integrates many useful features to help you to protect your computer safely, such as, system backup, disk backup, partition backup, file backup, system restore, etc. In addition, its advance version - AOMEI Backupper Professional still allows you to restore backup to different computer with dissimilar hardware using "Universal Restore".

Then, without further ado, let's get started to create bootable media and repair Windows 7 without losing data.

Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Then, click Tools and then select Create Bootable Media.

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Create Bootable Media

Step 2. Select bootable disc type between Linux and Windows PE. The latter one is recommended option, which contains all features in this software, and supports both legacy BIOS mode and UEFI mode.

Select Bootable Disc Type

Step 3. Select USB drive as storage media and then click Next.

Select Bootable Media

Wait for a few seconds, the bootable media will be created successfully. Then, you can start to repair your Windows 7. Please connect the drive containing system image or disk image and be sure it can be detected. 

Steps to restore system from bootable USB

Step 1. Boot your computer from the previous created bootable media, then you will see the main page of AOMEI Backupper Standard and all the features with it. Click Restore > Select Task to select your backup image.

Select Task Winpe

Step 2. Select system backup in the following window. Then, click Next.

Select System Backup

Step 3. Select Restore this system backup and click Next to continue.

Restore System Backup

Step 4. Confirm the operation is correct and click "Start Restore". If the backup image is created on another computer, you still need to tick "Universal Restore(supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional)" to ensure secure boot.

Start Restore

Step 5. Boot your computer and see if all the content are here.


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 Windows 7 Startup Repair is not working, you can still create bootable USB from scratch with Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool or AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Honestly, using media creation tool - AOMEI Backupper to repair Windows 7 without losing data is a better choice. It not only allows you to create bootable media, but also can protect your computer and data with its powerful features, such as, system backup, disk backup, incremental backup & differential backup, schedule backup, system restore, universal restore etc. Just download it to have a try right now!

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.