Apr 4, 2011

Windows 7 : Boot to the System Recovery

How to Boot to the System Recovery Options in Windows 7

This article will show you how to boot to the System Recovery Options screen to select the Start-up Repair, System Restore, Complete PC Restore, Memory Diagnostic Tool, or Command Prompt option to use on Windows 7.

The System Recovery Options menu is on the Windows 7 installation disc. If your computer manufacturer (OEM) has pre installed recovery options, the menu might also be installed on your hard disk as a recovery partition. If your computer does not include the System Recovery Options menu, your computer manufacturer (OEM) might have customized or replaced the tool. Check the information that came with your computer or go to the manufacturer's website.


Using a OEM Recovery Partition

This is if your computer did not come with a Windows 7 installation DVD, and has pre-installed recovery options (recovery partition) instead.

1. Start or Restart the computer.

2. Boot into the Advanced Boot Options screen.

A) Select Repair your computer and press Enter.

3. Select your keyboard language preferences and click on Next. (See scree shot below).

4. Select your user name and type in the password, and then click on OK.

5. Go to step 6 in METHOD TWO below.


Using a Windows 7 Installation or System Repair Disc

1. Insert the Windows 7 installation disc or System Repair Disc into the CD/DVD drive and restart the computer.

Check to make sure that you set the BIOS to have the CD or DVD drive listed first in the boot order.

2. If prompted, press any key to boot from the Windows 7 installation DVD. (See screenshot below)
You will only have about 8 seconds to press this key.

3. Select your language preferences and click on Next

4. Click on Repair your computer. (See screenshot below)

5. Select which operating system you want to restore and the click on Next. (See screenshot below)

If Windows 7 is not listed here, or it is blank, then it is OK. Click on Next anyway.

6. Select the system recovery option you want to use. (See screenshot below)


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