One of the main things that really bugs me about retailers and PC manufactures these days is the fact that they never supply you with a full Windows 7 disk when you purchase your new computer. This can be a real problem when having to deal with a ‘BOOTMGR is missing’ error message at start-up, or other reasons as to why your system will not boot.
For this tutorial I will walk you through how to create a Recovery Disk in Windows 7 Ultimate. The ability to create a repair disk applies to all versions of Windows 7. I really would advise that you create one and keep it in a safe place.
First make sure you have a blank CD or DVD ready in your tray. Now go Start>Control Panel>System>Action Centre >Backup and Restore, then click on ‘Create a system repair disk’. Or even quicker Start>Maintenance>Create a system Repair Disk:
Once you click ‘Create a system repair disk’ you will be greeted by the following window:
Simply click ‘Create Disk’ and Windows will start the process. This should only take a minute or so to complete.
Once it has finished, you will see a window asking you to label your disk. Keep it in a safe place as you will be grateful for having it should you one day need it.
That’s it, you’re done!
Now how to use it should you have to:
[Note] Below is the simplified version of using the disk. For a more in-depth and step-by-step article for using it, then please follow this link and you will find then 1/3rd of the way down the article
Let’s say that you have started your computer one day to be greeted by the following message ‘BOOTMGR is missing’, or you need to make some other repairs to your machine via the disk. Place your System Repair Disk in to your tray and then boot the PC, making sure that you have set your computer to boot from CD in BIOS. If you are unsure as to how to do this please go here to see which button you need to press as your computer is starting to boot. On most computers it will probably be either DEL, ESC or F2.
Once your computer starts to boot with the disk in, you will be asked to ‘Press any key to boot from CD’, just tap any key (eg spacebar) a couple of times and it will start to load the information from the disk. Once it has loaded you will be asked to choose your language and then be given 2 options.
- Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting windows. Select an operating system to repair
- Restore your computer using a system image that you created earlier
If you have previously created a Restore Point then try choosing the 2nd option and follow the prompts. If you haven’t, then choose the first option which will let you use the recovery tools.
These are great and will hopefully help you out. I have only had to use this disk once, and I chose the first option and selected ‘Startup Repair’ (That was what helped me, and you should try this first) This will attempt to fix your startup problem (for me it worked the first time, but you may have to repeat it). If you believe that your MBR is damaged then you can choose the option at the bottom ‘Command Prompt’ and enter “bootsect.exe /fixmbr” (without the quotes). The ‘Windows Memory Diagnostic’ option is similar to Memtest86+ and is used to check your system memory (RAM) for problems, which can also be one of the many causes for your system to not be booting/ working correctly. This is NOT a be all and end all fix for such errors, but it’s a very good place to start.
I hope that this has been of use to you & hopefully helped someone out of a jam. If you have any questions or comments. please ask them below.