Ultimate Guide: How to make your own Windows 10 System Repair Disc
First and foremost thing to do as soon as you get a new PC or when you had upgraded from earlier version of Windows to Windows 10, is to make your own Windows 10 System Repair Disc (also termed as Repair Disc), because you never know when disaster strikes and you can’t even boot into Windows to troubleshoot it. This repair disc has all the tools you need to troubleshoot and bring your PC back to working state.
Before jumping to how to create the disc, let me take few minutes to describe what really can a Windows 10 Repair Disc do, so that you understand its need and when to use it.
Window 10 Repair Disc Features
When your PC is not booting into Windows and not even recovery, you can simply insert the Repair disc and boot into it. You can then recover your PC. Here is what and all you can do while in Repair mode.
System Restore: It lets you restore your computer to a previously saved restore points.
System Image Recovery: You can recover Windows using a system image file if you created earlier.
Startup Repair: Windows can automatically repair Startup. This works for most of users, but for some serious issues this won’t help.
Command Prompt: If you are good in Command Prompt, you can use this mode and troubleshoot Windows.
Go back to the previous build: If you didn’t delete the Windows.old folder which you should have after a Windows upgrade, then you can use this option to go to earlier Windows version.
Reset this PC: This option works for most of users to fix problems. You can reset Windows which gives you option of clean install where all your personal data will be deleted and clean install of Windows keeping your personal data intact. Both the options will remove programs you installed.
But, Windows 10 can give you all above features in diagnosis mode?
Yes, that’s one of the reasons why Windows 10 is great OS ever made by Microsoft. The main point here is where does Windows get the system files when you haven’t created a Recovery Drive or a Repair Disc? Windows takes it from ‘Windows’ folder that was there in your primary partition. Now the problem is consider a scenario your PC was not bootable even to recovery mode, which can happen in case of serious issues. That’s the reason you need Windows Repair Disc. Let’s make one.
What you need?
You need at least one CD of 700 MB size or a blank DVD of 4.7 GB capacity.
Insert a blank DVD into your PC. If your PC is a ultrabook, I suggest to make a USB Recovery drive (detailed article will be separately published), or you can use an external DVD/Blu-ray Writer to make Repairs Discs. P.S.: Many people still prefer DVD Repair disc over USB due to nice labeling nature and no way to accidentally delete data from a DVD. USB drives can easily get lost or formatted.
Type ‘Control Panel’ in the taskbar search box and click ‘Control Panel’.
Click ‘Backup and Restore (Windows 7)’ link. Don’t worry about it saying Windows 7. This feature was launched in Windows 7 and Microsoft kind of loves it to keep it that way!
Click ‘Create a system repair disc’ located in left pane.
Click ‘Create disc’.
Windows 10 will now create a Windows 1o Repair Disc. Wait for process to finish.
After the process is complete, Windows will prompt you to label the disc. In my case it is ‘Repair disc Windows 10 64-bit’.
That’s it. You can use this disc just in case Windows can’t even boot into Recovery mode normally.