How to recover Windows 7 and Vista

Windows 7 and Vista can be recovered using the “Windows Recovery Environment”. It is a set of tools that comes with Windows Vista, Server 2008 and Windows7.

The System Recovery Environment Options menu contains several tools, such as Startup Repair, that can help you recover Windows from a serious error which may be preventing you from accessing your Windows files.


Gaining Access to the Windows 7 Repair Console from a recovery/installation disk

Access to the Windows 7 Recovery Environment can be gained simply by inserting your original Windows 7 installation DVD into the DVD drive on your computer. Once this disc is has been inserted, turn your computer on and follow the prompts until you get to the normal installation screen for Windows 7 as shown below.

Once you are on this screen, simply click on the Repair your computer option near the bottom and the software will automatically search your system for all the versions of Windows already present.  Once it has found all of the versions of Windows on the system, select the one that you want to repair and follow the on screen prompts again as the Recovery software tries to automatically repair whatever the issue is.


The System Recovery Options menu

In the new window opened, you will see all the ‘System Recovery Options’ as presented below:


What these options does:

Startup Repair -  Fixes certain problems, such as missing or damaged system files, that might prevent Windows from starting correctly.

System Restore - Restores your computer’s system files to an earlier point in time without affecting your personal files,  documents, or photos.

System Image Recovery - You need to have created a system image beforehand to use this option…

Physical memory Diagnostic Tool - A very useful tool. Memory errors usually indicate a problem with the hardware chips in your computer.

Command Prompt - For advanced users only.  Perform command line recovery-related operations.

I have found that the Windows 7 Recovery Environment is a powerful and useful tool for troubleshooting and resolving problems with your system.  It provides you with both automated and manual tools to make this not only an easy process but also one that works!


How to access the recovery options menu without a Windows 7 recovery disk?

If you don’t have your Windows 7 installation disk, don’t worry. You can still access the ‘System Recovery Options’ from the existing Windows installation.

Restart your computer and constantly hold the F8 key from your keyboard. Shortly you will see a list of ‘Advanced Boot Options. (see screenshot below)

From it, select the first option named ‘Repair Your Computer’ and press the Enter key. You will be asked to provide PC log in credentials and right afterwards you will see the recovery options menu screen.


How to get a Windows 7 Recovery Disk?

In order to create such a disc you need a healthy Windows 7 PC… I assume this is not the case right // now so I created these disks for you to use:

Simply download the appropriate ISO image above, burn it to a disk, boot your computer with it, and begin the recovery process. Be sure to use the Windows edition disk that matches the one installed on your PC!


You can find one at Amazon under Windows 7 recovery disks