Most larger computers and laptops come with a system recovery CD that you can use in the event that you need to repair your device. However, netbooks often don't have a CD/DVD drive and, therefore, can't be fixed with this type of disk. To make up for this deficit, you can use this trick to make a system repair USB key, which can be used on both netbooks without CD/DVD drives and PCs.
Create a System Repair USB Key on Windows 7
In order to complete this process, you will need a bootable USB key with over 165 MB of free space.
Preparing the USB Key
Open the command prompt, and go to Run
. Type CMD
, and press Enter
Next, enter DISKPART
, and go to list disk
to open the DISKPART tool.
Look for the number assigned to your USB key from the list that appears, then enter select disk [number of USB key]
. Click Clean
.This will delete this partition.
To create a new one, enter create partition primary
, and go to Active
.This will make your partition active (bootable). Continue the process by entering format fs=fat32 quick
To exit both DISKPART and the command prompt, type Exit
twice in the field.
Display Hidden Files and Folders
Go to Start
> Folder Options and Search
> View tab
Check the box next to View hidden files, folders and drives
. Uncheck the box next to Hide extensions for files whose type is known
and Hide protected files of the operating system
Creating Directories and Copying the Necessary Files
Create a folder on your desktop called Win7
. Open the folder, and create two folders titled Sources
Copy the C:WindowsBootPCATbootmgr
file in the Win7 directory.
In the boot directory, copy the C:WindowsBootDVDPCATboot.sdi
, and C:WindowsBootDVDPCATfr-FRbootfix.bin
In the source directory, copy the C:\Recovery\486aab42-cf02-11de-be22-c44fb1debe9d\winre.wim
Copy the contents of the Win7 folder to the USB key. Rename the BCD
file to bcd
and the winre.wim
on your USB flash drive.
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