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Old 03-28-2015, 11:36 AM   #1
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Hi There seems to be a little confusion for some PC users about a System Repair Disk and system Recovery Disks. Both are great tools but are very different. I hope this link will clear this up. You need to have both stored in a safe place.
Andy Rathbone ¬Ľ Whatís the difference between a System Recovery disc and Windows 7ís System Repair disc?

PS I have the system recovery disks(5) and also a 16GB PNY USB with factory recovery. If you haven't created these, you need to do that soon!!
I also have several of the system repair Cd's which I give to senior citizens. They are excellent to boot windows when windows fails to boot.
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Nice article.
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Thanks Joe! You made my day!!
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It does a good job explaining it, without being overly technical.
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Hi! If you didn't create a system repair CD, here's a link where you can down load the ISO file!
Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc ó MAXIMUMpcguides Ė Windows 7 tips, tricks, help, and how-to guides

Download a System Repair Disc

If you donít want to go through the process of creating a system repair disc you can download it below.
Note: You need to download the system repair disc associated with your computerís architecture (32 or 64-bit). How do I find out if my version of Windows is 32 or 64-bit?
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The main problem with restore-disks is that most of 'em reinstall all the OEM-supplied bloat/junkware, as well as wiping any customisations to the PC.

No problem with repair-disks
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I found this useful in the past The PC Decrapifier Wipes Unwanted Junk | The PC Decrapifier
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Interesting. I just wrote an article on how to create an installation disc (recovery), but I never thought to mention repair discs or the difference between the two. Another day I guess. I always prefer to recover from my system image though. I don't trust the repair, especially since I'd have to eventually back up after the repair. I don't know, maybe I'm just paranoid. But, Sir, I must ask, why do you have so many backups? I have one at home on an external and another external that I keep offsite in case of a fire or something, but five? Are they all distributed in various locations or something?
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