Create Windows 7 System Repair disk on USB stick

Windows 7 includes an utility to Create a system repair disc that includes Windows Recovery Environment.

The utility can only write to a CD/DVD, so extra steps have to be performed to create an USB stick:
  1. Use the utility to Create a system repair disc and burn it to a CD/DVD
  2. Prepare an USB stick to be bootable:
    1. Insert the USB stick, and let Windows discover the removable disk
    2. Open an Elevated Command Prompt.
    3. Launch the command line disk partitioning utility with this command:

      diskpart

    4. List the available disks on the computer:

      list disk

    5. Choose the removable USB disk ("?" should be the disk number from the list):

      select disk ?

    6. Clean all existing partitions:

      clean

    7. Create new partition:

      create partition primary

    8. Mark partition as active:

      active

    9. Format new partition:

      format fs=fat32

  3. Copy the files from the burned CD/DVD to the now prepared USB stick
More Info Create a system repair disc

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Credits MultiBooters.co.uk

Updated: 7 July 2014

Comments:

  1. Dave says:

    **IMPORTANT**
    Between steps 2-2 and 2-3, launch DISKPART at the command prompt.

  2. Snakefoot says:

    Dave wrote:
    **IMPORTANT**
    Between steps 2-2 and 2-3, launch DISKPART at the command prompt.

    Thank you for the correction, have now updated the article.

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