Create system repair disc for Windows 10

How to create a system repair disc on Windows 10

You can create a repair disc to access recovery tools when Windows 10 won't start, and in this guide, we'll show you how to do this.

On Windows 10, you can use the Advanced startup experience to troubleshoot and fix common problems, including startup issues. However, when your device won’t even boot, you may need to use a recovery disc in order to start and repair serious problems.

The system repair disc contains the necessary files to start your device and access the recovery tools that can help you recover a Windows 10 installation when a critical error occurs or you need to restore your device using a system image.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to create system repair disc that you can use when there’s not another way to start your device.

How to create a system repair disc using Control Panel

If you must create a system repair disc to recover a Windows 10 installation, insert a writable disc to your DVD/CD drive, and then follow these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel.

  2. Under “System and Security,” click the Back and Restore (Windows 7) link.

    Backup and Restore (Windows 7) option
    Backup and Restore (Windows 7) option
  3. On the left pane, click the Create a system repair disc link.

    Create a system repair disc
    Create a system repair disc
  4. Select the DVD Drive with disc.

  5. Click the Create disc button.

    Create disc to repair Windows 10
    Create disc to repair Windows 10

Once you’ve completed the step, when your computer won’t start, you can use the disc to boot into the Advanced startup options to recover your system.

Usually, this option will come in handy for older system with DVD/CD drives, and when an internet connection isn’t available, as you can also use any Windows 10 bootable media to access the recovery tools.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].