Repair and Recovery for Windows 7 If You Have No CD

Repair and Recovery for Windows 7 If You Have No CD

So there you are happily browsing a site about Web Design or working on a blog post when your computer stops working. It could be that you got a virus or another problem that has messed up your Windows 7 installation or you want to reinstall it for some other reason.

If you have a Toshiba laptop or bought Windows 7 as a digital download this isn’t so easy.


Windows 7 Startup Repair

Toshiba Widows 7 Recovery

Toshiba, like some other companies, no longer supplies a Windows install disc with their laptops. Instead, they have a recovery partition from which you can restore the laptop to factory settings.

To get to this option, press and hold the ‘0’ key as the laptop starts up. Restoring to factory settings is not something you should undertake lightly! You will lose all your data and installed programs, so be careful when considering it.

What if the Recovery Partition Doesn’t Work?

If this option does not work, or you want to try a repair rather than restoring to factory settings, you will need a repair and recovery CD or DVD. Toshiba recommends you create one of these as soon as you set up your laptop, but if like many people, you did not do it then. So this advice is of no help at all. If your laptop worked, you could create one using the Windows 7 tool for doing so, but if your laptop worked then you wouldn’t need to – what a catch 22!

However, all that you need is access to a computer that is running Windows 7 and a writable CD or DVD. The recovery CD does not need to be created from the same copy of Windows 7 that you want to recover or repair.

What If I have no CD/DVD Drive?

This is a tricky one all right, but it is doable. You will however need a USB key. Use the Windows 7 recovery tool to create a recovery CD and burn it to disc. Then, download the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool from the Microsoft Website. Follow the tool’s instructions to create a recovery USB that you can use in the same way as a recovery CD. Alternatively you could purchase an external CD/DVD drive but the USB option is generally a lot cheaper!

If you do not have access to a CD or DVD at all, then you might want to try and create a recovery USB key. However you would still need to get access to a recovery ISO file. The Windows 7 recovery tool will only create this onto a CD. This file used to be available for free for download online; however, now it is only available for a fee.

12 Responses to “Repair and Recovery for Windows 7 If You Have No CD”

  1. mike says:

    I think Microsoft should have some way of making a recovery USB memory stick. As you mention, not every system has a DVD rom drive. I had to make a bootable USB memory stick with Windows 7 on it the other day. I used PowerISO as it has a “Create bootable USB drive” option where you can put your Windows install/repair files…

    • Andrei says:

      That’s a nice idea Mike.

      Guys, I always wonder, if I use recover will the other partition (drive D) also be affected? Or is it just the drive C?

      • Louis Garcia says:

        @ Andrei, the partition you want to recover will take effect while as other partition (no matter how much they are) will not take effect. If you want to recover the partition that is your primary drive (the drive which contain operating system are called primary drive) will delete all of your documents that are on desktop screen, my documents & all other applications you have installed are removed by default. You have to install it again.

  2. sumon says:

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on this topic. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him. So I should thank you for the free lunch I got.

  3. John Terry says:

    My laptop has no CD drive and I have been stranded for a long period of time. I now know what I need to do.

  4. Karsten says:

    If you don’t have a recovery disk or partition then it’s much easier just to reinstall the Windows. Surely the data from the C partition will be lost, but it’s careless to keep important data in this partition.

  5. Jesse Brauning says:

    This is a great advice! I never knew how to access the hidden partition, where all the recovery OS is. Now I know, just press “0”! Thanks also for telling about Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool ! I was always using another tool, but lately I was receiving a lot of errors from it.

  6. Aasma says:

    Thanks for the tips, I know how frustrated it is when you face such issue while you’re working on any important work.

  7. Sarah says:

    Repairing or restoring system is important for damaged program to correct them. Nice tutorial you share. This will surely helps to get data recovery of any lost data.

  8. Rajnish says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial, recently my laptop’s XP gone corrupted and I lost all my important data, So now I installed Win7 just for its great recovery option.

  9. Brain says:

    Repair system and get recovery is important for any damaged data or program to make it correct. Sometimes, windows operating system may be corrupt because of virus attack or any other reason, at that time, system repair is important which requires taking recovery get restore. This is really great information.

  10. AlexG says:

    I was helping a friend restore their system, but they got a virus/malware that password protected the restoration process so that it could not be done. It was classic and I did not know how to get around it.

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