System Recovery using USB in Windows® 7
What are the guidelines for performing system recovery using USB Flash Drive in Windows 7?
Windows 7 Operating System is one of the most advanced Operating System ever to be released and is having high end options and a graphic rich user interface for enhanced computing experience. It has having many recovery and security options to ensure the smooth functionality and recoverability of the Windows 7 system and data. Windows 7 is having its own recovery console which is packed with a number of options or tools which can be used to resolve most of the issues that restricts the system from functioning normally. Windows 7 recovery console can be accessed by the users by performing a system restart after inserting the original installation disk or USB recovery drive. Other system recovery options like system restore and previous versions can be accessed by using the options in the Windows 7 control panel. The Startup repair options, system restore, system image recovery, Windows memory diagnostics and Windows command prompt are some of the most important system recovery options integrated with Windows 7 and provides advanced functionality for recovering the system from various issues.
Discussed below are some points that will help the users to access system recovery options in Windows 7 using USB Flash Drive:
- Create USB recovery drive
- Enable options in BIOS
- Startup from USB drive
Create USB recovery drive
The users should first create a bootable USB recovery drive by copying the files of Windows 7 recovery disc into the selected USB Flash Drive. For setting up the normal flash drive as a bootable USB recovery drive, the users should create boot partitions in the flash drive using the available options. Copying the files of windows 7 recovery disc to the flash drive after formatting it using disk partitioning options in Windows 7 will enable it to be used as a bootable USB recovery drive.
Enable options in BIOS
The USB flash drive can only be used on those computer systems that supports system boot from USB based devices. The users should check the availability of related options in your system BIOS and enable them before trying to boot up the system from the USB recovery drive. The options to enable or enlist the USB devices in the startup list can be accessed in the 'Boot Order' or 'Boot options' menu in the system BIOS configuration.
Startup from USB drive
After setting up all the available options in the system BIOS so as to support USB booting, the users should start up the system after connecting the USB Flash Drive. During the startup the users will be prompted about the USB recovery drive and the system repair menu or the recovery console will be loaded after the notification. Selecting the required options from Windows 7 recovery console will allow the users to perform system recovery or startup repair using Windows 7 recovery files in the USB Flash Drive.
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