USB with System Recovery Tools

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First of all you need to insert a USB Drive into your computer. Open Windows Explorer, right click on the drive and choose Format.
NOTE: Before formatting your USB Drive, don't forget to backup your files as the process will erase all its contents.

In the next window choose the NTFS format and click on Start. The other configuration options are not important, the defaults work just fine.
After you formatted the USB Drive, create on it two folders named boot and sources, as shown in capture below.
The Recovery and Boot folders on your computer will contain the files needed to be copied on the memory stick.
The first folder is located at'C:\Recovery'. This folder is used by Windows 7 to load System Recovery tools.
The Boot folder is located at 'C:\Windows\Boot' and its contents is used to boot the operating system.
Both folders are hidden by default. To view them, open Windows Explorer and access Folder Options. In the View tab check 'Show hidden files, folders and drive' and uncheck 'Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)'. Press the Apply button to enable the new settings.
NOTE: The'C:'letter represents the drive where the operating system is installed. It can be different on your computer.

Next, you need to open the Recovery folder on your computer. By default it can't be accessed, even though you are logged on as Administrator. In order to open it, follow the steps described in the article Take Ownership and Change Permissions of Files and Folders and add 'Full control' permissions for your user.

How To Put System Repair Tools on the USB Flash

Now you have all the needed files to create the bootable memory stick. First open theRecovery folder. You will notice a sub-folder with an automatically generated name (series of numbers and letters) with a standard length of 32 characters. Open it.
NOTE: The folder name will be different from one PC to another.

Next you have to copy the file boot.sdi to the folder boot from the memory stick.
Then copy the Winre.wim file to the sources folder from the memory stick and rename it to boot.wim.
Now open the folder'C:\Windows\Boot\DVD\PCAT'and copy the BCD file to the boot folder from the stick.
Go to'C:\Windows\Boot\DVD\PCAT\en-US'and copy the bootfix.bin file to the folder boot from the USB flash.
Finally, go toC:\Windows\Boot\PCATand copy the bootmgr file to the root of the memory stick.
The structure of the newly created memory stick should be similar to the one from picture below. The boot folder contains the files: BCD, boot.sdi and bootfix.bin files, and the sources folder hosts only the boot.wim file. In the root directory of the stick you have to have the file bootmgr.
NOTE: In order to boot from a flash memory, the removable device has to be the first device in the 'Boot Device Order' section of the computer BIOS.

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  1. Click the link above then select the edition you’d like to download.
  2. Select a payment method and enter details.
  3. Download the link displayed onscreen and sent to your email.
  4. Burn the .iso file that was downloaded to a CD using these instructions.
  5. When you want to use the recovery center, put the CD in your drive and boot from it. This is usually done by pressing F8 at startup, or changing the boot drive order in the BIOS.