Rescue Disk that can Repair Windows?

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  1. Brandonn2010

    Brandonn2010 Registered Member

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    Right now on my Swiss-army USB, I have a copy of a repair disk for each version of Windows, XP through 7. However, this takes about 600MB of space. I only have 4GB on the drive. I want as much space free for other utilities and Linux distros.

    I was wondering if there is some bootable Linux disk that would allow me to use the two most important utilities from the rescue disks: sfc /scannow and Startup Repair?

    Thanks
     
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    Well SARDU is just a way of creating a rescue USB. I need a utility I can add to a rescue USB, assuming there is one, and I already use YUMI for creating a multiboot drive.
     
  5. Snoop3

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    i think if you look up XBoot and Sardu they have lists of repair ISO's and one Hiren's Boot CD and there are a few others (ISO's) that have generic names like System Rescue CD iirc and those might have the apps you're looking for built-in.

    http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd

    http://www.sysresccd.org/SystemRescueCd_Homepage


    also, if you watch Slickdeals.net, flash drives have been dropping close to 50 cents/GB so, not too expensive to upgrade to 16 or 32 GB.
     
  6. Brandonn2010

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    I tried Hiren's. It's basically like UBCD that I already use. I tried the Mini XP since it has a command line. However, even after switching to C: I still couldn't run sfc or bootrec. I am thinking no rescue disk will allow this because of licensing issues with Microsoft?
     
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    Well I booted from my Win 7 x64 ISO, and realized when trying to perform sfc, it gives the same message I always have gotten: There is a current repair pending, reboot and run sfc again.

    So given that, it is almost pointless to keep the Windows repair disks anyways, if they can't perform the most critical repair function.

    Also, I should have just asked, what do you guys use to repair Windows when you can't get into it? Do you just reinstall if it's that bad?
     
  8. mack_guy911

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    there used to be BartPE but i guess its still needed windows to create repair disk

    honestly speaking i reinstall fresh i run kaspersky live cd scan and backup my important data and do the reinstall

    also you can create backup clone from fresh install there are many image creater free and paid :D
     
  9. AlexC

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    Check this: Windows 7 - SFC /SCANNOW : Run in Command Prompt at Boot

    edit: good old days when it was possible to perform a complete repair from windows xp install disc... i wish that microsoft have kept that feature in WinVista/7/8.
     
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  10. Brandonn2010

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    Hehe, I asked a similar question on Seven Forums and got linked to the same article on sfc. However, using the arguments from the article, I got a "Windows Resource Protection failed to Start the Repair Service" message or something close to that.
     
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