The System Recovery Options menu contains several tools, such as Startup Repair, that can help you recover Windows from a serious error. This set of tools is on your computer's hard disk and on the Windows installation disc.
You can also create a system repair disc that contains the System Recovery Options menu. For more information, see Create a system repair disc.
If you use a Tablet PC or other computer with a touchscreen, you might need to connect a keyboard and mouse in order to use Startup Repair and the other tools in the System Recovery Options menu.
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Fixes certain problems, such as missing or damaged system files, that might prevent Windows from starting correctly.
Restores your computer's system files to an earlier point in time without affecting your files, such as e‑mail, documents, or photos.
If you use System Restore from the System Recovery Options menu, you cannot undo the restore operation. However, you can run System Restore again and choose a different restore point, if one exists.
System Image Recovery
You need to have created a system image beforehand to use this option. A system image is a personalized backup of the partition that contains Windows, and includes programs and user data, like documents, pictures, and music.
Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool
Scans your computer's memory for errors.
Advanced users can use Command Prompt to perform recovery-related operations and also run other command line tools for diagnosing and troubleshooting problems.
Some computer manufacturers might customize the menu by adding or removing recovery tools, or including their own tools.
If your computer's system is severely damaged and you can't access the System Recovery Options menu on your computer, you can access it using the Windows 7 installation disc or a USB flash drive, or using a system repair disc if you created one earlier.
To use this method, you need to restart (boot) your computer using the disc or USB flash drive.
Article ID: 17101 - Last Review: Aug 31, 2016 - Revision: 19