I'm not sure I worded that topic question the way I mean it, so...
Is there a way to use the Windows disk to see my desktop and files and to run programs? Or is it only useful for installing/repairing Windows? I guess in a way I'm
asking if there's a Windows analog to a Linux "live" disk or flash drive. I ask because I have a borked Windows 7 installation.
The disk, provided by my computer vendor, is labeled as an "Operating System Disk" and across the top reads "Microsoft Windows 7 Professional x64". This jibes with my memory, i.e. that this is not one of those disks containing all the applications on the hard drive; it's a dedicated Windows disk. I know it can be used to repair a Windows installation, to access a restore point, or to restore from a disk image, but the first two have failed me, and I have no saved disk image. I was just beginning to explore the command prompt option but I'm curious about the "live OS" idea first.
Instructions on the disk clearly read, "This DVD may only be used for the recovery of your computer's operating system." But the tag on my pillow says, "Do not remove under penalty of law." :-) So I remain curious. I've been exploring Linux and I know you can create a "live" disk or flash drive from which Linux will run, avoiding the need to install it, at least temporarily. Is such a thing possible with Windows, too? I don't see a way to do it using the disk directly, but is there Microsoft or third party software that can make such an animal?