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Windows 10 System Repair Disk vs Media Creation Tool


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#1 Torvald

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Posted 16 August 2016 - 02:44 PM

Hello,

 

I successfully upgraded all but one of our extended family's computers from Windows 7 to Windows 10 using the Media Creation Tool on DVD a few months ago.  Have been slowly learning to use some of the new Windows 10 features/commands since then, especially the various DISM repair commands.

 

I think it's now time for me to create a Windows 10 System Repair Disk (CD/DVD), but I'd like to ask some basic questions first.

 

1.  I believe the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool on DVD that I created a few months ago is considered a bootable DVD for repair purposes if my PC ever totally crashes.  Is that correct?

 

2.  Have there been any significant changes recently to the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool, whereby I need to replace my months old DVD copy with a brand new updated copy?

 

3.  I was thinking about also creating a Windows 10 System Repair Disk (CD/DVD).   (I saw there was also a way to create one on a USB, but It looked confusing, so I will probably skip that for now.)  What are the basic differences between the Windows 10 System Repair Disk and the Media Creation Tool DVD?

 

4.  Since I already have a Media Creation Tool DVD, do I really also need a Windows 10 System Repair Disk?

 

Thanks.


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Posted 16 August 2016 - 02:50 PM

The bootable disk created by the Media Creation Tool has the same tools as the System Repair disk, but it can also be used to install or repair install Windows 10 :)

 

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 08:51 AM

The tool itself hasn't changed, but the ISO used to create the tool has changed.

You don't have to update it tho' - as you'll be able to get the Anniversary Update through Windows Update

 

The System Repair disk is essentially the same as the one you created with the Media Creation tool.

BUT, I don't hink that you can do a clean install with it - just a RESET (you can clean install with the one made with the Media Creation tool)


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Posted 17 August 2016 - 02:54 PM

However, the repair install itself would not work. It would be the same as using the RTM Windows 7 disk to repair install SP1 Windows 7. It will tell you that the version of Windows you have is newer.

 

I recommend the Media Creation Tool, but it also uses a lot more space, so if you rather have the System Repair disk, it will still allow you do the same things as the Media Creation Tool to repair, other than installing.

 

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