For those of us who have been around the IT world for a while, we know the pains of using the Windows recovery tools. For the 2000 and 2003 servers, we had the recovery disk that rarely worked. This all changed with Windows Vista and Windows 7. The recovery environment for both of these operating systems run in a graphical interface that is built on Windows PE.
To access the recovery environment for Windows 7, you have two methods. You can boot from the installation media or create a recovery disk from the installation media. To get to the recovery environment, boot from the Windows 7 media. Click Next to confirm your language and time. At this point you will be presented with the option to Install Windows 7. If you look to the lower left of that window, you have the option to enter the recovery environment.
This environment will allow you to run Startup Repair, System Restore, System Image Recovery, Windows Memory Diagnostics, and Command Prompt.
To create a system repair disk that will be bootable, and contain all these tools, log into Windows 7. Click Start --> All Programs --> Maintenance --> Create a System Repair Disk.