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According to the Microsoft website I can run "Create a system repair disc" from the start menu to burn a recovery Disc. However, there are many situations (including not having a disk drive) where this cannot be done.

My goal is to create a bootable USB drive according to this guide but their method to do so without burning a physical disc includes downloading an ISO from "somebody's" website. I don't know who "somebody" is and I feel it is reasonable to not boot something I can't verify as being untampered with. To the best of my knowledge, Microsoft does not host a recovery disc ISO for download as this would be the easiest solution.

So my problem is that I'd like to circumvent Microsofts "burn to disc" option with a "burn to ISO" through any reasonable means.

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You can download an official ISO from Microsoft's digital distributor, Digital River. Using the Windows 7 USB tool, available from Microsoft here, you can make a bootable install USB drive that will allow you to access the recovery tools. No disc-burning required.

Make sure you select the correct ISO for the Windows you are attempting to repair. You can also reinstall from the USB stick, but you will need your own product key that should have come with your computer.

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Thanks. I'll give this a try. –  MaDMaD Mad Feb 27 '13 at 17:53
    
Of course, I'd still like to jump around "burn to disc" options with a "burn to ISO" if you have any ideas. –  MaDMaD Mad Feb 27 '13 at 18:45
    
I've gone looking for similar options before and always came up empty handed. –  techturtle Feb 27 '13 at 19:42

Try burning to disk if you can, and then make an ISO of that disk using tool like ImgBurn.

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"However, there are many situations (including not having a disk drive) where this cannot be done." –  MaDMaD Mad Feb 27 '13 at 17:57

Except for burning, you can also mount the iso file. It could be worked when you don't have a disk drive. You can using the tool like WinISO or Daemon Tools.

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Well, I know the others are trying to help but I am pretty sure none of these answers solved it because I was with the same problem as you. So here was what I found:

Steps:

1 - Open your temp folder through: Start -> Run (type on the search programs and files box "run", or shortcut windows+d) -> type %temp% on the Run box (it will open your temp folder);

2 - Go to the system repair disc tool (Yes, I know there is no disc on the drive): Start -> All Programs -> Maintenance -> Create a System Repair Disc

3 - Once you click to create a disc you are going to receive a message "System repair disc could not be created. There is no media in the device.". It's ok, continue closing ONLY this message, the Create a system repair disc windows MUST still be open.

4 - Now you can see at the temp folder, you have a new file called "somesortofbignumber.iso" around 100 or 200 MB (if you can't see it press F5 to refresh the folder). But still, you can't move, or copy, or anything the file because the system says it is in use. That is your ISO file, you just can't do anything with it yet. So, in this part you have to use a program that let you manage these kind of files. I used one called Unlocker.

5 - After you installed Unlocker the only thing you have to do is: Right click "somesortofbignumber.iso" -> select Unlocker -> select the option "Copy" and the destination folder (remember if you want to rename the file don't forget the ".iso" ending).

After that you can search for a USB tool solution from a ISO file.

It worked very well for me, good luck.

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This requires a bootable system which the author did not have. This also creates an entirely DIFFERENT type of System Repair disk then the author wanted. Furthermore the author is already aware of this method. –  Ramhound Oct 16 '13 at 15:22

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