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System Repair Disc Fails to Boot

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 64 bit

    System Repair Disc Fails to Boot


    I have Windows 8 64 bit Pro Edition working fine using UEFI boot from a SSD disk. I've twice created a system repair disk on DVD but when I use boot override in the BIOS to boot from the DVD, I get the message "Non-system disk.....What might be the problem?

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Steve,

    How does it work with a recovery USB flash drive instead?

    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
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  3. #3


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Are you booting the CD uEFI mode.

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  4. #4


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    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Thanks for your advice.

    I created a USB flash drive recovery disc and this works fine using the UEFI USB flash drive boot option!

    I then tried booting from the DVD recovery disc using the DVD UEFI boot option as a BIOS boot override option (Gigabyte UD5H). However the Bios screen just flashes and nothing happens. Trying to boot from the DVD non-UEFI option produces the 'non-system disc' error mentioned above.

    I'm not too bothered now I have a working USB repair disc, but would like to understand why booting from the DVD repair disc doesn't work.
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  5. #5


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    I'm not too bothered now I have a working USB repair disc, but would like to understand why booting from the DVD repair disc doesn't work.
    Most likely a bad burn.
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  6. #6


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Good news Steve.

    I agree with Ray. Most likely a bad burn with the DVD.
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  7. #7


    UK
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    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    I don't think it's a bad burn. I've retried burning a repair CD and DVD and both fail to boot. The CD/DVD contains the same files as the USB repair disc so I don't see why the DVD doesn't boot.
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  8. #8


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Are you able to boot from the DVD on another W8 computer?
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  9. #9


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    More to the point, can you find anybody who has a windows 8 computer?

    I don't know any - apart from me.

    Perhaps just try booting the dvd on any other machine.
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  10. #10


    UK
    Posts : 275
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    No, the DVD repair discs don't boot on old Win XP system either - I get the same non-system disc error. It seems Windows 8 is not making the DVD repair disc bootable. Do I need to use a particular type of DVD (-R / +R etc)? I can still do a UEFI boot from the Windows 8 installation DVD so the BluRay burner I'm using is OK.
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