This is a guide about Asus recovery disks for the following versions of Windows: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8.

A recovery disk is also known as a restore disc, repair disc, boot disc or rescue disk.

Looking for a recovery disk for Asus? Download Easy Recovery Essentials (our recovery and repair disk for Asus).

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If your Asus computer no longer has the recovery partition needed to restore the computer, you can use an alternative recovery disk to access and backup your files.

You can download Easy Recovery Essentials, our recovery and repair disk. It’s an ISO download image ready to be burned directly to a CD, DVD or a USB flash drive.

Easy Recovery Essentials is compatible with all Asus computers and with the following Windows versions:

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Note: Easy Recovery Essentials can not be used to install or reinstall Windows.

Features of Easy Recovery Essentials for your Asus computer include:

  • Automatically find and fix boot errors
  • Works even when you can’t get into Windows
  • Recover from virus infections
  • Restore your PC to a working state
  • Access and backup your important data
  • Advanced tools for IT experts

With Easy Recovery Essentials you can:

  • Find and fix errors automatically with Automated Repair
  • Recover your PC from infections with the built-in antivirus
  • Restore your PC to a working state
  • Access and backup your most important data (like documents, pictures, music, videos and so on)

It’s compatible with Asus computers (laptops, desktops etc.) and with the following Windows versions: XP, Vista, 7 or 8.

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Windows XP users

Easy Recovery Essentials can be used as an alternative recovery disk for computers from Asus with Windows XP installed, including the full list of Windows XP editions with Service Packs installed:

  • Microsoft Windows XP SP1 (Service Pack 1)
  • Microsoft Windows XP SP2 (Service Pack 2)
  • Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (Service Pack 3)

It’s compatible with both the Home and Professional editions of Windows XP:

  • Microsoft Windows XP Home
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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Windows Vista users

You can use Easy Recovery Essentials as an alternative recovery disk for Asus computers, if you have Windows Vista installed.

Easy Recovery Essentials supports x86 and x64 platforms and all Windows Vista editions, including the 32-bit and 64-bit editions:

  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Starter (32-bit edition; Starter edition doesn’t have a 64-bit edition)

It’s compatible with any of the available Service Packs of Windows Vista:

  • Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Download Easy Recovery Essentials for Asus with Microsoft Windows Vista

Windows 7 users

Easy Recovery Essentials can be an alternative recovery disk for Asus computers with Windows 7.

Easy Recovery Essentials supports both x86 and x64 platforms and is compatible with the full list of Windows 7 editions, including the 32-bit and the 64-bit:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Starter (32-bit edition) (Starter is available only in 32-bit)

It’s compatible with SP1 of Windows 7:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Download Easy Recovery Essentials for Asus with Microsoft Windows 7

Windows 8 users

Easy Recovery Essentials can be used as an alternative recovery disk for Asus computers with Windows 8 installed.

It supports the x86 and x64 platforms and all the Microsoft Windows 8 editions (8 and 8.1), including the 32-bit and the 64-bit editions:

  • Microsoft Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit editions)

Download Easy Recovery Essentials for Asus with Microsoft Windows 8

Recover Asus computers using the recovery disk or recovery partition

Asus computers have a recovery partition, named “RECOVERY” that you can use to restore your Windows. Various models (not all) from Asus have a recovery DVD that can be used for the same recovery and restore process.

If you do not have a recovery DVD or a partition called “RECOVERY”, go to Download an alternative recovery disk for Asus.

How to access the recovery partition

The recovery partition is available only if your partition is undamaged! If the partition is corrupt, use the recovery DVDs instead.

  1. Restart your computer
  2. Press F9 repeatedly before the Windows logo appears, right after the Asus logo appears
  3. Select Windows Setup [EMS Enabled]
  4. Follow the wizard steps

How to access the recovery DVDs

  1. Restart your computer
  2. Boot into BIOS by pressing F2
  3. Go to the Boot tab
  4. Make sure Boot Booster is [Disabled]. Eee PC models have this option.
  5. Press F10 to save the changes and exit BIOS
  6. Insert the recovery DVD in the disk tray
  7. Restart your computer
  8. When the “Please select boot device:” screen appears, select the DVD. It may be marked with “USB:“, but it’s usually the last item from the list
  9. Press Enter to select the option
  10. When the “Press any key to boot from CD…” screen shows up, press any keyboard key to continue
  11. Follow the wizard steps

Recover Windows XP with the disk or the partition

Windows XP users can restore their Asus computer using the “RECOVERY” partition installed on their hard drive or using the recovery DVD. If you no longer have the “RECOVERY” partition intact, go to Download alternative recovery disk for Asus.

Instructions when using the recovery partition:

Personal data will be lost during the recovery process. Backup your computer!

  1. Restart your computer
  2. Press F9 before or when the Asus logo appears
  3. When the Windows Boot Manager screen appears, select Windows Setup
  4. When the Recovery System screen shows up, click on Recovery
  5. Follow the wizard steps

Instructions when using the recovery DVD:

All data will be lost during the recovery process. Backup your computer!

  1. Restart your computer
  2. Press F2 multiple times to boot into BIOS
  3. Go to the Boot tab
  4. Check if there is a “Boot Booster” option. If your computer has this option, select it and make sure it’s [Disabled]

    The Boot Booster option in BIOS on Asus computers

  5. Press F10 to save the changes, if any
  6. Insert the recovery DVD
  7. Restart your computer
  8. When the “Please select boot device” screen is being displayed, select your DVD drive from the list. It’s usually the last one from the list.
  9. Press any key when the “Press any key to boot from CD…” screen appears
  10. The Asus Recovery CD/DVD window will now appear and you have 2 options: Recover system to a partition or Recover system to entire HD.

    The Recover system to a partition option allows you to keep other partitions and only delete the one you choose.

    The Recover system to entire HD option will delete all partitions from your hard disk.

  11. Select your partition, if you opted for Recovery system to a partition
  12. Click Next
  13. Follow the instructions to complete the process
  14. When the “Recovering finished. Please remove the DVD from DVD-ROM” screen shows up, click OK to restart your computer.

    The Asus recovery process is completed

Recover Windows Vista with the disk or the partition

Users of Asus computers with Windows Vista installed can either use the recovery partition or the recovery DVD. If you no longer have the “RECOVERY” partition intact or the DVD, go to Download alternative recovery disk for Asus.

Instructions when using the recovery partition:

All data will be lost during the recovery process. Backup your computer before you continue!

  1. Restart your computer
  2. Press F9 during booting – before or when the Asus logo appears on your monitor
  3. Press Enter and select Windows Setup [EMS Enabled]
  4. At the ASUS Preload Wizard screen, click Next
  5. Select a partition and then click Next.

    You have 3 options at this step: Recover Windows to first partition only, Recover Windows to entire HD or Recover Windows to entire HD with 2 partitions.

    The Recover Windows to first partition only option will delete only the first partition and you can keep the other partitions.

    The Recover Windows to entire HD option will delete all your partitions.

    The Recover Windows to entire HD with 2 partitions option will delete all partitions and create 2 new partitions: C and D.

  6. Follow the instructions on the next screen to complete the process.

Instructions when using the recovery DVD:

All data will be lost during the recovery process. Backup your computer before you continue!

Before you start:

  • If your computer uses a secondary hard disk drive, remove it. Windows Vista may setup incorrectly on the wrong disk drive.

The instructions are:

  1. Insert the recovery DVD in the disk tray
  2. Restart your computer
  3. Press Esc during booting and select your optical drive to boot from: CD/DVD
  4. When CD/DVD option is selected, press Enter
  5. Select your option and then click Next.

    Similar to the recovery partition’s instructions above, you have 3 options at this step:

    Recover Windows to first partition only: this option will delete only the first partition and you can keep the other partitions.

    Recover Windows to entire HD: this option will delete all your partitions.

    Recover Windows to entire HD with 2 partitions: this option will delete all partitions and create 2 new partitions: C and D.

  6. Follow the next steps to complete the process

Recover Windows 7 with the disk or the partition

Windows 7 users can use the recovery partition or the recovery DVD to recover an Asus computer. If you no longer have the “RECOVERY” partition intact or the DVD, go to Download alternative recovery disk for Asus.

Instructions when using the recovery partition:

All data will be lost during the recovery process. Backup your computer before you continue!

  1. Restart your computer and start pressing F9 during booting
  2. Select Windows Setup [EMS Enabled]
  3. Select the language
  4. Click Next
  5. When the ASUS Preload Wizard screen appears, click Next
  6. Select the partition you want to delete and use for the recovery process and click Next.

    You have 3 options at this step:

    Recover Windows to first partition (this will delete only the first partition and you can keep the other partitions), Recover Windows to entire HD (this will delete all your partitions from the hard drive) and Recover Windows to entire HD with 2 partitions (this will delete all your hard drive partitions and create 2 new ones: C and D)

  7. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the process.

Instructions when using the recovery DVD:

All data will be lost during the recovery process. Backup your computer before you continue!

  1. Insert the Recovery DVD in your computer’s optical drive
  2. Restart your PC
  3. Press Esc during booting and select the CD/DVD option to boot from the DVD
  4. Once the CD/DVD option is selected, press Enter
  5. Click OK to start the restore process
  6. Click OK to confirm the process (the process will overwrite your hard drive and remove all personal files)
  7. Follow the instructions to complete the recovery process

If you don’t have a Recovery DVD from Asus for Windows Vista, you can create yours if:

  • You have the recovery partition intact
  • You have the AI Recovery Burner icon on your desktop

If you have the AI Recovery Burner on your desktop, follow these instructions to create a Recovery DVD:

  1. Remove any external hard drives from your computer
  2. Click on AI Recovery Burner
  3. Insert your DVD (must be blank) and select it from the list once it appears
  4. Click OK
  5. Follow the next steps to complete the process

Recover Windows 8 with disk or partition

Windows 8 users can use the recovery partition or the recovery DVD to recover an Asus computer. If you no longer have the “RECOVERY” partition intact or the DVD, go to Download alternative recovery disk for Asus.

Instructions when using the recovery partition:

All data will be lost during the recovery process. Backup your computer before you continue!

  1. Restart your PC
  2. Press F9 during booting
  3. When the “Choose an option” screen of Windows 8 appears, go to Troubleshoot
  4. Click on Advanced Options
  5. Select System Image Recovery
  6. Choose an account you want to use
  7. Type in the account’s password
  8. Click Continue
  9. Select Use the latest available system image (recommended) option and then click Next
  10. Follow the wizard steps to complete the process.

Instructions when using the recovery DVD:

All data will be lost during the recovery process. Backup your computer before you continue!

  1. Restart your PC and start pressing the F9 key during booting
  2. Wait for the Choose an option screen to show
  3. Go to Troubleshoot
  4. Click on Advanced Options
  5. Select System Image Recovery
  6. Choose an account you want to use and type in the password
  7. Click Continue
  8. Select Select a system image, as you have the Recovery DVD. If you don’t have the DVD, use the other option
  9. Follow the wizard steps to complete the process.

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Applicable Systems

This Windows-related knowledgebase article applies to the following operating systems:

  • Windows XP (all editions)
  • Windows Vista (all editions)
  • Windows 7 (all editions)
  • Windows 8 (all editions)
  • Windows 8.1 (all editions)
  • Windows Server 2003 (all editions)
  • Windows Server 2008 (all editions)
  • Windows Server 2012 (all editions)

Applicable Models

This Asus-related knowledge base article applies to the following computer models:

  • All Asus series: CG8270, CG8480, G50AB, CG8565, CG8580, G10AC, G70AB, CG8265, CG8890, G30AB, CM6630, CM6431, CM1745, CM1855, M11BB, M70AD, P30AD, CM1831, CM6330, CM6340, M11AA, M51BC, M31AD, CM6870, CM6331, CM1435, M51AC, M11AD, M51AD, CP6130, CM6731, K5130, CP6230, CP3130, K30AD, CM1740, CM1735, UL50At, U35F, U30SD, U46E, U44SG, U47VC, S56CM, U24A, UX42VS, S46CB, UL30Jt, U31JG, U53SD, U36SD, U32U, S56CA, U38N, X201E, U32VJ, S56CB, U45Jc, U41JF, U40SD, U56E, U24E, U82U, U32VM, U38DT, N71Ja, N61Jv, N53Jn, N53Jg, N73Jf, N53JL, N53SN, N75SF, N55SF, N56VM, N76VM, N76VJ, N56VB, N550JV, N46JV, N541LA, N71Jq, N82Jv, N73Jg, N43JQ, N61DA, N73SV, N43SL, N53DA, N53SM, N56VZ, N76VZ, N56VJ, N56DY, N750JV, N56VV, N550JA, N71Jv, N82Jq, N73Jn, N43Jf, N82Jg, N53SV, N43SN, N43SL, N45SL, N46VM, N56DP, N76VB, N46VB, N550LF, N56JR, G60J, G51Jx, G53Jw, G74SX, G55VW, G750JX, G51J, G51Jx, G53SW, G53SX, G75VX, G51J, G60Jx, G73SW, G75VW, G750JW, U53Jc, U43SD, NX90Jq, NX90Jn, K72JU, K43TA, K53SD, K53TK, X54HR, K73TK, K55VM, K75VM, K73BR, X55U, X501A, X75A, X55VD, S46CA, S56CM, K56CA, K95VJ, 1015E, X75VC, X450VC, X550VC, K46CB, X750JB, X550VB, X450VE, X451CA, X550LC, F450CA, X552EA, X552VL, X450LC, X550CL, X450LD, X550LN, X551MA, K72DY, K53U, K52JK, X44L, X54HY, K73SJ, K62F, K52JT, K42JP, A52JU, A42JY, K53SJ, A72JK, K42JK, A42JV, A52JB, K42DE, A52F, K42Jr, A42F, K42JA, K72DR, A42JE, K53TA, X54L, K53BR, K73SD, K55A, K55DR, K75DE, X55A, X301A, X401U, X75VD, X45VD, K46CM, S56CA, K45VS, K73BE, X402CA, X450CA, X550CA, X75VB, X550DP, X450JF, X102BA, K95VB, X550LA, X750LA, X452EA, X552EP, X450LA, X452CP, X450LN, F200MA, K43BY, K53SC, K52JB, X44LY, X44H, X44C, K62Jr, A72DR, K52JU, K52JV, A42JZ, K53E, K42JB, A42JB, A52JC, A42JC, K52F, K72F, A52N, K42JE, A52JE, A42DE, K73TA, K43BR, K42DY, X54C, K55VD, K73SM, K45A, K95VM, X55C, X501U, X401A, X45A, S46CM, K46CA, K56CM, K75VJ, X201E, X502CA, X450CC, X550CC, K56CB, X750JA, X450VB, X200CA, X551CA, X550LB, X750LB, X452EP, X552CL, X450LB, X550VL, X452VP, X550LD, X451MA, X200MA, K43U, K93SV, K53BY, X54H, X44HY, X44HR, K42JY, K42JZ, A52JT, K52DY, K53SV, K73E, K42JC, A42JK, A52JK, K42DR, A52Jr, A72F, A42Jr, A42N, K52DE, A42JA
  • Essentio series: CG5290, CG8250, CG1330, CG8350, CM1530, CM1730, CM1630, CM6830, CM6650, CM6850, CP1130, CS6110, CM6730
  • Asus Eee PC series: 1015BX, 1011CX, 1016P, 1015P, 1015PEM, 1015T, 1015PX, 1215N, 1015PE, X101, 1025C, 1225B, 1015CX, 1001PX, 1015PED, 1215T, 1011PX, X101CH, T101MT, X101H, 1025CE, 1215P, 1001PQ, 1015PD, 1001PXD, 1215B, 1015PN, 1015B, 1225C
  • Zenbook series: UX21E, UX32VD, UX31LA, UX302LG, UX31E, UX21A, UX32A, UX31A, UX301LA, UX31A, U500VZ, UX302LA
  • VivoBook series: S551LA, S500CA, S550CA, S300CA, S301LA, S200E, S451LB, S301LP, S400CA, S550CM, S550CB, S551LB, F200CA, S451LA, F450CC, F200LA
  • Taichi series: 31, 21

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