You may run into the following error when trying to boot on a Windows Recovery disc.
“This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of windows you are trying to repair. Try using a recovery disc that is compatible with this version of windows.”
Here are the steps to fix this error message.
Step One: Find out if your motherboard supports both UEFI Mode and Legacy Mode. Restart your computer and enter your BIOS settings. (Most Intel Boards are F1 or F2 ; Gigabyte DEL )
Step Two: Find your DVD drive in the BIOS settings. It will vary where your DVD drive is located, but it should be under the peripherals tab or boot devices.
Step Three: Make sure the DVD drive is set to whichever mode Windows was installed. If Windows was installed using UEFI make sure you set the DVD drive to UEFI. If Windows was installed using the Legacy mode make sure the DVD drive is set to Legacy.
Step Four: Ensure sure your hard drive is ranked higher in your SATA ports than your DVD drive. (Ex. Hard drive – Port 2; DVD Drive – Port 4 ). Reboot your computer once you have the changes saved.
From my experience once I had my DVD drive set to the correct mode, I was able to boot onto the Windows Recovery disc and get my computer repaired.
What if it still gives me the “This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of windows you are trying to repair” error ?
The following tip worked for me one time as well. This was a RAID configuration.
Tip: Unplug one hard drive and then boot on your recovery disc. Repair your computer.
I was able to get this trick to work for me on one computer but I wasn’t able to get it this trick to work on another one. Try at your own risk.
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Thanks for the tips Microsoft Forums.