Windows 7reboot without a dvd

my friends computer crashed. now it says boot compressed and he cant do anything. he upgraded off line so he has no dvd to reboot. what does he do?
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  1. Can he reboot into the Safe mode (F8)?
  2. Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

    Follow the Gandalf suggestion if doesn't help boot from the installation DVD and select repair system.
  3. Hi tberry8820,

    He will need to boot in safe mode (F8) as Gandalf suggested and then choose the startup repair option. More on system recovery options here -

    Note, in the future it is best to create a repair disc that contains the System Recovery Options just in case he is unable to boot his computer.

    Hope this helps!
    Microsoft Windows Outreach
  4. Hello tberry8820,

    If you have problems with the DVD install try this:
    You can download the USB tool for free and copy your Windows 7 ISO to the USB. Complete instructions can be found here:
    I use USB flash drives all the time for OS install it works perfectly - lot faster and no DVDs to get scratched and damaged! :-)

    John M
    Microsoft Windows Client Team
  5. Step 1. Close all applications and program windows that are currently open by clicking on the "X" symbol in the upper-right corner.
    Step 2. Open the Start menu by clicking on the icon in the lower-left corner of the screen.
    Step 3. Click on the "Shut Down" button. A pop-up window will open with several shutdown options.
    Step 4. Select "Restart" from the list of options, and then click the "OK" button. The computer will shut down, and once it is fully turned off, the system will reboot and load the Windows operating system.
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