System recovery is one of the easiest remedies if your Windows 7 installation has failed. Sadly, it doesn’t always work due to seemingly random issues such as the this version of system recovery options is not compatible error.
When it occurs, your PC behaves weirdly and may stubbornly refuse to recover its correct boot settings even after trying common solutions like restarting your computer.
At this point, you are faced with a splash screen at boot and then a black screen and related troubles and the computer won’t start.
The only way out for you is to try out other options -and there are plenty of them.
But just before we discuss them, let’s look at what triggers the irritating this version of system recovery options is not compatible problem…
What triggers this error?
- Compatibility issues: This hitch can occur when your installed version of Windows is incompatible with the Windows image you are using for recovery. For example, it could be an OEM while you have installed a retail edition. You could also be running a 64-bit recovery disk on a 32-bit Windows.
- Wrong Boot Settings: Adjusting the system boot settings in BIOS during repair could confuse the boot process and bring this problem.
- Disconnected Drives: You can also expect this challenge if you’re attempting a system restoration when one drive is disconnected (for PCs installed with multiple hard drives).
Long story short, the error arises due to a faulty system repair setup.
SOLVED: This Version Of System Recovery Options Is Not Compatible
There are a number of ways you can troubleshoot this recovery hurdle.
Method 1: Modify Your Boot Settings
For PCs with more than one hard disk, you can try to change your BIOS settings as follows:
Option 1: Disable all other disks but your Windows system disc
If you disable your second hard disk (and every other extra disk) in BIOS and leave the windows system disc (primary hard drive) only when recovering, the compatibility hiccup may not occur. This should then allow the Windows 7 recovery to proceed normally.
Option 2: Set the System Disk to be accessed from a lower channel
Alternatively, you may have to look into which ports the various drives – system, DVD/Blue-ray drives, and secondary disks are installed on the motherboard.
You then rewire the system drive into a lower channel/slot, for example, SATA slot #0(channel 0). Connect the rest into the other slots, for instance, the Blue-ray can go SATA slot #1, RAID on SATA slots #2, and so on.
In addition, switch boot sequences and ensure that the system disk will be number 1 in the system boot priority list.
Method 2: Disconnect and Reconnect The Drives
If your Windows repair option won’t work, try disconnecting then reconnecting your hard drives including any existing RAID disks.
You would need to access their ports by removing the system case. Remember to unplug the PC from the power source before opening the case.
Retry the recovery soon after reconnecting the power cables and see if this will fix the this version of system recovery options is not compatible problem.
Method 3: Disable UEFI
UEFI Secure Boot helps to ensure that your computer boots using trusted firmware only.
But it occasionally triggers the this version of system recovery options is not compatible issue.
Disabling Secure Boot can hence remove the unwelcome setback.
- Open your PC’s BIOS menu. You press the correct key during boot sequence, for example, Esc, F1, F2, or F12.
- Locate the Secure Boot settings, and change it to Disabled. You can find this option under either the Authentication, Security, or Boot
- Save the changes and exit.
- The PC reboots.
If all is well, it will re-launch recovery and run the steps to completion.
Method 3: Create a Fresh Recovery Disk
It can be that you’re attempting to recover your Windows installation using an outdated Windows 7 recovery DVD.
This happens especially in newer machines which come with UEFI enabled instead of the conventional BIOS firmware interface.
- From another EFI partitioned machine, click the Start button (insert a USB flash drive/DVD first).
- Select Control Panel from the menu.
- Select System and Maintenance.
- Choose Backup and Restore.
- Click Create a system repair disc from the left pane.
- Follow the steps as directed.
- Insert the new Windows 7 recovery disk then restart your PC and run the usual steps to recover your windows 7 image.
Method 4: Boot in UEFI Mode/ legacy BIOS-compatibility
Another way to beat this error is by booting in UEFI mode.
That’s because booting into this mode when recovering Windows eliminates any compatibility conflicts from your USB/DVD.
- Insert the Windows installation DVD/USB key.
- Boot your PC to this DVD/USB key again by clicking any key at bootup.
- Go through the installation wizard until you come to the choose an installation type Here you select Custom.
- The Where do you want to install WindowsWindow pops up. Do this: Select each partition shown on the drive, and choose Delete.
- The drive will now show one huge unallocated space/area. Select this unallocated space and press Next.
- Windows will automatically detect that the computer has booted into the UEFI mode, and will reformat the drive and begin the installation.
- Don’t install. Instead, Click X to halt the process (after deleting the partition) then choose repair.
- Check if the System Recovery options are now working fine.
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