Windows Vista Forums

Create a Recovery Disc

  1. #1
    <!-- google_ad_section_start -->Create a Recovery Disc<!-- google_ad_section_end -->

    Create a Recovery Disc
    How to Create a Vista Recovery Disc
    Published by Brink is online now
    24 Mar 2008
    Create a Recovery Disc

    How to Create a Vista Recovery Disc

    information   Information
    This will show you how to download or create a Recovery Disc for both the 32 bit and 64 bit Vista.
    Note   Note
    The Recovery Disc created here does not install Vista. It is also not like the OEM Vista recovery DVD that comes with most store bought computers created from the factory recovery partition. Instead it is used only to boot from to repair your already installed Vista. See the example below for the options available from the recovery disc when booted from.
    Tip   Tip
    This can be useful if you only have a OEM Vista recovery DVD or partition and would like to have a dvd to boot from to repair your Vista instead of reinstalling it. Plus, the recovery disk files are small enough to fit on a CD if you do not want to or can use a DVD.

    EXAMPLE: System Recovery Options screen
    NOTE: Using the Recovery Disc you create below, you can boot to the System Recovery Options screen below.
    Create a Recovery Disc-startup_repair.jpg


    Here's How:



    STEP ONE

    Replace the recdisc.exe file

    Note   Note
    If you have SP1 or SP2 installed, then you will need to replace the recdisc.exe file installed by SP1/SP2 with a non-SP retail version below instead for the 32 bit or 64 bit version of Vista that you have installed.

    To see what 32-bit or 64-bit version of Vista you have, open the Control Panel (Classic View) and click the System icon, or right click Computer in the Start Menu and click Properties. You will see the bit version under the System type section.

    If you ever run the sfc /scannow command, then it will restore the old original non-working copy of the recdisc.exe file, and you would have to do this STEP ONE section again to be able to create a Vista Recovery Disc.


    1. If You Have 32 bit (x86) Vista Installed
    A) Click on the Download button below to download the recdisc_x86.zip file.
    download
    B) Go to step 3.
    2. If You Have 64 bit (x64) Vista Installed
    A) Click on the Download button below to download the recdisc_x64.zip file.
    download
    3. Save the ZIP file to your desktop.

    4. Right click on the ZIP file (on desktop), and click on Open.

    5. If prompted by UAC, then click on Allow.

    6. Extract (drag and drop) the recdisc.exe file to the desktop.
    NOTE: You can delete the ZIP file (on desktop) when done if you like afterwards.

    7. Right click on the extracted recdisc.exe file, click on Properties, General tab, the Unblock button, and on OK.
    NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on to step 8.

    8. In Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\Windows\System32\recdisc.exe. (See screenshot below)

    9. Take ownership of and set permissions to Allow your user account Full Control of the recdisc.exe file at the location in step 8.
    Create a Recovery Disc-recdisc.jpg
    10. Right click on the extracted recdisc.exe file on the desktop from step 6, and click on Cut.

    11. Go back to the C:\Windows\System32\recdisc.exe window and right click on a empty area and click on Paste. (See screenshot below step 13)

    12. Click on Copy and Replace and Continue.

    13. Right click on recdisc.exe, and click on Send To and Desktop (create shortcut).

    14. Move the shortcut to where you like for easy use.
    Create a Recovery Disc-replaced_recdisc.jpg



    STEP TWO

    Creating a Recovery Disc

    15. Double click on the recdisc.exe shortcut on your desktop created from above to run the program.

    16. Select your DVD drive, and click on create disc. (See screenshot below.
    Create a Recovery Disc-create_disc.jpg
    17. Insert your retail Vista installation DVD into the CD/DVD drive, and click on Continue. (See screenshot below)
    Create a Recovery Disc-vista_dvd.jpg
    18. You will now see this. (See screenshot below)
    Create a Recovery Disc-preparing.jpg
    19. After a little bit, it will ask you to replace the Vista installation DVD with a blank CD or DVD.
    A) Insert a blank CD or DVD into your CD/DVD drive and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
    Create a Recovery Disc-ready_blank.jpg
    20. When it is finished, click on Close for both windows. (See screenshots below)
    Create a Recovery Disc-using.jpg

    Create a Recovery Disc-finished.jpg
    21. Now you can boot from this Recovery Disc to go to the System Recovery Options screen in the example above.
    That's it,
    Shawn







    Published by


    Brink's Avatar
    Administrator

    Join Date: Apr 2007
    Location: Texas, USA
    Posts: 31,173
    Array

    Tutorial Tools


    Applies to

    All Vista Versions
    64 Bit & 32 Bit


  2.   


  3. #1
    .Joe's Avatar

    1337 spammer


    Join Date : Mar 2008
    127.0.0.1
    Posts : 912
    Windows 7 RC
    Local Time: 08:33 AM
    usa

    Re: Create a Recovery Disc

    Shawn,

    Thanks again for another excellent tutorial. Many folks will benefit from your hard work

    Edit: Side note, process has been tested and works like a charm.

    Last edited by .Joe; 24 Mar 2008 at 06:20 PM. Reason: Added side note
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4.   


  5. #2
    Brink's Avatar

    Administrator


    Join Date : Apr 2007
    Texas, USA
    Posts : 31,173
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)
    Local Time: 10:33 AM
    usa us texas

      Thread Starter

    Re: Create a Recovery Disc

    Your welcome Joe.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #3
    brummyfan's Avatar

    Brummy

    Join Date : Jan 2008
    Birmingham
    Posts : 730
    Vista Home Premium SP2 32bit.
    Local Time: 04:33 PM
    uk uk england

     

    Re: Create a Recovery Disc

    Thank you Brink for this excellent Tutorial.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #4
    Brink's Avatar

    Administrator


    Join Date : Apr 2007
    Texas, USA
    Posts : 31,173
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)
    Local Time: 10:33 AM
    usa us texas

      Thread Starter

    Re: Create a Recovery Disc

    Your welcome Brummyfan.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #5



    Newbie
    Join Date : Apr 2008
    Posts : 4
    Vista Ultimate x64
    Local Time: 11:33 AM


     

    Re: Create a Recovery Disc

    Before I spend the hours trying, I'll ask if these seems possible.

    I was uninstalling sp1 rc1 to prepare for sp1 rtm install. The uninstall failed and got into reboot cycle where it could constantly BSOD on nvlddmkm.sys. I booted to safe mode and it continued on with the uninstall (supposedly). After it "FINISHED" the uninstall, it rebooted and came up to a screen where it said "service pack did not uninstall. reverting changes. do not turn off your computer". Now everytime I try to boot it, Last known, safe, safe w/network safe w/cmd prompt, normal, debug, etc. it says the same thing.

    This process seems to be for creating a recovery disk from an operational Vista PC but mine is not. But what I was thinking of trying was doing a clean install on a different hard drive on the same computer and creating the recovery disc. Then using that recovery disc to fix the other install.

    Do you think that will work?

    I have tried the auto repair startup from the install disc with no luck. I am just trying to avoid a reinstall.

    This whole event makes me regret rebooting my machine to do the rc1 to rtm upgrade of SP1. Prior to this reboot, my machine had been up for 48.5 days without reboot.

    Machine:
    Dell PE SC440
    Xeon 3060
    4GB Crucial Ram
    nVidia 8400GS
    SB Audigy
    2x WD 160GB SATA II drives
    DVD/RW
    DVD-Rom

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #6
    Brink's Avatar

    Administrator


    Join Date : Apr 2007
    Texas, USA
    Posts : 31,173
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)
    Local Time: 10:33 AM
    usa us texas

      Thread Starter

    Re: Create a Recovery Disc

    Hi CheeseMan,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    Sorry, I do not believe that will work. The recovery disk here or on a Vista installation DVD will not help uninstall any SP1 version.

    I'm afraid a reinstall is going to be your only option in this situation. Be sure to backup anything you do not want to lose first though.

    Sorry,
    Shawn

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #7



    Newbie
    Join Date : Apr 2008
    Posts : 4
    Vista Ultimate x64
    Local Time: 11:33 AM


     

    Re: Create a Recovery Disc

    Ugh.... I knew that was likely to be the case. It just stinks because I have a lot of programs to re-install if/when I decide to take that route!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  11. #8
    Brink's Avatar

    Administrator


    Join Date : Apr 2007
    Texas, USA
    Posts : 31,173
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)
    Local Time: 10:33 AM
    usa us texas

      Thread Starter

    Re: Create a Recovery Disc

    I hear you CheeseMan. Since you have the Vista Ultimate edition, you can make a Complete PC Backup after you have everything installed and running smooth. This way if something should happen again, you can pick up where your last backup was in no time.

    Backup Complete Computer

    Shawn

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  12. #9



    Newbie
    Join Date : Apr 2008
    Posts : 4
    Vista Ultimate x64
    Local Time: 11:33 AM


     

    Re: Create a Recovery Disc

    Well... i think I found out why it got in the reboot loop. Disk filled up. Used up 50GB of space. So something went wrong.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 1 of 37 12311 ... LastLast

Create a Recovery Disc
Similar Threads
Tutorial Category
Solved Create a Gateway OEM Recovery Disc General Discussion
Re: Would creating recovery disc disable recovery partition Vista General
Vista SP1: Create a recovery disc General Discussion
Where's the "Create A Recovery Disc"? Vista General