Create a Recovery Disc

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How to Create a Vista Recovery Disc
Synopsis
This will show you how to download or create a Recovery Disc for both the 32 bit and 64 bit Vista.
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.

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.
Note   Note

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.​
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.​
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_Disc.jpg

17. Insert your retail Vista installation DVD into the CD/DVD drive, and click on Continue. (See screenshot below)​
Vista_DVD.jpg

18. You will now see this. (See screenshot below)​
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)​
Ready_Blank.jpg

20. When it is finished, click on Close for both windows. (See screenshots below)​
Using.jpg
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


 

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VtSkier

Member
Hmmm. Just lost what I typed.
Anyway, just wanted to comment on the fact that Vista wouldn't let me "take ownership" and "change permissions" for the old file no matter what I did. This included changing my boot-up to include a password, make sure I'm the administrator and signed in as such. Any further advice would be appreciated. Otherwise thanks for what looks to be a great set of instructions if I can get it to work.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP a6412p
    CPU
    Intel Pentium Dual E2180 @ 2.00GHz 2.00GHz
    Motherboard
    don't know too lazy to look it up
    Memory
    3.0 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 610
    Sound Card
    On-board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP w1907, ViewSonic VA 1930wm

Brink

Staff member
mvp

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  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Custom
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

VtSkier

Member
Hello VtSkier, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Please post back with screenshots of what you see instead compared to the steps, and I'll be happy to see what I can do to help. :)

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Here's what my old original non-working recdisc.exe looks like. Everybody except "TrustedInstaller" may "Read & execute" and "Read". TrustedInstaller has full control but I can't seem to make my computer believe that I'm "TrustedInstaller" and therefore I'm not allowed to change permissions.
Capture01.JPG

Then if I try to gain access this is what I see:
Capture02.JPG

Beyond this I can't do much. This is becoming an interesting exercise because I don't really need the recovery disk since I have a full set of recovery dvd's made from the computer's recovery sector as allowed by Vista.

Thanks for your efforts. Maybe the secret is to figure out how I can be "TrustedInstaller"?

VtSkier
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP a6412p
    CPU
    Intel Pentium Dual E2180 @ 2.00GHz 2.00GHz
    Motherboard
    don't know too lazy to look it up
    Memory
    3.0 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 610
    Sound Card
    On-board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP w1907, ViewSonic VA 1930wm

Brink

Staff member
mvp
VtSkier,

It sounds like you didn't take ownership using step 3 in OPTION THREE below (step 9 here) of your recdisc.exe file to make the Administrators group the owner first. Afterwards, you should be able to set permissions to allow Administrators "Full control".

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/67717-take-ownership-file.html
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

VtSkier

Member
How to Create a Vista Recovery Disc

(snip)

16. Select your DVD drive, and click on create disc. (See screenshot below.17. Insert your retail Vista installation DVD into the CD/DVD drive, and click on Continue. (See screenshot below)
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Well, here's where the system falls down. After reading your instructions I was able to "take ownership" of the file needed and replace it with the working version. Thanks for really great clear instructions, I just need to read them.

My computer came pre-loaded with Vista and included NO installation discs. The option was to create recovery discs in case I cannot get at the recovery partition on my hard drive. These are on two dvd's and neither will work to create the recovery disc.

By the way, I have done a system restore on this machine. I started off using the restore discs but the computer informed me that the recovery partition was in fine shape and switched me over to using this.

At any rate, I'll keep this forum bookmarked as you have lots of information and a very clear way of explaining arcane subjects. Keep up the good work, Thanks.

VtSkier


(and snip the rest)​
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP a6412p
    CPU
    Intel Pentium Dual E2180 @ 2.00GHz 2.00GHz
    Motherboard
    don't know too lazy to look it up
    Memory
    3.0 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 610
    Sound Card
    On-board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP w1907, ViewSonic VA 1930wm

Brink

Staff member
mvp
You're most welcome VtSkier. I'm glad it was able to help. :)
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD
I accidentally unplugged my computer during boot, so I get nothing past bios except a black screen. I would have tried this method but I don't have a vista installation disc, is there a way to create a restore disc without an installation disc? And if I get my hands on a install disc, can I fix the problem just with that?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Compaq
    CPU
    AMD Turion duo-core @2.00GHz
    Memory
    4 GB.
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SX2210T
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080p

Brink

Staff member
mvp

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD
Thanks For the help, I'll definitely try it!
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Compaq
    CPU
    AMD Turion duo-core @2.00GHz
    Memory
    4 GB.
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SX2210T
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080p

Jilirando

New Member
Step 1.9 says to Take Ownership of recdisc.exe to allow full control. How can I do this if the password I'm trying to reset by use of this recovery disc is an administrator's? Or can I skip this step?

In other words, I don't have any access to either of the two admin user accounts on my computer, so there's no way for me to get past the UAC block.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Memory
    2.00 GB

Brink

Staff member
mvp
Hello Jilirando, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You would have needed to create the recovery disc before needing to use it to reset your password. You won't be able to create it unless you are able to log in to the account you want to create it for.

If you like, you could try using the methods in the tutorial below instead to reset your password. :)

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/102005-reset-user-account-password.html
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD
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