Need to create a recovery disc

Alamshar

Member
Hi, recently Vista failed to start on boot-up and I had to do a restore to partition one to get it going. Needless to say this is a lot of work as I lost all of my settings.
Vista (32) came pre-installed on my laptop so I don't have the disc. On windows 7 it seems easy enough to create a recovery disk from "backup and restore" but I don't see the same option in Vista. I have read in forums ways to do it but these were pre SP1 and I have SP2 installed. I want to know if there is a way to do it through Vista. Cheers
 

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Brink

Staff member
mvp
Hello Alamshar,

The recovery disc created through "Backup and Restore" is not the same as your OEM factory recovery disc. The recovery disc through "Backup and Restore" can only be used to repair Vista with, and cannot install/reinstall Vista. The OEM factory recovery disc, can only be used to do a clean install of Vista with.

If you wanted to create the OEM factory recovery disc instead, then please post back with what brand your computer is and if it's a laptop or desktop. I'll be happy to see if I may be able to find and post back the instructions for how. :)
 

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Alamshar

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Hi Brink

Thanks for the reply. My laptop is an Asus M51Sn. I have the recovery dvd for Vista that came with it. My concern is that if I use this I will still lose all my settings. The error that I had before (which I think I fixed) required a restore to partition 1. Maybe the recovery dvd would have worked. I wanted to know if I could make one with the current settings and apps that I have installed.
 

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Brink

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mvp
Yes, the OEM Vista recovery DVD that came with your computer would have formatted the drive and reinstalled Vista back to the way it was when you took the laptop out of the box.

A recovery disc created through "Backup and Restore" would have only let you boot to the System Recovery Options screen to be able to do a system restore or other option. However, a system restore would have restored your system files and programs back to the way they were at the time and date of the selected restore point. Any program that was installed after that restore point would have been removed.

I think you might be referring to creating a system image backup instead. This will clone your HDD as it is right now, and allow you to do a system image recovery to restore the HDD back to how it was when the image was created if needed later. However, Windows Complete PC Backup is only available in the Vista Enterprise, Ultimate, and Business editions. You might consider using something like the free program Macrium Reflect or Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 (Advanced) Free to create one with instead.
 

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
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    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
    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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