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Please note: You cannot use the disc to install Windows Vista from scratch or reinstall Windows. The recovery disc creation tool is only available with Windows Vista SP1 or later.

Looking for Windows 7 instructions? Create a Windows 7 Repair  Disc. Don’t have a disc drive and need to make a USB version?

Burn a Windows Vista Recovery Disc

To burn your own Windows repair disc:

1. Click Start, type create and click Create a Recovery Disc 

Note: The system repair disc utility is located in %systemroot%\system32\recdisc.exe

2. If prompted, click Continue on the User Account Control dialog:

3. Insert a CD/DVD, choose the DVD drive in which the disc resides and click Create Disc

Once the disc is finished, I recommend booting from the disc to test it—before you really need it.

Learn how to boot from your disc and understand what the disc can do to fix your PC: Use a Windows Repair Disc or USB Drive to Fix Your Broken PC.



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34 thoughts on “Create a Windows Vista Recovery Disc [How To]”

  1. samuel says:

    i love vista and i want to use it on my desktop but i dont have the installation cd to do that can you pls help me download this pls i really need it badly pls.

  2. samuel says:

    i love vista and i want to use it on my desktop but i dont have the installation cd to do that can you pls help me download this pls i really need it badly pls.

  3. samuel says:

    i love vista and i want to use it on my desktop but i dont have the installation cd to do that can you pls help me download this pls i really need it badly pls.

  4. Rich says:

    if you have a second license, you can get a torrent of Vista (make sure you read the comments before downloading.) If you don’t have an extra license for your second computer, then I can’t help, sorry.

  5. Rich says:

    if you have a second license, you can get a torrent of Vista (make sure you read the comments before downloading.) If you don’t have an extra license for your second computer, then I can’t help, sorry.

  6. Rich says:

    if you have a second license, you can get a torrent of Vista (make sure you read the comments before downloading.) If you don’t have an extra license for your second computer, then I can’t help, sorry.

  7. samuel says:

    i love vista and i want to use it on my desktop but i dont have the installation cd to do that can you pls help me download this pls i really need it badly pls.

  8. Rita says:

    I attempted to dual boot xp with vista preinstalled. Needless to say, I was not successful. I am getting a black screen with a blinking cursor. I have been trying to trouble shoot for two days and I cant figure out whats wrong. I downloaded the Vista Recovery disc and the Startup Repair could not detect a problem. Please Please help!

  9. Rita says:

    I attempted to dual boot xp with vista preinstalled. Needless to say, I was not successful. I am getting a black screen with a blinking cursor. I have been trying to trouble shoot for two days and I cant figure out whats wrong. I downloaded the Vista Recovery disc and the Startup Repair could not detect a problem. Please Please help!

  10. Rita says:

    I attempted to dual boot xp with vista preinstalled. Needless to say, I was not successful. I am getting a black screen with a blinking cursor. I have been trying to trouble shoot for two days and I cant figure out whats wrong. I downloaded the Vista Recovery disc and the Startup Repair could not detect a problem. Please Please help!

  11. douglas lolley says:

    I have being trying to find a vista repair disc? most of the discs are downloadable from torrent sites, I have been told that these sites are not safe? Could you help please RICH. Regards

  12. douglas lolley says:

    I have being trying to find a vista repair disc? most of the discs are downloadable from torrent sites, I have been told that these sites are not safe? Could you help please RICH. Regards

  13. douglas lolley says:

    I have being trying to find a vista repair disc? most of the discs are downloadable from torrent sites, I have been told that these sites are not safe? Could you help please RICH. Regards

  14. Rich says:

    Does the link in this post not work for you Douglas?

  15. Rich says:

    Does the link in this post not work for you Douglas?

  16. HD Upgrade with Acronis 10 | k says:

    […] the ‘repair’ option. The repair option repairs startup problems. A recovery CD does exist (See http://mintywhite.com/tech/vista/dow…recovery-disc/ ). I’m not sure whether this will cure your problem, but it is worth a try. If it doesn’t work then […]

  17. lee says:

    Can you please post the iso on another site like megaupload ir 4shared please as the link is down

  18. lee says:

    Can you please post the iso on another site like megaupload ir 4shared please as the link is down

  19. lee says:

    Can you please post the iso on another site like megaupload ir 4shared please as the link is down

  20. James Rosendahl says:

    Agreed, I find the link down as well.

  21. James Rosendahl says:

    Agreed, I find the link down as well.

  22. James Rosendahl says:

    Agreed, I find the link down as well.

  23. Rich says:

    Both download links are working for me. Have you tried the torrent?

  24. Rich says:

    Both download links are working for me. Have you tried the torrent?

  25. Rich says:

    Both download links are working for me. Have you tried the torrent?

  26. Mel says:

    It may delete files but remember that it doesn’t wipe them completely clean from the hdd.

  27. Mel says:

    It may delete files but remember that it doesn’t wipe them completely clean from the hdd.

  28. Mel says:

    It may delete files but remember that it doesn’t wipe them completely clean from the hdd.

  29. masterchief1997 says:

    this was a bit hard for me to find and it didnt help me

  30. masterchief1997 says:

    this was a bit hard for me to find and it didnt help me

  31. masterchief1997 says:

    this was a bit hard for me to find and it didnt help me

  32. Mikifin says:

    Hi,
    Everyone seems to link to this neosmart site. I have downloaded utorrent and got it working to find out that it kind of works at neosmart, it is flaky. I would like to see a site that did a straight download, so that people like myself don’t have to play jerk around to get the ISOs.

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