View Full Version : Does this method to create Vista recovery disk work?

07-08-2011, 07:56 PM
Anyone tried the method on Vistax64.com (http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/141820-create-recovery-disc.html) to create a Vista recovery (repair) disk, when you DON'T have a Vista installation disk - ONLY have an OEM (HP) recovery partition?

This is a REPAIR disk, not a repair installation disk, like in XP. The goal is something that could repair some startup problems, replace system files, etc. (see image on Vistax64 for recovery / repair options)

It says will work
1) if you only have a OEM recovery partition, not an installation disk.
2) if SP2 is installed - says, "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."

Vistax64.com has downloads for these "non-SP retail versions" of recdisc.exe. Since I have an HP imaged version of Vista, guessing w/o some modification to files (as article mentions), there'd be no way to create the recovery disk.

I think MS removed ability to create the recovery disk after final SP1 release (thanks Bill) - requiring replacing the recdisc.exe file to make this recovery disk??