Create a system repair disk in Windows Vista

Windows Vista lets you create a system repair disk (a CD) which you can use to troubleshoot many kinds of problems. If you bought a computer with Windows pre-installed and it did not come with a Windows Vista DVD, then you should create the system repair disk. This is how :

  1. If you are using Windows Vista 32-bit, download on your desktop. If you are using Windows Vista 64-bit, then download
  2. Extract the contents of the zip archive in a folder.
  3. Right click on install.cmd and select Run as administrator to install the recdisc tool.
  4. Place a blank CD-R in your CD/DVD/BD writer drive.
  5. Click on Start Menu and type recdisc in the search box. Note that its not recdisk, its recdisc.
  6. Double click on recdisc.exe when it shows up.
  7. Select your CD/DVD/BD writer drive in which you placed the blank CD in the dialog that pops up as shown.

  8. Click on the Create disc button and Windows would ask you to insert the Windows Vista DVD. Insert the DVD and click Continue as shown,

  9. The system rescue disk wizard start creating your CD.

When wizard finishes creating your CD, label the CD as Windows Vista System Repair Disk and keep the CD in safe place. You can also use this CD as a rescue disk for Windows Vista computers. The 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista have separate rescue disks.

If you later want to uninstall the recdisc tool, just right click on uninstall.cmd and select Run as administrator to install the recdisc tool.