Saturday 2 August 2008

Windows Vista Recovery Disk

So, you have just purchased a new PC and you finally have Windows Vista! I'll bet you got a great deal as well from one of the major manufacturers. Unfortunately, as much as every manufacturer attempts to be different and better than the competition, they all have one thing in common. One thing missing actually. None of these PC and laptop manufacturers provide you a real Windows Vista installation or recovery CD with your purchase. Instead, they bundle what is referred to as a "recovery disc" (that is if you're lucky - in many instances, you are only offered a a recovery partition) with your machine and leave it at that. The recovery partition will recover your system to factory settings, if need be.

It doesn't matter that you just paid a thousand dollars for a machine that comes with a valid Windows Vista license - computer manufacturers and Microsoft shift the onus to the consumer. it is your responsibility to backup your data and make the required recovery cd's. Manufacturers simply provide the means to do so through a create recovery disk utility in Windows Vista. OK, in all honesty, maybe they have a point, but really, how much does a recovery dvd cost the manufacturer in the overall price of the PC or laptop? Ever heard of common courtesy, or just a nice thing to do?

The problem is, with Windows Vista, the installation media serves dual purposes. It is not just a means to get Windows Vista installed, but also the only way of recovering a damaged installation. The Windows Vista DVD has a "recovery center" that provides you with the option of recovering your system via automated recovery (Vista searches for problems, and attempts to fix them automatically), rolling-back to a previous system restore point, recovering a full PC backup, or accessing a command-line recovery console for advanced recovery purposes.

Microsoft seems to have realized this problem, and have thankfully made a recovery disc for this purpose. The recovery disk contains the contents of the Windows Vista DVD's "recovery center," It cannot be used to install or reinstall Windows Vista, and just serves as a Windows PE (bare bones) interface to recovering your PC.

Just burn with a program such as Nero, onto a CD or DVD, and then boot into it with your PC!

Download the cd:
Vista.part1.rar
Vista.part2.rar

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