Windows Vista Service Pack 1 in its beta stage added the ability to create a Windows recovery CD with an easy-to-use GUI interface. Whilst all Vista install DVDs include the recovery functionality natively, it’s probably useful to burn yourself a spare copy to take with you. You can also download an ISO from NeoSmart.net but you might not have bandwidth to spare.
Long Zheng, out of curiosity, I decided to find out if by copying a version of recdisc.exe from a beta build of Vista SP1 and placing it in SP1 RTM would work. Thanks to Chris123NT for digging up a copy, it did work. If you also want to make it work, there’s a bit of file permissions involved, so here’s how.
- Download a pre-final release of recdisc.exe (x86 version) or (x64 version).
- Open your system32 directory. Start menu, type “%systemroot%\system32&Prime and click Enter.
- Find recdisc.exe, right click on it and click “Properties”.
- Select the “Security” tab and click “Advanced”.
- Select the “Owner” tab and click “Edit…”.
- Select “Administrators” to change the owner to, click “OK”. Click “OK” again on the dialog.
- You should be back at the file security settings dialog. Click “Edit..”.
- Select “Administrators” and then tick the checkbox under the “Allow” column and “Full control” row. Then click “OK”. Click “OK” again to finish.
- Rename this file (press F2) to something like “recdisc.old” to keep a backup of the original file in case you need to restore it in the future.
- Copy the “recdisc.exe” file you downloaded earlier. Double click on it to run.
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