More and more often, computers are being sold with the operating system already installed and don't come with installation disks. That means that if you get a brand new laptop with Windows Vista installed, and your hard drive gets damaged, there's no way to fix problems with your installation. The way to avoid this massive headache is to create a Vista Startup Disk, also called a Boot Disk or a Recovery Disk, and keep it on hand.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Blank CD-Rs or DVD-Rs
Download the Vista Recovery Disc torrent from NeoSmart (see Resources). It comes in 32-bit and 64-bit editions, which correspond to the type of Vista installation you have. To check, click on the Start menu, then "Computer," then "System Properties." The information will be listed next to "System type."
Download and install a torrent client such as uTorrent (see Resources below) if you don't already have one installed.
Open the Recovery Disc torrent file. Your torrent client will open and begin downloading another Recovery Disc file that has an ISO extension.
Download and install ISO Recorder for Vista (see Resources below).
Insert a blank CD-R or DVD-R into your disc drive. If an Autoplay menu pops up, close it without selecting anything.
Right-click the ISO file after it's finished downloading. If you have ISO Recorder installed, you should see an option called "Copy image to CD." Select it and follow the onscreen instructions.
Create a Startup Disk with Vista Home Basic or Home Premium
Insert a blank CD-R or DVD-R into your disk drive. If an Autoplay menu pops up, close it without selecting anything.
Open the Start menu, and in the bottom search box, type "Backup" (without quotes).
Select the "Backup and Restore Center" option.
Select "Complete PC Backup and Restore" and follow the onscreen prompts.
Create a Startup Disk with Vista Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise Edition
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