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It looked like Microsoft was finally going to do the right
thing. Beta versions of Vista SP1 came with a modern equivalent of
the old Windows Boot Floppy–a Start Menu option called “Create a
Recovery Disc” that burned a Windows PE-based emergency CD. Alas,
Microsoft removed that feature before SP1 shipped, but not before
NeoSmart turned the disc into an .iso file and made it available on
Running on the Vista version of Windows PE, the Recovery Disc is
basically a Vista installation disc minus the install files. It
even has an “Install now” button that asks for a Product Key before
failing. You’re better off clicking the Repair your computer
button. Among its Vista-only options are a tool for diagnosing and
fixing startup problems, a version of System Restore that uses
restore points on the hard drive, the restore portions of Vista’s
backup program, and a memory diagnostic tool.
Note: This link takes you to an external Web site, where
you can download the latest version of the software.