One thing you got to hate with how Microsoft marketed Vista is that most of them came in bundled with new PCs that they didn’t even come with an installation disc. Since this is Vista (a Microsoft product), it goes without telling when the damn system would decided to f*ck you up big time. And since the only recovery option you have is with that installation disc, you know you’re in for something really messed up.
I have had such an incident when Windows was just messed up (desktop not showing up). Fortunately for me, my lappie came with Windows Vista Basic installation discs (a set of six CDs which I later then merged to one DVD) that contained the recovery center. It’s quite useful, I just wonder why them damned manufacturers wouldn’t spare a DVD for a lot of folks.
But fret not as the Internet gods have decided to spread some lovin’. NeoSmart has been really nice to host the Windows Vista Recovery Disc. The whole set of tools comes from Microsoft themselves but NeoSmart makes it available for easy download. You can’t use it to install a Vista version but it’s bootable.
It’s a 120MB download of an ISO file that you still need to burn to a CD.