Windows Vista Recovery Disk and Repair Disc Download

Download our recovery and repair disk for Microsoft Windows Vista (also for Windows 7, 8, XP or Server editions) that can be used to access system recovery tools, giving you options of using an antivirus, System Restore, document and picture backup and recovery, automated system repair, and a command-line prompt for manual advanced recovery.

Download recovery disk for Windows Vista

Looking for recovery disks for other Windows versions?

Easy Recovery Essentials for Windows Vista

Easy Recovery Essentials (or EasyRE) is a 55 to 135 MiB download image ready to be burned directly to a CD, DVD or a USB stick.

Features of Easy Recovery Essentials include:

  • Automatically find and fix errors
  • Works even when you can’t get into Windows
  • Recover from virus infections
  • Restore your PC to a working state
  • Access and back up your important data
  • Use your PC even when it doesn’t work
  • Advanced tools for IT experts

Disk for recovery & repair

If you’re like most PC users, you probably got Windows Vista with a new PC or laptop. And if you’re like 99% of the population, you get your new machines from one of the major manufacturers.

Dell, Acer, HP, Toshiba, Lenovo, they all have one thing in common: they don’t give you a real Windows Vista installation disk with your purchase.

Instead, they bundle what they call a “recovery disk” (that’s if you’re lucky – otherwise you’ll have a recovery partition instead) with your machine and leave it at that.

It doesn’t matter that you just paid a thousand dollars for a machine that comes with a valid Windows Vista license – your computer manufacturer just don’t want to spend the money (or perhaps take on the responsibility) of giving you a Windows Vista installation DVD to accompany your expensive purchase.

The problem is, with Windows Vista, the installation media serves more than one purpose. It’s not just a way to get Windows installed, it’s also the only way of recovering a borked installation.

The DVD has a “recovery center” that provides you with the option of recovering your system via automated recovery (searches for problems and attempts to fix them automatically), rolling-back to a system restore point, recovering a full PC backup, or accessing a command-line recovery console for advanced recovery purposes.

Download recovery disk for Windows Vista

Windows Vista Logo Easy Recovery Essentials repair process is non-destructive, recovering PCs without formatting or reinstalling Windows.

The powerful repair process can fix many issues that Microsoft’s own Startup Repair cannot. In addition to the industry-leading automated repair features, this disk will give you access to the following:

  • System Restore
  • Web Browser
  • Partition Editor
  • Antivirus Scanner
  • Data/File Backup and Recovery
  • Commandline/Terminal Access

Later update: Please note that this download is no longer free, due to licensing restrictions imposed upon us.

Download Easy Recovery Essentials for Windows Vista

Our recovery disk supports x86 and x64 platforms and all Windows Vista versions, including 32-bit and 64-bit editions:

  • Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
  • Windows Vista Enterprise (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
  • Windows Vista Business (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
  • Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
  • Windows Vista Home Basic (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
  • Windows Vista Starter (32-bit edition)

And all Service Packs:

  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)

This disk is a 120 MiB download in standard ISO format that you’ll need to burn to a CD or DVD before you can use it as a bootable recovery medium. You can also burn it on a USB stick.

You cannot use a recovery or repair disk to install or reinstall Windows Vista.

Burn to CDs, DVDs or USB sticks

NeoSmart Technologies has published a guide on how to burn an ISO image to CD or DVD with your favorite burning program, which you can read if you need more information or help on this topic. You can burnt it with ImgBurn, Alcohol 120% or ActiveISO:

You can also burn it on a USB stick if you don’t want to use CDs or DVDs. We published a guide on making a EasyRE recovery USB.

Compatible with PC manufacturers

This recovery and repair disk is compatible with desktops, workstations, laptops, notebooks, netbooks, ultrabooks and servers from major PC manufacturers, like Dell, HP, Asus, Acer or Lenovo plus more.

Dell, HP, Asus, Acer


The disk is compatible with all Dell laptops and desktop computers, including all its manufactured series like Adamo, Inspiron, Studio, Vostro, XPS, Latitude.

Do you have a Dell computer running Windows Vista? Read our Dell recovery and restore guide.


The disk is compatible with HP computers: ENVY, EliteBook, Essential Home, Pavilion and x2 for laptops and ENVY, Essential Home and Pavilion for desktops and All-in-One Desktop PCs.

Do you have a HP computer running Windows Vista? Read our HP recovery and restore guide.


It’s compatible with notebooks, ultrabooks, laptops and desktops from ASUS.

It works for any computer that was manufactured by ASUS, if it runs Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or any of the following Windows Server editions: 2003, 2008, 2012.

Do you have an Asus computer running Windows Vista? Read our Asus recovery and restore guide.


It’s compatible with any Acer computer that has Windows installed, including these manufactured series:

  • Aspire R, Aspire V3 and Aspire E for notebooks
  • Aspire S7, Aspire S5, Aspire S3, Aspire P, Aspire M, Aspire V7, Aspire V5 for ultra-thin computers
  • Aspire One for netbooks
  • Aspire M and T, Aspire X and Predator G for desktops

Do you have an Acer computer running Windows Vista? Read our Acer recovery and restore guide.

Lenovo, Toshiba, Samsung


You can download the repair disk for any Lenovo computers, such as:

  • ThinkPad, IdeaPad, Essential series for laptops
  • Thinkcentre, Ideacentre and Essentials series for desktop PCs

Do you have a Lenovo computer running Windows Vista? Read our Lenovo recovery and restore guide.


It’s compatible with any Toshiba computers running Windows:

  • Satellite, Qosmio, Portege, Tecra, Kira family series
  • All-in-One desktop series

Do you have a Toshiba computer running Windows Vista? Read our Toshiba recovery and restore guide.


The disk is compatible with Samsung line of laptops and desktops, including:

  • ATIV Book, Gaming and Business PC series for laptops
  • ATIV One for All-in-One desktops

IBM, Compaq, Gateway, eMachines


IBM personal computer business division was acquired by Lenovo in 2005.

This disk supports IBM desktop and laptop models, most notably the ThinkPad line.


Compaq was acquired by HP in 2002, but some of its famous PC line series are still used by our customers.

Our disk works with Compaq notebooks and desktops PCs, including Compaq Presario series.


Gateway Computer was acquired by Acer in 2007.

Our disk is compatible with Gateway Computers netbooks, notebooks and desktops PCs, such as:

  • Series SX, DX and One ZX for desktop systems
  • NE and NV series for notebooks
  • LT series for netbooks

Do you have a Gateway computer running Windows Vista? Read our Gateway recovery and restore guide.


eMachines PCs were manufactured up until 2004 when Gateway Computers brought the company. Gateway Computers was later acquired by Acer in 2007, but the eMachines PC brand was used until 2012.

If you own a computer from this computer brand, our disk is compatible with eMachines PCs.

Disk for Windows 7, 8, XP or Server editions

Windows 7

You can get our recovery disk for Windows 7. It supports all versions: Ultimate, Enterprise, Professional, Home Premium, Home Basic and Starter.

Download for Windows 7.

Windows 8

You can also get the recovery disk for Windows 8.

Download for Windows 8.

Windows XP

Easy Recovery Essentials is available for Windows XP users and it supports all Service Packs: Service Pack 1 (SP1), Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Service Pack 3 (SP3).

Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012

Easy Recovery Essentials supports Microsoft Windows Server editions: 2003, 2008 and 2012.


Our disk supports all Windows service packs (Windows XP SP1, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 7 SP2, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012 R2.

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2,730 thoughts on “Windows Vista Recovery Disk and Repair Disc Download

  1. i installed libusb and it jammed up usb drives so i reset now cant boot can i use this disc to fix this problem or uninstall whatever is stuffing up my computer

  2. Hi, I did a really dumb thing trying to Restore my computer because my room mate (ex) decided to delete some things off my hard drive. I did too many system restores and now it won’t boot up Vista at all, not even under the Safe or Normal boot. I get an error message stretched across the screen, don’t remember what it says, but then that’s all I get.
    Will your recovery disc work for me in this situation? I cannot purchase the original startup disc or recovery disc from the manufacturer, they are not available. Please help me ??????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot afford to spend money on anything that won’t fix my computer’s problem. I am on limited monthly income. Thanks.

  3. Got a Sony viao with windows vista and when turned on shows ” no operating system found”.
    Will this fix the problem.

  4. Can I run bootrec.exe /fixmbr from command line using this. I have a Sony Viao that I need to restore from the recovery partition but the MBR is messed up and I can’t get it to boot into the recovery center

  5. This thing fixed my problem in 2 min after I spent HOURS reading through microsoft’s non-solutions. Thank you!! WORTH EVERY PENNY

  6. How to easily recover EasyBCD setup after performing a Windows7 ‘Repair your computer’ option on the installation CD.
    I have the EasyBCD 2.2 installed on Windows7, SP1
    64-bit sys. This system has five, each are one TB SATA hard drives. The BIOS shows the make & model of each one. The trouble is all the HDs are the same make and model and size, the only BIOS distinction between them is the port number, which only the hardware seems to find useful. Last time I had to go through this it was a lot of trouble to reinstall EasyBCD after performing that Repair, getting the right partition to line up with what EasyBCD needed. Even haveing a backup file handy that was created from EasyBCD did not completely help this. I had a lot of trial and error before getting it working. I currently have the ‘System Reserved’ partition visible as W: so that ShadowProtect backup can see it.
    Any suggestions to make life a bit easier beyond Aspirin?

  7. Ok, I´m thinking of buying the disc – I’m having the problem that ‘one of my files is missing or corrupt’ – preventing me from booting up. Previously it was the software file, now it says it is the system file.

    My laptop has Vista. I have a disc for windows 7, and the laptop (Dell) can read the disc but it still does nothing.

    More important than anything for me is recovering the data on the HDD. How can I do this using the disc? Will I have to buy an external hard drive…or is it possible to transfer the files to a USB for example?

  8. I am stuck with ?other user? log on and password like some other people here already complained.
    Like you said to other people, I tried to restore on another restore point. But I don’t know how to do it?
    I don’t think it gives me that option.
    Please Help me out here. Thank you.

    Without any idea what to do after all this (as it?s not listed on website above), I have guessed I need to run EasyBCD. Great, but how? I cannot run it from the (possible) Ubuntu interface (no ?run? command seems to work), I cannot run it from a USB with the program installed, and as noted above I cannot access Safe Mode.

    So, basically, I am completely stuck. I think I need to get it to boot ?back? to Windows, but not to the ?Other User? log on. I cannot access Safe Mode. I cannot do anything with the (possible) Ubuntu) interface.

    Any clues?

  9. you sound like a verry smart person am having problem same as a lot of your readers i have 3 pc`s 2 windows 7 onewindows vista looking for free downloads vista wont boot up wont run any instalation or repair disk that i download off my windows 7 for windows vista

  10. I have Vista Home Premium on anAcer computer my father gave me that he purchased back in “08”. It is needing an over-haul to get back to the original version. Will this work? I have a 32 bit. Wil the Vista x86/x64 be the one that I purchase to get back to almost original version? How much does it cost? What ways can I purchase this? Is there a guarantee it will work? Thanks for your time. Larry

  11. My Files in my Drive D Recovery has been there anyway this cd could completely restore the computer since the files to restore the computer to faculty settings is lost?

  12. Will the Vista Recovery get me to the point where I can re-flash my bios? I am able to enter bios and define the boot order of disks, set time / date and what not, but I notice that the bios version that is being reported by the desktop (version 5.31) is not consistent with the bios version documented on Compaq’s website (version 5.27). Am I correct in assuming that this VISTA recovery ISO will allow me to in essence to re-flash my bios?

  13. Terrence, this CD will likely not work for reflashing your BIOS. We don’t recommend upgrading BIOS firmware unless you have a really good reason, as it can damage your hardware permanently if done in an incorrect fashion.

  14. Understood on not attempting to reflash the BIOs. But in this instance, due to processes of elimination, I believe that with the BIOS versions currently in effect that is not consistent with the last known reported BIOS from the HP/Compaq website, I have no choice but to attempt to reflash the BIOS. Memory checks show good memory, good CPU function, good hard drive surface scan testings, Used different Memory sticks, swapped out HD drives, reformatted both driver using win XP Pro, ensure all PCI slots are empty, but Win XP Pro fails to install windows with a BSOD indicating a page fault in a non paged area. Sounds like a bios issue. What do you think?

  15. Hello,
    I downloaded the rec. disc from your website, and used it.. however my PC now starts LINUX instead of Windows Vista…? Am i doing something wrong or is it just a mix up in downloads ( which i can hardly imagine)

    I have never had Linux before.. hope you can help.

  16. Where do I start , I did an upgrade on iTunes now my computer want boot back up but i don’t have the window vista recovery disc but if i did i cant use it because my CD ROM doesn’t work how to fix the problem so i can get pic and other data off

  17. Hello,

    Problem: I can’t update my Vista with SP1.
    I get the message code 8007371C.. I have tried everything.
    Is this cd the solution ?

  18. Mahmoud, thank you for making this important utility available to those in need. It has really saved the day for retrieving my valued files from an HP Pavilion Laptop ! I still have a recovery problem however… your utililty didn’t repair the MBR problem on the Vista Partition, BUT NEITHER DID THE STARTUP REPAIR FEATURE ( via F11 Onboard Vista System environ. This is a 2007 dv6409 Notebook, and the Vista Utility won’t identify the existing installed VISTA partition, BUT YOUR SOFTWARE WILL. Is there a way to fix the MBR on The VISTA partition after trying all your software’s FIX MBR feature has failed ? MANY, MANY Thanks ! -Jesse

  19. is there missing files? because it wont my compaq laptop will not boot up with the start up disk. i am stuck in this BOOTMGR infinite loop. its either im not installing the files properly onto the burned disk, or im missing something, or theres files missing.

  20. I purchased the vista recovery dis. Used the automated repair, said the repair was successful, to restart the computer. When I ejected and restarted the computer it gives me an Other User option with no username or password. The original username and password isn’t working. What do I do? Have I lost my data. Please help.

  21. I purchased and downloaded your EasyRE for Windows Vista in order to recover my daughter’s laptop back in July 2012. I followed the instructions and burned the iso file to a CD and booted using the disc on a Dell Inspiron 1545 Vista laptop. I chose the Automated Repair. From there I had the same problems described by the following fellows message pulled from your Neosmart Technologies comments. I attempted to get help at the time and got short answers that did not help me resolve the issues at all. At the time I became extremely frustrated with the product, lack of support or empathy and
    just set it all aside.

    I am now trying to use EasyRE again to get the laptop back to running Windows and am encountering the same problems. I boot with the CD and the automatic repair doesn’t work, using a command prompt doesn’t help as it boots into Ubuntu or something Linux and I don’t know their command
    structure, if I boot into Ubuntu that doesn’t provide any obvious way to recover Vista, and if I let the laptop boot from the hard drive I get the “Other User” log in mentioned in sevrals comments. There were only two recovery points shown and trying either of them yields the same “Other User” login. Any suggestions as to what to try next? Is there a known problem with certain computers. Is all hope lost and do I need to go to the Geek Squad? Did my download not include the EasyBCD?

    John L

    PS: I also noted that this user mentioned that the download was 40 MB instead of the 120 MB Neosmart indicated. Does that have anything to do
    with it?

  22. Have Vista on Acer 4400. 2 weeks ago would not boot up. Thought it might be battery, so boutght new one. Booted up successfuly sveral times. Now will not boot up. When I power up, it flashes 3 times, hestitates and flashes 3 times and powers down. Bought and burned easyRE for Windows Vista.iso to cd successfully. Put in drive, pressed power buttom and sames thing happens.- will not boot up from drive. Any ideas?? Thanks so much!

  23. Had a half-dead Vista laptop, and nothing, but nothing, that I could do made a difference. I could get it to boot partially in various modes, but it would always stop at a certain point and go no farther. I downloaded this disc, burned it to a CD and booted off of it, chose Automatic Recovery, and PRESTO!!! Everything is working perfectly. Couldn’t be easier. Thanks so much!

  24. I must admit I was a bit skeptical. But within 5 minutes, I back up an running. …..not to mention the 3 hour web search beforehand for a solution. The $19.95 was well worth it. A huge thanks!

  25. Ok here is my promblem I have aver window vista and I lost the recovery disk. So I gotta to look for a recovery disk 1 question does this restore your computer to factory settings

  26. Ok. Downloaded the Vista Recovery tool. burned it to a disc, now what?? Couldn’t find any instructions on the website and I paid $19.99…so, what should I do??

  27. Reboot your machine from the CD/DVD (whichever you created). It should load into the recovery program…..

  28. This tool is the real deal. I no longer had the recovery disks for my Windows Vista OS that crashed and all attempts at repair were unsuccessful. I downloaded the file, burned it to a CD and used it to boot from. The repair wasn’t successful (it likely could be, I just got impatient) but the Back Up File function is working like a dream. Transferring all my thought-to-be lost files to a CD as I write this. Well worth the $19.95 — cheaper and less headache (and way quicker) than taking it in to the Geek Squad or the like.

  29. Does this tool work on both 32 and 64 Vista ? Since i cant get the pc further then to BIOS and the startup options ( after this it get stucked loading windows)
    i can not tell wich version I have…

  30. Great !!
    And i found out, the program got my pc working 🙂
    Im happy
    i seem to have lost some drivers for
    the basesystem
    Ethernet controlling unit
    PCI controlunit for data recording and signal handling
    PCI control unit for kommunikation

    does the program fix that to ?

  31. I have a dell windows vista xps M1530 and It won’t boot everytime i turn it on it says ntldr is missing press any key to restart and then when i do sends me back to same message does anybody knows of this would fix the problem and get my computer working again and if not what can i do, thanks.

  32. i have 32bit op system i nead recovery disc for boot and cant find a download site to burn to dvd since i lost my disk please help

  33. Hello 🙂 I’m very interested in getting this. I have a blue screen on my Dell Studio XPS 1640 for Vista and the error says Unmountable_Boost_Volume. Even the safe mode window goes back to the blue screen and even the repair window screen goes back to the blue screen of death 🙁 I don’t mind if I can’t get the pc to work again, I just need all my stuff off the laptop. Will this help me recover my pictures, music, software programs, etc? I am desperate. I will have lost everything because I didn’t have an external hard drive to back it up. 🙁 Looking forward to a response before purchasing this. Thanks so much! 🙂

  34. I am so glad I came across this website or I’d be stuck paying for a clean install. I bought Vista and 7 Home because a friend’s OS was so corrupted/lost that it was stuck at “Please wait…” 80% of the time or didn’t even know what to do at the Login screen the other 20% of the time. The 7 Home worked wonders. It found so many things wrong with the Boot files and fixed them all and then some. It took 3 minutes to download both ISO files, 2 minutes to make two CDs, 4 minutes to recover, and only $20.00 each. It saved me so much money since the computer never came with an option to buy a recovery disc.

  35. I ran the windows automatic repair, it finished and then I took the disc out and restarted the computer. I got the gateway sign and then the screen turned a light blue. I cant see my mouse I am just stuck on a light blue screen. Did I pay 20 bucks to have my processor wiped out

  36. I had a hard drive completely crash and I had to by brand new hard drive, so now I’m stuck with no OS on it since I can’t pull it off the other one. Will the recovery disc install the OS? Or do I need to look else where, if so, where?

  37. Rose…
    Read the above posts, it tells you it doesnt reinstall it returns your machine to the state it was in immediately prior to the crash!

    What I want to know after reading the above is does my problem cost me 20.00 or do I have to buy two ISOs at 20.00 each, and if so, why???? Does it cost 20.00 or does it cost 40.00?

    If I go ahead now and purchase this tool, will it work on multiple machines that have vista installed, or is it a one time only use disc/image?

    This is potentially very good so I hope someone can come back with answers to the above…

    Many thanks,

  38. Got the DVD and rebooted. Got some way to recovery …(at least I see a screen that looks vaguely familiar) but the system is lookng for “Other User”…it doesn’t see my old user name and password. Makes no difference what I type in (or don’t type in) the system says “The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted” and then I’m stuck. Any ideas on how to proceeed?

  39. Great!!

    Thank you Mahmoud, I think this is just what I have been looking for for my personal use.

    …and what about if I wanted to use it in an unlimited way to repair the machines of other people… is there a different version that can be purchased?

    Thank again

  40. Quoting…Mahmoud Al-Qudsi on April 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm said:
    Mark, glad to hear it! As for repairing others? computers: that is what the Technician Edition is for.Ending quote.

    Cool! You’ve been very helpful Mahmoud!

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