Vista Recovery Disk does not show Install window

I have created a recovery disk using Torrent. When rebooting I hit the F12 key, and change the boot drive to the cd where the recovery disk is located. However, I never see the Windows Vista Install Now window. My system just boots as normal.

What have I done wrong?

bob k.


Mostly Harmless
Staff member
You need to press a key when it's loading from the CD, otherwise it'll just load off your hard drive.
When the disk didn't boot using the F12 key, I used the F2 key and selected the option to start from the disk drive. I got the error: "THIS IS NOT A BOOTABLE DISK. INSERT A BOOTABLE DISK AND ENTER F1".

what am i doing wrong... again...

bob k.


Super Moderator
Staff member
Try the disc in another computer to ensure that it was burned properly. If it doesn't, the download was either corrupt or you need to re-burn.

Mak 2.0

Staff member