You have just brought a brand new PC or laptop or netbook that came pre-installed with Windows 7 from one of the major manufacturers, viz. Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, Toshiba, etc. But the problem that you face when buying from them is you won’t receive any Windows 7 installation media with your purchase. Instead, you will receive either a “recovery disc” (if you’re that much lucky) with your purchase or you’ll have a “recovery partition” built-in your machine.

You may ask what is the problem here, as you can easily recover your Windows 7 or Vista, using the “recovery disk” or “recovery partition.” Well, the problem is, when you use the recovery disks/recovery partition to recover Windows 7 or Vista, it will delete all your files and restore your computer to the state it was in when you first purchased it.

Windows 7 and Windows Vista DVD installation media comes with a “recovery center” that allows you to fix common Windows operating system related problems without restoring the computer back. If you do not have this DVD, Microsoft have made a recovery disc for this purpose. The Windows 7/Vista Recovery Disc can be used to get access to a system recovery menu, giving you options of using System Restore, Complete PC Backup, automated system repair, and a command-line prompt for manual advanced recovery.

NeoSmart Technologies is hosting a copy of the Windows 7 Recovery Disc and a copy of Windows Vista Recovery Disk for your convenience. Windows 7 Recovery Disk 32-bit version is 143 MB in download size while the 64-bit is 165 MB in download size. Windows Vista Recovery Disk is 120 MB in download size. All these recovery disks are in the standard ISO format, ready to be burned directly to a CD or DVD.

Don’t wait until your PC crashes, we suggest you to create your own Windows 7 repair disc or create a system image of Windows 7/Vista and keep the disc safely, before any disaster happens.

Note: You cannot use the recovery disc to install Windows 7 or Windows Vista from scratch or reinstall Windows.

Update: NeoSmart Technologies is no longer hosting the downloads. Instead, you are being directed by NeoSmart Technologies to by them. will charge you $9.75 for downloading the recovery discs.

Note: If you have made any purchases of the recovery disc using the links below, please understand that My Technology Guide is in no way associated with NeoSmart Technologies. My Technology Guide is also not an affiliate of NeoSmart Technologies. If your download is not working and you need support or if you want a refund, please contact NeoSmart Technologies and send your refund request to them and NOT My Technology Guide.


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  1. M S ALGAHTANI Reply

    I bought a toshipa laptop with Windows Vista Business but using the recovery cd it went to windows xp PLEASE HELP ME

    • Hello M S Algahtani,

      As you have mentioned that the laptop came with Vista Business, I am assuming here that you used the Vista Recovery Disk, and using a recovery disk, it is never possible that it “went back to Windows XP.” Are you sure you haven’t used a Windows XP installation disk when trying to recover Vista?

  2. M S ALGAHTANI Reply

    the recovery cd that cme with my laptop was windows xp i thought that it was vista please help me get vesta recovery

    • So what this means is your laptop came pre-installed with Windows XP first and you later brought and installed genuine Windows Vista later?

      Can you tell me more about your partitions? Then I may be able to help you further.

  3. M S ALGAHTANI Reply

    no my laptop came pre-installed with genuine Windows vista business first but the recovery cd that was provided by the dealer was windows xp
    what i understood after i had used it that i should have made my own recovery cd with win vista
    my partitions is the way my win xp did it

    • If your Windows Vista was a genuine one and it came with your laptop pre-installed, then I think you should contact your laptop vendor about the problem asap. The only way to get back Windows Vista now is by re-installing it using the Vista installation media (not the recovery disk). You can try using the Vista Recovery disk mentioned here, but I am not confident if it will be able to help you much, since, you have already formatted the Vista partitions using Windows XP disk. :(

      I still don’t understand why your vendor gave you a Windows XP disk, you should really ask that guy why he gave you the Windows XP disk instead of Vista..

      Anyways, I can only say that you should take care what disk you are using and what you are doing when reinstalling/repairing the operating system or formatting the computer. If you don’t know what you are doing you should take the help of an expert or a friend who knows the stuff very well.

      Do tell me if your laptop vendor helped you or not…

  4. M S ALGAHTANI Reply

    I bought my laptop at Singapore airport while travelling through
    now I’m in Indonesia and I live in Saudi Arabia

  5. i m using vista business in my dell vostro. But i dont have recovery partition. can i still able to recover my os using windows vista recovery disc

    • Asif, you can recover your Vista using the recovery disk. But it depends upon the extent of damage. There is a difference between recovery done through the recovery partition and recovery using the recovery disk.

      Provide us with some more details about your problem, so that we can help you out.

  6. i have hp pavilion dv6 3120 model..
    i hav created the recovery disc and system repair disc….
    can i repair the system without losing files ??


    • Yes, you can. But do take backup of your important files. There’s no better alternative to a good backup of data.

  7. I don’t know how,but i created a system repair disc from windows 7.It was a beta version build 7000
    But i don’t see any option to do that in the Windows 7 SP 1 7601 version.It does have all the repair options as the original install disc and works perfectly fine with Windows 7 SP 1.
    I saved $ 9.75 just by using the free beta version of windows 7.(now i have the RTM version)

  8. Need a restore disc for HP g6-2123us;-0000
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