Since Microsoft declined to release this utility, I can’t give you a link pointing to it. However, if you’ll do a Google search for
you’ll find some download links for it. Recdisc.exe seems to be “hard-wired" into the System32 folder. It won’t work if you download it to your desktop and simply double-click it there. Vista will ask for your permission and then . . . nothing happens.
Instead you’ll need to copy it to the System32 folder, and you’ll need to overcome the resistance that Vista puts in our way when we try to mess with things in the Windows folder. Here’s what’s involved.
1. Start at “Computer" and navigate to C:/Windows/System32.
2. Locate the recdisc.exe program (or type “recdisc" in the search box to find it rapidly).
3. Right-click the icon and select “Properties."
4. Click the “Security" tab.
5. Click the “Advanced" button. This will open the “Advanced Security Settings" dialog.
6. Click the “Owner" tab.
7. Click the “Edit" button. This will open another dialog labeled “Advanced Security Settings."(Click through Vista’s asking permission if it occurs.)
8. Select your user name by highlighting it.
9. Click OK to take ownership of the file.
10. Back in the second dialog, click on the “Permissions" tab.
11. Look at your user name. Does it say “Full Control" under the Permission column? If it does, stop here.
12. If it does not, click your user-name and then click the “Edit" button.
13. To the right, click the “Full control" check-box under the “Allow column."
14. Click OK, and the dialog should now show that you have “Full control" over the file.
15. Click OK until you close all the dialogs.
Now you can delete this file, copy it, move it, or do whatever you want with it. My suggestion is that you right-click it and rename it to recdisc.exe.save and leave it in the System32 folder. This is just in case Microsoft really is planning to use it in an update someday.
Now you’re ready to drag ‘n drop the recdisc.exe file that you found on the Internet into your System32 folder.
This is optional, but while you’re there, you might want to right-click the new recdisc.exe file and select “Send to Desktop." This will create a shortcut on your desktop giving you ready access to the program.
To use it, simply double-click the icon to run the program. Have your Vista disc handy because it will soon ask for it.