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Building Recovery CD


Note:To Restore 4.0 and 4.1 BMR Backups please use 4.0 Recovery CD. To view 4.0 documentaion click here.

Building Recovery CD is simple process. If you don't have Windows AIK ,You should download and install it as explained below.

User have to do download the Recovery CD builder files from website and build the recovery ISO using that. We couldn't build and distribute the ISO directly as Microsoft license restricts it.


To build Recovery CD following are needed,

  1. Windows Automated Installation Kit for Vista (for driver injection module)

    You can download the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) for Vista from microsoft website
    Filename : vista_6000.16386.061101-2205-LRMAIK_EN.img (992.2)

    Write the downloaded ISO into a DVD and install the AIK using created DVD. And copy the following files a folder with name "peimg" and store it somewhere. It will be used later

    peimg.exe from C:\Windows AIK Vista\Tools\PETools and all other below files from C:\Windows AIK Vista\Tools\Servicing

    Uninstall the installed AIK.(Because you need to install Windows Automation Kit for Windows 7 next, It wont install while already another version installed.)

  2. Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7 (For Recovery CD)

    You can download the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) for Windows 7 from microsoft website
    Filename : KB3AIK_EN.iso (1.7GB)

    Write the downloaded ISO into a DVD and install the AIK using created DVD(Note:Latest Windows AIK won't install on xp and below OSs)

  3. Recovery CD Builder
    1. Click here to download Recovery CD Builder.
    2. Extract the downloaded zip file.
    3. Copy the stored peimg folder to \tools\peimg

Build Process

  1. Open extracted builder files location and run Recovery CD Builder.exe.

  2. Browse and select a location which have minimum 256MB space for TargetLocation.

  3. This step is optional.
    Recovery CD is based on Windows 7 . It have inbuild drivers for most commonly used devices. But if you are going to restore to a machine with devices which haven't supported by windows bydefault, then you have to put the all driver files for those devices in a folder and specify that path in Additional Driver.

  4. If you are going to create Recovery USB select the 'Retain Temp Files' checkbox.
  5. Click the Build to start the build process.

  6. It will start the build and the create ISO file

ISO Usage

  1. You can write it in a CD/DVD
  2. or
  3. You can write it into USB Flash drive
    1. Use the following method to prepare the BMR Recovery USB

      1. From a running Windows Vista\Win 7\Win 2008(Oss below vista are not supporting UFD partition) operating system or Windows PE session, insert your UFD device.
      2. At a command prompt, use Diskpart to format the device as FAT32 spanning the entire device, and set the partition as active. For example,

        list disk
        select disk DISK_INDEX
        create partition primary size=SIZE_OF_THE_DEVICE
        select partition 1
        format fs=fat32

        DISK_INDEX is the index number you get from previous command
        SIZE_OF_THE_DEVICE is the size you allocate for the Recovery Partition.It should be atleast 256MB

      3. Copy all the content in the \ISO directory(Located in the system temp folder) onto your UFD device. You can manually copy or use the xcopy command. For example,
        xcopy D:\BmrRecoveryISO\winpe_iso\iso\*.* /s /e /f f:\

        where 'f:' is the letter of your UFD device.

        For more info please, check the Microsoft help document

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