What is LiVista Rescup?

By today, Windows Vista has been sold a lot of times. Regardless whether you have a retail version, an OEM (“system builder”) version or a pre-installed version, you always get an installation DVD (or an “Anytime Upgrade DVD”) that includes a simple rescue system you can use if your Windows does not longer boot. That DVD will be the same for all Vista versions of the same language (okay, there will be one 32-bit and one 64-bit DVD for each language), and all installed files are stored in an install.wim file on there. So, everyone that is using Vista, basically has one of those DVDs.

The aim of this blog is to document and discuss about ways of making the rescue system built into the Vista Setup more usable. By default, you have no taskbar, no explorer, and cannot even extract files from the install.wim file separately. You can use some of your portable apps (like Firefox), but a lot just do not work.

So I want to build an addon (ideally an exe file you store on your USB pen) that you can execute from the rescue system and it will automagically build a nice user interface for you – without containing any files that are from Vista (or even without any files that are not open source). So you have to carry that one around with you (you have an USB pen with portable apps with you anyway, don’t you?) and whenever you forgot to wear that “No I do not fix your computer” T-shirt and anyone asks you if you can fix their Vista, you have everything you need.

The current state is a bunch of batch files that load up a taskbar and an explorer, and add support to extract single files. But, of course, we can do better 🙂

Why that name, you ask. Take Live Rescue and Vista Setup and move them together like in the picture below:

LiVista Rescup animation

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