Just to fight the confusion that will inevitably happen, there has not been a separate release for the Client Restore disk before. It has just been part of the previous releases. As to why I decided to separate this is because I may need or want to do separate releases in the case of driver updates, new ideas, or the like. Also, some people may only want or need this and not the whole package. Either way, it’s mostly a cosmetic change.
Now, for the important part. What is in it. First of all, we’ve added the Vista recovery. While this isn’t a catch all recovery tool, it should at least help a number of people, and can be very useful for “blank” systems. It’s from Vista SP1 32-bit specifically, so it may have issues with 64-bit installations. We’ve also integrated the Vista x86 driver packs for chipsets (907), lan (907) and mass storage (907) on both the Client Restore part and the Vista Console.
Included in this release is a RAR-ed package labeled the “Restore Flash Drive”. How is this different than the ISO? Well, the ISO has an option for computer systems with less than 512MB of RAM. This option is there because on systems with less that 512MB of RAM tend to respond very poorly to using RAM Disks. They tend to just not load. However, when Windows loads (including WinPE, which is what the Restore Wizard uses), it “reboots” all USB devices. Bad things happen when you’re reading from a device that gets knocked offline. It doesn’t work. So, the contents of the “Restore Flash Drive” only contain the RAM-Disk option for the Home Server Client Restore, and the Vista Console. Just remember, you’ll need to prep the USB Flash Drive to take these files and boot. Instructions on how to do that here.
Download link and md5 hashes (for verification) are available here.