This is an interesting development. While there have been many rants about Microsoft’s Vista SP1 beta (key point there: it is a beta) Long Zheng of istartedsomething has posted that there is a now a Create a Recovery Disk option in SP1 that:
To be blunt, this tool creates merely a slimmed-down Windows installation disc. It takes a normal Windows installation disc image and strips out all the “installation” functionality leaving only the repair tools and common system files.
Interesting development that looks to offer some real utility. Read more of the details here.