This is the way I would do it.
note-there are prerequisites that must be installed in some cases BEFORE SP1 is installed.
the following will also provide you with a SP1 set of recovery disks for simplified reinstallation of Vista in future steps
insert dvd, restart
at prompt, hit any key to boot from disk
follow prompts to install
If you have sata drives that need installation, click 3rd party driver
, and load either from usb or insert disk with the driver on it, and navigate to stoarge controller driver
at partitions screen DELETE all partitions, install Vista into unpartitioned space after vista is installed-
Vista will install most drivers
(go to windows update)
keep going back untill no updates are available for your system
then load sound driver/video driver (and any other driver/software packages not installed (i.e., tv tuner card, video camera driver/software, ATI catalyst driver/software, realtek sound cards need the audio manager HD codecs, etc) load programs
(including Office/dvd playback/adobe/messengers)
then go back to Windows Update, and keep going back untill no more updates are availalbe for your system Create sp1 recovery disk
then image your drive with:Drive Backup Express - Free Download!
perform weekly data file backups with Vista file backup utility (type backup
in start search bar)