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    Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB
    How to Download a Vista ISO and Create an Installation DVD or USB
    Published by Ztruker is offline
    25 Dec 2013
    Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB

    How to Download a Vista ISO and Create an Installation DVD or USB

    information   Information
    Downloads are available for the 32 (X86) and 64 bit (X64) versions of Vista Ultimate only, in English, French and German, but if, during the install, you do not enter the product key when initially prompted for it then you will be asked to select the version of Vista you want to install. It can be any of these four:

    Windows Vista Home Basic
    Windows Vista Home Premium
    Windows Vista Business
    Windows Vista Ultimate

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    You must have a valid installation key, which should be on the COA sticker on the computer, to activate the installation once it completes.





    STEP ONE

    To Download the Vista Setup Files



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    The Vista downloads listed below seem to come and go. Right now, 10/12/2014 at 3:39PM EST they are available. I don't know of any other location they are legally available from, sorry.

    1. Downloaded the Vista X64 or X86 setup files.

    download

    X64 (64 bit):
    install.wim
    boot.wim
    X14-63453.exe

    X86 (32 bit):
    install.wim
    boot.wim
    X14-63452.exe
    Note   Note
    Both X14-63453.exe and X14-63452.exe will be downloaded as MicrosoftInstaller.exe. For consistency, please rename MicrosoftInstaller.exe to X14-63453.exe or X14-63452.exe, depending on which you downloaded.

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    Wait for all downloads to complete before continuing


    2. Double click (or right click and Open) on the downloaded X14-63453.exe or X14-63452.exe. It extracts all the files into a Vista sub-folder.

    3. If they are not already there, copy boot.wim and install.wim into the Vista\sources folder that is created when you doubled clicked on the .exe file in step 2.

    4. Download the Windows Bootable Image Creator zip file, WBICreator.zip.

    download

    5. Extract the files in WBICreator.zip to a folder.




    STEP TWO

    To Create the Vista ISO File


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    You can download the files on any computer but you must be running on a 64bit (X64) system to create a 64Bit install DVD or flash drive

    6. Open the folder and double click (or right click and Open) WBICreator.exe

    Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB-wbicreator1.jpg

    7. Click Next

    Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB-wbicreator2.jpg

    8. Select OS Type: Windows Vista (all the way to the bottom)

    9. CD/DVD Label: VistaX64 or VistaX86

    10. Setup Location: The Vista folder created when you double clicked on X14-63453.exe or X14-63452.exe.

    11. Output Path: Somewhere with enough free space to hold the .iso file that will be created (X64 = 3,837,112KB, X86 = 3,013,816KB).

    Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB-wbicreator3.jpg

    12. Click GO. When done a VistaX64.iso or VistaX86.iso file will be created in the Output Path you chose.

    Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB-wbicreator4.jpg




    STEP THREE

    To Create Vista Installation DVD or USB Flash Drive with ISO File

    13. You can use the generated .iso to create a Vista Install DVD.

    13a. Download and install and run ImgBurn.

    13b. Make sure you deselect anything other than ImgBurn during the install by always taking the Custom choice.

    Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB-imgburn1.jpg

    13c. Click on Write image file to disc

    Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB-imgburn2.jpg

    13d. Click the Browse for file button and selecta the ISO file you just created.

    Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB-imgburn3.jpg

    13e. Click Write. A nice little tune will play when the DVD create completes.

    Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB-imgburn4.jpg

    14. You can also create a bootable USB Flash drive (4GB or larger) to install Vista from.

    14a. Download and run Universal USB Installer Easy as 1 2 3

    14b. Select Vista from the first drop down list, all the way to the bottom

    Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB-usbuniversalinstaller1.jpg

    14c. Select the VistaX64.iso or VistaX86 .iso file

    14d. Select your USB flash drive

    14e. Click Create

    Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB-usbuniversalinstaller2.jpg
    information   Information
    I created a X86 flash drive and used it to install a clean copy of Vista Home Basic on my HP DV2200 Laptop. Worked great using the key on the COA sticker of the laptop.

    Remember to activate after the install has completed.

    Note: You may need to download drivers for the computer from the manufacturers web site so I would suggest getting the Network (LAN and Wireless) and video/VGA drivers ahead of time so you can install them as soon as you finish installing Vista.



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    Re: Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB

    Great job Rich.

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    Re: Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB

    I will second that. Information that is asked for constantly at the Forum.

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    Re: Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB

    I have a 32bit Vista .iso made by SIW2 that has both service packs and all Windows updates up to 11-10-13
    I will give the link to interested parties who contact me and not post it publicly

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    Re: Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB

    Hello, I had a HP a6700f desktop with an OEM version of Vista, and the motherboard failed. So I ordered a different motherboard (ASRock), new memory, a new case, and a better CPU. I retained the original HDD with the OEM copy of Vista. With everything installed, I tried booting up on the new motherboard, but it would blue-screen. I then changed the HDD from default ACHI to IDE mode, and it booted up. All I had to do was re-enter the product key, and it activated perfectly. Now, my problem is that I can't access HP's recovery options to restore the PC to the original condition. If I create a Vista image using the method above, can I use the Vista x64 OEM product key from my HP a6700f, or am I better off purchasing a new copy of Windows?

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    Re: Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB

    I've done this several time using the OEM Vista key and it's worked fine.

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    Re: Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB

    A new motherboard usually means a new computer by way of reinstallation standards. The key may appear to work for a short time, but then you might begin to receive notices that the key is not valid. Does not hurt to try, however.

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    Re: Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB

    Thanks everyone, this worked perfectly, and the activation was successful. No phone calls needed. Hopefully it will last! I'd rather have Vista than Windows 7 or 8.

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    Re: Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB

    I admit I am not totally versed in installing and re-installing OS's as I don't do it that often. But I have been totally confused as to why you need to create an ISO and then burn the ISO to a DVD. Seems like you are just putting the files into one format, and then undoing it. As it turns out, you don't have to do that. If you go to IMGBRN website, and look under help, they have the topic of exactly how to create a Vista bootable install disk. You don't have to create an iso. You just download the exe and two .wim files from digital river (the files given in the beginning of this thread) and then run the exe file to create the vista directory. Then you use IMGBRN exactly as they say in the help topic to create the bootable dvd from the vista directory. I did this today and it works great. This saves you some steps as it is not necessary to create the .iso.

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    Re: Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB

    Thanks Spacecon, I'll check that out. Would simplify things for sure.

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