Updated Windows Vista Buisness SP2 (x64) ISO?

lmacri

Vista Pro
Do you know how I can activate now? MS refused to give me a downgrade key "because Vista is EOL" when it was never stated I couldn't get a key after EOL.

Hi Mechanical:

As far as I know the slui.exe 4 method in Step 2 / Option 2 of Brink's tutorial How to Activate Vista Normally and by Phone Activation still works - at least if you're reinstalling Vista SP2 on a computer that shipped from the factory with that same OS. I know of someone who used this method in Dec 2021 and was able to activate a clean reinstall of Vista SP2 on their old Dell Inspiron 1501.

However, I have no idea if this automated phone method will work for you since you are downgrading from Win 7 SP1 to Vista SP2. I presume the product key number on your COA sticker is for a Win 7 OS, but you said in your original post that "microsoft says OEM licenses have downgrade rights" so hopefully that won't be an issue for you.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    32-bit Vista SP2 Home Premium
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion dv6835ca
    CPU
    Intel Core2Duo T5550 @ 1.83 GHz
    Motherboard
    Quanta 30D2 (U2E1)
    Memory
    3 GB RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Hard Drives
    250 GB SATA Western Digital Scorpio WD2500BEVS 5400 rpm
    Other Info
    Malwarebytes Premium v3.5.1-1.0.365 * Firefox ESR v52.9.0
  • Operating System
    64-bit Win 10 Pro v21H2
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 15 5584
    CPU
    Intel i5-8265U @1.60/1.80 GHz
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 07R8NW A00
    Memory
    8 GB RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 256 GB KBG40ZNS256G NVMe SSD
    Other Info
    Microsoft Defender * Malwarebytes Premium * Firefox

lmacri

Vista Pro
Do you know how I can activate now? MS refused to give me a downgrade key "because Vista is EOL" when it was never stated I couldn't get a key after EOL.

Hi Mechanical:

If you can't figure out a way to activate your Vista OS and need to go back to Win 7 SP1 see AdvancedSetup's 19-May-2021 tutorial How to Update Windows 7 to the Latest Security Updates in the Malwarebytes forum. That post includes a full set of instructions for patching a clean reinstall of Win 7 back to end of support on 14-Jan-2020. I haven't performed a clean reinstall of Win 7 SP1 in several years so someone else would have to tell you if the step to enable the TLS 1.1 and 1.2 secure connection protocols is a strict requirement before other security and rollup updates can be installed.

I know you said in post # 3 that you prefer Vista over Win 7, but you might want to reconsider your downgrade to Vista SP2 unless you have older software that won't run on Win 7 SP1 in Compatibility Mode. If you haven't used a Vista SP2 machine in recent years post back and let us know. Aside from the fact that support for this OS ended on 11-Apr-2017, there have been quite a few changes to Microsoft policies in recent years (see the MS support article Windows Update SHA-1 Based Endpoints Discontinued for Older Windows Devices about Microsoft's decision to deactivate the Windows Update servers for Win XP and Vista on 03-Aug-2020 for one example) that make using a Vista SP2 machine even more challenging in 2022.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    32-bit Vista SP2 Home Premium
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion dv6835ca
    CPU
    Intel Core2Duo T5550 @ 1.83 GHz
    Motherboard
    Quanta 30D2 (U2E1)
    Memory
    3 GB RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Hard Drives
    250 GB SATA Western Digital Scorpio WD2500BEVS 5400 rpm
    Other Info
    Malwarebytes Premium v3.5.1-1.0.365 * Firefox ESR v52.9.0
  • Operating System
    64-bit Win 10 Pro v21H2
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 15 5584
    CPU
    Intel i5-8265U @1.60/1.80 GHz
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 07R8NW A00
    Memory
    8 GB RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 256 GB KBG40ZNS256G NVMe SSD
    Other Info
    Microsoft Defender * Malwarebytes Premium * Firefox
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