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Installation & Upgrade Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB

Tried it again, both 32 and 64 bit and it worked fine. I did not have to copy either of the .wim files to Vista\sources.

I think what happened was I doubled clicked on X14-nnnn.exe files while the boot.wim and install.wim files were still being downloaded so they didn't get copied to the sources folder. This time I waited until all downloads completed before doing anything and it works correctly.

I'm going to leave the new Step 3 I added as it doesn't hurt and may possible help someone else.

Edit: Just tested both 32 and 64 bit iso files I just created and they boot fine.
 
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Yes, it is available but not "officially". You need to request it:

Post here and ask Peter (Ex_Brit) to send you the link to the versions of Vista you need, 32 or 64. Include your E-mail address mucked up, like abc at xyz DOT com then edit your post and remove it as soon as you receive the link.

The ISO Peter provides has both SP1 and SP2 applied.
 

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Thanks for the kind words.
 

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Not sure if this is the right place to post this. Let me know if it is not.

I need to download Vista Home Premium 32bit and install it on my PC. I have the COA sticker. When I selected it at the beginning of this thread, I was directed to HeiDoc.net. It only showed Ultimate and then 4 .exe's below those. I'm not sure what to download. Could someone help me on this?
 

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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
hi new here I cant see a button too rep you or send you a pm hope I find it soon :) great info on here keeping my vista going as long as possible thanks so far for the info
 

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ilikefree

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I have removed the file made by SIW2 as it was causing a few problems for people downloading it without a download manager
I still have a Vista X86 (32Bit) iso and both service packs as stand alone files there if needed.
Sorry for any trouble people had with it.
Both SIW2 and I tested it with no problems but maybe we have faster internet connections than people that tried to download it.
Just for something to do I tried this tutorial and created an iso with it but won't upload it as I already have one on my site that works.
Remember to activate it after you install and not when they ask you to. That way you will get the option of which version you need.

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Hello all. I have a valid Windows Vista Home Premium CD KEY and I needed to re install windows vista 64 bit on this computer, as the hard drive crashed. Didn't have a recovery disc so I found this site and proceeded to follow all directions TO THE TEE, everything seemed to have worked until the installation got to the point of installing files, and it gave me the error that d:\sources\install.wim could not be found. I looked on the install disc and it sure is on there. Like I said, I followed the directions to the tee...any help would be appreciated. As I'm writing this, I am also re downloading the install.wim file and am going to try and create the ISO and burn it one more time, following the exact instructions given on this thread. PLEASE help, as I have a dead computer!!
 

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Hello all. I have a valid Windows Vista Home Premium CD KEY and I needed to re install windows vista 64 bit on this computer, as the hard drive crashed. Didn't have a recovery disc so I found this site and proceeded to follow all directions TO THE TEE, everything seemed to have worked until the installation got to the point of installing files, and it gave me the error that d:\sources\install.wim could not be found. I looked on the install disc and it sure is on there. Like I said, I followed the directions to the tee...any help would be appreciated. As I'm writing this, I am also re downloading the install.wim file and am going to try and create the ISO and burn it one more time, following the exact instructions given on this thread. PLEASE help, as I have a dead computer!!
OK..so here's an update. I finished re downloading the install.wim file from the link that was given, started over and followed all instructions, burned the ISO and still I'm getting the missing or corrupt install.wim file...ok this is getting frustrating!! PLEASE any suggestions?
 

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Post here and ask Peter (Ex_Brit) to send you the link to the versions of Vista you need, 32 or 64. Include your E-mail address mucked up, like abc at xyz DOT com then edit your post and remove it as soon as you receive the link.

The ISO Peter provides has both SP1 and SP2 applied.

Pick up the Tutorial: How to Download a Vista ISO and Create an Installation DVD or USB here:

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

During the install, when asked for the key, don't enter it. You will then be given a menu where you can chose the version you want to install.

Activate once the install is completed.
 

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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
Would like to have that. How do I contact You?
 

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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.
The free (IMGBRN will only burn CDS. That would take too many verses a DVD.
 

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ilikefree

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Would like to have that. How do I contact You?
I have had two people report they had trouble downloading and installing this file so I removed the link to it from my website
I will replace it today
You will need a download manager if your internet connection is slow as it is a larger than normal download
There is a contact us link on my website you can use as well
ilikefree_Contact_us

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Edit: Done
 
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I have a machine that was downgraded to Win. XP Pro 32 bit that came with Vista Business. Now I'd like to update it back to Vista Business. I've downloaded all the files and done as the posts have said in creating and burning the ISO image but when I try to install the software it shuts dow during the install and I get a command screen. Image attached. File burned onto a DVD.
Anyone think they can tackle this problem?
Thanks,
E
Vista.jpg
 

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patddfan

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The Digital River site is defunct as of february 2015. I was only able to find windows vista as a torrent download since microsoft no longer supports it, and HP won't sell me any recovery DVDs to fix my pc with!
 
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