Lost Windows CD

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    atcdesigns

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    Hi everyone, hope your all well.. I am in desperate help for advice.. I have vista home premium.. ( well did lol ) i currently work as a web designer, and my mate constantly kept goin on about linux mint... as a portable solution for operating systems to take around with me.. anyway long story shrt, he convinced me, and in turn wiped my hard drive and installed linux, and then went to put vista back on along side... so i could boot up with either at start up, and also had linux on usb to travel with .. great :) ermmm NO! :( lol.. part way through installing vista again it stops.. turns out my disc got dammaged somehow scratched etc.. anyway wont load.. i cant even copy it onot a usb nothin.. is there anyway.. ((( remember im only on linx now...lol )) to get a download.. that is vista premium... as in one i can just download to my usb. then install from tht.. please hep!
     
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    Ztruker

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    If you do not have a Windows Vista installation DVD, you can download a legal copy with SP1 integrated from here:

    Download Official Windows Vista RTM with SP1 Setup Files (32-bit and 64-bit).

    Only Windows Vista Ultimate with SP1 (X64 or X86) download is available, but if, during the install, you do not enter the product key
    when initially prompted for it (which you must have to use the download), then you will be prompted to select the version of Vista you
    want to install. You can activate once the install is done.


    You do need a valid installation key, which should be on the COA sticker on the computer, to activate the installation.

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

    Downloaded the Vista X64 or X86 files.

    X64:
    install.wim
    boot.wim
    X14-63453.exe

    X86:
    install.wim
    boot.wim
    X14-63452.exe

    Double clicked on X14-63453.exe or X14-63452.exe. It extractes all the files into a Vista sub-folder.

    Downloaded Windows Bootable Image Creator zip then extract the files to a folder:

    Open the folder and run WBICreator.exe
    Click Next
    Select OS Type: Windows Vista
    CD/DVD Label: VistaX64 or VistaX86
    Setup Location: The Vista folder created when you double clicked on X14-63453.exe or X14-63452.exe.
    Output Path: Somewhere with enough free space to hold the .iso file that will be created (X64 = 3,837,112KB, X86 = 3,013,816KB).
    Click GO.

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

    You can use the .iso as input to a burner program like ImgBurn to create a Vista Install DVD, or you can use it as Input to
    Universal USB Installer – Easy as 1 2 3 to create a Vista install flash drive.

    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 use the X64 or X86 version of Vista you currently have.

    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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    Hi guys, sorry for bringing up an old thread.
    I am, trying to create Vista ISO file and did everything as instructed above, and a ISO is created. However when i try to load it I just get an error message of: "Couldn't find bootmgr" I am sure i have missed something simple, any help would be appreciated.


    Thanks
     
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    What did you do with the iso file once you had it? Put it on a zip drive, burn a DVD, what? What program did you use to accomplish this?
     
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    Thanks for the reply, I used imgburn to create the iso from file. I tried to load the iso into virtual box and used imgburn to burn to dvd and used rufus to put on USB. All kept coming up with the same error. I deleted the iso and tried again with the same results :(
     
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    Walk through the steps again and do exactly what it says.

    For X64 you need all 3 files:

    install.wim
    boot.wim
    X14-63453.exe


    Try Universal USB Installer as I did. I've not used Rufus though many people have.I've dopne this multiple times and not had a problem.
     
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    Jyclop

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    Hi guys. I was able to download 'boot.wim' and 'install.wim'.
    But when I go to download 'X14-63452.exe', it says, "File not found."
    Any ideas?
     
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    Many of the Vista downloads have been removed. No idea if they will be made available again or not.

    Post at the end of the following thread.

    Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB


    Look through the last number of posts to see what you need to do. Basically post your diddled E-mail address then Ex_Brit will send you a link to where you can download the 32 or 64 bit Vista iso that includes SP1 and Sp2.
     
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    Ok thanks!
     
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