My HP came with Windows Vista preloaded (no installation disk). My hard drive crashed and im installing a replacement, but It's requiring me to install Vista. Where can i get a Vista install disk without buying it from Microsoft?
If you can read your 25 character MS product key, you can make your own Windows Vista installation disk. Just download the 3 files you need at the link below, and read all of the instructions to create a bootable DVD installation disk using imageburn.
I am the author of the Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide, thanks for referring people to it. Now that I have the guides on WordPress, I am seeing alot of redirects from this thread to download WIndows Vista so here is the up to date guide:
Windows Vista used to be available for public download on servers owned by Digital River, Microsoft's service provider for e-commerce. As of February 2015, these downloads have been pulled. "Free" access to the OS disk images is no longer possible.
Thank you! This is amazing and exactly what I needed. We were donated several older laptops that had vista keycodes but the hard drives were wiped and no disks were availalbe. I have now been able to get these computers up and running so that they can be used by folks who may not otherwise have access to a computer.
Been searching and realize the etfsboot.com is required to make it boot on the machine. I created the disk on my windows 7 64bit machine and I am trying to make a vista 32bit bootable dvd. Following the instructions up to extracting the files does not put the elftsboot.com in the vista boot folder. Hope this explains my problem better
Thank you so much for this article. This has helped me in two ways, first of all I can get a clean Vista disk to re-install on old computers that I refurbish and give away. Second, the trick of using the Wayback machine to get software that is no longer offered for download: brilliant!
Can someone please tell me if they know for sure why vista is the only image all this work must be done with? Why is windows 7 and windows 8 RTM a simple iso and no crap needed but vista must be built?
Sure you can install over windows xp, however you would need service pack 2 or higher version of windows xp to install. I would recommend win to flash software for installing windows 7. It will make the pen drive bootable and you would not have the dirty installation which this method would do.
2. Extract the contents of the installation ISO to the root of the HDD you just created the partions on. You now have a HDD with a primary, active partition and all of the files from a windows 7 DVD which will be bootable.
To ensure that you have all of the drivers and supported softwarefor your server, download the Tools and Drivers ISO image. The ISO image canbe used in a system with a CD/DVD burner to create a DVD that will be accessibleduring the installation.
The first step towards the Virtual installation is to get an ISO image of this old operating system. As I mentioned above that it is free and avail by Microsoft itself officially along with License key. Thus, use this link which will open the page of Archive.org, where click on the ISO image link given on the right side under the Download section, this will allow you to download Windows XP Professional SP3 x86 ISO image. Just on the same page, the free but official professional key for the same will have been given. Copy that and jot down somewhere like NotePad.
Select updates.boot-land.net and vistape.winbuilder.net in the bottom-right section (as shown above). For the first build you create, it's recommended that you leave Recommended selected in the drop down list and leave all other items as they are by default. Select the Download button to start downloading VistaPE. The screenshot below shows the download in progress:
If you get one or more messages stating that a file cannot be found or downloaded, acknowledge the message and let the download complete with the missing file(s). Then select Download from the main WinBuilder screen, and choose Download again on the Download Center screen. Doing this should cause WinBuilder to download just the missing file(s) so that you now have a complete VistaPE installation.
IFW includes a utility (bartpe.exe) that will install the files required to include IFW on the VistaPE boot disc. This file is located in the IFW installation folder (C:\Program Files\TeraByte Unlimited\Image for Windows\V2, by default). Successfully using this utility requires that the VistaPE project has already been downloaded into WinBuilder (as outlined in Step 2 above).
The defaults shown above will work fine and it's recommended to keep them. If you are unsure if there is enough free space on the installation drive, check the required disk space before proceeding by using the Disk Cost button. When ready, click Next to start the install. At completion, the following screen will appear:
After downloading the zip file, extract all into a directory of your choosing. Navigate to this directory using Windows Explorer and double click on SC Programmer Setup 533.msi to begin the installation.
When the downloaded installation file is run, a security prompt will appear. Click Run to start the installation process.NOTE! The Windows User Account Control (UAC) prompt may appear asking, "Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?" Select Yes to continue with the installation.
Assuming you have burnt your Windows CD into a ISO file with the tools like: -osx.sourceforge.net/Pages/English/home.html1. Jump into a folder here 2. Get the latest version of zip archive with the keyword "mac" in the filename.3. Download and open it up on your Mac OS X desktop.4. On Unetbootin interface, choose [Diskimage]->[ISO] and then select the Windows ISO file on your local hard drive.5. Select the right USB Drive and then click [OK] to start writing ISO data onto your USB drive.Once done, you're ready to boot your computer with this bootable USB drive, like a DVD installation disk.
[Please read before installing Windows 10]Please prepare and check the reinstalling environment of your PC such as a recovery DVD or USB memory and backup media before installing Windows 10. If you have not created a Windows 7 recovery disk, please make sure to create one before performing the installation. You may not be able to create a recovery disk after the installation is complete.Please refer to the "instruction manual guide" that is attached to the product for procedures on how to create a recovery disk.See here for the PDF version of the instruction manual. Also please prepare the recovery media for the installation of Windows 10. The information on the media this service supports, refer to the following.Notes
The next step is to take the disk image and write it to some form of external media so that you can boot the computer into that media and then install the operating system. Most commonly the installation medium consists of either an optical disk such as a DVD, or USB flash drive.
In this particular case, on Windows installation steps, when formatting the hard disk, you should allocate a free space on the disk with at least 20 GB in size in order to use it later as a partition for Ubuntu installation.
4. For the purpose of this article, We will be installing Ubuntu 20.04 alongside Windows dual boot (you can use any Ubuntu release for installation). Go to the download link from the topic description and grab the Ubuntu Desktop 20.04 ISO image. 2b1af7f3a8