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    Windows Vista was available from the Digital River online store, and some of the download links are still accessible. Most of the links that can be found on the web now are dead, but I managed to search and collect all that is necessary to still download a full version of Windows Vista in English, French, German, Spanish and Dutch.

    Download Windows Vista from Digital River


    Digtal River provides these downloads via Microsoft Azure. Digital River is Microsoft's service provider for e-commerce. For more details, please refer to this press release. So this is an official download channel, and you can be sure to receive setup files that are virus-free, secure, legitimate and untouched. Downloading the files from Digital River is absolutely legal and completely free of charge. Without a legally obtained product key however, only trial installations can be done.


    Windows Vista 32 bit

    Windows Vista Ultimate x86 SP1 Dutch (Netherlands) VistaSetupPrep.exe (X14-68066.exe)
    boot.wim
    install.wim
    Windows Vista Ultimate x86 SP1 English (USA) X14-63452.exe
    boot.wim
    install.wim
    Windows Vista Ultimate x86 SP1 French (France) X14-68064.exe
    boot.wim
    install.wim
    Windows Vista Ultimate x86 SP1 German (Germany) X15-19134.exe
    boot.wim
    install.wim
    Windows Vista Ultimate x86 SP1 Spanish (Spain) VistaSetupPrep.exe (X14-68065.exe)
    boot.wim
    install.wim
    Windows Vista x86 RTM English (USA) X13-49114.exe
    X13-49116.exe
    X13-49118.exe
    X13-49120.exe
    Windows Vista 64 bit

    Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 Dutch (Netherlands) VistaSetupPrep.exe (X14-68071.exe)
    boot.wim
    install.wim
    Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 English (USA) X14-63453.exe
    boot.wim
    install.wim
    Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 French (France) X14-68069.exe
    boot.wim
    install.wim
    Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 German (Germany) X15-19135.exe
    boot.wim
    install.wim
    Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 Spanish (Spain) VistaSetupPrep.exe (X14-68070.exe)
    boot.wim
    install.wim
    Windows Vista x64 RTM English (USA) X13-49115.exe
    X13-49117.exe
    X13-49119.exe
    X13-49121.exe
    Windows Vista Ultimate (PRODUCT) RED

    This is a collection of screen saver, side bar apps, background images etc. dipping your desktop into deep red, like the red ribbon, indicating solidarity with victims of AIDS/HIV. When properly purchased, a percentage of the proceeds of Vista RED editions goes towards fighting AIDS in Africa. Please don't just indicate your support. Do give! The HIV rate in Sub-Saharan Africa is at an alarming 5%, and even little donations can have great impact there.
    Windows Vista Ultimate (PRODUCT) RED English (USA) X15-19965.exe


    Tutorial: Create a Windows Vista installation disk or iso image the easy way

    You will need the three downloaded files (one *.exe and two *.wim files) as well as some zip software such as 7-zip and an iso image software such as ImgBurn.
    The following screenshots show the process of creating an English Windows Vista 64 bit iso image on Windows 8.1 32 bit. Other languages and bit editions work exaxtly the same. As you can see, the restriction that 64 bit iso files could only be created on a 64 bit system is no longer valid. Since ImgBurn runs on all Windows systems as well as on Wine, things will be much easier now. Only a few clicks are required.

    So you start with all three Windows Vista files in one folder. It should look like on the screen shot now. X14-63453 is the setup file for the English Windows Vista 64 bit. The *.wim files come from the same download set. First thing to do, open the *.exe file in 7-zip and extract the contents to some folder on your hard drive.

    7-zip will create a new folder called "Vista", which is the root folder of the installation DVD. It contains a subfolder named "sources". Now move the two *.wim files into there.

    What reamins to be done now is to create the iso image, and/or an installation disk from the new folder with the Vista files. You do that using ImgBurn. Let's look at the screen shot first.

    This is the settings screen for ImgBurn. You don't need to change a lot from the default settings. Browse for the "Vista" folder as the source. Choose a file name and a location for the iso file you want to create ("destination"). Then go to the "advanced" tab, and select "bootable disc".
    In the options screen for bootable discs, select the check box to make the image bootable. As the boot image, select the "etfsboot.com" file in the "boot" subfolder. Then enter "Microsoft Corporation" as the developer ID. All other settings, please do not change.
    So, that was already it, you can trigger burning the disk or creating the iso image now, and ImgBurn will do its thing. ImgBurn will offer you to auto fix some issues like a missing name tag, and the disc type. You can confirm all the auto fixes. After about 5 minutes, your disc or your file is already done.



    Tutorial: Create a Windows Vista installation disk or iso image the easy way

    You will need the three downloaded files (one *.exe and two *.wim files) as well as some zip software such as 7-zip and an iso image software such as ImgBurn.
    The following screenshots show the process of creating an English Windows Vista 64 bit iso image on Windows 8.1 32 bit. Other languages and bit editions work exaxtly the same. As you can see, the restriction that 64 bit iso files could only be created on a 64 bit system is no longer valid. Since ImgBurn runs on all Windows systems as well as on Wine, things will be much easier now. Only a few clicks are required.

    So you start with all three Windows Vista files in one folder. It should look like on the screen shot now. X14-63453 is the setup file for the English Windows Vista 64 bit. The *.wim files come from the same download set. First thing to do, open the *.exe file in 7-zip and extract the contents to some folder on your hard drive.

    7-zip will create a new folder called "Vista", which is the root folder of the installation DVD. It contains a subfolder named "sources". Now move the two *.wim files into there.

    What reamins to be done now is to create the iso image, and/or an installation disk from the new folder with the Vista files. You do that using ImgBurn. Let's look at the screen shot first.

    This is the settings screen for ImgBurn. You don't need to change a lot from the default settings. Browse for the "Vista" folder as the source. Choose a file name and a location for the iso file you want to create ("destination"). Then go to the "advanced" tab, and select "bootable disc".
    In the options screen for bootable discs, select the check box to make the image bootable. As the boot image, select the "etfsboot.com" file in the "boot" subfolder. Then enter "Microsoft Corporation" as the developer ID. All other settings, please do not change.
    So, that was already it, you can trigger burning the disk or creating the iso image now, and ImgBurn will do its thing. ImgBurn will offer you to auto fix some issues like a missing name tag, and the disc type. You can confirm all the auto fixes. After about 5 minutes, your disc or your file is already done.


    Source:Heidoc

  • #2
    nice post,thanks.
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    • #3
      I think more people need to know that legally downloading Operating Systems is the best thing to do. You may pay a price, sure, but for that price you can expect only quality. I'm a very frightened person in what concerns viruses because a really bad one burnt my hard drive in the past, and now I must be careful with everything that I download, including Operating Systems.

      Since I'm a student, I use Dreamspark to download my Operating Systems, and they are completely free. Can you do a guide for that, as well? It might come in very handy for students.
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      • #4
        thanks, for this nice post, i will use this in some other time, now windows 10 is awesome,
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        • #5
          I can't imagine why anyone would want to download vista unless they are using it to provide an upgrade path from XP to Windows 7. Or maybe they lost their installation media? Vista was plagued with all sorts of issues and wasnt a very popular release.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by JohnBeaulieu View Post
            I can't imagine why anyone would want to download vista unless they are using it to provide an upgrade path from XP to Windows 7. Or maybe they lost their installation media? Vista was plagued with all sorts of issues and wasnt a very popular release.


            i am agree with you, actually i dont think people do like to use vista or xp or any others if they get real test of windows 10.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by smbhossain786 View Post



              i am agree with you, actually i dont think people do like to use vista or xp or any others if they get real test of windows 10.

              I'm actually running into a lot of resistance from my customers regarding Windows 10. There a number of people that seem to prefer Windows 7. Most of the concerns are based on pure FUD (fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) however and have nothing to do with reality.
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              • #8
                Unfortunately the windows 10 upgrade was not extended to windows vista users. I'm sure that if it was they wouldn't think twice before they did the upgrade, but it's good to know that it's still possible to download it if you still have it on your computer and want a fresh install.
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