Windows Vista® 32 & 64 Bit Re-Install Repair Restore Boot Format Master Disk DVD Images
Throughout the life of your computer, you may find yourself in a position where you need to repair or reinstall your windows Vista installation.
The most common causes for this are:
- Failed windows system updates e.g. the computer is turned off mid way through an update.
- Viruses corrupting important parts of your file system or system registry.
- Failed Anti virus software updates.
- Bad hard drives sectors
- Accidental user error (deleting a system file by accident)
- Continued improper hard system shutdowns e.g. always turning the machine off by the power button rather than shutting down.
These days the majority of new PC’s come with a hidden restore/recovery partition built into the machine, this can be used to repair your windows Vista installation or completely wipe it back to factory condition. However it is pretty rare to actually receive any Windows Vista recovery/repair/re-installation disks with the machine.
This situation presents a number of problems for the consumer, as follows:
- You may not have a recovery partition on your machine
- Your recovery partition may be corrupt or have been accidently deleted.
- You may have been given recovery media with your machine but have lost or damaged them.
- You might want a clean windows installation without all the manufacturer bloatware included by default.
Microsoft do not provide Windows Vista recovery or re-installation media directly to the public. They instead have an agreement with Digital River (of which we are members) to distribute CD/DVD images online on their behalf. Thеѕе аrе NOT illegal – They are available for all windows Vista customers with genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Activation Keys (also known as a product code or product key).
Creating The Windows Vista Disk Images:
These images contain the following versions of Vista, all on one DVD: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, Home Basic N, Business N
Step 1: Download the following 3 files (32 bit or 64 Bit) and place them in a folder on your desktop
**Sorry, Microsoft have recently removed the digital river links, new links will be posted here when they become available.
**Please note, you may get a popup asking you if you want to run or save these files, just save them, do not run.
**Please also note your antivirus may warn you about downloading .exe files, this is normal, just ignore it.
**These are high speed download links, but the Install.wim file is large and should take anywhere from 20 minutes to about 50 minutes to download on a high-speed broadband connection.
Step 2: Make the ISO image file
1. Place all 3 files (boot.wim, install.wim and X14-63452.exe or X14-63453.exe ) in the same folder on your computer. In this example, I’m using a folder called “V” on the C:\ drive.
2. Run the executable file (X14-63452.exe or X14-63453.exe) and it will auto extract the needed files to a new folder called Vista. When you get to the main install window, close it.
3. Download and install ImgBurn. Make sure Skip the offer of adware during install. Launch Imgburn and select “Create image file from files/folders”.
4. Now click on the Advanced tab -> Bootable Disc tab, then tick “Make Image Bootable”. Click on the browse for file icon next to “Boot Image:” and select the etfsboot file in the \Vista\Boot folder.
Type in “Microsoft Corporation” into the “Developer ID:” box. “Load segment:” should already be 07C0 and “Sectors to load:” should be 4, if they aren’t, change them.
5. In the same window, click the browse for folder button and select the Vista folder that was automatically created earlier. Then click on the Build button and give the ISO a name when asked. The program may ask to alter the file system of the ISO to UDF and also will auto suggest a label. You can simply confirm the suggested option both times.
After a minute or two your ISO will now be created and you can simply burn the resulting ISO file using the ImgBurn program using the write image to disc option. For a more successful burn, it’s always safer to use a speed of 8x or under as Windows install discs are prone to being a bit inconsistent when burned at higher speeds.
It’s pretty straight forward but if you need some instructions Here is a video showing how to burn an image to a disc using imgburn:
Alternatively here is another Free CD / DVD image burning software & instructions:
CD / DVD Burning Software
Before you Re-install / Restore Windows Vista
Find Your Product Code
To re-install you will need your original Windows License key / product code this can usually be found on a sticker on your machine, sometime underneath, side or back of the case. If you have your product code you are good to go and can skip this section.
If you don’t have a sticker or it is too faded or damaged to read, but the old windows vista system still exists on the machine, you can use some software to read the product code on the machine. Details as follows:
If your machine still boots up OK:
Please can you go to the link below, download install and run the software:
Just run Belarc Advisor and wait while the initial analysis of your computer system is completed, a process that takes anywhere from several seconds to several minutes depending mostly on the speed of your computer.Once the analysis is complete, Belarc Advisor will open your default web browser and display a report, which it calls your Computer Profile Summary. This will list a whole load of information about your machine but the section you’re interested in is:
Software Licenses: List of product keys and serial numbers used to install the programs and operating system listed
Make a note of the product key for your windows operating system, it should be a load of characters seperated by dashes.
You may also want to write down or print all the details of any other sofware installed like microsoft office etc.After you have all those details you can go ahead with your re-installation.
If your machine does not boot up:
If your machine does not boot / start up, the guide below describes the process for recovering your product key:
If for some reason you can not get hold of your product key, you don’t really have much choice other than to purchase a new one or resort to more illicit methods of windows activation, we do not recommend or support that.
Backup/Recover Your Important Files
If your machine does not boot but you still need to recover important files from your machine, you have been provided with some software to complete this task, please follow the instructions on the link below (Skip to setp 3):
Even if your machine boots up, it’s always advisable to backup your important files incase anything goes wrong with the installation.
Installing & Repairing Windows Vista Instuctions
After downloading and burning to disc, simply insert the DVD and reboot the machine, it should boot from the DVD. After a short while windows will load the required files and prompt you to start the installation/repair. Follow the onscreen instructions.
If you need some help with installing windows Vista, this website has a great visual guide to the windows 7 installation procedure:
If you need some help with repairing windows Vista, this website provides a good guide to the repair procedure:
If your machine does not boot from the DVD you may need to change the boot sequence in the system bios. The system bios can normally be accessed by pressing one of the F keys. As your pc is starting up look for something similar to “Press F2 to enter setup”, if there is nothing like that, keep restarting and pressing each F key in sequence until you find the right one. Then locate “boot order” or “boot sequence” and change it so the first boot device is your CD/DVD drive, save and exit. Restart and the PC will boot from DVD.
**Please note installing windows Vista from scratch will completely wipe your machine including any files, programs, pitcures and music etc from your computer. A repair installation does not, it simply replaces the core windows installation system files only.
If you have any problems or are unsure of anything, please feel free to contact us
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Nik & Alec