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Old 04-06-2012, 07:57 PM
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Is that for real? Latest SP and updates all in ISO format and ready to download? Sounds too good to be true if not illegal. Has anyone downloaded those?
I wish I had the latest ISO's for Vista. Vista takes forever to update.
See my post above. It does take some time to setup, but it will save you a lot more time in the end.
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you can find the official links to the cd/dvd for windows/office...on this site
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Is that for real? Latest SP and updates all in ISO format and ready to download? Sounds too good to be true if not illegal. Has anyone downloaded those?
I wish I had the latest ISO's for Vista. Vista takes forever to update.
Should be fine they are just linking to digital river.
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Old 04-07-2012, 06:31 AM
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If you're worried about the legality of it, just check out Microsoft's tutorial on how to do it yourself with the windows OPK. As PCX said, it does take allot of time but at least you know it's legal and virus free because it's a tutorial from MS using your own media. Actually, the time spent creating one of these DVDs is not much more than installing the OS on a client's machine.
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Edit: Actually, the easiest thing to do for all OSs is to use the Windows OPK and make images of every version you want completely updated. Microsoft also provides an in depth tutorial on this as well. Just google "Windows OPK".
I'm a little confused with this. From the tutorials I've read thus far you're supposed to install Vista on a second partition on your PC, install SP2, then extract an image from that. Won't this image be specific to that motherboard/chipset & all the associated drivers?

It also sounds like you're making an image of a specific version of Vista (e.g., Home Premium) rather than a universal install disk like the original Vista DVD is.

If anyone has a download link to Vista SP2 from DigitalRiver please let me know, I could only find Vista SP1.

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I'm a little confused with this. From the tutorials I've read thus far you're supposed to install Vista on a second partition on your PC, install SP2, then extract an image from that. Won't this image be specific to that motherboard/chipset & all the associated drivers?

It also sounds like you're making an image of a specific version of Vista (e.g., Home Premium) rather than a universal install disk like the original Vista DVD is.

If anyone has a download link to Vista SP2 from DigitalRiver please let me know, I could only find Vista SP1.
No, it will not be specific to that computer. That said, you should not install any unnecessary drivers or optional updates that are driver specific. Find the most generic computer that as the best out of box support and do your image creation on there. I have deployed my image on hundreds of computers without any issue.

As for the time it takes. AlaDes is right, it does not take much longer than an actual install, which for Vista, that means its an all day affair, but most of it can be done in the background while you work on other computers.
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Completely unverified or tested:
Windows Vista with SP2 RTM Slipstreamed/Integrated DVD ISO Image (BT Download)

Afaik, you should be able to do the efi.cfg hack and use it for all versions.
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Afaik, you should be able to do the efi.cfg hack and use it for all versions.
Has anyone tested or confirmed that these work? And what is the efi.cfg hack??
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And what is the efi.cfg hack??
It removes the restriction of which version you install when installing the operating system. EG: Take an image of a Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit install dvd, remove a tiny file on the image called 'efi.cfg', and the disk will then allow you to choose which version you install (Home Premium, Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, Starter (I think), and Home Basic; all still 64bit like the original copy). It's perfectly legal, there's also a utility to do the work for you:

http://www.technibble.com/ei-cfg-rem...l-of-the-week/
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How does it take you guys so long to do a reimage? with all updates Vista takes me about 3 -3.5hrs of bench time including drivers, software, and updates.... 7 is closer 1.5hrs, XP is about 2.5hrs.... data transfer adds about 30mins typically...... I don't even use images anymore as they usually took as long as a fresh install. I guess I just can't figure it out lol
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