Burning a Windows Vista Install CD from install files downloaded from Microsoft

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by theodrak, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. theodrak macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I have bought a version of Vista from Microsoft Online Uk Store which allowed me to download the files. (https://emea.microsoftstore.com/UK/) This came in the form of....

    Vista_HomePremium_SP1_32bit_English_Download_Part1_66I-01938.exe
    install.wim
    boot.wim

    I tried burning this to disc and runnning BootCamp Assistant to install.
    After partitioning the drive Bootcamp asks to install the Windows Vista Install Disc.

    However i constantly get the error
    "The installer disc could not be found"

    How do I burn the files mentioned above so that it will be recognised by my mac inorder to install Vista?

    Really appreciate any help on this.

    Theo
     
  2. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    Assuming that both the online store and MSDN sites have a similar delivery scheme (I've only downloaded OS images, etc. from the MSDN site) you will actually need to run the exe on a Windows machine. It will then download an ISO which you will need to burn to a DVD and, finally, you will be able to boot off the CD and install it. It always seemed to be a mildly braindead method to me seeing how they are offering OS installs for purchase...
     
  3. theodrak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think it is the full install

    Thanks for the prompt reply,

    I think it is a different method of download to MSDN, as in total the three files are 2.8GB which i assume is a compressed version of the full install.

    Vista_HomePremium_SP1_32bit_English_Download_Part1_66I-01938.exe = 81MB
    install.wim = 2.6GB
    boot.wim = 128 MB

    Would you know of any way of transforming this into a "disc image"?
     
  4. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    It looks like the "install.wim" is a Windows Image containing the actual guts of the system while "boot.wim" is a BartPE system that will boot from a DVD and actually perform the install. I would have to guess that running the EXE will either burn a bootable DVD or create an ISO. There doesn't appear to be an easy way to get a bootable disc out of those files without having some sort of pre-existing Windows install.

    This site has instructions on how to burn the DVD but, after doing a quick scan of the page, it still appears to be very Windows-centric.
     
  5. theodrak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks

    Thanks. Ill see if there is anything i can do with the files then
     

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