Installing windows vista from a microsoft store download

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Freeskier130, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. Freeskier130 macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2009
    I've recently purchased a mac book pro and when I went to instal windows using bootcamp, I realized that all of my windows Vista and Xp discs were OEM versions that came with previously bought systems. I installed using a dell boot disc without entering my license key (so I have 30 days) just to test it out. I then decided that I would like to purchase a retail version of vista home premium from the microsoft store because the free copy of windows 7 was quite enticing. I chose the purchase option of "download" thinking that I could receive my product key and software instantly, but apparently they don't process orders on non-business hours.

    I then had a thought that I might not be able to create a bootable disc from this software. I went into the support and looked at the instructions and there was nothing about turning the software into a bootable disc. This leads me to two questions:

    Has anyone had any experience with downloading their copy of the OS from the microsoft store?

    Would I be able to download the software on my current windows partition, and run the installer directly from there to create a clean installation of the windows OS?

    Sorry if my questions are silly, but I am new to bootcamp and I didn't have much luck finding this any of this information.
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    According to Microsoft web pages, you have to purchase a DVD to install via bootcamp; the download will not work.
  3. steveza macrumors 68000


    Feb 20, 2008
    What kind of file was downloaded - is it an ISO?

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