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H00sierDaddy said: Update from SD thread:

Digital River only gave customers a link to 1 of 3 required downloads for Vista.

Here are the links to the other 2 pieces for the 32 bit version:

Boot.wim (126 MB): http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/msshus/vista32/boot.wim
Install.wim (2.6GB): http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/msshus/vista32/install.wim

No need to logon to download them.

These were sent to a complaining customer in an email. I have used them to download the files but haven't used them to install yet. Those links could go away once they fix the download page.

If any FW customers bought the 64 bit version and got a similar email, please post the links for those files.

Note: someone posted they were rejected when they tried to download the small .exe file on the Digital River download page because they exceeded the number of allowed attempts; they claim they only downloaded it a few times. So its POSSIBLE the morons at DR count every time you logon to your download page as an attempt. Consider that if you keep checking the page to see if they have fixed it to include links to all 3 downloads.

we will still be missing one file. From my understanding (when I wanted to install using the botched file 82 MB put up on their site) it said 3 files are missing. the two files are posted in your post. but the Vistasetupprep.exe or a similar file is still missing.

buyus said:
we will still be missing one file. From my understanding (when I wanted to install using the botched file 82 MB put up on their site) it said 3 files are missing. the two files are posted in your post. but the Vistasetupprep.exe or a similar file is still missing.

Everything worked for me. Maybe that 3rd file you are worried about was extracted from one of the other two. All I know is I ran X14-63452.exe from a root directory with the other two downloads per the instructions to build an install DVD. When I ran it, it created a folder named Vista and successfully started the Vista install program. I exited the program because Vista is going on another PC and I am going to create an install DVD from the files it created.

majorwoody said: When I go to the link and sign in it only shows two items availble for purchase. No Vista

Same for me. WTF?

anyone have luck getting the x64 files?

BrusselsAddict said: anyone have luck getting the x64 files?

Again from SD thread:

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/msshus/vista64/boot.wim
http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/msshus/vista64/install.wim

FYI: in my various searches I found several references to previous locations at DR, which supports my theory they change the URL often to foil freeloaders. So if you need the 32 or 64 bit files, get them before the URL changes. May be a in a month or in a minute; who knows?

H00sierDaddy said: BrusselsAddict said: anyone have luck getting the x64 files?

Again from SD thread:

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/msshus/vista64/boot.wim
http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/msshus/vista64/install.wim

FYI: in my various searches I found several references to previous locations at DR, which supports my theory they change the URL often to foil freeloaders. So if you need the 32 or 64 bit files, get them before the URL changes. May be a in a month or in a minute; who knows?


Thank you, links confirmed working so far!!

H00sierDaddy said: BrusselsAddict said: anyone have luck getting the x64 files?

Again from SD thread:

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/msshus/vista64/boot.wim
http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/msshus/vista64/install.wim

FYI: in my various searches I found several references to previous locations at DR, which supports my theory they change the URL often to foil freeloaders. So if you need the 32 or 64 bit files, get them before the URL changes. May be a in a month or in a minute; who knows?


Thanks I was able to successfully download both files. Now for testing.

Vista is showing up now as temporarily unavailable.

NARC said: majorwoody said: When I go to the link and sign in it only shows two items availble for purchase. No Vista

Same for me. WTF?

Their response:

Microsoft

Dear Valued Customer,

It was recently brought to our attention that there is an issue with the installation of your recent purchase of Windows Vista Ultimate Upgrade w/SP1 (64-bit).

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please find the required downloads necessary to complete your installation below, along with instructions.

As a special thank you for your troubles, we will be crediting your account for 50% off your digital purchase of $64.95.

Install Instructions
1. Back-up all files on your PC.

2. There are three files that need to be downloaded:

VistaSetupPrep.exe

This is the first file that came with your purchase of Vista and is the ".exe". If you have not downloaded this already you can go to http://findmyorder.com

You will see a File Download Security Warning window that gives you the option to Run, Save, or Cancel the ".exe" download. Click Save.

install.wim

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/msshus/vista64/install.wim

boot.wim

http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/msshus/vista64/boot.wim

You must download and keep all files in the same location to successfully begin installation. Because the ".exe" file is an operating system, you may encounter problems if you click Run directly in the File Download Security Warning window.

3. Go to the directory where you saved these files and double-click the file with the extension ".exe" to launch Windows Vista Setup. A progress bar is displayed while the Windows Vista setup file is extracted. When extraction is complete, the Install Windows page opens.

4. To continue the installation, click Install now.

5. On the Type your product key for activation page, enter the 25-character license key you recorded before beginning your Windows Vista download.

majorwoody said: Vista is showing up now as temporarily unavailable.



At least it's back on the page since before it was off completely for a day or so.

Question: Has anyone heard of Microsoft actually following up with people who purchased to verify that they were eligible? I'm not asking about MS auditing companies. I'm asking if folks have had any experience with MS doing the legwork of confirming whether your "student" status is acceptable under this "ultimate steal".

dchay said: majorwoody said: Vista is showing up now as temporarily unavailable.



At least it's back on the page since before it was off completely for a day or so.

Question: Has anyone heard of Microsoft actually following up with people who purchased to verify that they were eligible? I'm not asking about MS auditing companies. I'm asking if folks have had any experience with MS doing the legwork of confirming whether your

minimum requirements are one .edu address and 0.5 credit hr course enrollment. if you do not have either then morally you should not do it.
but then there r lot of folks running pirated SW. if u do not mind then u can get the files from torrent and keygen will give u what u want.

there is an option that if demanded by M$ to produce proof u do need to do it. or else pay full retail price. if u think taking the risk is not worth then go through the pirate way. either way it is morally wrong.

I found the following funny for MS to show that vista really is good... no take our word for it.. its good see? mojave experiment

Anyhow I like Vista, been working great to be a HTPC. Granted I could have gotten XP MCE from Newegg but I am willing to learn something new. I have home prem and thing for $70 upgrade to Ultimate... I can just use my canner and fax (thats the only big diff I see)

I also hear that the Ultimate Extras have been nothing but a dissapointment.

Vista 64 will become my Media server 6TB for HTPC and unattended backing up all the PC's on the network. I can get Vista Business from work for $25 for the other PCs, but one thing at a time.

On sept 8th or whenever Vista became an option to buy, I put it in my shopping cart but never finished checking out. I just decided to build my parents a new pc for xmas, and decided to check back to see if I could still buy Vista. The option is gone, but it was still in my cart and it allowed me to check out.

I had the same experience as eb6304.

However, I'm having some technical difficulty now. I upgraded over MCE 2005. Everything seemed to go very smoothly, but I am having an issue now with saving files. Anytime I try to "save as" a file using any sort of application the application either crashes or closes on its own. I've googled like crazy and can't find any real solution to this problem. Has anyone had a similar experience or knows any solutions?

For people that really want an official Microsoft Vista install disk:

DVD Media for Vista Ultimate 32-Bit (License NOT Included)
DVD Media for Vista Ultimate 64-Bit (License NOT Included)

Each disk is $15.99. From past experience, you will NOT receive the fancy-looking retail box. It comes in a cardboard CD mailer, but the disks have the fancy Microsoft appearance.

ugh my key is not working..

ok so I did a clean install of ultimate using the business edt dvd. (ethics police, I'm not doing anything illegal. I have a business key) popped in the dvd to upgrade vista and it did not work. Kept getting invalid key. I downloaded the file that was included in my purchase email. (the *.exe one) and then copied the 2 wim files off the vista dvd. Ran that and my key worked. So either I'm a moron and typed the key in wrong ( I checked it 4 times) or it matters what way you install it. just in case anyone else has this problem.

working fine so far.
It was little tricky to create a boot DVD.
I finally imaged the partition too. with few craps (nero, open office etc.) vista is around 12 GB.

when I tried to check linux OS using USB, that messed the boot record and I have to reinstall vista. I got my second key since the first one did not work and it is up and running. last night I had some weird graphics issue. since I was feeling sleepy I just shut down the PC. I will check today to see if that was a one time problem or real issue.

so far XP and vista on the same HDD works fine.
I am also happy to get the 50% off for their mistake. $32 for vista ultimate is really hot.

eb3604 said: ugh my key is not working..

ok so I did a clean install of ultimate using the business edt dvd. (ethics police, I'm not doing anything illegal. I have a business key) popped in the dvd to upgrade vista and it did not work. Kept getting invalid key. I downloaded the file that was included in my purchase email. (the *.exe one) and then copied the 2 wim files off the vista dvd. Ran that and my key worked. So either I'm a moron and typed the key in wrong ( I checked it 4 times) or it matters what way you install it. just in case anyone else has this problem.

the build is different. the one you downloaded is SP1 and the one that was already there in the DVD may be pre SP1.
you need to get all the three files and try installing. if there is issue with keys then call M$ and they will give you new key.

If anyone is still looking to get vista ultimate, you can login to the site, and at the part where you choose your product put "javascript:addNoVarItemToCart(106906500,1);" into the address bar. It gave me my key automatically upon checkout completion, and a link to the .exe file. The installation failed, just like everyone else; they responded to my complaint two days later with links, but sadly no 50% offer.

In case anyone finds themselves in a similar situation: I ended up buying the 64 bit version. But it is not possible to upgrade from any 32-bit version; I would require a clean install. So I downloaded a disk image from a pretty infamous torrent site, and the key worked fine with the 32-bit ultimate cd.

choosername said: If anyone is still looking to get vista ultimate, you can login to the site, and at the part where you choose your product put

choosername's instructions worked like a charm, I was able to add the product to my cart, pay, download, and also rec'd a lisense key. btw I am a university student

TheSilentMajority said: eibgrad said: Apparently Vista is only suitable for the highly educated.

Then you wouldn't be a suitable candidate.


He meant to say highly schooled, very little of what I see as education is actually accomplished.

I don't know about upgrade but you can run both versions of Vista with
EasyBCD
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I have 32-bit W.Vista, if I DL the 2 wim files what else will I need to make a bootable dvd of W.Vista 64-Bit?

Has everyone gotten their $32 refund? I'm wondering because I received the email stating I would receive it, but I still haven't got the credit applied to my credit card.

neither do I

Sheesh they can't even get the promotions right! Vista. Not worth it at any price.

Reply to the original email they sent you and see what they say?

52club said: Has everyone gotten their $32 refund? I'm wondering because I received the email stating I would receive it, but I still haven't got the credit applied to my credit card.

fromCS_EMAIL_BY_LOCALE@digitalriver.com
toxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

dateThu, Sep 25, 2008
subjectMicrosoft - The Ultimate Steal Amount refunded for order #xxxxxxxxx

Dear xxxxxxx:

A refund has been generated for your order as a result of your request,
the fulfiller's request, incorrect address, or a refused shipment. Refund details:

Order ID: xxxxxxx
Amount: $32.47

If you have further questions regarding your order, please click on the link below for assistance:
http://www.findmyorder.com

Please note: This e-mail message was sent from a notification-only address that cannot accept incoming e-mail. Please do not reply to this message.

Sincerely,
Customer Service

Does anyone have a good reference on how to use the downloaded files to create a boot CD?

I'm sure I am missing something, but I have spent the better half of the previous day messing with WAIK and WinPE to no avail. I was expecting there might be a more simple solution? All I really want to do is a clean install on my system *but* I would like to nix the partition that the OEM created on my hard-drive; so I need to do this without upgrading from within the current environment.

Thanks!

Just bought some cheap 4GB memory...time to get the 64 bit version.

with this vista upgrade I have several questions if someone can answer. I work for a university...

1. can I install over a illegal copy of XP? (this is upgrade but heard this can be done).
2. can I install in 2 PC at home?, one on laptop and the other desktop?
3. can I get a CD or DVD of the vista?, or is it download file then copy to CD or DVD?

thanks,

gychang

eb3604 said: ugh my key is not working..

ok so I did a clean install of ultimate using the business edt dvd. (ethics police, I'm not doing anything illegal. I have a business key) popped in the dvd to upgrade vista and it did not work. Kept getting invalid key. I downloaded the file that was included in my purchase email. (the *.exe one) and then copied the 2 wim files off the vista dvd. Ran that and my key worked. So either I'm a moron and typed the key in wrong ( I checked it 4 times) or it matters what way you install it. just in case anyone else has this problem.


I had the same issues with my Vista x64 and resolved the same way.

(BTW:
I had an awful time getting dual-boot with XP to work..."Windows could not update your boot configuration". I tried the Vista repair option and it borked by XP boot.ini and had to go to the XP recovery CD to fix.)

Anyway, the only way I could get a key to work was with the downloaded files from digital river. NO GO with my key using a retail Vista SP1 DVD, and no luck using the .exe from digital river and the wim and boot files from the Vista DVD.

Just a heads-up for folks. Unfortunately you probably have to sit through the 3.3GB download.

I did manage a clean install of Vista though.

Used Vista SP1 DVD 64bit without product key to install...
and then downloaded the files from digital river, ran, entered product key this time, and upgraded from within my un-activated Vista.

Sorry for digging up an old thread but just wanted to post an update. This is still a problem on the digital river site. I left my computer to download the larger install.wim file and came back and couldn't get to boot.wim. I emailed digital river and waited 2 days with no response so i started searching for the file and google led me here. Im going to write an email to microsoft but i doubt that will fix anything.

craig001 said: Well, since I am back in school I may go for this since my desktop is acting up.

I had Vista Ultimate & Office 2007 and ended up going back to XP Pro & Office 2003. The interface and the fact that everytime you wanted to do something a permission pop-up appeared sent me away. Does anyone know if this was changed for SP1?


You can (and have always been able to) turn off the UAC, then you wont get any of the permission pop-ups. Did you not even try to get rid of the permission pop-ups before going back to XP Pro?

If anyone is having problems making a bootable DVD from the files downloaded, check this out

http://www.raymond.cc/blog/archives/2007/04/17/how-to-burn-downloaded-windows-vista-to-dvd/

I have yet to try it out as I'm at work, but it looks like it should work.

x0lliex said: craig001 said: Well, since I am back in school I may go for this since my desktop is acting up.

I had Vista Ultimate & Office 2007 and ended up going back to XP Pro & Office 2003. The interface and the fact that everytime you wanted to do something a permission pop-up appeared sent me away. Does anyone know if this was changed for SP1?


You can (and have always been able to) turn off the UAC, then you wont get any of the permission pop-ups. Did you not even try to get rid of the permission pop-ups before going back to XP Pro?



^^ probably would hate *nix/osx then

Another update, i was able to make a bootable x64 dvd following this guide- http://www.mydigitallife.info/2008/01/07/make-64-bit-windows-vis...

choosername said: If anyone is still looking to get vista ultimate, you can login to the site, and at the part where you choose your product put "javascript:addNoVarItemToCart(106906500,1);" into the address bar. It gave me my key automatically upon checkout completion, and a link to the .exe file.

FYI... I was looking for a deal on Vista 64 and ran across this thread. Choosername's tip still works for both 32- and 64-bit versions of Vista. I got my key and downloaded the file.

When I added the Vista download to my cart, they also automatically added a "Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit back-up DVD" to my cart. I wasn't sure what it was, but it was only $13 with free shipping so I went ahead and ordered it. I'm hoping it's a bootable copy that will allow me to get around some of the hassles I'm reading here.

EDIT - I just noticed that the "Other Products" button allows you to add Vista normally, without needing Chooser's instructions. But still a great deal if you have access to an EDU address).

You can get a clean install with the Vista upgrade disk if you install twice. Don't enter the key the first time; leave it as a trial version. Then install over that copy and enter the key. This would be the "upgrade."

With Windows 7 coming out in six months, it might be prudent to wait. Perhaps MS would extend this offer to Windows 7.



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