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How to Make a Vista Install Boot Disk

Updated April 17, 2017

Creating a boot disk from which to install Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system will let you reinstall the OS, which can be useful if your computer manufacturer failed to include a disk with your purchase. You can make a Vista install boot disk by downloading a disk image (or ISO) of the Windows Vista Recovery Disc and burning it to CD.

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  1. Go to the Vista Recovery Disc Download page on The NeoSmart Files website (see Resources).

  2. Select the link for your type of Vista installation (32- or 64-bit).

  3. Click "Run" and choose the option to open the link with a torrenting program such as BitTorrent. Doing this will download a Vista ISO file to your hard drive.

  4. Insert a blank CD into your computer and open your CD-burning program.

  5. Click on the option to create a "Boot" or "Image" CD.

  6. Drag and drop the downloaded Vista ISO file to the "Boot" or "Image" queue and press the "Burn" button.

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Things You'll Need

  • Torrent program
  • Blank CD
  • CD-burning program

About the Author

TS Jordan is an Ohio licensed attorney living and practicing out of the Cleveland area. In addition to his Juris Doctorate, he holds a Bachelors' Degree in Information Systems. He has been writing professionally for less than a year.

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