Recently, heaps of people have been going crazy over the new Vista RC1 release. I decided to dowload Vista, and try it myself. Unfortunately, I didn't have any blank DVD's at hand. Nevertheless, I discovered that you can install Vista without burning it onto DVD. Here's how you do it:

  • Partition your hard drive. Resize your Windows partition to leave at least 15-20GB available for Vista. You can do this through utilities like PartitionMagic, or through a boot CD such as the free Ultimate Boot CD. If you don't know how to partition a drive, you're probably not the kind of person who should be installing Vista.
  • Install the free DAEMON Tools if you don't have it already.
  • Download the DVD ISO from the Microsoft site
  • Once the download is done, mount the ISO file with DAEMON Tools (using the DAEMON Tools icon in the system tray. Right-click it, and go Virtual CD/DVD ROM --> Device 0 --> Mount Image
  • If Autorun is enabled, the Windows Vista setup will appear. If not, go to 'My Computer', double-click on the virtual DVD drive, and then double-click 'SETUP.EXE'.

If you've done everything correctly, this should start the Vista installation wizard. When prompted to choose a partition, choose the one created earlier. The setup program will then copy over all the files, and reboot your computer (to continue the setup).
One notable thing is that the DVD is only required for the initial step (copying the files), and that's why you can do it this way. Previous version of Windows required the CD throughout the whole setup (and don't even remind me of the 20 or so Windows 95 floppy disks :P)

Anyways, after looking at Vista for a while, it's definately overrated. The graphical effects in Compiz are much better than anything that Vista could ever achieve. Vista is bloatware, that's all there is to it. After Vista's release, more and more people will start realising the benefits of Linux over Windows (especially the price, and overall performance), and make the switch. At least, that's what I'm hoping.

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  1. Avatar for Kaloyan Petrov Kaloyan Petrov said:

    Check out this!
    It shows how to install Vista without DVD or even virtual drive. You need a NTFS formated partition and extracted vista install files on your current disk or usb flash/hard drive.

  2. Avatar for Daniel15 Daniel15 said:

    "Check out this!
    It shows how to install Vista without DVD or even virtual drive."
    Looks nice :)
    But, shortly after I posted this post, I became bored of Vista, and removed it from my laptop (to leave more space for Ubuntu :D). I'll show that to my friend, though (he was wondering if it was possible to install without a virtual drive or DVD)

  3. Avatar for Slava Slava said:

    Thx m8, it was really help full =) , nice blog site by the way ;) -=.:Slava-AK Designer:.=-

  4. Avatar for laosboyme laosboyme said:

    is it safe to partition you're hard drive

  5. Avatar for Daniel15 Daniel15 said:

    Yes, it’s safe, just make sure you have a backup of all your important documents before proceeding (bad things do occasionally happen).

  6. Avatar for hensen hensen said:

    I've got a winxp box and I'm thinking of trying the vista rc1. I'll want to remove it later on as well (bloatware, like you said), but will I be able to boot my xp installation after that as I wou;d normally do?

  7. Avatar for Daniel15 Daniel15 said:

    Yeah, if you install it, you'll still be able to boot into your Windows XP installation. When you boot up, it will show you a menu allowing you to choose either "Vista" or "Previous version of Windows (Windows XP)".

  8. Avatar for Dvd To Dvd Copy Dvd To Dvd Copy said:

    Hi, what entice you to post an article on C1 Build 5728 installed without DVD at Daniel15’s Blog? This article was extremely interesting, especially since I was searching for thoughts on this subject last Thursday.

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