Solved Windows Vista download gives me an ISO file - can't open

March 26, 2013 at 19:13:32
Specs: Windows Vista
Dell Dimension E310.
Currently running Windows XP
I downloaded Windows Vista from Microsoft site. I have license and activation key.

I end up with an ISO file that I can't use. It wants to burn a CD but it says the file is too big for my CD. I tried a DVD-RW but the drive doesn't recognize it.

Why can't I open and install Vista from the downloaded file?


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March 28, 2013 at 05:59:21
"most of the members that are going to be using it prefer VISTA. They don't want to change"

You said you're upgrading from XP so they are changing. Win7 is very similar to Vista only it's a superior OS & would have been the better choice. Win7 is Vista's smarter, better looking, younger sister. lol

You didn't state whether this system (or systems) meet the minimum requirements for Vista. Having enough memory is very important. The Dell model you quoted only accepts a max of 2GB. If you want your system (or systems) to be productive, you should have at least that amount.

Your Vista ISO MUST be burned to a DVD, it's too large for a CD & cannot be spanned across several of them. ImgBurn will do what you want but you'll need a DVD burner, it's not clear if you have one or not.



#1
March 26, 2013 at 19:25:58
"I end up with an ISO file that I can't use. It wants to burn a CD but it says the file is too big for my CD"
What size is the ISO?

" I tried a DVD-RW but the drive doesn't recognize it"
Is the drive a DVD drive? It will be labelled on the front.


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#2
March 26, 2013 at 20:01:00
Is it a DVD Drive? There is no label on the front.

Going to 'My Computer' it shows as: DVD-RW Drive (E).


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#3
March 26, 2013 at 20:13:04
"Going to 'My Computer' it shows as: DVD-RW Drive (E)"

When you put a video DVD in, does it work?


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#4
March 26, 2013 at 20:14:02
You didn't answer this question.

"I end up with an ISO file that I can't use. It wants to burn a CD but it says the file is too big for my CD"
What size is the ISO?


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#5
March 27, 2013 at 08:24:46
"I downloaded Windows Vista from Microsoft site"

AFAIK, Microsoft does NOT offer Windows as an ISO except for trial versions. Did you pay for this download? If not, you probably downloaded the service pack. Was it this?

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down...

I've gotta ask though, why would you want Vista? And does your system meet the minimum requirements? Do you have at least 1GB RAM? 2GB is the max your system can handle & would be much better.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919183

Regardless, you need the proper software to convert & burn an ISO to a DVD (or CD). Vista MUST be burned to a DVD. Try ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?ac...


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#6
March 27, 2013 at 20:32:16
Yes, I paid for it. I downloaded from the Microsoft volumn licensing site. And it is a full version not a trial version. This is for a non-profit organization and most of the members that are going to be using it prefer VISTA. They don't want to change.

Thanks for the advice though.


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#7
March 28, 2013 at 02:31:34
If you check the properties of the iso file you will see the size of it, most operating systems are too large to burn on a cd and burning to dvd is the only option. First download and install imgburn as suggested. Right click the iso file and select imgburn to open it as default, this will change the icon of the file. When selecting open the program will start and search for your dvd writer. If your dvd drive is ok you will get the option to burn, you can view the progress and just let it run, it will recycle the tray and continue until the bootable disk is ready for use. I have created installation discs for every OS to save for future use and imgburn is the best free software. good luck.

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March 28, 2013 at 05:59:21
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"most of the members that are going to be using it prefer VISTA. They don't want to change"

You said you're upgrading from XP so they are changing. Win7 is very similar to Vista only it's a superior OS & would have been the better choice. Win7 is Vista's smarter, better looking, younger sister. lol

You didn't state whether this system (or systems) meet the minimum requirements for Vista. Having enough memory is very important. The Dell model you quoted only accepts a max of 2GB. If you want your system (or systems) to be productive, you should have at least that amount.

Your Vista ISO MUST be burned to a DVD, it's too large for a CD & cannot be spanned across several of them. ImgBurn will do what you want but you'll need a DVD burner, it's not clear if you have one or not.


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#9
March 28, 2013 at 18:08:10
Thank you all for your responses. The ISO file is 1.92 GB. The computer has 2.78 GHz RAM.

This is a computer to be shared when volunteers are in the office. No one has used this computer yet. I was updating it before I downloaded the programs we use on it. Everyone has VISTA on their personal computers.

Thanks again.


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