Repair man removed Windows Vista and installed Windows 7. How to I get Windows Vista back?


Hi who can help me i was running vista which i loved but i had a problem and sent it in for repair.When i got it back it was repaired but vista had gone and i had windows 7 proffesional.I wanted vista and never asked or wanted him to take vista off.I am really peed off i hate windows media player 12 i hade 11 and i can't get it on win7.With 11 i could burn 47 hours worth of music on just 1 disc cant do it with media player 12.There is many other things i don't like as well.The repair man who took vista off without me asking him wants to charge me £25 to put it back on vista can he do this.What i really want to know is is there a simple way and easy way to get rid of this windows 7 and get my lovely vista back


If your Windows Vista COA sticker is still in tact and attached to the machine, you can download a copy of Windows Vista and use it to do a clean install. The COA sticker should be attached to the bottom of your machine if it is a laptop or top/side if its a desktop.

COA Certificate of Authenticity:


What is the Windows Certificate of Authenticity?


Download Windows Vista

Windows Vista (English) with Service Pack 1
Windows Vista (x86) Windows Vista (x64)
X14-63452.exe X14-63453.exe
boot.wim boot.wim
install.wim install.wim


Installation Instructions

You must download the .exe, the boot.wim and the install.wim in the same place. Run the .exe file and it will extract all the files into a folder called Vista. Windows installer will now start (cancel the installer).

To create a bootable .iso extract the files to the Vista folder and download Imgburn. Launch imgburn and select "Create Image file from files/folders"

Select the browse folder button and select your Vista folder. Next select Advanced.

To the left will be your Vista folder, to the right make sure, you have checked Make Image Bootable, changed the Developer ID: Microsoft Corporation, load segment: 07C0 and Sectors to load: 4.

Select the browse folder button and then navigate to your Vista folder and then select the boot folder and finally select the file called etfsboot.

Select the build button.

Save your .iso

Select yes when the prompt for the Volume Label comes up and then select ok. Finally wait for it to make the .iso file.

Once one has the .iso file they may wish to use the Microsoft .iso to USB/DVD tool to create a bootable DVD or USB (requires a blank DVD or USB flash stick of at least 4 GB).


After you have prepared the disc, you can use the instructions at the following link to reinstall WIndows Vista:

Installing and reinstalling Windows Vista
Windows Insider MVP
MVP-Windows and Devices for IT

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Last updated May 2, 2018 Views 1,936 Applies to: