Windows Vista SP1 Pre-Slipstreamed DVD Images Available

Following the recent RTM of Microsoft’s long-awaited Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista, Microsoft has created (for limited release) pre-slipstreamed installation media intended for the distribution of PCs with newly-installed copies of Windows Vista.

With Windows Vista, the process of slipstreaming a service pack is no longer as simple as it once was as a result of the new WinPE/WIM based installation procedure. Since the installation media is packaged as a filesystem image, it’s no longer as trivial of a matter to unpack, update, and repack the setup files and ensure they’d still work. With Windows Vista, the only way to create a slipstreamed installation DVD is to install Vista RTM, apply the service pack, then create an image from the newly-installed OS.

This new procedure has multiple drawbacks, including the fact that it can lead to huge installation media sizes, unnecessary bloat, and has been known to create compatibility issues – unless, of course, it’s Microsoft that’s making the image in the first place.

At the moment these updated images are only available to Microsoft Connect beta testers, but we expect these same images to be available on MSDN shortly, once SP1 is available for download to MSDN and TechNet subscribers sometime soon.

The images are available for Windows Vista x86 and x64 in all its flavors editions in English, German, and Japanese in a single-DVD image format. Other languages may follow.

Builds Info

Image File-Name Size MD5 CRC32
Windows Vista x86
6001.18000.080118-1840_x86fre_Client_en-us-FRMCFRE_EN_DVD.iso 2,927.88 MiB b09267740ddd1a08
Windows Vista x64
6001.18000.080118-1840_amd64fre_Client_en-us-FRMCXFRE_EN_DVD.iso 3,748.59 MiB e4ce0b193d94279e
Windows Vista x86
6001.18000.080118-1840_x86fre_Client_de-de-FRMCFRE_DE_DVD.iso 3,704.87 MiB N/A 0x2BDB8C3E
Windows Vista x64
6001.18000.080118-1840_amd64fre_Client_de-de-FRMCXFRE_DE_DVD.iso 2,943.18 MiB N/A 0xB3DC53DC
Windows Vista x86 
6001.18000.080118-1840_x86fre_Client_ja-jp-FRMCFRE_JA_DVD.iso 2,802.59 MiB N/A N/A
Windows Vista x64 
6001.18000.080118-1840_amd64fre_Client_ja-jp-FRMCXFRE_JA_DVD.iso N/A N/A N/A
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  • 5 thoughts on “Windows Vista SP1 Pre-Slipstreamed DVD Images Available

    1. This is what I get when I turn on the system.

      Disk Boot Failure,Insert System Disk And Press Enter

      I got a OS of Microsoft Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1. I didnt see a download for the Service Pack.

      I down loaded the torrent files for the iso (both 32 and 64 bit) to burn onto a DVD. Do I need a CD to put that on

      I put the disc in the drive, hit enter and the program did not boot the system.

      What am I doing wrong?

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