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Vista Slipstream guide

Post by muiz » Wed May 06, 2009 4:25 pm

Each time you do a format, it takes lots of time installing drivers and Windows updates.
But what if your Vista DVD already contains your drivers and the hotfixes?
That would save you lots of time, and makes a quick format very easy.

Things you need :
*A Vista DVD or ISO
(Its recommended to use a Vista source that already has SP1 in it, saves you lots of time.
otherwise you will have to integrate SP1 first. Make sure you use a clean source nothing edited yet.
So i skip that part.)
*a drive or a partition with lots of space
*The slipstream tool , Vista-Tool or Vlite
*Hotfix Packs
*Driver Packs
*Windows System Image Manager (WAIK)

Unpack your Vista DVD or ISO to a folder.
Examples : D:\Vistax64 or D:\Vistax86
The hotfixes to : D:\Vistawork\Hotfixesx64 or D:\Hotfixesx86
And the drivers : D:\Vistawork\Drivers64 or D:\Vistawork\Drivers86
Your tools etc. D:\Vistawork\Tools
Mount folder D:\Vistawork\Mount
Folders :
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Vista DVD folder :
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Remove the files marked on this screenshot, they are not needed.

In there you will see a folder called "Sources"
Remove everything inside, exept "boot.wim" & "install.wim"
Source folder:
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The Vista source will get bigger after slipstreaming, so its recomended to use only one version of Vista.
In this guide i will do "Vista Ultimate"
To make your Vista DVD a "Ultimate" only can be done on a few ways.
But i will discuss the easiest one for now.
And that is with "Vlite"
First install WAIK :
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-Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Vista Sp1 & Windows Server 2008- 1202,09 MB

And Vista-Tool 1.0:
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Download : Vista-Tool 1.0- 84,8 kB
Credits : Jan

Install the latest "Vlite" from: http://www.vlite.net/download.html

Then open "Vlite"and browse to your VistaDVD folder.
Example : D:\Vistawork\Vistax64 or D:\Vistawork\Vistax86
It will ask wich vista version you want to open, for this example we choose "Windows Vista Ultimate"
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Then only mark : "Tweaks" and hit "Aply".
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You can set some tweaks here, but its not needed if you dont want to.

And choose : "Rebuild one "Ultimate" and click "OK"
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It will take a while......
After that you have a Vista Source (install.wim) that contains only "Ultimate"

Unpack all "Hotfix packs" to your "Hotfix folder" , so you will get one folder with all hotfixes in it.
Hotfix folder:
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And your drivers to one folder but keeping each driverpack folder, so you get one folder wich contains the Audio , Lan, chipset etc. folder.
Driver folder:
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Now its time to start "Vista-Tool"
I know it can be done with "Vlite" to, but doesnt work very well with drivers etc.
So i recommend "Vista-Tool" to do this job.
After starting "Vista-Tool" browse to your Vista source folder in the tool.
Your "Mount" folder (has to be empty)
Your driver folder.
And the folder for the ISO (Only works if the "install.wim" is smaller then 4gb, more about that later.)
Now select in "Vista-Tool" image "1" , cause we have only "Ultimate" so it contains only one image.
Leave the integrate setting the way it is.
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Since most people here have more then 4gb ram, i will only do x64 in this guide.
There are a few limitations in "Vista-tool 1.0" with x64 drivers.(Will be fixed in next version.)
Go to the"VISTA-TOOLS\Bin" folder and open the "Drivers.xml" with wordpad.
There is 2x "DriverPaths>
<PathAndCredentials wcm:action="add" wcm:keyValue="1">
<Path></Path>
</PathAndCredentials>"
In the second one fill in the path to your "x64 driver folder"
Example : "DriverPaths>
<PathAndCredentials wcm:action="add" wcm:keyValue="1">
<Path>D:\Vistawork\Drivers64</Path>
</PathAndCredentials>"

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And save the file.

Now put a mark in : "Mount-RW" and hit start.
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When you go to your "Mount" Folder now you will see that it contains Vista now.
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At this point you can add or remove things in there , for example put Prime95 etc. in the desktop folder in your "Mount folder"
Just browse in your mount folder to: "D:\vistawork\MOUNT\Users\Administrator\Desktop"
Its also possible to let things install etc, but thats another guide.
Now put a mark in "Integrate Hotfix" and hit start.
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You will see several command screens like this :
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This will take some time!!
After it is finished and your sure no errors occured, you can mark : "Unmount-Commit" and hit "START" to save your image.
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In case something goes wrong you can mark : "Unmount-Dispose" , Carefull, this will undo all things you just slipstreamed or changed!!!
When everything went fine you have yourself an updated Vista source.
Now you can if needed or wanted , open this source again with : "Vlite" and remove some stuff that is not realy needed , like: Languages, Picture samples etc.
Dont remove things if you are planning to install SP2 later.
So becarefull with removing stuff, better first go to the Vlite forum for that!!!
Cause this is NOT a "Vista LITE" guide i will not go into this.
Now open a working bootable Vista ISO on your pc , in this case the x64 version.
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With a tool like "UltraIso"
Remove all the vista dvd files you see there.
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And browse to your VistaDVD source folder and fill it up with that.
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Now go to file, and do : "Save as"
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Now you have a up to date bootable ISO.
Save that ISO to another location.
Now we go integrate the drivers.
Start "Vista-Tool" again and mark "Mount-RW" and hit start.
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Then mark : "Integrate-Drivers" and hit "START" again.
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This will take a while.
After it says its done go to the "VISTA-TOOLS" folder and open : "Driverlog.txt"
Scroll down to the bottom of this it wil, say something like this :
"SUCCESS:Successfully marked devices for reinstall! (Error code (HRESULT) 0x0.)
2009-05-04 14:44:15, Info CBS Pkgmgr: Install Drivers Offline Callback: INFO: Installed '274' drivers. (Error code (HRESULT) 0x0.)
2009-05-04 14:44:15, Info CBS Pkgmgr: Install Drivers Offline Callback: INFO: RETURN InstallDriversOffline (0) (Error code (HRESULT) 0x0.)
2009-05-04 14:44:15, Info CBS Pkgmgr: return code: 0x0
2009-05-04 14:44:15, Info CBS Pkgmgr: return code: 0x0"

If not , you did something wrong.
If it went ok, mark "Unmount-Commit" and hit "START"
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Again this will take a while.
Now make an iso out of it with a tool like "UltraIso" and your done.
The version without drivers can be used if there are coming out some new drivers ,or you want more versions with different driver versions.
This way you will always have a driver free version to slipstream drivers in it.
Remember you will have to use "WHQL" drivers , or you will get popups during the Vista setup about the unsigned drivers.
But thats up to you.
You also can make it unattended with "Vlite" ,so you dont have to do anything and the setup does all the work for you.
This is the basic guide, and maybe i forgot a few things, im sorry about that and will fix if needed.

The Hotfix packs and Tools : http://www.ryanvm.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6228

The driverpacks : http://forum.driverpacks.net

I hope i helped a few with this.

Muiz
Last edited by muiz on Thu May 07, 2009 3:12 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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Post by ccl0 » Wed May 06, 2009 5:16 pm

i always like guides with pictures. makes things easier to understand :)

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Post by muiz » Wed May 06, 2009 6:05 pm

Your welcome.

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Post by crashfly » Wed May 06, 2009 10:55 pm

This guide *almost* makes me wish I had vista.


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Post by Fragbert » Thu May 07, 2009 9:48 am

Well done Muiz!

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Re: Vista Slipstream guide

Post by ricktendo64 » Sat May 09, 2009 11:31 am

muiz wrote:Vista DVD folder :
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Remove the files marked on this screenshot, they are not needed.

In there you will see a folder called "Sources"
Remove everything inside, exept "boot.wim" & "install.wim"
Source folder:
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Off Topic: Does anybody know the list of files in Windows 7 that are safe to delete from the DVD like the Vista example above?

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Post by mehedym » Tue May 12, 2009 2:14 pm

Its also possible to let things install etc, but thats another guide
where can i find that guide ?
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Post by Botus » Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:12 am

I followed the simple instructions from a link to Vista forums to install SP1 and SP2 but found although comforting having pictures, the correct text is far more useful… So here’s better instructions than I found there to install SP1 and SP2,


download vista SP1, SP2 and Waik on your PC (about 2 gigs worth)


1. Install Vista RTM to a secondary partition… within windows go to admin tools disk management and create a new partition and format it (give yourself plenty of space at least 20 gigs), then put in the vista disk and follow prompts to install a new version of windows but select your new partition to install it to. Do not enter product key for installation whilst slipstreaming, you will lose the ability to upgrade & repair install.

2. Near the end of the installation, once it reboots and it stops at the Out of Box Experience (OOBE) (waiting for you to confirm the language and keyboard settings), do not change these but press Ctrl+Shift+F3 to enter Audit mode.

3. After this, the system will reboot into Audit mode and a Sysprep window will pop up. (It will boot the Operating system on the NEW partition) Do not close this Sysprep window.

4. Now Run the Vista SP1 installer. (The standalone service pack 1 installer from microsoft which you previously downloaded) allow the machine to reboot as required.

5. Run the Vista SP1 Cleanup Tool.

a. Open an elevated command prompt. instructions 1) to 4) below

1). Open the Start Menu.
2). Click on All Programs and Accessories.
3). Right click on Command Prompt and click Run as administrator.
4). Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.


b. In the elevated command prompt, type vsp1cln.exe and then press Enter

c. Type Y when you see Would you like to continue? and press Enter.

d. When it is finished, you will see the Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Disk Clean-up completed message.

e. When it's done, you can close the elevated command prompt.

6. Now Run the SP2 installer.

7. Run the Vista SP2 Cleanup Tool.

a. Open an elevated command prompt. (as above)

b. In the elevated command prompt, type compcln.exe and then press Enter

c. Type Y when you see Would you like to continue? and press Enter.

d. When it is finished, you will see the Windows Component Clean completed message.

e. When it's done, you can close the elevated command prompt.

8. After the SP2 setup is complete, you'll be back at the main Vista desktop with the Sysprep window open. Now select OOBE, tick Generalize, and to Shut Down the system.

9. NOW Boot the system into your Main OS (c:\) (the second choice as the newest install becomes the default). DO NOT boot back into the new Vista SP2 you just setup.

10. Install Waik. On your normal vista partition (c:\)

11. Then go to the startup console look for the Waik command prompt and right click on Run as Administrator.

12. Type in the following imagex command below and press enter. (this step will take around 60 mins)

imagex /compress maximum /flags "Ultimate" /capture g: c:\install.wim "Ultimate"

(where Ultimate is the version you installed (or "HomePremium" etc.) and g: is the new partition you made at the start of this process).

13. Copy contents of the original Vista DVD to a folder on your hard drive (C:\anything…) In the Sources folder delete “install.wim” its about 2.6 gig in size and replace with the NEW Install.wim file we just made. (it will be where you put it from instructions just above).

14. Now you need to turn the vista files in C:\anything… into an ISO, I used Vlite and called the disk VISTA_32_ULTIMATE_SP2

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Post by Skram » Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:17 pm

Is there a way to preserve the All-In-One function after creating a slipstreamed disc?

My source disc is AIO so I can select which ever version of Vista I want. Using vLite it asks which version to alter. After creating a disc I tested an install with VM-Ware and it only allows me to install the selected version chosen in vLite, Vista Ultimate. I'd like an updated install disc, but of course still be able to choose which version of Vista to install.

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Post by EneergE » Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:48 am

Don't integrate the Product Key and that should do the trick.

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Post by Skram » Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:12 pm

EneergE wrote:Don't integrate the Product Key and that should do the trick.
What I found was if I selected Skip Product Key that it would select a trial key and automatically select a version to install, there by bypassing the OS selection. I figured at first it would just skip the key entry and still let you select an OS version, but it didn't. So everything's good now.

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Post by Dyslexic60 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:18 pm

I'm trying to make my updated vista discs and I'm having trouble figuring out which updates to download and from where. Is there a list anywhere of which updates to download?

Furthermore I would ultimately like to have one disc with all the Vista Version, all Updated.

Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate in both x86 & x64. Is it possible?

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Post by Skram » Mon Nov 01, 2010 2:15 pm

Dyslexic60 wrote:I'm trying to make my updated vista discs and I'm having trouble figuring out which updates to download and from where. Is there a list anywhere of which updates to download?

Furthermore I would ultimately like to have one disc with all the Vista Version, all Updated.

Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate in both x86 & x64. Is it possible?
I've actually resorted to Botus' recommendation from above. I've given up on the slipstreaming of the discs. I just kept getting corrupt installs and bad install ISOs. An initial test of Botus' way worked great. Every single update integrated directly from Windows Update and I was able to configure the start menu and put files on the desktop just how I wanted.

His way basically lets you run Vista, configure it how you want, install any program, and do windows updates, then zips the OS into a new install.wim file. Then when you use that installation, it installs the OS just how you had it configured before it zipped it up. Although some visual settings may change due to new user account creation.

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