I wrote before about installing Vista from a HDD.
I didn't give complete details last time, so here is the complete sequence I used to install the final build of Vista.
This assumes you have two hard disks. One a live working version of Windows and the other the target of the new installation.
If you want to install from a USB HDD or Memory Stick onto another disk, it's much simpler, steps 1 to 3 should give you a bootable Vista installer.
Steps 5 and 6 are required if the target of the installation is the same disk you are installing from.
- Format the target disk as NTFS.
- Copy the boot and sources directory and the bootmgr file from the Vista DVD or Image to the root of the newly formatted disk.
- Start a command prompt and issue the following commands - where x is the drive letter of the newly formmated disk.
x: cd /boot bootsect x:
- Boot from the disk - Windows setup should load
- Choose the Repair option - skip through the prompts until you can start a command prompt.
- Issue the following commands
c: cd /boot del bcd bcdedit /createstore cd ../sources setup
- Continue as you would with a normal installation.
Running setup again in step 6 is important. If you dont do this and continue with the current setup process you will get an error about missing CD/DVD drivers.