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I downloaded Windows Vista from Dell. Instead of a normal ISO file, some .wim files are provided. I followed the instructions to create a USB drive from the files, and came across this error

windows could not determine if this computer contains a valid system volume

which after looking appears to do with the fact that Vista is being installed from a flash drive rather than DVD. I saw the dell site an option for DVD, but it involves instructions like this

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.

with no explanation as to why those settings need to be as they are. So I would like to create a DVD but would like another option if possible.

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Another option would be to use cdimage

Download cdimage, should just need cdimage.exe

Run a command like this

cdimage -m -u2 -lVISTA_EN_DVD -bVista\boot\ Vista Vistax86.iso

with this example command the Vista folder is created when you run X14-63452.exe or similar file.

Usage: CDIMAGE [options] sourceroot targetfile

       -l  volume label, no spaces (e.g. -lMYLABEL)
       -m  ignore maximum image size of 681,984,000 bytes
       -u2 encode "UDF" file system without a mirror ISO-9660 file system
             (requires a UDF capable operating system to read the files)
       -b  "El Torito" boot sector file, no spaces
             (e.g. -bc:\location\cdboot.bin)
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Q&A-style. Nice. +1 from me. – 0xC0000022L Feb 15 '13 at 2:03

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