The installation of Windows Vista is painfully slow and takes up to 30 minutes. If you reinstall Windows Vista regularly you may like the following method to speed up the installation of Windows Vista to improve the overall process and user experience.
You do need a high speed USB device (faster than 12000 KB/s, for example the OCZ ATV Turbo 4GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable)) with at least four Gigabytes of RAM and a running copy of Windows Vista.
The USB drive will not only provide you with a quicker way of installing Windows Vista but also with access to a Rescue System. The process itself is pretty straightforward, you need to do the following:
Boot into Windows Vista as usual and connect the USB drive to the computer. Make sure that you connect it to a high speed USB 2.0 port (or USB 3.0 port if available).
Open the command line in Windows Vista and use the command diskpart.exe to start the disk partitioner. It takes a while until it is fully loaded. Once you see the Diskpart > prompt you can continue with the following commands:
Now copy the contents of the Vista DVD to the USB device. Use the command line again with the following command:
Please note that e:\ has to be replaced with the DVD drive that contains the Vista DVD and f:\ has to be replaced with the drive letter of the USB device.
After the files have been copied you can boot from the USB device and either install Windows Vista remarkably faster or open the Repair System to rescue a system that does not boot anymore.
The reason why it is faster is that fast data can be read faster from speedy USB devices than it can be read from DVD drives.
Update: The instructions are still valid for Windows Vista but the same principle applies to newer versions of Windows as well. The process itself has been optimized however as Microsoft published a tool that you can run to copy all Windows installation files to USB devices so that you don't need to run commands anymore on the command line.
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