That hasn't worked so I'm on to step 2, a repair installation. My technet subscription has run out and the only DVD I have is the original Vista without any service packs (from the PowerTogether promotion). I would very much prefer to do a repair installation from the SP2 RTM DVD, which I no longer have.
Does anyone have this msdn/technet iso:
Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (x86) - DVD (English)
I found the french version by searching for vista sp2 at nzbclub, but I don't know what the implications of using it for a repair will be. I also found the version above doing an nzb search but only the first 35 parts or something were available? Not that I know of some remedy for that though as I'm not too familiar with usenet.
DVD scan or other proof available on request. Please don't respond "torrents"
Whatever I did I screwed things up updating to SP2 somehow. I used an update pack. Anyway I tried the french version and it wouldn't let me do a repair installation. So now I've got my stuff in windows.old. I searched filestube for 342266 and found the iso but it's going to take forever. Basically I want an english installation with SP2 already in the ISO. I probably could use the english language pack with the french install but I'd rather have the straight english sp2 iso. slipstreaming hasn't worked out so great for me.
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