I came across this page, which provides instructions and official Microsoft (Digital River) download links to the files needed to create a bootable Vista installation DVD.
A couple of additions/notes to the instructions:
- The name of the subdirectory where you place the installation files cannot have any blank spaces in it. (For example, I had created a "Vista64 ISO files" subdirectory, and the PE CLI objected, thinking it was supposed to look for "Vista64.")
- Microsoft's instructions for installing the WAIK say that it's distributed as an IMG file, but it's actually an ISO.
- The file to click on, on the WAIK disc once it's burned, is startcd.exe.
- The PE CLI needs to be opened with administrator rights, otherwise when you enter the commands it will return an "access denied" error.
- And yes, there is no space between "-b" and "C:" right after "oscdimg", and both lines displayed are typed as one single, continuous line.
- When burning the ISO, you of course know not to use the native Vista DVD burner -- it doesn't do anything useful (at least for me). I used Power2Go instead.
Finally, if you want to install a fresh copy of Vista you will of course need a valid license key. In my case, I downloaded the files and created the disc for myself because my PC vendor didn't supply any OS discs and I wanted something more than a "recovery" disc.
EDIT: additional info
Edited by JorgeA, 15 July 2013 - 09:42 PM.