My recovery disc does not work on VMWare. Is there anywhere I can find a Vista image?
Or is it simply illegal?
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If you have access to an OEM Vista install disk then you should be able to use that to install in a VM, but you should not activate the resulting installation as you will invalidating the license at this point and will set yourself up for possible copyright violation based legal action. In fact even installing from an OEM disk that isn't yours is certainly against the license, though if you don't activate it is unlikely to get noticed.
The only ways to my knowledge to legally get hold of ISO images for installation are: