Sometimes...

I've found on Gateway PCs if the addition or past h/w install is present it *may hose* the re-install. Meaning, it must be installed might it was when new, remove anything that wasn't part of the PC. USB devices are a key item, even if it seems to be working. On top of that USB isn't suppose to be a install device for the OS. -OR- there is some conflict with your key and/or what the install expected. But, if you allow a longer time during what may seem a hang, it should continue or display some error#. You can try this from a disc rather than a flash drive, that's suppose to be the typical path of install, why use flash PE. Gateway just doesn't lend itself to easy install it seems at times too, IMO.

http://www.askvg.com/direct-download-links-download-official-original-and-untouched-windows-vista-rtm-with-sp1-setup-files-32-bit-and-64-bit/

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