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Install Office after clean install of Vista

Question: Install Office after clean install of Vista

Hi,

I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 which i bought early 2008. I got fed up with it running slow recently so i did a clean install of Vista Home Premium.

I have just tried to re-install MS Office Home and Student 2007 which came with my laptop when i bought it. I enter the 25 character product key (correctly) from the sticker on the back of the cd wallet but it gives me a validation error and suggests i may have incorrectly entered the product key.

I have performed a clean Vista install before a few years ago and didn't have an issue re-installing Office last time with this very disk

What could cause this?

Thanks,

Alex

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Answer: Install Office after clean install of Vista

Alex
The most common problem is mistake with zero and oh, make sure you are doing it correctly.

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My system setup:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz
GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
XFX PVT71PUDP3 GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported EXTREME Video Card
OCZ S.O.E 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) {TWO OF THESE}
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
SAMSUNG 18X DVD?R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black IDE Model SH-S182M
I put up the whole entire name of the parts from Newegg just to make sure I did not foget anything like model # incase you guys need it. Anyways on to the problem. Everything goes good all the way up to the Completing Installation part. It will hang there forever. I've tried a few times, sometimes it would just hang there forever until I reboot it and it gives me the usual error you all are used to hearing about about not being installed properly, or it will randomly restart on its own and give the same error. I have searched and searched and searched but I can't seem to find anything that helps. I've tried messing with the BIOS like instructed from some other help sites but I do not have much experience in the BIOS so maybe I'm missing a setting I need to change? If someone that knows about this motherboard can tell me the steps on what I should change and how to get there I would greatly appreciate it and try it out. My computer has no floppy drive just so you guys know. Also I'm not sure what version of BIO... Read more

Answer:Vista Home Premium Install Hangs At Completing. (clean Install)

First of all, Did you install the sata drivers?

In the Bios set every thing to default.

Vista asks for a few questions then does the rest its self. give it tops about 2 hours usually takes like 30 min or less.

You say you got an error message? Please post the entire message

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Originally I set it to install and walked away came back hours later so I wasn't at the pc watching things. Anyways I managed to damage some files or something and for whatever reasons i could not figure out how to repair them. The microsoft forum was a bust no even one person tried to help me so I got sick of waiting and deleted the partition on the drive and made a new one and formatted it within the installer loaded from boot of the vista CD. That part went fine and quick. However when arriving at the step where its expanding files it took almost an hour before it spun up the CD and began increasing beyond 0%. From there up to 5% at best increases (avg 3%) then the CD spins down and idles for at least several minutes and then spins up gets a little farther and repeat. Basically the amount of time its just sitting there is probably 20 times or more longer than the time its actually progressing. Why is this? Is it supposed to do that? It seems odd to me that it wouldn't just keep spinning the CD and continuously progressing. Especially on a system with a dual core 3.2 ghz and 2GB of ram installs should zip through no time at all. I'm sure the install will be done before anyone replies but i thought I would check here in case its something I should be concerned about as a possible problem with my system.
 

Answer:Clean install of Vista 64bit on brand new pc is this norma install behavior?

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I have a T60p with Vista Ultimate.  It has a 100 GB HD with about 6 GB available. (Thanks Vista!)  It has a 2.0 GHZ Intel Duo Core and 2 GB Ram. I am trying to reinstall the OEM Vista without doing a complete Factory reinstall.  How do you do that? Thanks,Vince





VinceT60p, Model 8743CTO, CPU T7200 Core II Duo, RAM 2 GB, Mobility ATI

Answer:Clean Vista Ultimate install without complete factory install on T60p

Hello, please look here a Vista clean install guide on NBR . Kind regardsAndreas

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Hi,

I recently did a clean install of Vista Home Premium x32 and upon completion am unable to connect to the internet. I received the following error: "windows unable to install ethernet controller." Upon accessing Device Manager, I noticed yellow exclamation marks associated with my network controller. I have an Acer Aspire 5536-5224 notebook. Windows could not locate the drivers on the machine and I cannot connect to locate. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure where to begin searching for the driver! Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Answer:windows unable to install ethernet controller after vista home premium clean install

Hi -

Try this Broadcom driver from Acer Support --> http://global-download.acer.com/GDFi...e&Step3=Aspire

Acer Support --> http://support.acer.com/drivers_download.aspx



Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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I would like to install Vista Home Premium 64-bit on my home computer. I currently have Media Center Edition 2005 installed, but want to start from scratch (i.e., NOT upgrade) and install the 64-bit version of Vista Home Premium. I have two questions:

(1) If I buy the retail boxed version of Vista Home Premium, will it contain the 64-bit version in addition to the 32-bit version?

(2) When I pop the DVD into my computer and reboot, what (if anything) do I have to do to get it to install the 64-bit version? Will I be prompted to choose?

Any guidance or experiences would be greatly appreciated!

-ABD-

Answer:Vista Home Premium Clean install - what do I need to install 64 bit version?

Oh great. I can answer this question (I think lol). I could not find a retail 64 bit version of Vista Home Premium. I had to buy the Vista Ultimate. I originally bought an OEM version of the 64 bit Home premium for $119, (I had all kinds of problems that turned out NOT to be from Vista, but that is another story). I exchanged it for the Ultimate retail version which came with Microsoft support. I have recieved better "support' from this website than the official MS support BTW. Anyways........

The Ultimate version of Vista came with 2 installation discs, one the 32 bit version and one the 64 bit version. I popped the 64 bit version disc in and it installed 64 bit Vista on my computer with no additional prompts. While I was unable to find the 64 bit RETAIL version of Home Premium, I'm sure that if you do, it will only contain the 64 bit version on the disc. While I was kind of hacked off to pay much more for the Ultimate than I was anticipating, I like the additional features. Hope this helps.

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The 'Install Vista from Vista' workaround for clean-installing with an Upgrade product key has been done to death, in numerous threads, but I haven't seen mention of the fact that a Vista Upgrade key and disk can be used to clean install with a single installation only.

I've written up a guide at my Techwrighter site here.

In short, the technique is:
Install a Vista time-limited trial
Disable UAC
Use the command line to alter the product key and activate online.
Enjoy a fully functional, activated Vista installation.

 

Answer:Single install clean install with Vista Upgrade disk

Techwrighter?

Ok... gotta ask, was the properly spelled domain already taken?
 

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Hi everyone,
This one has really got me stumped, and even worse, I need this stuff installed ASAP!

So yesterday I formatted/install windows xp pro sp2, I did my usual thing, windows updates, firefox, skype etc.. etc..

I then tried to install MS Office 2007 Enterprise. I (still do) recieved the following error message, "Setup cannot find Office.en-us\dwtrig20.exe. Browse to a valid installation source, and then click OK", allowing me to browse for dwtrig20.exe.

dwtrig20.exe IS THERE, the installation works perfectly on another machine of mine!

I then tried to install MS Visual Studio 2008 Pro, this time, i received an error while trying to install Visual Studio. It failed while installing "Visual Studio Web Authoring Component". I extracted this component and attempted to install it 'on its own' and it failed.

I have done some reading and apparently these issues ARE related.

IIS is uninstalled.
Windows Updates are ON.

I'm using a Dell Latitude D820, all the programs I'm installing are legitimate.

PLEASE HELP!

Thanks in advance

Undefined
 

Answer:On clean xp install, cant install office and vs!

bump, please guys i need help with this one, please please please
 

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Tried this and got it to work twice...after many failed attempts using other methods. Hopefully helps somebody else out.
1. Upgraded computer, had to install OS on blank drive
2. Installed vista sp2, during setup said to not enable automatic updates
3. Went into Vista Updates and let it update twice (first time I think had some updates pre-installed from the sp, second time was for the update client update)...this is typically the point where windows update would just get stuck
4. Restarted computer
5. Used program WSUS offline updater, http://download.wsusoffline.net/
6. In WSUS Offline Update program, went under legacy products, checked my version of windows vista, picked all the check boxes under "options" then clicked "start"
7. After it did its thing, went into client folder and clicked UpdateInstaller and ran it with the options I wanted installed
8. Restarted whenever it asked, and it installed all the updates! There was one step that said it would take a while, and it took a little while (didnt watch but was under 1 hour)
The first time I tried WSUS offline update it didnt work, so I am not sure if step 3 is necessary or not, but it was the only difference between the times I tried it when it worked and didnt work, may have just been coincidence. Dont think WSUS offline update does anything with drivers, but around 180 updates installed.
Thanks to the creators of WSUS Offline Update
 
 
edit: Just ran windows update while typing this thread and now it works ... Read more

Answer:How I got clean install of Vista Ultimate SP2 to install updates...

Hi vista134:
 
Thank you for that feedback.  Other users have posted questions about how to use the WSUS Offline Updater to update Vista SP2 (see GaryC's post in the AskWoody.com thread How to update Vista quickly? for one example) so your comments will be very helpful.  It sounds like many users are getting stuck at your step # 7 and aren't sure how to run UpdateInstaller.exe to start the actual installation.
------------32-bit Vista Home Premium SP2 * Firefox v50.1.0 * NIS v22.8.1.14 * MBAM Premium v2.2.1

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Is there a way to do all the current updates + Vista SP2 upon a clean install? Finally got the Vista CD, would like to slipstream it or something. Also, what exactly *is* slipstreaming and how do you do it?
 

Answer:Simple way to install Vista SP2 on clean-install.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/installing-windowsxp,877.html

there you can get very good info how to slipstream a sp to make a new cd.
the instructions was for xp top add sp3 but it is the same process. i have used it myself to upgrade my install cd of xp to one with sp3 installed. bvery detailed and easy to follow.
if you still have any questions ask me.
 

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So like the title says im ganna do a clean install of windows 7 but since im clean installing it my stuff will get deleted is there a way for me to keep microsoft office?

btw im running microsoft office 2007

Answer:Clean install but need microsoft office

Do you have the DVD & lic key?

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Hi, Some may have seen my problem with Word in the other section.

"Word will not store page setup as default"

1) I was asked to delete the Normal.dot files for Word to re-create, but the files have been deleted but not recreated.

2) I was asked to go into the registry and rename a Data file for Word to recreate a new Data file. This did work, but not cured my problem.

3) I've already done a un & reinstall of Microsoft Office Pro XP and used my RegMechanic to clean the registry.

This Software has caused me no problems in the past after reformatting my Hdd. So How can I do a real clean re-install of Office after using my reg cleaner, or do you know why I can't sort the Word problem. I have XP pro with SP2.
 

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Gents I'm planning on upgrading my T61p to Windows 7 64bit.  Is there any way to move Office 2007 to the new OS without having the cd's?  Thanks.

Answer:Reinstalling Office after OS Clean Install

Hello,
 
As long as your Office 2007 Product ID key is stored someplace safe for you to re-type it, you should be able to download Microsoft Office 2007 from this page on Microsoft's web site and reinstall it.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 
 
 

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Hi,

Due to some corruptions in files system that can't be repair. I decide to do a clean install of vista from recovery partition preinstalled in D drive.

My question is does the clean install also clean out any hidden/unactive virus/rootkit if i format the laptop to its factory condition?

I have tried various AV software on this old laptop but the results come out clean but I still suspect there're some remain hidden as the system is slowly corrupted.

Answer:Clean install vista from recovery partition in D drive also clean virus?

Hi,

The answer is yes it will, if you do a destructive install (Format "C") & it has not infected any other drives.

So, what drives do you have on your system? "C" (System) & "D" (Recovery) plus DVD/CD drives.

Do you have anything else? USB plug in hard drives or USB memory sticks etc. etc.

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My laptop is still running Vista, so when I upgrade to Windows 8, I'll have to do a clean install.

I don't mind having to re-install all my programs, but I need to be certain I'll be able to re-install Office 2007, since there's no way I'm going to buy it twice for a single computer.

I've read that Office can indeed be re-installed after the upgrade, but I haven't found any information on exactly how to do this. Could someone please post a step-by-step guide on re-installing Office, including a list of all the information/codes I'll need to get hold of (for example, will I need to find my product key?) for the process?

Answer:How to Reinstall Office After a Clean Install of Windows 8

Dont you think thats alot to be asking for on your first post man?

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I have Office 2010 (home and business edition). I'll be doing a fresh install of Windows 7 in a couple days. Can I install Office 2010 to the same PC without any activation issues?

Answer:reinstalling Office 2010 on same PC (after clean OS install)

Havoc, you might (most likely) have to talk to the microsoft people and explain what you had to do.

Rich

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When I previously had Win 7 installed on my desktop, I had Office 2007 installed and updated to Office 2010. Well, now I have a problem - because I did a 'clean install' I only had Office 2007 to install again (I have a disk) but I cannot find any link anywhere with Microsoft to update to Office 2010.

I use 'One Note' extensively, and the format of my 'One Note Notebook' is for 2010 and I cannot access these files because I get a pop-up saying 'these files cannot be accessed because they are from a NEWER version of One Note'.

So I have to upgrade my Office 2007 to Office 2010 again. I have looked everywhere on the Microsoft website but can only find help to upgrade from Office 2010 and higher.

Can anyone please help?

Answer:Upgrade office 2007 after win 10 clean install

I have been using Office 2007 since 5 years ago. Never have the need to "upgrade" to more recent version.
So, I am ignorant in this subject matter.

When you "updated" to 2010, didn't you also get 2010 product key ?
If yes, this link will help:
https://www7.downloadoffice2010.micr...&country_id=CA

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When I previously had Win 7 installed on my desktop, I had Office 2007 installed and updated to Office 2010. Well, now I have a problem - because I did a 'clean install' I only had Office 2007 to install again (I have a disk) but I cannot find any link anywhere with Microsoft to update to Office 2010.

I use 'One Note' extensively, and the format of my 'One Note Notebook' is for 2010 and I cannot access these files because I get a pop-up saying 'these files cannot be accessed because they are from a NEWER version of One Note'.

So I have to upgrade my Office 2007 to Office 2010 again. I have looked everywhere on the Microsoft website but can only find help to upgrade from Office 2010 and higher.

Can anyone please help?

Answer:Upgrade office 2007 after win 10 clean install

I have been using Office 2007 since 5 years ago. Never have the need to "upgrade" to more recent version.
So, I am ignorant in this subject matter.

When you "updated" to 2010, didn't you also get 2010 product key ?
If yes, this link will help:
https://www7.downloadoffice2010.micr...&country_id=CA

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When I previously had Win 7 installed on my desktop, I had Office 2007 installed and updated to Office 2010. Well, now I have a problem - because I did a 'clean install' I only had Office 2007 to install again (I have a disk) but I cannot find any link anywhere with Microsoft to update to Office 2010.

I use 'One Note' extensively, and the format of my 'One Note Notebook' is for 2010 and I cannot access these files because I get a pop-up saying 'these files cannot be accessed because they are from a NEWER version of One Note'.

So I have to upgrade my Office 2007 to Office 2010 again. I have looked everywhere on the Microsoft website but can only find help to upgrade from Office 2010 and higher.

Can anyone please help?

Answer:Upgrade office 2007 after win 10 clean install

I have been using Office 2007 since 5 years ago. Never have the need to "upgrade" to more recent version.
So, I am ignorant in this subject matter.

When you "updated" to 2010, didn't you also get 2010 product key ?
If yes, this link will help:
https://www7.downloadoffice2010.micr...&country_id=CA

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Hi there, After a long-winded diagnostic (okr fail, chkdsk fail, bootrec fail, no drive detected) and a hardware diagnostic from WD, I concluded that the hard drive is bust. Oh well, a new one is on the way. My question is ----While I can use the code on the stickers to activate a new Window 7, what happens to Office? How can I activate the office in the new drive? Please advise, and thanks. Cheers,Dyne













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Answer:G570 Clean install Windows 7 - What happens to Office?

hi Dyne,
 
Welcome to the Lenovo Forums.
 
The Lenovo G570 is preloaded with MS Office 2010. If you bought a copy of MS Office when you purchased the computer, you should receive a product key card that contains the 25 digit product key. If you purchased it at a store, the product key should be located on the packaging. If you purchased it online, the product key should be sent to your email along with a download link for the MS Office application.
 
Check this product key card FAQs and check this guide on how to activate your copy of MS Office.
 
 
Hope this helps

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Hi - I was able to install Office 2003 Small Business Edition (upgrade version) without any apparent problems on a machine that had a clean install of Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit (from Win XP).

I expected it to trigger Windows update to download various updates and service packs but it didn't. I went to Windows Update and had it check for updates and it didn't find any.

I tried the check for updates link from the Microsoft Office webpage but that just pointed me back to the Windows Update program.

I tried the change, then repair options from the Program Uninstall or Change Window. It worked without error but still no updates.

How do I get Windows 7 to recognize that Office needs to be updated?

Any help would be most appreciated -

Dave

Answer:Office 2003 won't update on clean Win 7 install

Were you able to register Office?

Does Windows update work in regards to 'service packs'?

See this article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058

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I bought a used T400 (returned from lease) at a local computer shop. It came with Win7 Pro & Office 2007 Enterprise installed: both valid & activated. I extracted both serial keys, installed an SSD, then clean installed Win7 & activated it after installing all updates. Then I downloaded an Office 2007 Enterprise Iso (not a trial version), installed it and got all updates.When I tried to activate it with the ?valid? serial key that I had extracted & got an error. After a double check of all keys/codes, I called Microsoft. I spoke to an Office tech guy & he told me the key was valid but it was locked (not by Microsoft). 1. So I assume it was locked by Lenovo. What are the chances I can get Lenovo to give me another key? & what is that procedure. 2. If they won?t give me another key, I may try importing the registry key (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Office\12.0-Registration)  from the HDD. Has anyone tried that? (probably would also need to switch the ?Crogram FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedOFFICE12Office Setup ControllerProof.en? file as well ThanksRud 

Answer:OFFICE 2007 WON'T ACTIVATE - CLEAN INSTALL ON SSD.

I would guess that the key was locked by the company that originally owned the machine.

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I've got a couple of laptops running Win 7 Home Premium. They also have a brain damaged version of Office 2010 installed, Office 2010 Starter... but, the software is fine for my needs.

I want to upgrade these laptops to Win 7 Pro in order to be able to join them to a domain. But, legitimate Win 7 installs are getting hard to find. Those that I have found do a clean install only.

Is there a way to save my Office Starter software such that I can restore it after the clean install?

TIA

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I have an Office 2007 I installed in my PC. Now i am doing a clean install of Windows 7 from Vista, so it'll wipe-out Office 2007. Once Win7 is installed, can I use the same Office 2007 CD/product key on my Win7?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Office 2007 same product key be reuse if clean install

As long as it is not an OEM version of Office 2007 you will be just fine...

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Win 7 MBR became corrupt and could not repair
Was able to copy contents of c: prior to performing clean install (thanks Brink!)
Cannot find Office 2010 Pro disc but have key code written down somewhere
Is it possible to get Office up and running again in this situation?

Answer:Office Pro 2010 reinstall with no disc after clean install of Win 7

See if this works for you, it's Microsoft's official site,

https://www2.downloadoffice2010.micr...-US&ref=backup

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Version:Office 2007
Operating System:Windows 7 64 bit



I recently had serious problems with my PC and had to do a clean install, I was told that it would keep all my files and documents and repair any problem with windows (windows 7 64 bit) But after doing this is seem I have lost all my microsoft office programs. I get the following error message when I try to open these programs.

ERROR: This package could not be opened. Contact the appplication vendor to verify that this is a valid Windows Installer update package.
Thanks in advance,

Zoz

now moved this to correct forum in Office problems

Answer:Lost my Office program after repair/clean install

If you do a clean install, you have to re-install programs.

You might have a folder called "Windows.old" that might show the contents of your old "C:\program files" directory, but I wouldn't expect the programs to work.

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I just switched form Win 7 32 bit to 64 bit. I performed a backup and was able to get 64 bit installed and working properly, however I can't find my backup of MS Office 2010.I've looked through my backup and also Windows old file and can't seem to find it. Will I have to reinstall Office from the disk?

Answer:Windows 7 32 to 64 clean install - Can't find Office 2010

Yes. You always have to install all your programs after a fresh install.

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Hi Guys,
I upgraded to Windows 10 Pro last year from Windows 7 Pro all was good for a while. A few weeks ago I began to experience some stability issues, so I decided to do a clean install.
I backed up my personal files, word docs, spreadsheets etc onto an external hard drive and completed the clean install. I then re-installed Office 2007 then copied and pasted my saved docs from the external drive into the documents folder.
All the folders and files appear to be there but when I try to open a file I get a message saying that Windows cannot find the file. If I search for the file it shows me that it is in the Documents folder but when I go there it still says that Windows cannot find the file.
I can open them from my external hard drive as thankfully I hadn't deleted them from it but cannot access them from the desktop. Does anyone have any idea how I can solve this?
Also I noticed that the name on my user folder has lost the last letter it used to be Martyn but now Windows 10 thinks I am Marty. Why on earth would it do that?
Thanks in Advance
llewitha

Answer:Windows 10 cannot find office 2007 docs after clean install

Hello llewitha,

I hope the clean install will solve your stability problems - it usually does and is well worth doing! I'm sorry you now seem to have a few problems. The issue with your user folder is easily explained, Microsoft takes the first five characters of your username (email address when you sign in with a Microsoft Account) and uses this as your user name for the folder. Annoying but that's the way it is and it is really quite a pain to change the folder name so my advice is leave it alone.

The files are another matter though and this should not have happened. Are you able to right click on any of the files in your documents folder and check their properties? You should have full control of them when you examine the security tab.

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Hi Guys,
I upgraded to Windows 10 Pro last year from Windows 7 Pro all was good for a while. A few weeks ago I began to experience some stability issues, so I decided to do a clean install.
I backed up my personal files, word docs, spreadsheets etc onto an external hard drive and completed the clean install. I then re-installed Office 2007 then copied and pasted my saved docs from the external drive into the documents folder.
All the folders and files appear to be there but when I try to open a file I get a message saying that Windows cannot find the file. If I search for the file it shows me that it is in the Documents folder but when I go there it still says that Windows cannot find the file.
I can open them from my external hard drive as thankfully I hadn't deleted them from it but cannot access them from the desktop. Does anyone have any idea how I can solve this?
Also I noticed that the name on my user folder has lost the last letter it used to be Martyn but now Windows 10 thinks I am Marty. Why on earth would it do that?
Thanks in Advance
llewitha

Answer:Windows 10 cannot find office 2007 docs after clean install

Hello llewitha,

I hope the clean install will solve your stability problems - it usually does and is well worth doing! I'm sorry you now seem to have a few problems. The issue with your user folder is easily explained, Microsoft takes the first five characters of your username (email address when you sign in with a Microsoft Account) and uses this as your user name for the folder. Annoying but that's the way it is and it is really quite a pain to change the folder name so my advice is leave it alone.

The files are another matter though and this should not have happened. Are you able to right click on any of the files in your documents folder and check their properties? You should have full control of them when you examine the security tab.

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I had to do a clean install of Win 7, and then, of course, Office 2010.

I backed up my outlook.pst and still have it.
I started Outlook, and did an "import" from my saved file into a new/blank outlook.pst file.
The import process did NOT include the email account set ups, signatures and perhaps some other stuff I haven't found yet.

It also failed to import a couple (at least 2) personal folders. But that is not critical.

When I look at my folders, on the left, I see:
- a primary folder (section) called "Outlook" AND another primary folder (section) called "Personal Folders"
- Under each section, I see my "saved folders"; they appear to be duplicates
- Under each section, I see a "Calendar"; they appear to be duplicates
- Same for Contacts They have the same number of items.

What is the difference in the folders under "Outlook" and "Personal Folders"?
I feel I should delete one or the other. I certainly do not need 2 sets of "saved folders"!

Thanks!

Answer:Office 2010 clean install - questions about Outlook folders

You will probably have to set up your email accounts again. this can be done either from within Outlook or open Control Panel, select the Mail (Microsoft Outlook 2010) applet & this will open a box where you can select various options & one is Account Settings & another where you can change folders.

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If I run Vista as a custom install from the DVD why when I look in either "computer" or C:\ do I find 3 folders, one for a device manager for a Philps MP3 Player I have and 2 folders of files and data etc for a PIC Programmer I used in the previous install of the OS. Why have these 3 been carried foward ??? Also patches and Acer set up wizard stuff also from previous install.

Answer:Clean custom install Vista NOT CLEAN Help !!

I'm wondering if their is a difference between a custom installation and a clean installation. I have seen a number of programmes that offer custom installation meaning that you can elect to install or not various features of the programme and later on you can go back into the custom installation and add or remove features that you require. Personally I would have thought that any clean installation would require the disk or partition to be formatted first thus removing all traces of the previous installation and then installing the programme on the newly formatted drive.Microsoft does seem to be ambiguous on this point click here and they seem to imply that custom and clean are one and the same thing.

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My T61 notebook came preinstalled with MS Office software. No MS Office media (CDs/DVDs) was shipped with the T61 notebook. I want to upgrade the hard drive and clean reinstall OS and MS Office. I can create the Recovery Media using the ThinkVantage tool but that will not include MS Office. After three calls to Lenovo help & support I am told that I have to directly contact Microsoft to get the Office CDs! My current software setup has some corrupted ThinkVantage tools and I do not want to use the Back Up and Recovery option to reinstate Microsoft Office software because it will reinstall everything else with it too. If I bought the Microsoft Office software along with the T61 Notebook in a single order from Lenovo, why do I have to contact Microsoft to get the Microsoft Office CDs? Any suggestions? Sumit   

Answer:Upgrading Hard Drive with clean install, MS Office media problem.

Hi sumitk, and welcome to the Lenovo User Community!
 
Try here:
 
http://www.microsoft.com/office/backup/en-us/default.mspx

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Hi,

I'm new on the forums here and I'm just getting into the whole maintaining and upgrading PCs thing. I need some advice about a clean install of Vista.

I am going to have to replace my existing motherboard/processor/memory because of faulty hardware.
I have been told that I may have to reinstall the OS as part of the process.
It has also been pointed out that the type/version of Vista I have will make a difference to this (ie. is it OEM, etc.).
The version I have came preinstalled on the PC, but I have a slim (DVD style) Vista package which came along with the system (and the other drivers).
The authentication sticker is stuck to the back of the base unit.

I have looked around and all the indications are that I should be able to use this version for a clean install after I reformat the HDD, but I am not sure

So I'd like some guidance about identifying which version I have (if it's possible) and how to go about doing this should I have to format the HDD and reinstall from scratch.

Regards,

Rich

Answer:Clean Vista Install

Hello Rich, and welcome to Vista Forums.

A Vista that came preinstalled on a store bought computer is going to be a OEM Vista. Unlike a retail copy of Vista, the product key number for a OEM Vista is permanently tied to the motherboard and first computer it is used to activate that OEM Vista with. You will not be able to use the same product key number to activate your OEM Vista if installed on any other computer than the one it was first activated on, or the same computer with a different motherboard.

You would have to purchase a new copy of Vista and use the product key that came with it instead.

A retail copy of Vista can have it's product key number activated on any computer as long as it's unistalled from any other computer first.

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Can someone either tell me or point me in the direction of a good set of instructions to wipe my hard drive and re-install Vista back on to my computer? I have had so many system issues and problems for so long that I am totally fed up at this point and am willing to do this no matter how much time it takes to reload the updated drivers etc. I already feel like this.... Please help me to get back to this

Many Thanks
os

Answer:How to do a clean re-install of Vista

1) Change the boot order in bios so the cd / dvd drive is the first device.
2) Boot to the Vista CD
3) When given the option, you can either delete and recreate the primary partition or simply format it - it's up to you.
4) Continue the installation routine
5) After installation, install all drivers beginning with the chipset driver
6) Install a good anti virus utility
7) Download and install all appropriate Windows Updates / Service Packs

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I have a system running Windows XP. There are four partitions

C:\ (System Partition)
D:\ (Contains Documents)
E:\ (Contains Documents)

ie. C:\ , D:\ & E:\ are partitions in HDD 0

F:\ (Separate Internal Hard Disk on SATA) => HDD 1

XP is giving me problems, so I bought a new OS - Vista Home Premium and I want to install it after removing XP. Can I format C:\ and install Vista Home Premium while leaving the data on the other partitions intact? I know it can be done with XP...

How about I move all the data I want intact to F:\ and then I format HDD 0 completely? Will Vista be able to access the files in F:\ after that?

Thanks....
 

Answer:Clean Install Vista over XP

You should not have a problem but I would read this first
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/918884
 

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good morning .
here is i like to know .right now i am using a ddr 2 mlotherboard .
next week i will be put a new mobo [ddr3] here is what i like to know .
i have a ssd drive now on my ddr2 and i will be using it on my new ddr3 board .
so cant i do a clean vista install on my ssd drive .
if i do a clean install i will have the choice to format it right .
 

Answer:clean vista install

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I have a laptop (Acer Travelmate 2480) which came with Windows Vista home basic pre-installed, I upgraded to Home premium and want to do a clean install of HP, but when I enter my license key during the install it won't accept it. How can I do a clean install using the upgade license? I want to do this because I hate all of the "Acer Extras" and want to rid myself of them once and for all and I am also going to dual-boot with XP pro.

Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Clean Vista Install?

Do I understand correctly?
You want to use Vista Upgrade DVD from HP to clean install Vista on Acer?
If so, it won't work.
 

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I just got a new Dell with Vista Home Basic. It came through with some of the usual preloaded junk and I removed it. Everything I have read suggests doing a clean install since everything will be wiped clean and then I can choose what to put on the computer. I can also wipe out the bloat that is saved in the restore point. Is this the best option? I followed the suggestions in the other link and used CC Cleaner, PC Decrapifier, etc but it seems like a clean install is the preferred method.

Would it make that much of a difference in terms of speed? I am worried that if I proceed with a clean install I may get stuck in the process and not no what to do. The comp came with all the disk and driver so I do what is needed.
 

Answer:Vista Clean Install

I think you already have a clean install (minus the crap) and if you use the Dell (restore) disk(s) you'll just reinstall the crap and have wasted your time in cleaning it up in the first place. Wait for others first but that's my opinion.
 

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I'm thinking about updating my system from Windows 2000 to Vista Home Premium and I understand that I will have to do a "clean install". What is not clear to me is if a clean install formats/erases all of my files on the boot drive or if it is just removing the current os with the new one.
 

Answer:Vista clean install

The best method (and I'm sure a lot of people will back me up on this... if not I'll kneecap 'em with a tire iron till they come around) for installing Vista is "the clean install" meaning you:

- back up whatever personal data you have on your current installation, whichever OS that is
- back up favorites, bookmarks, emails, settings, preferences, game save files, etc etc ad nauseum
- back up music, videos, pictures, etc etc ad nauseum

Once you've backed up or safely stored all the really important stuff you have, run the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor on that machine and either print out the results or write them all down. Pay attention to the recommendations the Upgrade Advisor provides because it's all useful information.

After that, decide on what you will do first: update/upgrade the hardware to match the minimums that the Upgrade Advisor suggests (or go way past 'em if you can, always a good thing), look for possible software updates or upgrades to bring the older stuff you might have up to a level where it'll function in Vista without issues, and go from there.

Once you're ready to actually get Vista and install it, you have two choices:

Get an Upgrade version of whatever edition you choose (the most common edition is Home Premium, that is most closely associated to XP Home and the one that the overwhelming majority of people will want) and save yourself a few bucks over the full install price. Or...

You can get an... Read more

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Hi guys, I trading in my Lenovo 3000 K100 system for a IdeaCenter K210 system and believe that this situation applies to the Lenovo 3000 K100 as well all Lenovo systems. I assume  as many of you, I do not use or am unable to use varies "freebies" that came with the system and am wondering if it is possible to (format the "C" Drive and) install the WindowsVista HP CD (that comes with the system) and not install any of the Lenovo freebie software (i.e.. Onekey R&R,  Trial version of xxxx, ....)?I assume that besides Vista, the only other thing that would be needed would be  the appropriate system control drives (i.e.. audio, video, DVD,......) which I believe are available from the Lenovo Website.Has anyone tried this?Does anyone know if this will work?  What drivers are needed?Any thoughts / ideas / input / ..... would be greatly appreciated?Thanks,Bob

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Hi all,I got my new 200Gb drive today (cost under £70) and connected (but not installed) to my computer.So, I successfully installed Vista and Office Professional Pro and got myself on-line as you see.But, multi-multi problems which will take some time. Please do not respond to this yet, but I will keep you fully informed little by little so you can see what the problems are.For excample I cannot install Zone alarm, will have to go to their site to get new drivers!More later..

Answer:Vista on clean install

Free avast anti=virus works with vista click here

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Hello

This message haunts me:

"windows could not update the computer's boot configuration installation cannot proceed vista".

This is the message after re-installing vista on my dell xps that completely died. I have reformatted my stock hard disk so that I no longer have access to the registry for that fix(if you know what im referring to).

However, I have an external hard drive for my other laptop, with windows 7 on it, would it be possible to install win 7 onto the computer that had win vista on it to begin with? or is this a matter of copyright law or something?

Or could my hard drive just be fried?

Sorry for the three questions.

Thanks,
dold
 

Answer:Clean install of vista,

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I have Vista Ultimate disc, is there a way I can re install windows but leave my programs and personal files on the HDD?

Answer:Non Clean install of Vista

If you reinstall Vista all of your old files will be put in a file called windows.old. You can then copy your personal files etc. to their correct folders on the new installation but your programs will probably need to be reinstalled.

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hi i ave just finished re-installing vista using vista home premium 32 bit with sp2 retail
media

windows has just checked for updates and there are 126 important updates to install..

i was recently told to only do a few at a time. wich is fine however is there an order in wich to do them such as biggest 1st oldest 1st service packs 1st ?

i am unsure on how to proceed any help would be much appreciated

Answer:help clean install of vista..

Hello Billy,

Usually letting what it has selected by default will install fine. If you have issues, then select to only install a few at a time from what was originally selected by default.

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I did a vista clean install, because I had a few problems with my previous state.

I'm not entirely sure if this was actually caused by the install. But I reckon it was.

I came to install my Netgear WG111V2 wireless router this evening, and for some reason it didn't reckognize it. The software was installed sucessfuly, but the WG111v2 application is only compatible with windows XP and below.

I found a vista driver for it, but when I came to install it, I got an error, invalid location or something. C:/Users/Myles/AppData/Temp/{645765/6575or something like that.

This is vista home premium 32bit. I am planning on upgrading to 64bit any time soon, but I wan't everything to be working accordingly before I upgrade.

Not my best idea of doing a clean install

Answer:Vista clean install.

you cannot upgrade from 32x to 64x
you will have to clean install 64x so you may as well do it now
i think you will find a error 10 listed in the error logs causing the problem

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I built my new PC a few months('bout 5). Besides a few crashes with older programs- I had no issues to speak of. Recently though, Firefox, which is probably the #1 program I used, began to crash at least once daily if not more. This began to annoy me the frequency of crashes only inxcreased as time went on. I attempted to do a system restore but the earliest date was only 2 weeks prior. I did it anyway but then I started to have programs with my antivirues(avira) due to being out of date, etc. So I took the oppurtunity to instead switch to Avast Antivirus. Since installing Avast(and even after installing Avira), my computer has had many more problems. The problems all relate to computer startup- if it makes it past the login screen it takes many minutes for windows to completely finish startup processes, and even after if I attempt to run any program the entire system will just hang. Completely Freeze. I've even got a BSOD. That is if it even starts up, its now more likely not to. It seems to take at least 3 or 4 restarts to get the computer going past the login screen. Most of the time, I just get a black screen after the windows loading screen.

What I want to do is do a fresh clean install of vista like my hard drive is a virgin. I've saved the few files I care about and everything else can just go.

I've already tried to put in my OEM Vista x64 bit disc and repairing the install, but it found nothing to repair, then I tried just installing Vista overt... Read more

Answer:Want to do clean install of vista..how

BUMP

I tried installing Vista(overtop of old install) using the boot disk. It gave me this message: Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for installation are available, then restart installation. Error code: 0x80070571

Then I tried to use the startup repar option from the boot disk. The startup repair found this error: "System volume on Disk is corrupt" it ran CHKDSK and it fixed a bunch of stuff I guess.

I tried using my computer normally after that and it froze once, and another time after startup I got a blue screen that said "A problem has been detected and windows has been shutdown to prevent damage."


Any help?

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Hi all,
I had installed Windows 10 TP from Windows 8.1, and after realising what a mistake that was, I tried to revert back first to 8.1 then to 7. The "rollback" wasn't an option, and every installation technique I tried did not work. After much thought I decided to try to install Windows Vista. Unfortunately, each time I tried to install the OS, it reverted to the TP.

In the Command Prompt I formatted the drive that contained TP and Windows, and made a boot USB drive with Windows Vista. I can boot the computer from the USB drive and the Windows Vista installation begins, but upon choosing a drive to install it to, it says "Windows is unable to find a system volume which meets its criteria for installation".

After Googling this phrase, there is an article from Microsoft that outlines to make sure the HDD is a higher boot priority, or to remove the USB drive during boot up and to only insert it after Windows Install starts.
I have reconfigured the BIOS and made sure the HDD has a higher priority than the USB drive, and the same issue occurs. I obviously cannot boot the computer without the stick because there is no information on the HDD to which to boot to.

Any insight / help would be great!

Answer:Clean install of Vista

Your profile states Vista Ultimate x64 SP3, that must be a typo as there never was a 3rd SP. SP2 is the max.

A lot here depends on what you are using to install Vista with. Do you have Vista DVD media and a product key? It also depends on a) is the partition your are installing on formatted using the NTFS file system and b) already allocated a drive letter and c) how were you telling the system to install - a complete format and install would be the only way to go I think, although I will defer to any others that may wish to post here.

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i just purchased a laptop with no OS installed but it came with a home premium key, i am trying to install and am stuck on "where do you want to install windows"
no drivers were found. click load driver to provide a mass storage driver for installation...please help!
 

Answer:Please Help Clean Install of Vista

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before vista, i had xp.got asus m2v motherboard and the cd that came with this is for xp, not vista.i decided to do a clean install rather than upgrade, so before this i went to the asus uk site and downloaded realtec audio driver, attansic l1 ethernet controller and the chipset files. reinstalled vista no problem and realtec and the chipset installed no problem but the attansic ethernet controller will not install.so i opened the device manager and inside the atansic has got a triangle against this and also unknown device in other devices has got a triangle against that as well. i presume the unknown device will be the network controller but i am now stuck and dont know where to go from here.

Answer:clean install of vista

try installing the XP drivers for the attansic ethernet controller and see if you get the same error.

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From the FAQ:






Quote:
Q.: I have Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bits and want to migrate to Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bits. Do I need to do a Clean install or can I perform an in-place upgrade?
A.: A Clean Install is required when migrating from 32 to 64 bits or vice-versa, independent of the initial and target versions,.


I did a custom install to switch from my 32-bit Vista Business to 64-bit Windows 7 Professional. Everything I've ever read, including the FAQ quoted above, says a clean install is the only way for that to happen.

I did that, yet it somehow retained all of my old files (mostly in a windows.old folder, with some remaining on the C: drive). How is this even possible?

I'm truly baffled.

-- BTW, I love this site. I found it while searching for Windows 7 on Google.

Answer:32-bit Vista to 64-bit W7: Somehow NOT a clean install?

A clean install doesn't mean everything will be wiped clean - it just means that you cannot upgrade - you have to set up a new Windows installation, reinstall your programs and put back your documents etc. where they belong.

It will only be Mr Proper clean if you wipe the target disk clean from your Win7 installation DVD.

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Hello everyone, I just recently purchased an IdeaPad Y430 (2781-89U), but I am already having some issues with it. So first I tried to uninstall all the unnecessary software that came with it and changed a few Windows Vista settings in order to make things a little faster. Unsatisfied with the results, I decided to install Windows XP. Before doing that, however, I deleted the invisible partition that OneKey recovery uses to recover the system thinking that a Windows Vista install DVD would be enough to get this machine running. To my surprise, Lenovo has not yet releseased any drivers for this model (look here). So after installing Windows XP and seeing that most things did not work, I went ahead and installed a clean version of Windows Vista Home Premium. This is where I ran into problems: 1) My Vista key (located on the bottom of the laptop) did not work for some reason. It would be a shame if Vista differentiated a regular version from an OEM version. Any thoughts on this? 2) After installing all of the vista 64 drivers from the Y430 generic drivers page, I still had two devices unrecognized: a) Mass Storage Controller      Location: PCI bus 8, device 6, function 3      Hardware Ids: PCI\VEN_1217&DEV_7130&SUBSYS_3A2117AA&REV_01  b) Unkown Device (Hardware IDs:  ACPI\ENE0201) I'm guessing that maybe one of them is due to the fact that the Micro Card Reader Driver driver doe... Read more

Answer:Clean Vista Install

So I just tried entering my Windows Vista key again and this time it worked. For some reason Windows rejected the key during install. The hardware problems are still here, though.

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I am considering a "clean install" for my PC,

I did the compatability check from MS website and it passed except for a couple "device details"...

1. Nvidia Geforce 7500 LE (no compatability data available)
2. Trend Micro Common Firewall mini port (same as above)
3. Nvidia nforce networking controller (same as above)
4. Realtek High Definition Audio (same as above)

- Is this a "major" problem to fix before installing Vista?
**Hp's website only has driver downloads for XP for my desktop so I would go into the install with Vista hopefully picking them up

The application said I only had to download a update for Windows MSGr before continuing , thats done.

Answer:Vista Clean Install...

I just wrote a couple drivers to a cd;

- The realtek one from these forums
- A Nvidia driver (from 3dGuru)

Still am a little hesitant about install but any advice is appreciated. (I'll probably do it tonighbt or tomorrow)

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Hi,I have just put together my first ever pc (nooob I know), I have entered BIOs and am booting from cd rom with my vista cd in it. I have seen a microsoft coopropration logo but then just a black screen,Is this normal??ThanksPaul

Answer:Clean install of vista help!

check you monitor and graphics card something may be loose or the card not seated firmly in the board.

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I currently have Vista Home Premium x86. I am wanting to clean install x64 Home Premium with my product key. I downloaded an .iso of Vista x64 and burnt it on to a DVD. I went through the BIOS and installed from my DVDrom. It attempted to install after I typed in my activation key. It got past phase 1. Then before phase 2 could pass 0% I got this message.

"Windows cannot open the required file E:\Sources\Intall.wim........Error code:0x800700D"

Anyone know what the problem could be? Is it a bad download of the .iso? If so could someone share a link for a good download? I've been searching the internet all weekend and haven't had much luck.

Answer:Can't clean install Vista x64

Hello Hormel and welcome , my understanding is that you would need a legal copy of the OS. Did you acquire this ISO from Windows or your computer manufacturer ?

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I am trying to do a clean install of vista home premium, i have an old acer laptop that used to have vista installed i have formatted the hard drive and run the disk everything is fine to start with, put in all the info it asks including a valid product key
the installation goes fine until it gets to the completing insallation bit then it seems to get stuck and nothing else happens.
advice anyone????
thanks in advance
andy
 

Answer:clean install of vista

Hi try the simple stuff first clean the drive lens,check the disc for damage,check the disc on another machine
 

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We are advised to clean install Vista, how do we uninstall Widows XP & how would you uninstall Vista if you have installed it over Windows XP.

Answer:Clean Install Vista

You don't uninstall anything. When you insert the DVD and start the process assuming you have the choice of upgrade or what is called "custom"Custom gives a clean install and disposes of XP.

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I had a friend build a PC for me, but I've been having a lot of problems. It seems that I may need a clean install of Vista, but I am novice. Can someone tell me how this should be done? Thank you.
 

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I have a PC that has 2 operating systems ( Vista  ant window 10) installed on 2 separate hard drives. The old primary one has vista installed on it. I would like to to reformat the primary one with vista and  clean install window 7 with product
key number. Can any one help me with step by step procedure. Thanks in advance.

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As many of you are now finding out, in order to upgrade your copy of XP to Vista, you need to have XP currently installed on the computer and the setup program must be run from withing XP. No longer can you boot off of the setup DVD and just insert the media of older versions that you are upgrading from. What this means is that there is no true way of doing a clean install from a formatted hard drive as when you enter the Vista product key it will tell you the setup must be run from within the previous operating system. Another issue that occurs is that you will invalidate the XP product key that you are upgrading from.Paul Thurott has discovered from internal Microsoft documents another method that you can use to perform a full install. To do this follow the steps below:

Answer:How To Perform A Clean Vista Install Using A Vista Upgrade Product Key

Paul Thurott has discovered from internal Microsoft documents another method that you can use to perform a full install.

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I recently had an issue with vista not playing nice with my freeBSD partition that eventually forced me to completely wipe both of my hard drives(mostly our of impatience) but ever since then when I tried to reinstall vista after telling it to delete the data on both of the hard drives I can no longer boot at all without getting a BSOD, When I try and do a safe mode boot it hangs on crcdisk.sys which makes me think its still a hard drive issue and for some reason it displays 3 vistas when it asks me to choose an OS. Any advice?

Answer:After clean wipe of vista(and my other OS) using Vista install disk I get a BSOD

Have you tried running hard drive diagnosis on your drive.
Do that first. If everything looks normal in results.

1) I start windows Vista from my DVD and select repair, select the command to star the console.
2) in the command promt I go to where my windows is installed and remane ( or delete) the followind file:

\windows\system32\drivers\pcmcia.sys*
\windows\system32\drivers\1394bus.sys
\windows\system32\drivers\ohci1394.sys
\windows\system32\driverstore\filerepository\pcmcia.infblablabla*
\windows\system32\driverstore\filerepository\1394.infblablabla
\windows\system32\driverstore\filerepository\sdbus.infblablabla*
\windows\inf\sdbus.inf*
\windows\inf\sdbus.PNF*

*NOTE: the file with * where NOT renamed (or delete) and it worked for me. In case Ur PC freeze again try to rename all files.

3) exit and restart.

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As many of you are now finding out, in order to upgrade your copy of XP to Vista, you need to have XP currently installed on the computer and the setup program must be run from withing XP. No longer can you boot off of the setup DVD and just insert the media of older versions that you are upgrading from. What this means is that there is no true way of doing a clean install from a formatted hard drive as when you enter the Vista product key it will tell you the setup must be run from within the previous operating system. Another issue that occurs is that you will invalidate the XP product key that you are upgrading from.Paul Thurott has discovered from internal Microsoft documents another method that you can use to perform a full install. To do this follow the steps below: Boot your computer form the Windows Vista Upgrade DVD. When you get to the setup screen, start a new setup of Vista.

When prompted to enter your product key, Do not enter it. Instead click on the Next button and continue with the setup. This will install Vista as a 30-day trial.

When prompted select the edition of Vista which you had purchased. So if you purchase Home Premium, select Home Premium. This is important, so do not pick a version that you did not purchase as it will affect later steps.

Once the setup has completed and you are back at your new Vista desktop, run the setup program from the Vista DVD again from within the new Vista 30-day trial.

Go through the setup, but this ti... Read more

Answer:How To Perform A Clean Vista Install Using A Vista Upgrade Product Key

Paul Thurott has discovered from internal Microsoft documents another method that you can use to perform a full install.That link doesn't work and has anyone done this to see if it actually works?

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Last week I installed Vista using a clean install. In the Vista installation setup I deleted the entire hard drive, formatted it, and installed Vista. I noticed it didn’t have the same performance that a fresh install of XP had, moreso than I assumed a performance hit from Vista would make (I use an OC’ed C2D @3 GHz, 4 GB Ram, raptor HD).

My theory is because it wasn’t fully reformatted. Like in XP, when running from the CD, you go through all the blue screens, click delete partition, non-quick format, and then it takes a long time saying “formatting”, and then after it spends 1-2 hours formatting, it then installs XP. In Vista. I clicked delete partition, it said deleted, and then went straight to the installation, and completely skipped the long formatting process.

I also noticed when running Vista that my hard drive ALWAYS seemed to be accessing something when using Vista. I would like to discover a way to FULLY reformat Vista and not their crappy version saying it is reformatted and then finding it doesn’t seem to be.
 

Answer:Vista Clean Install = Not So Clean

Look up bootit next generation in google and download the cd version iso burn it when you boot the cd bypass the install by saying no when it asks to install it will then give you the ability to access the partitions and you can format a bunch of ways fairly quick and then tell it to reboot put in the vista cd and let it format it however it wants there will be nothing left from the earlier install it even gives you the option to secure wipe the drive {time consuming}
 

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I just built a new computer and got Windows Vista Ultimate. I installed it on a clean raid 0 setup with two raptors. After I got through the main install and got to the main desktop I decided to install the latest video driver for my XFX Geforce 8800 GTS XXX. After the restart I tired to refresh my systems rating. When it started up it would go for a bit and then it would give me a BSOD error.

DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

***STOP 0X000000D1

I hope this is enough information. Thank you for any help.
 

Answer:BSOD on Vista after clean install.

Go to Device Manager, click the + sign next to Display Adapters, right click your Video adaptor > Properties > Driver tab > Roll back driver button.

This should remove the new driver and hopefully fix things.
 

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So i bought Vista Ultimate, retail, when i go to install over XP I cant seem to figure out how to do a "clean" install , like I'm used to in XP, where your previous version is wiped out. Can you please point me in the right direction so i can get this done. Thanks!
 

Answer:Vista retail, clean install?

Boot to the CD. You choose either Custom install or Upgrade. If upgrade is darkened (like if you are upgrading from xp 32 to vista 64) you will have to do a fresh install which is Custom. When you see your hard drives, you have to delete the partition in order to 'clear XP'. Keep in mind by doing this you are completely wiping out the hard drive, so make sure the data is backed up. Once you clear the partition, just click the unallocated drive and press next. It will automatically set up the hard drive, you don't even have to manually create partitions anymore. You'll then be able to type in your key or you can choose to not, and manually select your version.

Once you get Vista installed, check the device manager to make sure everything is installed. If it's not, right click, upgrade driver, and check online. Some drivers you can only get this way. Then update the computer with windows update which is in the security tab in the control panel. Also, you may want to reduce the size of System Restore space. There is no slider like in XP so you need to use the command line.

vssadmin resize shadowstorage /on=c: /for=c: /maxsize=20GB

I would suggest about 20GB, if you don't set it, it will use 15% of your drive minimal, with up to 30% if it's available (but releases the extra 15% if your using it) which can be a ton if you have a larger drive.
 

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Hi All,

I've recently got a Medion desktop computer with Vista. I obtained the computer second hand and want to do a clean install of everything so it all reverts back to factory settings.

Upon investigation, I can see there is a D partition labelled "recover" - however when pressing F2/F8/F10/F11/F12 the options to boot into the recover partition are not there.

I've found manual online, which is a bit generic, as it says I might need a bootable DVD with "Symantec Recover" on it - which tells the PC to read from the partition to do a full recover.

I do not have the DVD and I've contacted the seller who says he doesn't know where it is.

So, can I download a version of vista, or is there a tool that I can use to access this partition? There must be another way for me to reformat my computer considering the partition labelled "recover" is already on the hard drive.

Any advice is appreciated.
Amnesia

Answer:Medion Vista - How To Clean Install?

Hi could you post the full model number, then we may have a chance of getting the manual which could have the info you need.

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Hi again, I just installed Vista 64 on a freshly formatted disk, but the BSODS keep coming! I've installed updated drivers for my graphics card, and updated the BIOS +++

At the top of the screen it says Page_fault_in_nonpaged_area

and the tech. info says:

***STOP: 0X00000050 (0xFFFFFFFFFFFFFFE4, 0X0000000000000000, 0Xfffff80001C7C580, 0x0000000000000000)

Getting pretty pissed by now...

Earlier on I got this BSOD tech thread:

*** STOP:0x0000007E (0xFFFFFFFFC0000005, 0xFFFFF80001F143C4, 0xFFFFFA60017E7A28, 0xFFFFFA60017E7400)
Any Gurus in here who knows what I should do?
 

Answer:yet another BSOD on clean Vista install

i think I was surfing nearly during these incidents...
 

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Hi

I've been trying to upgrade my parents computer from vista x86 home premium to windows 7 x64 with a clean install. Everytime i go to boot the computer with my 7 installation disk, it begins to load files, then windows boot manager starts saying their is a problem with driver \system32\drivers\wdf01000.sys and error code 0x0000096. I have asked MS and they said to get another copy of that driver.. since my computer did not come with a disc, i recovered the whole computer back to factory condition hoping that would help, i also ran windows repair and that did not do anything. Vista works fine on this computer

I have the HP m8125x. Specs here: Product Specifications HP Pavilion Media Center TV m8125x Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English) Just upgraded the RAM to 4GB (works fine in vista) and replaced the optical drive (it had burnt out and i needed it to burn the installation disc.. bad omen? haha) could either of these be causing it? I noticed a little blurb about RAM in the FAQ, is this what RAM on old motherboard issues typically look like (i don't want to take it out if unnessary as it took me forever to finally fit it in cuz of the positioning)

I have also tried unplugging my wireless keyboard, printer, IR receiver etc..

the BIOS is uptodate according to HP,

any other suggestions? Should i just give up and reinstall all my stuff on Vista, the upgrade only cost $40 (student promotion) and i'm wondering if this is just the beginning of an i... Read more

Answer:problems with vista x86 to 7 x64 clean install

  
Quote: Originally Posted by tdiddy


Hi

I've been trying to upgrade my parents computer from vista x86 home premium to windows 7 x64 with a clean install. Everytime i go to boot the computer with my 7 installation disk, it begins to load files, then windows boot manager starts saying their is a problem with driver \system32\drivers\wdf01000.sys and error code 0x0000096. I have asked MS and they said to get another copy of that driver.. since my computer did not come with a disc, i recovered the whole computer back to factory condition hoping that would help, i also ran windows repair and that did not do anything. Vista works fine on this computer

I have the HP m8125x. Specs here: Product Specifications HP Pavilion Media Center TV m8125x Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English) Just upgraded the RAM to 4GB (works fine in vista) and replaced the optical drive (it had burnt out and i needed it to burn the installation disc.. bad omen? haha) could either of these be causing it? I noticed a little blurb about RAM in the FAQ, is this what RAM on old motherboard issues typically look like (i don't want to take it out if unnessary as it took me forever to finally fit it in cuz of the positioning)

I have also tried unplugging my wireless keyboard, printer, IR receiver etc..

the BIOS is uptodate according to HP,

any other suggestions? Should i just give up and reinstall all my stuff on Vista, the upgrade only cost $40 (st... Read more

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I recently received a Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop with Vista Home Premium 32 bit OEM installed. There have been many BSOD errors over time and recently has become much worse. There are 50+ mini dump files from before I received the computer. All minidump files seem to refer to Windows system files causing the crash and all seemed to be related to memory errors.

I ran chkdsk /r and it found bad sectors on the hard drive. I ran the built in Dell diagnostic which also found disk errors as did Patition Wizard. I also ram memtest overnight and got no errors after 10 passes.

I replaced the hard drive with a new Seagate drive, re-installed Windows Vista SP1 OEM from the Dell supplied disk, installed the chipset, video, etc. drivers from the supplied Dell disk, and then ran Windows updates until Windows is now up to date with SP2 and all other updates.

Twice during the Windows updates the computer blue screened with code 0xC2 with BAD_POOL_CALLER. The errors still refer to ntoskrnl.exe causing the problem.

My next step was to attempt to update the video (Intel 965) driver and wireless and nic drivers to see if they were the problem. I'm connected to the internet to get Windows updates via a wireless connection.

I've not installed any antivirus software yet as I was waiting to get Windows fully updated first.

When trying to start IE9 it stops responding repeatedly and often won't start. When I ran the Windows_NT6_BSOD_jcgriff2 program to gather the crash information a ... Read more

Answer:BSOD on Clean Install of Vista 32 bit

Welcome
If none of these solutions are of help. I will review your reports further.
NTOSKRNL.EXE is missing or corrupt.
Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

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Hi, I am new here and I would like to know if this is possible.

Can I upgrade/perform a clean install on my custom built PC that has Vista 64bit OEM?

Processor: Intel Core i7 (quad core) cpu @ 2.67GHz
Memory: 6GB RAM
Hard Drive: 500 GB (primary) and 640 GB hard drives
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit
Motherboard: EVGA X58 SLI

To get into more detail, I built my PC and installed Vista 64bit sp1 OEM. I want to do a clean install to Windows 7 Home Premium. Is this possible? If so, do I buy the Windows 7 Upgrade?

One last question. What is the difference between the full retail and the upgrade?

Answer:Can I perform a clean install from Vista OEM?

Last one first. Supposedly the upgrade key asks for proof of previous windows, but I've seen reports here that this is not happening. It seems to install just like a full retail key. The disks are the same I believe, but the keys are supposed to be different. No prob for you as you can do either a clean or upgrade install with the upgrade disk since you have Vista already. Instructions here: Upgrade Install with Windows 7

I always recommend a clean install.

Enjoy.

Gary

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Hey guys,

I have a Toshiba laptop that I bought new at Best Buys years ago. My girlfriend left her Ipad on top of the laptop and since then the computer is having all sorts of problems related to windows.

I figured I would do a clean install because windows repair doesn't seem to solve it.

The question I have is the laptop was not supplied with an operating disk.

I figure I can call toshiba and they might be able to send me one but I would rather not wait to have a working lap top.

What are my options?
 

Answer:Windows Vista Clean Install

Short of ordering a restore disc from Toshiba, the only legal way to do it is purchasing a new copy of Windows.

If you had Vista, you should be safe upgrading to Windows 7 (much more stable, plus it's unlikely you'll find Vista available for sale anymore).

The least expensive way to get Windows 7 is buying an "OEM" (System Builder) copy. This is a license that, once activated, will be tied to the PC you install it on.

The OEM version of Windows 7 Premium sells for around $100. If you have a Fry's, MicroCenter or other large PC parts retailer nearby, they should have it in stock. If not, try Newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116983

Unless the PC has over 4GB of RAM, stick with the 32-bit version.

Hope this helps.
 

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Hi, sorry if this is a stupid thread, I would just like to know how to reformat my laptop and install Vista from scratch with NO remnants of my old system, i.e. no windows.old folder, and no partition.

Answer:Clean vista install with no partition

Boot from Vista DVD, remove all partitions, create new partition, format it and install Vista.Manual: http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=144783

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So I had Vista previously installed on this computer and it eventually got too buggy, so I'm doing a clean install. Initially I went with the quick format and install route, which worked, but one of the Windows updates hung up on install and I had to force a restart. As you can guess things quickly went sour, so I had to try to re-install it again. No luck... the Windows installation could not find my HDD, which is a striped array (two drives). In my boot sequence it shows a healthy striped array, as usual, but not when installing Windows.

I decided to take the next step and totally wipe my drives, a 12 hour process with DBAN, which was successful. But this was to no avail... "No drives were found. Click Load Driver to provide a mass storage driver for installation."

I'm lost as to what to try next. I did go into BIOS and change my RAID setting to IDE and upon my next install attempt it showed both drives, but I want my striped array...

Answer:Vista clean install: doesn't see HDD

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Make and model number of your RAID card?

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I have an upgrade disc for Windows Vista as well as a legit copy of xp and I was wondering if there is any way I can do a clean install of vista without having to install xp. Is there a way to simple put in the cd and have it read it similar to the way xp upgrade discs worked? Moreover does the format option on the vista disc work as well as the xp format since it seems to take much less time?
 

Answer:Vista Upgrade Clean Install

The stickies often go unnoticed, but here's the one you want:

http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1202605
 

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I have a HP Slimline 3323. Windows Vista has crashed and will not start. You can not recover the factory software from the recovery image or recovery disk. Microsoft had sent me an in-place upgrade/installation/repair disk to upgrade the system before the crash. When Windows was at least working but had problems. Those problems were the reason they suggested the upgrade. In order to do an upgrade it must be started in Windows but Windows will not start.

1 Can I do a clean fresh install of Vista Home Premium and use the Product key license that it came out of the box with? The PC came out of the box with Vista Home Premium.

2 Is there any way to get back the other software HP packaged with Windows (HP Update, HP Adviser, Cyberlink, PC Doctor Harware Diagnotic Tools, and others)?

3 Will the recovery image or recovery disks be of any use after a fresh clean install?

4 Will the Vista clean installation install the right drivers for this machine? In other words after a clean successful install will it startup and work?
 

Answer:Solved: Vista Clean Install

Did clean installation. It all worked out very good.
 

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I recently acquired an Asus Eee PC netbook from my mom. The computer was corrupted by a virus so the hard drive was wiped. Being a netbook, it doesn't have a CD drive so I followed the steps to install a copy of Vista onto a USB flash drive. So far, so good. The netbook recognized the USB drive in the BIOS and I chose it as the primary boot drive. Now all I get is 'BOOTMGR is missing. Press CTRL + ALT + Delete to restart' and cannot get any further. I tried to redo the process to make the USB drive bootable and it shows it was successful. But now, when I restart the netbook, it goes back to same BOOTMGR message, won't even access BIOS now.
I'm a novice at working on computers and everything I did to get this far was found on different tech forums but I cannot find anything to fix this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:Clean install Vista on netbook with USB

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i,ve got vista basic as O.S. is there a way to copy just vista basic to a disc. as in the bare bones start up with out all the programs i have installed the laptop. what i,m trying to say is i want to start afresh without all the programs i have installed. just like loading vista basic for the very time. i have not got the vista basic disc because i bought the laptop from a catalogue with vista pre=installed, the only disc i,ve got is recovery disc,please advise,cheers .

Answer:clean install vista basic

unless you purchase another copy of vista, you need to use the recovery. Besides, it will have all the drivers you need for your laptop to work properly. If you installed vista from another copy, you will have to search online at the manufacturers website for all the proper drivers.

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Over a year ago I bought a new computer with vista home premium pre-installed , I used it for a few months but reverted back to XP.My comp didnt come with a vista DVD , just a hidden recovery partition , this was wiped when I installed XP.Anyway... I installed vista ok but I didnt see an option to format the drive prior to installation , I ended up with C:Windows.old , which I deleted .. but ... I want to have a fresh install of vista ...How do I go about formatting the drive with the vista dvd ? ( by the way , I logged into microsofts vista forum asking if I could buy vista on dvd without lisence but was to that wasnt an option and to download the dvd as the dvd is just a trial version of windows and to use my own serial to activate , which I did)Please help , and advice is most welcomed.Thanks

Answer:How do I perform a clean install of Vista HP ?

When one boots from the DVD, the sequence is loading files, key in Regional Settings (Language, Time/Currency, Keyboard), choose partition, then Drive Options Advanced which allows deleting/formatting of partitions.

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I didn't know were to put this thread but I choose Help Room if it should be moved then do so.I have an Acer laptop which I bought with Vista HP pre installed (German language version), I would now like to change the OS to Vista English. This means buying a new MS Vista disc in English. I would like to do a clean install over my German edition, but which one should I buy. I have looked on Amazon and the one which looks right is the "Windows Vista HP edition with service pack 1 (PC) 2008)". Is this correct or do you know better, I would like to know before forking out 138 quid.

Answer:Vista clean install help wanted

I wonder if you can achiev what you want by not buying a new version of Vista but by installing a language file (LIP) click hereI have no personal experience of this.

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So I bought an upgrade disc of Home Premium, intending to use that trick to do a clean install with it. So I format and partition my hard drive, boot up from the DVD drive, and yet Vista won't go to the installation screen. Instead it stops at the Boot Manager and says"Windows failed to start." etc. and tells me to use my Windows installation disc to repair it. I was under the impression that the Vista upgrade disc allowed clean installs on fresh hard drives... is this no longer the case?

Any help is appreciated, thanks.
 

Answer:Trouble w/ Clean Install of Vista

I believe that you need to atleast have an operating system to upgrade from even using the clean install work around.
 

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I am having issues with a computer I built from two similar machines. I tried doing an "upgrade" from Windows XP to Vista but the problems continued. I would like to try a clean install or a custom install of Vista to see if that would fix the problem.

If it doesn't work, can I use the Windows XP Recovery discs I have to return the computer to XP after doing a clean or custom install of Vista? I just want to fix the problems I am having before I upgrade to Vista permanently.

Answer:Question about Vista Clean install

Hello Buddy, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Yes, you should be able to recovery XP using your XP Recovery disc if you should decide to later. Just be sure to back up anything that you do not want to lose to be safe though.

Usually it's always best to do a clean install of an OS (ex: Vista) to get the best results. I would recommend to check to make sure that you have Vista drivers available for all of your hardware/devices, and go ahead and download them to have them saved somewhere to make it easy to install them after installing Vista.

Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista

OR

Clean Install From Upgrade Vista

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I was performing a clean install of Windows Vista OS the other day and I first set my boot order in my BIOS to the CD-Rom as being reconized first. I placed my Windows Vista CD in the the CD tray and powered down my computer all the way and then started back up. When the computer started up it didn't give the prompt to hit any key to start the process it instead instantly started installing Window Vista. With the clean install beginning this way is it wrong? Will I have problems down the road with it starting this way or is this okay.

Answer:Clean Install of Windows Vista

Hi Larkina


I'll guess that your hard drive was blank, yes? If so, you should be just fine. Vista will expect that you are clean installing if the only hard disk present is blank, and you are booting from the Vista DVD without using any special function keys during the boot.

Enjoy exploring Vista!
Best of luck,
. . . Gary

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I've just gotten Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit from a vendor on Ebay. It was unopened and had all the documentation. I tried to install it and it goes through boot up then says it is copying files, then goes to a screen with a progress bar that says Microsoft Corp underneath it, then goes to a screen that looks like a wallpaper for a desktop and my cursor appears, then it just sits there. At that point all I have is a backround and a cursor and the install doesnt go any farther. And thoughts?

wavz
 

Answer:Vista Clean Install problem

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I'm trying to do a clean install of windows vista ultimate and the system just seems to hang at the please wait screen. I can't boot the pervious version of windows installed on the computer. I don't care what is on the HDD I just want to do a clean install. I put the first boot device as the dvd drive and it loads it up I can pick language perferences but when I press install now it hangs. I have tried to repair the os but it says it may take over an hour to complete and just hangs. I can't get access to the HDD options and I don't have a backup.
I built my PC from scratch and had a few problems with the ram at the begining but got windows installed and it worked fine. Untill I decided to do a clean install of vista because I was about to install my second GPU it did not install correctly. I have the legal OEM version of Windows Vista Ultimate.
I just would like some insight into what is going on. Or if it could be a certain component of the PC which I could fix or replace. I really want my PC up and running again.

CPU-OX9650
MB-790I ULTRA
GPU-9800 GX2
HDD-WD VELICORAPTOR
RAM-OCZ DDR3-1800 MHZ
 

Answer:Windows Vista can't clean install Plz Help

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I Bought a Hp Pavilon 2007 Windows Vista And it did not come with a clean install recovery disc ..How am i able to do a clean install with out this ..

i have two Hard Disc Drives 1)Hp(Cand 2Factory Image
Do i need to burn that factory image drive to a disc??
 

Answer:Clean Install Windows Vista

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I performed a clean install of Windows Vista and everything works great all except the microsoft updates and a program that's associated with microsoft updates, Windows Defender. I'm unable to get any updates. I can click on Get Updates but it comes back to say that this computer doesn't need any updates. It also says that I have never downloaded any updates. Thinking back on what I did in preparation to clean installing Vista, I didn't turn off the antivirus program etc. Could this have had anything to do with me not being able to receive my updates? Vista has been activated and registered. Could someone please help me with this. Since performing a clean installation of Windows Vista it runs a great deal better, it has more zip and I would hate to have to reinstall Vista again, but if I have to I will.
 

Answer:Clean Install of Windows Vista

If you were clean installing Vista or any other OS, you would be formatting in which case there is no antivirus possible to be turned off.
I had troubles with defender not updating so I disabled it in Control panel, Admin Tools, Services as it is a useless product anyway that adds nothing to a system.
 

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dear friends

i recently bought acer 7736g with windows 7 in it
as the laptops were installed up and until recently with vista, i want to know if my machine was first installed with vista and upgraded to 7 or had a clean install

any thoughts ?
thanks
gagbel

Answer:how to know if vista to 7 upgrade or clean 7 install

Are you having a lot of trouble with it? If so, it might make sense to just reinstall 7

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I have 2 hard drives partitioned into a total of 3 partitions. Hard Drive 1 contains an XP Partition and a Vista Partition. Hard drive 2 Contains a Vista Partition as of today, was just storage before. Decided I wanted to start fresh, so saved all of my data on Hard Drive 2 and installed vista. The Problem I am having is with the bootloader. It only put an option for the new install of vista into the past bootloader. If I unplug Hard Drive 1, I get a disk boot failure. How can I put a clean copy of the bootloader onto hard drive 2 with just the clean install of windows?
 

Answer:Vista Bootloader Clean Install

This utility may help with your problem

http://www.vistabootpro.org/ free for now
 

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I bought a Compaq desktop PC around a year ago, and I want to perform a clean install of Vista - the reg, C Drive etc are very cluttered !Problem is, I did not get a Vista back up CD with my PC, but I do have a D Drive that is labelled Recovery - so I think everything may be on there ?I'm a bit confused - can anyone tell me what I need to do to get my PC back to ow it was when new please.Many thanks

Answer:Vista clean install from D Drive

When you start the machine, do you see any messages before the Windows logo - press Fxx or Del for Setup, Fxx for Recovery - or somesuch?

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Hello I am new to this so any help is very much appreciated. I just purchased a new laptop... the HP dv2550se which comes loaded with Vista. I've been using XP Pro on my desktop for over 4 years now and it's still good. After messing around with Vista I soon realized it is not the operating system for me. So I want to do a clean xp install over Vista. My question is...what are the steps? Is it recommended? And also will all my drivers work. I did make recovery disks with the Recovery manager.

Any help is much appreciated thank you.
 

Answer:Help~ with clean xp install over preloaded vista

I would NOT downgrade the machine to XP. Stick with Vista and once you learn more about it you will be much happier.

Some of the OEM are NOT providing any drivers and software needed for XP to run on their Vista machines. So before you try anything, make sure that you have drivers and software for all of the built in hardware of this laptop.
 

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Having finally got the upgrade disk for my Sony laptop, I see that Sony will only support a 'clean' install. I know this is probably the best way to do the upgrade, but I'll have to re-install all my apps. etc etc.Is an 'unclean' install dodgy; i.e. upgrade XP without the HDD re-format? Will it leave loads of unwanted XP files on my HDD?Has anybody done this and if so how did it turn out?

Answer:'Clean' or 'upgrade' install of Vista?

in my own experience and reading threads, vista doesnt upgrade very well.i would do a clean install

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I just bought a new HP Pavilion pc that came preloaded with Vista Home Premium 64bit. It also came loaded with a bunch of crap so I just want to blow it away and install a clean Vista OS. Unfortunately, HP only includes a recovery partition from wich you build reccovery disks. I called HP support and they informed me that the only way to get OS disks is to purchase the OS from Microsoft. I argued that I had already done so by purchasing the pc with a licensed copy of Vista preloaded. They said it was an OEM version which can only be installed with the recovery disks and that I should just uninstall the unwanted programs.

I have the Windows Vista product key sticker on the side of the pc so can someone tell me if I purchase a media only version of Vista can I activate it with the OEM product key that came with the pc? And if anyone has any other ideas I'm all ears. Thanks!

Jeff

Answer:Clean Vista OEM Install Issues

Hello Jeff,

Sorry, but you will not be able to use your OEM product key number with any retail Vista installation DVD.

Other than buying a retail Vista version and installing it instead with the product key number that comes with it, you could use a 3rd party backup program like Acronis True Image to make a backup clone of your hard drive after you have uninstalled the programs you do not want and have everything setup the way you like it. You can then use this clone backup to reinstall Vista as it was when you created the backup. You can try a 15 day trial version of Acronis True Image at the link below to try and see if you like that idea.

Complete hard disk recovery solution, backup, drive copy, clone and image computer software

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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