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Dell studio desktop running windows vista service pack 2 won't boot

Question: Dell studio desktop running windows vista service pack 2 won't boot

Computer would not boot first thing this morning. Was fine last night. When I run start-up repair, it finally brings me to a screen that says this computer is configured to require a password in order to start up. Please enter a startup password. I have never had a start up password and cannot get anything to happen past this. I have malware bytes and Microsoft security essentials running up to date. Please advise.

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Preferred Solution: Dell studio desktop running windows vista service pack 2 won't boot

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Dell studio desktop running windows vista service pack 2 won't boot

What happens if you press Enter when you are asked for the password?

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My neighbour has given me his laptop to sort out and I have discovered it is refusing to do any windows updates. It says that the windows update service is not running so cannot update. I have checked as per instructions on the net that the service is set correctly and it seems to be. Does anyone have any idea as to what is causing this. I did find trojan viruses and malware on it and I have got rid of all of that i think.

Answer:vista with service pack 2 - windows update service not running

Maybe try this.

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I could use some help on a Desktop Computer that is extremely slow... Thanks...

Answer:Desktop with XP, Service Pack 3 running extremely slow!

Hello and Welcome to the forums! My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. Somethings to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can help also.Do not run anything while running a fix.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!In the upper right hand corner of the topic you will see a button called Options. If you click on this in the drop-down menu you can choose Track this topic. By doing this and then choosing Immediate E-Mail notification and then clicking on Proceed you will be advised when we respond to your topic and facilitate the cleaning of your machine.Note** If you are having problems posting the complete log into this thread upload them here and post the links in this thread Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.I would like to get a better look at your system, please do the following so I can get some more detailed logs.DeFogger: Please download DeFogger to your desktop.Double click DeFogger to run the tool. The application window will appear Click the Disable button to disable your CD Emulation drivers Click Yes to continue A 'Finished!' message w... Read more

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Hi everyone!
Firstly thank you so much for reading this thread, as this issue has been driving me mad all day.
I have a Dell XPS 8900 which has been running great aside from a HDD error about six months ago. Upon replacing the HDD I have had no problems with the desktop computer until today.
My computer was operating perfectly last night, but today I've been having an infuriating issue with audio. I would like to point out that I made no changes to my computer prior to this problem occurring; I turned on the PC this morning and it's been causing me a headache ever since.
The problem
Here's the problem: when I try to play a YouTube video in Google Chrome or attempt to load a video project in Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13.0, the speaker in the corner of my toolbar tells me that the Audio Service Is Not Running.
Clicking on the speaker brings up the Windows 10 troubleshooter which appears to fix the problem. However, loading a video on YouTube in Google Chrome or booting Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13.0 causes the Audio Service to stop running again.

Assuming that I repair the Audio Service and don't load Google Chrome or Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13.0, I can play videos and music with full sound from my HDD using the bog-standard Windows 10 Groove Music or Film & TV apps. Both work without a hitch.
What I've tried
In order to solve this I've tried:

Resetting Windows 10 to factory settings and reinstalling both Google Chrome and Sony Movie Studio ... Read more

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Just wondered if anyone else has had the same issue when they tried to update Windows Vista SP1 to SP2. The reason I was trying to update is to update to Internet Explorer 9 for 6 as its my wifes laptop that she very rarely uses. I thought it would be quite easy to do but tried several times and still no joy.
The message that comes up is ERRORNOTFOUND(0x80070490)which I'm aware means Windows cannot search for updates.
I have checked for updates and the following is trying to update but also fails : Windows Search 4.0 for Windows Vista (KB940157)
The laptop is an Acer Aspire 5710 running Vista SP1 32 bit
Finally I have no repair disc as this is already installed so I tried a reboot, F8 and repair and that also failed....
Any suggestion what to try next??
Many thanks

Answer:Windows Vista won't update Service Pack (SP1) 1 to Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Go to Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Services - scroll down to find Windows Update - if not running Start the service.
OR alternatively click Start - Run - type Services.msc

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I have a laptop and desktop both running Vista Ultimate with 4GB ram. Back in April/May time, my laptop was updated with Vista SP1 via the Windows Update and I expected the Windows Update would have done the same to my desktop. However, until now, I still have not offered the Vista SP1 from Windows Update. Any of you have similar problem to mine? Should i update the full version available on the Microsoft website, notwithstanding i have downloaded loads of updates in between?

Answer:Vista Service Pack 1 not offered to my desktop

Read this click here

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My husband uses Chrome and it is running very slow. Firefox seems unaffected.
 I recently wiped my computer after a nasty virus and have been trying out various security systems recently trying to decide what I want to buy. Currently using trial version of Avast. I am guessing that I need to take some of those off and would love any advise to get rid of unnecessary programs. I am looking at you, HP! 
In looking at other threads I read potential helpers like to have people download and run speccy and minitoolbox to spot what is wrong. Thanks in advance for your help, A
here are my minitoolbox results:
MiniToolBox by Farbar  Version: 23-01-2014
Ran by azane (administrator) on 30-03-2014 at 12:22:26
Running from "C:\Users\azane\Downloads"
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium  Service Pack 2 (X64)
Boot Mode: Normal
========================= Event log errors: ===============================
Application errors:
Error: (03/27/2014 10:17:18 AM) (Source: Application Hang) (User: )
Description: The program firefox.exe version stopped interacting with Windows and was closed. To see if more information about the problem is available, check the problem history in the Problem Reports and Solutions control panel.
Process ID: 7e8
Start Time: 01cf47b542... Read more

Answer:Chrome running very slow in Vista Home Premium SP2, 64-bit Dell studio laptop

@abzurdly zane
You should only have one active antivirus installed at any time.  Multiple antivirus programs can cause false positives, it can even cause your computer to become unstable resulting in BSODs.
Your D: drive has 0% free space.  It is full.
How did you reinstall Windows?
Is Firefox running slower than Chrome your only problem?

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Hi, I have a Acer aspire running vista home prem, last saterday I was online and internet explorer stopped working as it does from time to time. Vista started it's "problem solution task" and came back with a solution to install service pack 1. That would be the last time my computer booted up. After it installed vista service pack 1 my lap top went to reboot and now I get a blue error screen< I can not get into windows tried safe mode and any other option just goes strait to the error screen:

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps: Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any windows updates you might need.

If the problem continue, disable or remove any newly insatlled hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing . If you need to use safe mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced setup

I tried it it still goes back to this screen before I can load windows..

Answer:vista won't boot up on my acer lap top after installing service pack 1

Hello, you could search this forum in tutorials for how to make a startup repair disc. With my acer i have to press F2 to get into change settings such as boot from cd/dvd which is what you would have to do. I had this same screen with my old laptop and it turned out to be a faulty memory stick (RAM) Hope this helps.

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I have a big problem with installing VS2008 on Windows 7 Beta. On around 15% of installation it freezes for around half an hour and then alert that "Visual Studio 2008 Cannot be installed, because there is no Windows XP Service Pack 2 installed".

I tried running with all compatibility modes available in properties and of course its running with administrative privilliges.

Is there any solution for this kind of problem?

Answer:Visual Studio No XP Service Pack 2 ;/

When you said "Beta", you meant the RC (Build 7100) or Build 7000?? If you use build 7000, you should upgrade right now to the RC because it will shut itself on the 7000. 7100 will be functionnal until March 2010.

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Has anyone had any problem loading Visual Studio or Service Pack 3 on a Windows ME system?

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I would like to continue to use my old HP 5P computer that dates back to 1995. I just purchased a new Dell XPS420 computer running Windows Vista Home Edition. However, there is no parallel port on the new computer. Is there a cable that would connect to the end of the parallel cable from the HP printer and the free end would be a USB connection that I could then plug into the USB port on the Dell computer. Would this work?

I went to HP website and apparently the driver for the HP for Vista is the same one from Windows XP. Here is the HP information from their website:

HP LaserJet and Color LaserJet Products - Products Supported and Drivers Included in Microsoft Windows Vista
Your product is supported. Drivers for HP printers are included with the Microsoft Windows Vista Operating System.HP has a Windows Vista driver solution available for your product. This driver will enable your product's basic functions to work.
HP is committed to providing the best experience for HP products in the Windows Vista operating environment.
You can conveniently find this driver in your Windows Vista operating system, today.
At this time the driver will only be available on the Windows Vista operating system through the “Add a Printer” wizard. HP does not plan on placing this legacy driver on

Answer:HP 5P printer lacking parallel port on new Dell Xps420 desktop running Windows Vista

I've not had positive experiences with parallel-to-USB cables. I can understand not wanting to throw out a piece of hardware that still appears to work, but you might want to reconsider given the cost of the cable, replacement toner cartridges, and even power consumption.

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Hi everyone!

Firstly, thank you so much for reading this thread. I've been tearing my hair out all day regarding this problem, and while I feel I've made some progress in isolating the issue, I have no idea how to solve it.

I have a Dell XPS 8900 which I'm very happy with. I had a bum HDD which needed to be changed about six months ago, but since then it's been plain-sailing.

Well, until this morning.

The problem

My computer was operating as usual last night, and I made no changes to the settings nor did I install any new software. However, when I loaded it up this morning I noticed that I couldn't hear audio on YouTube videos in Google Chrome. Where the speaker is in the system tray, I noticed it said 'The Audio Service is Not Running'.

The same thing occurs when trying to load a video project in Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13.0, which I use for work.

Clicking on the speaker brings up a Windows 10 troubleshooting protocol, which fixes the problem.

However, if I attempt to load a YouTube video in Google Chrome or boot up Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13.0, I get no sound and the system tray tells me that 'The Audio Service Is Not Running' again.

I can play video clips and music files using the standard Windows 10 'Films & TV' or 'Groove Music' apps and both work as normal. I can also play music in iTunes as usual.

What I've tried so far

Like I say, I've been messing with this all day, and have tried a number of solutions:
I reset Windows 10 and re-installed ... Read more

Answer:Windows 10: Audio Service Not Running in Google Chrome / Movie Studio

Welcome to the Tenforums @get2sammyb

First I would check the Windows update history. See if any new drivers were installed by Windows in last couple of weeks or if any updates are failing.

If nothing I would fire up Chrome again, start a video, and I would right click on speaker and open Volume mixer. Chrome should have its own column. Can you adjust volume?

My new fix for everything, do a complete shutdown of Windows by holding shift down and clicking shutdown. This opens a fresh copy of Windows, no Fast Startup Hiberfil.sys.

Can you do a system restore to an earlier time?

Before doing this do you run any Imaging software and can you create a "today" version, just in case. If you don't do Imaging I would recommend Macrium Reflect. There is a tutorial in the forum. Its free, reliable and quick way to get back to a working system.

Others may have other ideas as to resolution.

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Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 continues Microsoft's investment in market leading development tools. Service Pack 1 addresses issues that were found through a combination of customers and partner feedback, as well as internal testing.

The issues addressed range in severity from places where the syntax coloring was incorrect to customer reported crashes in various scenarios. In some areas, more than 50% of the bugs addressed were reported by customers through the MSDN Product Feedback Center and Microsoft Connect. Overall, Service Pack 1 offers customers improvements in responsiveness, stability and performance for Visual Studio 2005.

Download: Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite SP1

Download: Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server SP1

Download: Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions SP1

Download: Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Update for Windows Vista Beta(Currently unavailable)

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I keep receiving an error when trying to install Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1. I'm not able to use VB 2010 without installing this. I have tried everything to install this update with no luck. I have Windows 8.1. Please can someone help. 

It says "Errors Found Code 13EC Windows ran into a problem."

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Ok, its really simple I am trying to install Visual Studio 6 Service Pack 5 but, in order to do that you need to have mdac 2.5 or newer so while installing the installer had to exit sense I apparently did not have mdac 2.5 or newer installed.

So after the installer exits it then presents me with an installation manual and tells me what to do. It says download mdac from the Mircrosoft website and put it in the same directory as the Visual Studio 6 Service Pack 5 setup file then run it to install.

I thought to myself "Wow, this is gonna be easy" but no Microsoft presents me with mass amounts of bullsh**. As I install my MDAC 2.8 file in the same directory as the setup I think "Ok, done" but wow, I was wrong....I run the setup the second time thinking it will go through but even after I installed mdac 2.8 I am presented with "You need mdac 2.5 or newer to continue the installation". I have already tried mdac 2.5-2.7 nothing works can someone please enlighten me to what I am doing wrong?

Answer:Can't install Visual Studio 6 Service Pack 5

I hate to bump but, nobody?

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I can boot up as far as windows desktop and all seems normal but after a few seconds windows shuts down to protect itself. It runs ok in SAFE mode. Does anyone have any ideas how I can fix it?

Answer:Running Vista I can boot up as far as the desktop but then windows closes down

Please boot into Safe Mode with networking and do the following. Please use the following link to provide us with information about your computer so that we can assist you.How to Publish a Snapshot using Speccy Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it. Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size. Click on Go to start the scan.  Once it is finished highlight the text, copy it and paste it in your next post.

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I am currently using Firefox 6, but wonder whether this is the best browser for me. I don't use games, just e-mail and web surfing. By the way I only have a broadband speed availibility of 1 MB.
Many thanks for any advice.

Answer:best brower for laptop running Windows XP Service Pack 3 ?

Google Chrome, not as feature rich as some browsers but still worth a look ...alBenter link description here

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I have Microsoft visual C++ and a looking to upgrade to service pack 5. However, when I try to install, I get an error saying I need MDAC 2.5 or higher. I though that vista came with windows DAC 6.0. I am running windows vista business 32-bit.

P.S: With all the discounts for Windows 7 pre-order, is there a discount for Windows 7 Business.(which, I have not seen). If there is not a Windows 7 Business, what do I upgrade to?

Thanks for all your help,

Answer:Help with installing Microsft visual studio service pack 5


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Microsoft finally released today the first Service Pack to version 2003 of its Visual Studio .NET product, long after the product's release and ever after its successor's release, version 2005. Since it has been a silent release, nothing has been said about what will happen next with it, and no mention of a possible second one has been done.

The Service Pack appears as a traditional service pack, including as usual improvements to the stability and reliability, along with a bug fixes rollup and improvements to the overall security of the program. Its total size is 156MB

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I had to do a clean install of my XP professional on my 2 year old computer. Now when I go to reinstall my studio 11 plus program, it says that I need Service Pack 2 on my computer. It is already there, so how do I get around this enigma? I am some what of a self made geek myself, but do come across some weird stuff from time to time. Can somebody help? I tried the directions given by the Pinnacle website where I put the install program into a folder on my desktop and install from safe mode. Safe mode installation had the same message come up.

Answer:Pinnacle Studio program requires service pack 2 - that is already installed?

You can download it and reinstall it, although you really should have SP3 installed to have minimal O/S security at this date. From SP2 to SP3, there are more than over 100 critical updates you may be missing.

Your O/S may be damaged currently, installing SP2 or SP3 may overcome such.


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With my Microsoft usb mouse, both ports work with just a little chime to let me know I have plugged in the devise. With my other usb mouse and two different flash disks I am greeted by 'Welcome to the Found New Hardware Wizard'. I have tried more than once to let the wizard run automatically but, of course, it cannot find relevant software. After the 'Hardware Wizard' has run a large yellow '?' appears where the device driver would otherwise be seen - I have deleted those.

It seems to be all 'Plug' and no 'Play'.

Any usful suggestions would be welcome.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 with Windows XP & service pack 2 - usb ports - a problem!

Have you installed the drivers for these devices as you have for your MS USB Mouse.Welcome to Major Geeks Knownsum If the drivers are installed Windows will give you the chime and you should be up and running, hope that helps

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Hi,My Vista laptop has Service Pack 1. I want to download Service Pack 2 Do you know what microsoft website to download it?Thank you for your suggestionsBest,

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 2

If you have automatic updates enabled, it should download automatically (when your system is up to date with previous updates). To download the full package (it's 300+Mb) do a quick google for 'Vista service pack 2 download' & it should be the first hit."I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."

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I hope someone can help me. I am running Windows XP, but on trying to clean up my hard drive, I found a huge program "Windows Vista Service Pack 1.exe". Why would I have this when I am running XP?? I am scared to delete it in case it does some damage.

Some advice would be appreciated.


Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 1?? for XP??

I don't see any reason that would be on your hard drive. It is quite possibly a virus or malware program of some kind. A downloaded file from Microsoft would not be named this way. Even if it were legitimate, it would do no good for you because you are running XP.

I think you can safely delete it. In fact, make sure to delete it from the Recycle Bin, too.

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Should I install it? If I do could it make a mess of a system that is running well at present? I have heard a number of for's and against's and feel unsure and don't want to screw things up .I am running Norton 360, could that be a problemcpn

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 1

It has been created to fix weaknesses discovered by that merry band of Hackers and Virus writers out there.You'll need to bite the bullet sooner or later.

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when i installed windows vista service pack 1 today, it asked me to restart my computer, everything seemed like it was going alright but when i clicked resart it was updating stage 1 out of 3, so i took a shower and came back and there was a black screen saying
"!! 0xc01a001d !! 27966/87644 (\Registry\machine\components\derivedData . . .)"
and the computer is completely nonoperational, when i shut down my computer manually, and start it up again, it gives me 2 options,
"Run repair mode" "start windows normally"
I clicked repair mode but it stays on a black screen which does not show anything but the dark abyss in which my dell has entered, if i click start windows normally it starts booting up and counting from 0/87644 but when it gets to 27966/87644 it stops and shows the same message.
I really do not understand what i should do, there is no way of using that computer right now so i have to use a different one. some help would be great.

Answer:windows vista service pack 1

i just googled and found lots of info (none that good) heres something to look at.
have you tried safe mode?

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i got a laptop is windows Vista. i was told make it service pack 1 to 3 and i only make it till 2. then i cant find any vista service pack..
can i use XP Service pack 3 to install on windows Vista ???

Answer:can windows Vista use XP service pack 3 ?

you cannot install any xp service packs on vista.

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I am trying to download an upgrade for my windows vista. How do I get the service pack 3?

Answer:Service pack 3 for Windows Vista

Hi -

There is no Vista SP3 at this time.

Regards. . .



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I formatted and installed Windows 32-bit Vista Premium on my sister's Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. I've done all the Windows Updates with no problem until I installed Service Pack 1. The Service Pack installed okay, except for one file. Security Update KB36330. It failed to install and Windows just keeps asking me to update to Service Pack 1. I've done it multiple times and get the same results. KB36330 fails to install. I've browsed the internet for help and saw that this has happened to other people. But, there was nothing helpful in fixing this problem. Can you help? Thanks for any reply.

My antivirus was on during the installation. I'm using the free version of Microsoft Security Essentials. This is a fresh install, so there's not much going on or install on the laptop.

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 1

Believe it or not, the system may already be infected
kb936330 WU installs OK but keeps offering it again over and over - Microsoft Community

but, is it in the list of software you can uninstall.
It might be a good idea to try to remove it and add it back in.

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Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) is an update to Windows Vista that addresses feedback from our customers. In addition to previously released updates, SP1 will contain changes focused on addressing specific reliability, performance, and compatibility issues; supporting new types of hardware; and adding support for several emerging standards. SP1 also will continue to make it easier for IT administrators to deploy and manage Windows Vista.

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Five Language Standalone version can be installed on systems with any of the following language versions: English (US), French, German, Japanese, or Spanish (Traditional).
Read the overview of Windows Vista SP1, including what's new, technical details, guidelines and notable changes.

Read the Deployment Guide for Windows Vista SP1. This guide includes technical information, procedures, and recommendations for installing Windows Vista SP1 in a business or corporate environment.

DO NOT CLICK DOWNLOAD IF YOU ARE UPDATING JUST ONE COMPUTER: A smaller, more appropriate download is available on Windows Update.

To download the Standalone version of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 please follow the directions below in the Instructions section.

Before installing SP1, please visit the Windows Vista TechCenter and read the page "Things to Know Before you Download Windows Vista SP1"

The Microsoft Download Center site is your only authorized web source for downloading a licensed copy of Windows Vi... Read more

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) Now Available

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Ive just dowloaded the service pack2,then after,i couldent log off my computer,when i turned everything off,and tried to restart,it came up with windows repair,so went through that,but nothing happened,just a black screen,with writing on it,saying !! 0xc0190002 !!226/45596($$_system32_en_us_licenses_oem_businessn_2....
Any hepl please,the other option it gave me after this repair thing was done was to start windows as normal,this i did,and it ended with the above numbers ets,slightly flashing,just cant get any further,Dave.--in Bristol.

Answer:windows vista service pack 2

Do a system restore, pick a date before you installed SP2

use this method

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do i need to get this? what does it do, and why do i want it? update is nagging me.

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 1

Hello eknirb,

Yes; you need it! Go ahead and let it install.
But whatever you do let it finish, unmolested.
It may take close to an hour.

Originally Posted by eknirb

do i need to get this? what does it do, and why do i want it? update is nagging me.

Later Ted

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i changed the date on my pc kinda by mistake and it made my computer slow down
i changed the date back but now windows update is telling me i need to install vista service pack 1
it says it was published on the 13 05 2008
but i am sure it was released like last year
anyways what should i do ?>
the pc is running normal after a system restore but i still get update telling me install that service pack
thanks in advance

Answer:windows vista service pack 1

Hi Dan 442677

Sp1 for vista was released in March this year.
Some PC's had a later date due to incompatabilities of the PC drivers.
So yes I would download it if its requesting you install it.

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What's the difference between the x64 and the x86 versions for Windows Vista Service Pack 1?The only thing I can think of is it related to the bits OS but then many computers running Windows Vista won't have a 64 or 86 bit OS.

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 1

All you need to know is here click here

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Please help, anyone lol. I'm currently trying to install a new router. When i insert the installation disc it says i must update to Service Pack 1. I already have the other service packs, they successfully installed, but this piece of shiii service pack 1 won't install. It downloads, and updates and when i reboot, it doesn't finish completely and it starts up and says an update is needed.. please help. PM or anythinggg thanks.

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 1

It would be my guess that you actually have SP1. Read this article about vista
Service Pack Center - Microsoft Windows

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Okay, so I need to upgrade to Service Pack 2 to install this software that I recently bought. (Sony Vegas Pro 10) But Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Isn't showing up on the updater and when I tried to Manuall Install it i get an error message.

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 1

I've requested this thread be closed because you already have another thread going for this problem.

Do NOT submit multiple threads for the same problem.


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Can someone help me please? I keep getting a message to say that Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is ready to install, but I don't know whether I need to install it? I have absolutely no problems with my pc and I also have been told that that I need at least 6GB of spare download to install it, which I haven't got! If I don't need it, how can I stop the install message keep flashing up?Many thanks.

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 1

SP1 is worthwhile. Are you sure that you only don't have the spare Gb. I would have thought that this would have caused other problems.

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I have tried various times to install vista windows service pack2 without any success and I now have dozens of files which are zero size which are so long in name that windows says to remove them you will have to rename to a smaller length which really bugs me. Why does microsoft not make things easier for us.Do I really need this update,what does it do,and can I live without it.

Answer:Do I actually need vista windows Service Pack 2

click here and download and burn the ISO image to a disc. This is a stand alone installation package which will install and then remove all temporary files in it`s wake. I suggest you disconnect from the internet and turn of firewalls and AV software whilst you install the package.

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I have Windows Vista. My automatic update won't find service pack 1. Under system proporties it does not that service pack is installed. It does not appear to be.

Answer:Windows vista Service pack

go to this link you will be able to download the standalone package witch is like 533MB File but after you install it just double click and Install

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I been playing a new game says would be best to install Windows Vista Service Pack 1 so that it won't cause problems with my game. I'm not sure how to go abouts setting up Windows Vista service pack 1... any help would be nice like a talk thru for and idiot

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 1

Go to Start...Control Panel...Security...Check for updates and select it there.

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I have a Dell Studio 540s desktop purchased in 2008 which originally had Windows Vista, 32-bit OS factory installed.  I have since upgraded to Windows 7, 32-bit and when I recently attempted to update the BIOS after an error prompt, I found that Dell only provides updated drivers for Windows 7, 64-bit OS.  Is there any way of updating my BIOS, the last version being 2009?  

Answer:Dell Studio 540s desktop BIOS update for Windows 7, 32-bit OS.

From the Bios file page =

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When you turn the laptop on it beeps four times pauses and beeps four times the screen is black but you can hear the laptop booting what could be wrong I have tried reseting the memory it did not work. any help would be appreciated.

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Just bought new never used factory fresh PC Acer AXC-605-UR29
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 manufacrtured this year,
I checked for latest updates and sure enough Service Pack 1 shows up in updates

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 for x64-based Systems (KB976932)

Download size: 9.1 MB

You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

Update type: Important

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is a recommended collection of updates and improvements to Windows that are combined into a single installable update. The service pack can help make your computer safer and more reliable. A typical installation will take about 30 minutes to complete, and you will have to restart your computer about halfway through the process.

This is a brand new PC that was loaded with factory Windows 7 SP1 so what is going on here?
Can I simply ignore the update? My only concern is that somehow MS updates will is considering
Windows 7 outdated and that I will receive no more updates since the Service Pack 1 is showing up
in the update section. How the heck is the possible with a factory image. One other thing that might help is that before I could check for any new updates Windows said I required a update to windows update. I
Did this update before finding the lastest updates. Also many updates are post cut off date for Windows 7 SP 0 so it did show updates until December 2014, I guess I will find out it Windows will continue to supply new updates this coming Tuesday...

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Answer:Factory Windows 7 Service pack 1 but service pack shows in updates?

See this thread.

Fresh reinstall 7SP1 first run WU offers KB976932 (9.1 mb) WTH????

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Hi all I decided it was time to install Internet Explorer 9 but I am running Vista SP1 so I thought I'd update to SP2 also.
When I tried to update Vista SP1 to SP2 it has failed many times. I also tried using fixit and various other items but still no joy any help me please??
Updates are set to automatic tried several reboots no joy. When I also look at Windows Updates and click view installed updates nothing is there but there are loads when I View Update History.
This update fails all the time:
Windows Search 4.0 for Windows Vista (KB940157)
Installation date: ‎15/‎10/‎2011 08:53
Installation status: Failed
Error details: Code 80070490
Update type: Recommended
Windows Search 4.0 helps you to find, preview, and use your documents, e-mail, music, photos, and other items. On an upgrade from previous versions, you will need to rebuild your index. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.
More information:
Help and Support:
This one does too:
Intel driver update for Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Installation date: ‎14/‎10/‎2011 09:39
Installation status: Failed
Error details: Code 643
Update type: Optional
This driver was provided by Intel for support of Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
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Answer:Vista will not update from Service Pack 1 to Service Pack 2


To recreate the error, I suggest we try these steps to reinstall

Step 1: Run the System Update Readiness Tool
1. Please download the System Update Readiness Tool from the link below according to the System Type:

System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista 32-bit

System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista 64-bit

2. Double click downloaded file to run the System Update Readiness Tool.

Then, let's run System File Checker (SFC) to repair Windows Vista system files.

Step 2: Run System File Checker (SFC) to repair Windows Vista system files
1. Click Start, type "cmd" (without the quote) in the Start Search bar, right-click cmd.exe and click run as administrator.

2. Input the following commands and press Enter after each line.

sfc /scannow

Note: There is a SPACE between "SFC" and "/Scannow". This command will take several minutes to complete.

Restart the computer.

Then, I suggest downloading the Standalone Installer and installing it in Clean Boot Mode.

Step 3: Download Windows Vista SP2 Standalone Installer
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Source: Windows Vista Service Pack 2 RC Download

Microsoft has initially distributed the release candidates of both Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 to MSDN and Technet subscribers. Today they announced that both service pack releases are available for the general public. Everyone interested can download and install the service packs for both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. End users should keep in mind that those or not final versions but release candidate versions. It is generally not recommended to update a productive system with betas or release candidates.
Users who are interested in download Windows Vista SP2 RC or Windows Server 2008 SP2 RC can do so either at the Customer Preview Program site or by using the Windows Update Experience Kit. The difference is that users can download an iso containing the service packs if they access the Customer Preview Program while they download the service packs from Windows Update if they install the Windows Update Experience Kit.
The release candidate builds are available for all supported languages of both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 and available for both 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the operating systems. Users who are interested in the release notes can take a look at the most notable changes here.

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Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Out Next Week

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Out Next Week

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Source Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Released

Microsoft has just released the second service pack for the Windows Vista operating system which can either be downloaded as a standalone package or via Windows Update. The standalone package not only contains the Windows Vista Service Pack 2 but also the second service pack for Windows Server 2008, a combined package so to speak. The size of the 32-bit standalone package is about 302 Megabytes for the five language and 390 Megabytes for the seven language service pack and almost double that amount for the 64-bit standalone package which comes in sizes of 508 and 622 Megabytes.
The size of the Service Pack 2 is considerably smaller when downloaded over Windows Update with all downloads being less than 100 Megabytes in size for all possible editions. Microsoft has created a What?s New article at Technet which details the most notable changes that are introduced in Windows Vista Service Pack 2.
Changes that affect most users are the removal of the halp open outbound TCP connection limit, support for Bluetooth 2.1, improvements to Wi-Fi connections and configurations and the integration of Windows Search 4.0.
The standalone Windows Vista Service Pack 2 can be downloaded from the following pages:
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 5-language (English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish) standalone pack download
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 5-language DVD ISO download
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 5-language 64-bit download
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Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Released

Downloading now

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My friend asked me to look at his laptop.Unit is very unstable with some of the following symptoms.

-IE constantly freezes.
-Does not allow for add/removal of programs
-Very slow on start up (computer has dual core intel and 3gb of ram so it shouldn't be a hardware issue)
-Task manager will not open consitently.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:36:42 PM, on 13/03/2010
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18349)
Boot mode: Safe mode with network support

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
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Answer:Very unstable Windows Vista Service Pack 1

Just a bump back to the top...sorry if this is not allowed.

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Go get 'em if you're in a testing mood, kids...

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 2 RC Released... also 2K8 SP2 RC

I'd give it a try if I wern't already running Win7 64.

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I've been trying for a long time now to install SP2 but keep getting the following error message:
Installation was not successful. Element was not found. Errornotfound 0 x 80070490
Within the Windows update history it also has the following message for each time I have tried to install:
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 for x64-based Systems (KB948465)
Installation status: Failed
Error details: Code 80070050
I have been directed to various web help pages and have tried numerous things incl all four resolutions listed here:
Each time I continue to get the same message.
Not having SP2 means that I can't update IE which is now causing me problems viewing some websites. Any suggestions for what else I can try are welcome.

Answer:Windows Vista service pack 2 won't install

First try running the system file checker, it may find errors.
What ever you decide to try then make sure all your documents etc are backed up. Things can go wrong.
Try installing the standalone SP2 after performing a clean boot, clean boot, see if that works. Remember to reset the PC, after trying, to start as normal.
Repair install of vista.

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If you have been waiting for Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista, well, you can now mark your calender.

Monday 4th February ... that's tomorrow.

Microsoft claims Windows Vista SP1 will provide key improvements on the security, performance and reliability of Windows Vista by providing :

All previously released updates since RTM
Performance and reliability improvements in core scenarios such as file copy, network browsing, and improved response time to resume from sleep.
Support for new types of hardware, and several emerging standards.
There are improvements to the administration experience. One of the most important changes we?re making is that BitLocker now supports encrypting for multiple volumes.
Of course, Service Pack 1 will also disable two common methods of hacking Windows Vista, namely the OEM BIOS exploit and the Grace Timer exploit.

Notable changes ...

... yep, I read it all.


Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 1 ... Out Next Week!

I'm looking forward to these "performance improvements" - it probably won't make much difference but you never know

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I have a pc that had an update for vista service pack 2 that somehow failed and is stuck reverting back a previous configuration and we have no idea what to do. Please help lol.

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 2 issue

you can try system restore

but vista sp2 is a big update and system restore may damage the computer(software not hardware )
wait for people to comment about what am saying( i still use old win9x and linux so i dont know to much about winnt os)

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While surfing the internet wirelessly with my HP laptop ive noticed that almost every time, usually after an hour or so of problem free websurfing my internet connection grinds to a halt and i cant open or refresh any more webpages, the little green bar slowly fills up at the bottom of the pages indicating theyre loading but after an age it never gets anywhere and despite connecting/reconnecting i cant seem to get it to work and usually have to restart the computer again through frustration. Ive noticed that ive only really started having this problem since i downloaded the Windows Vista service pack 1 last weekend so i reckon this might be the cause in some way, maybe its conflicting with my firewall, anti virus or quicktime, its only the internet connection that seems to be affected although ive noticed my laptop also seems to take alot longer to shutdown/restart nowadays. im not sure however as i have limited knowledge of computers so was wandering if anyone else who has downloaded this upgrade has had similar problems or if anyone could shed light on what else it might be causing the problems and what i can do to fix it. Ive already sent a diagnostic and email for support form Microsoft but thought id try some technical forums while i await a reply. I realise its quite a vague question and this problem could be caused by any number of factors but i would appreciate any input none the less. thanks

Answer:Problems with Windows Vista Service Pack 1?

Hi . . .

Welcome to TSF - Vista.

You mentioned anti-virus and firewall - what package(s) are you running? are any "Internet Security Suites"?

Regards. . .



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Hi guys,Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Released! I live in Australia... and if your like me, and didn't see The update in Windows Updates, I just went to Microsoft Download site and got it! and it runs great... Took about an hour to install :-). Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Five Language Standalone (KB936330);DisplayLang=enWindows Vista Service Pack 1 Five Language Standalone for x64-based Systems (KB936330);DisplayLang=enRelease Notes for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 *Highly reccomended you download before installing SP1 on your system! it contains KNOWN issues in this service pack!*;DisplayLang=enEnjoy :-)Josh.

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack One Released!

It's been a while since I've been around.... but anyways...

Vista SP1 (for those who have been running Windows Update religiously, like myself) are not going to notice much of a difference in the way Windows Vista runs. You will in most cases notice file transfering from HDD to HDD or from one location on the HDD to another of the same HDD to be a bit speedier in initiation and termination after success.

For those who have been running the RC of SP1 are going to notice even smaller changes (like myself) who have been using RC1 since late December 07.

I look forward to what will come of SP1 and eventually SP2, which we all know will come.......

(Then there was 7)

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I'm using a laptop with Windows Vista Ultimate 64x. Currently, it doesn't have SP1 (well at least it's not listed under the OS when I Properties for the Computer). Twice, I've used Windows Updater to locate SP1 (as an available update), and installed it. It's still not showing in the Properties, and it continues to appear as an available update. Why isn't it installing, or why isn't my comp recognizing that it's installed? I hope this is clear. Any help would be great. If more specs are needed let me know. The only troubleshooting I've tried is written above. Thanks!

*I was going to install the latest SP (2), but Microsoft says SP1 should be installed before SP2.

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 1 not installing

Have you tried to restore your computer and then tried it. If not, try it

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how do i find and fix windows vista service pack 1, so that service pack 2 can be downloaded and work,is that the right way to put it?i hope to look at this problem for my friend on her laptop tomorrow, she took it to a professional, but got spooked, precious info and photos on laptop etc.i tried to find SP1 on my laptop, no luck,i thought i could copy it and then try to reinstall on hers?is that a possible thing?very sorry for my lack of info,thanks for being here

Answer:windows vista service pack 1 faulty

No idea what you are talking about. Why don't you tell us what the problem is and please - start from the beginning.

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Official word is that vista's service pack 1 is coming out on march 18th to users who visit windows update or microsoft's download center with the exception of those windows update users with problematic drivers detected.Now, what will windows vista's sp1 bring? Hopefully a lot more speed and fixes and a lot less errors. My dad's old pentium 3 with 950MHZ processor from 7 years ago  loaded with windows 2000 was winning the race when shutting down the computers at the same time.... NOT GOOD.

Answer:Windows Vista service pack 1 .... what will it bring?

There are several threads about SP1 in Computer News:,17.0.html

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Everything I have read on this to date lead me to believe that the final version would not be available via Windows Update until April. Tonight I am being promted by Windows update to download and install "Windows Vista Service Pack 1 for x64 based Systems (KB936630) - Published 20/02/2008"Is anyone else getting this offered this via Windows Update?

Answer:Vista Service Pack 1 via Windows Update

I allowed the SP1 update on 15/02/2008 and since then have had nothing but problems with constant cut out and rebooting. Tried uninstalling but it wouldn't work. Now I'm appealing for help on hese pages myself.

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I bought my Y510 about a year ago with Windows Vista Home Premium (Version 6.0 Build 6000) before Service Pack 1 was released. I am thinking of updating my system to Service Pack 1. Has anyone run into problems doing this - bsod's, malfunctioning drivers, etc? Also,  what are the real benefits of updating to Service Pack 1? Thanks!


Go to Solution.

Answer:Y510 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1

FYI: I was successfully able to upgrade to Vista Service Pack 1 through the WIndows Update interface. So far no issues.

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My computer crashed, so had hard drive reformated and re-loading Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit. Doing all the updates via Windows Update, I get to Service Pack 1. It installs successfully, but won't move onto Service pack 2. I have like 10 supposed successful
installations of Service Pack 1. I even downloaded SP2 and of course it won't install because it says I have to install SP1 first. Read documentation, searched forums and didn't find an answer to this problem. I even downloaded "Mr Fixit" and this didn't help.

I'm somewhat technical, but not a pro. Can's figure this out. Can someone help or point me in the right direction? Thanks.

Answer:Windows vista service pack 1 keeps installing

Hey - I found a solution on Technet.
Forum won't let me insert a link here, but it's from moderator Magon Liu posted November 1st 2011, in reply to a query from Betts83 posted October 21st 2011.
I am just trying it now, lengthy download. Hope it works.
Good luck all.

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when i log into my computer i get an update alert, asking me to update with windows vista service pack 1, do i have to update? and if not, how do i remove the update alert, everytime i log on? thanks

Answer:should i install windows vista service pack 1

Yes. Back up your data first, there ahve been reports of PC's that already have unknown problems getting worse after trying to install SP1. But if it goes smoothly, you will notice a difference int he system.

Even if it goes badly and you have to reload, install SP1, it's a must.

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Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Delayed?

Rumors from unconfirmed sources claim that Windows Vista Service Pack 2 will be delayed by a month. I?m not sure how it can be ?delayed? when no release has been given by Microsoft but who knows. Anyhow, I think getting it done right is more important that getting it done fast, don't you?

News site TechArp is reporting an unnamed but reliable source has revealed the final release candidate of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 is scheduled for release in March, 2009. The finalized code will then be made available to hardware manufacturers and OEMs sometime during Q2 2009.

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Delayed?

I wonder if this is actually going to fix or speed up anything. I remember when SP2 for XP came out and it was horrendous. Basically stuffing Longhorn into a service pack was a big no no.

I just hope Microsoft breaks the pattern.

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Hi - can anyone advise any problems experienced regarding the above. Seem to recall someone saying that there had been some issues. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone.

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (KB936330)

no problems at all - the service pack was installed on six machines, and there have been no hitches.

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I have been working on a users computer for a about a week now and have read about 100 posts on google. I am having trouble uninstalling Service Pack 2 from her Vista X64 machine. I want uninstall the service pack because it has created havoc for her computer. It constantly keeps rebooting at random times and shows a blue screen beginning to dump physical memory. Then when Windows boots back up it says it has recovered from a serious error. On average the computer reboots at least 4 or 5 times a day. I have tried to remove it from the control panel and it says "uninstall was not completed successfully." Her system restore date does not go back far enough, so I can not restore her PC before the SP2 was installed. Have tried all the steps from the following post: How to uninstall Windows Vista service packs as a troubleshooting step. The command line option just sits there for about 5 minutes and then returns to the C: prompt, it never asks me to reboot the system. Another technician installed the SP and he did not save the restore files. I have tried to download the SP 2 and place the file in C:\temp and uninstall through the command line but this also does not work. I am stuck and need help uninstalling service pack 2. The user also just purchased an HP printer office jet 6500 and have read online that HP printers have not had much success with Vista x64 systems. Any help would be greatly appreciated. If possible, I do not want to reload the PC and I only have... Read more

Answer:Cannot Uninstall Windows Vista x64 Service Pack 2

Just now it is difficult to say your system is corrupted or you have uncompatible drivers or programs with SP2.Because you have BSOD system should return dump files which can help us diagnose what really happend -these required files (*.dmp) are located in C:\Windows\Minidump -pack it and upload it on Speedy Share - upload your files here

Disable also non-system services this means make Clean Boot Procedure How to perform a clean boot procedure to determine whether background programs are interfering with a game or a program that you currently use
and let know us about results

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Hey guys,

I have just bought Grand Theft Auto IV for PC and after installing it, I was unable to play due to the error on game start up:- GTA IV FATAL ERROR: RMN 40.

After looking around the net I found out (and realized that it was written on the box) Windows Vista Service Pack 1 was required.

Now I currently have Windows Vista 32-bit Operating System Home edition installed. Because I have turned off Automatic Updates to automatically download updates, I am looking through the list and none of them seem to look like the Service Pack 1 update.

I have found which one to download on the Microsoft website but there's a link underneath it saying:

"DO NOT CLICK DOWNLOAD IF YOU ARE UPDATING JUST ONE COMPUTER: A smaller, more appropriate download is available on Windows Update"

When i click it it opens my Automatic Update Windows taking me back to my Automatic Update list.

So I'm asking if anyone could point out to me which one on the list is the Service Pack 1 to download as I have a tight download limit and wish to download the smallest file possible.

Thanks in advance.

P.S. If anyone can also provide me with a link to download the update it would be appreciated, as I am not sure if the one I have is for 32-bit.

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Question

I'm not 100% sure about this, but I think windows update makes you download some updates first before it gives you the option for SP1 (thats if you do it through Windows Update), if you want to just get it done with, then install SP1 from the website.

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I have tried everything to get service pack 2 to install.

Both manual and online.

I ran the automatically diagnose and fix common problems with Windows Update tool and it said the solution was fixed and still no luck.

I had a terrible time removing some viruses and with the help here was able to remove the virus. I feel that if I don't patch windows it will be just a matter of time before I get another virus.

Any idea what I can try next? Reinstalling windows isn't and easy option because I did not get the disks when buying my laptop.

I could order the disks from toshiba but they want $30 for shipping.....

That is robbery.

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 2 will not install

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Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Final

Indeed but at 434.5 MB it might be best to wait until it comes though later this evening as a Windows Update which will be a much smaller file.

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While trying to install Service Pack 2 for Vista, the installation reaches stage 3 of 3 at 0% after booting, then logs in, with the service pack not installed with no error message. this then repeats at every boot.

I have tried using the System Update Readiness Tool which stops at around 70% on the progress bar and does not produce any useful results and have tried a standalone install of SP 2 which does not work either. Running out of ideas! HELP!

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 2 won't install

Microsoft advises temporarily disabling any real-time antivirus & antispyware utilities before running SP installations -- did you do that?

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Hi there, Mike Nash here.

As you know we are getting ready to talk about Windows 7 at the PDC next week. Before we do that, I thought I would give you an update on our latest work for Windows Vista.

We are committed to continually improving Windows, and we've been getting some questions about the timing of the next service pack for Windows Vista. Following the success of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 last spring, we have been working hard on Windows Vista Service Pack 2. As a part of the development and testing process, we're going to start by providing a small group of Technology Adoption Program customers with Windows Vista SP2 Beta for evaluation next Wednesday, October 29. The final release date for Windows Vista SP2 will be based on quality. So we'll track customer and partner feedback from the beta program before setting a final date for the release.

Windows Vista SP2 Beta contains previously released fixes focused on addressing specific reliability, performance, and compatibility issues. We expect Windows Vista SP2 will retain compatibility with applications that run on Windows Vista and Windows Vista SP1 and are written using public APIs.

Because we've adopted a single serviceability model, these improvements are integrated into a single service pack covering both Windows Vista (client) and Windows Server 2008 (server) versions. This should also minimize deployment and testing complexity for our customers.

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I have read that Service Pack 3 is relatively untested, and to not install it at this time. Unfortunately, I hadn't told my son, and when I did, he said he downloaded the update already. However, he always puts his computer on "hibernate" and hasn't yet "restarted" his computer, so we're still getting the message to "restart" to "finish installing important updates."

Is there anything I can do at this point to remove the service pack components? Or do you have any reassurance or further information about this service pack to make me feel better?

Thank you very much. We have a Toshiba Satellite A135 with dual-processors (1.73 each) & 1.0 G ram. I still consider myself a beginner level user & please send me an answer in primitive layman, if possible!!

Thanks so very much.


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Hello everyone,

I had Windows Vista Service Pack 1 installed and windows update wanted me to install Service Pack 2. When installing using windows update, I was getting error code 8024200D. To get past this, I downloaded Service Pack 2 onto my desktop and installed. Everything worked fine, the computer rebooted showing that it was installing the 3 steps required.

The computer came up and I went to the Control Panel >> System and it still said Service Pack 1. A few minutes later the automatic update wanted me to install service pack 2 again. So I did. Each time it was successful. I reboot and the system still says service pack 1 even though my install history shows it installed service pack 2 successfully.

I tried the downloaded install from the desktop again and it comes up with a message that service pack 2 is already installed.

I tried the winver program and it shows service pack 1. I have looked on the internet for several hours now to find a solution and nothing appears.

Any help would be appreciated.


Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Problem

Welcome to TSG,
Have a look at Steps 1 & 2 posted by Meghmala here;
Then try running the SP2 update again.

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dont know if this is right place to put this but here goes nothing...

right i have had this problem on going for many years, but i just put up with it but i have tryed absolutely everything all the tips on the internet, the problem is when i try to install sp1 on windows update it does it in like 10seconds, i check the install history its there but it hasnt done it properly, i have tryed all the methods on the web about shuting spy ware down and defraging harddrive and using the standalone manuall sp1 download doing it manually looked promasing but it got the config updates 3/3 65% and went blue screen of death so i dont know what to do any moreee.

please could some one explain simply so i can understand how to fix this problem, or even controll my computer and fix it for me would be a great help as im not very good with computer oh tho i do try lol, and i havnt got money to pay for any software or anything like this, so please can some 1 help me out please

Jacob brooks

Answer:windows vista service pack 1 problem help!!

What does the blue screen say? Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

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i have a vista home premium 64-bit system
i tryed to install the vsita SP1
i got this error message :
"windows vista service pack 1 cannot be installed on your computer because you are using the wrong installer version for your architecture please use the 64-bit installer"
any help guys

Answer:windows vista service pack 1 cannot be installed

Hi, sino1969, and welcome to the forums.

Yo are trying to install the 32bit SP1 - make sure you get the 64bit SP1 instead.

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I am trying to Uninstall Windows Vista Service Pack 2 64 bit after a number of programs do not open since this update.

I attempted to reverse this update through System Restore, but apparently all the restore points before the update may have been purged.

Answer:Uninstall Windows Vista Service Pack 2

Having you tried going to add/remove programs, and check the box that says "show updates"? You should then be able to see the update and delete it.

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Kia ora from New Zealand,

My laptop was taken back to factory condition almost four weeks ago, and all the Windows updates downloaded - which took hours!

The problem I am having is Windows Vista Service Pack 1 KB936330 wants to download yet again.
My Windows Update History shows this Service Pack was first downloaded successfully on 28 June, successfully again on 29 June, Canceled on 29 June, Successful on 29 June, Canceled on 9 July, Failed on 9 July, Canceled on 10 July. Should I let the Service Pack 1 Instal qagain, and perhaps delete the earlier versions - or what?

Another problem:
My laptop beeps then freezes. This has happend about five times since 28 June. Could this be related to the Service Pack problem? Or could it be a memory problem. My laptop is an HP Pavilion entertainment dv2000 series. I bought it in 2007 so it's a little oldie but a goodie.

Thank you for reading my post.

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 1 KB936330

The HP Pavilion dv2000 series laptop has several models, so we need to confirm which one you have.

Advise us what the product number(P/N) and/or model number(M/N) is that's on one of the stickers.


Does the factory restore install Windows Vista(original version) or Windows Vista SP1?

Depending on which one it does, you need to download and save the full SP1 and/or SP2 upgrades and then burn them to CD's or a DVD.

Once the factory restore is complete and the computer is restarted, you need to install the SP1 and/or SP2 upgrades.

Once the upgrade(s) is installed and the computer is restarted, you need to go to Windows Update, then download and install the important/recommended updates.

The goal is to get Windows Vista up-to-date before you start installing programs and extras in that computer.


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Hi all:

Your posts have been really helpful in the past and I always check here first when I have a problem.

I allowed Vista service pack 1 to install via windows update alert.(Vista 32 Premium)

- My pc rebooted after install and screen stalled with one row of numbers showing on the upper left of black screen.(I didn't write them down)

-Tried to boot in safe mode twice and it stopped with a long list of files showing as loading on the screen.

-Tried repair with Windows Vista OEM disc repair option and the first time it did not work and when it rebooted it stopped with one row of numbers showing on the upper left of black screen same as before.

-System restore was able to run on a second try and my machine reverted back to pre sp1 installation.

I tried the Microsoft Help and Support site mentioned in another post several times but when I submit my question I get "Sorry, the page you requested is not available".

I would appreciate any suggestions

Answer:Service pack 1= unable to boot to windows

This sounds like the same problem i've got.

It seems to install sp1 fine and goes through the 3 installation steps and then reboots.

After this reebot i get stuck in DOS with error code

!! 0xc 0000034 !! 248/91334 (_0000000000000000.cdf-ms)

I can do a system restore back to before i had sp1.

Every time i retry sp1 installation the same error occurs.

I dont want to do a clean re-install of vista.

Im running home premium.



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Thanks for taking the time to help.
Please don?t be put off by the length of this. I just want to be thorough
and to make sure you know what I have already done.
I?m sure you won?t need to read it all.

The problem is: As a result of the download and/or the installation of Service Pack 3 I can?t get access to Windows or to a C>.

FYI: I?m not sure, but I believe this version of Windows might have been set up as a domain (I have no idea what that means ? this was my daughter?s computer at college, now it?s mine and I would like to remove all that stuff anyway, including passwords, etc.)

Here goes:
I have Windows XP Professional.

I was prompted by Microsoft that there were updates. That update was Service Pack 3. After SP 3 was loaded, I was prompted to restart the computer. I got the following error message:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM.
Select ?r? at the first screen to start repair.

What follows is what I?ve done and it all leads to nothing, no repair, no Windows and no C>.

I changed the Boot Sequence so that the ?CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive was the first recognized.
I boot with the only disk I have. It?s labeled ?Reinstallation CD, Microsoft Windows XP Professional Including Service Pack 2?.

This gets me to Windows XP Professional Setup screen that gives me 3 choices:
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Answer:can't boot Windows XP Pro after installing Service Pack 3

Yes this computer was on domain and computer is pretty older and the BIOS is not compatible with sp3.. You need to update BIOs before you install sp3.
Right now computer is in NO do notv remember the password.
Repair would not work although you can reset the password using repair.
best resolution to do the clean install if u do not have data concerns oherwise Parllel install.

Gud luck

Mirosoft tech

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I have been having serious trouble keeping my system stable over the last few months. I had to format HDD and reinstall the OS a couple of times and also restore it to factory settings another couple of times. Today im unable to do any of those. I have no support left from Dell on the page they used to have for doing the restore to factory settings.. I read somewhere they had discontinued support last April 24. The instructions on site to do a Dell Factory Image Recovery is no longer available either. Today i tried to follow the advice on how to do both and I get NO FACTORY RESTORE OPTION. The WIN SETUP does not load and i get this error message >> Status: 0xc00000e9 Info: An unexpected I/O error has occurred. and in Windows Boot Manager im given no options either and there the error code is Status: 0xc000000f Info: the boot selection failed cause a required device is inaccessible. This is driving me insane, i have tried to boot with the Re-installation CD that came with the PC. nothing doing. I tried to reboot with the "recovery disks 1 # 2" that i made at the beginning prompted by Dell which supposedly would haelp me boot in cases like this. Nothing happens. Tried the resource CD. Made an image recovery which says it has been done and saved on external drives i have.. but cannot or dont know how to use it for booting and/or re-installation purposes. I also made a back up copy of the whole HD. hard drives seem to be healthy according ... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 Home on a Dell Studio 540 Desktop repeated crash troubles

Is this the instructions for the Dell Factory Image Recovery: Dell Factory Image Recovery

which is the simplest and most proven way to come back from a windows crash?

When you get your system stable and running good use a backup image program, there are free versions that work really well.
Keep the backup file on an external HD and restoring is easy.
Macrium Reflect

If you have a Seagate or Western Digital hard drive you can get a free version of Acronis, a very good image backup program, usually not free. You must have the hard drive in your system for these to work.
Not sure what hard drive you have?
D/L the free SIW - System Information for Windows, it will tell you just about everything in your computer.

Seagate DiscWizard
Acronis True Image Western Digital Edition Software

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Hey my dad bought me a Dell Studio XPS 8100 with windows 7 and when ever I login the screen gets all glitchy and stuff jumps around and idk how to fix it....Does anyone else have this problem? And if so can anyone fix it? Also, I don't know if this has anything to do with this or not but when i first started the computer it had two .exe files crash while installing windows. The .exes were called sprtstart64.exe and i cant remeber the last one completely but it also ended with start64.exe and I've already tried updateing the video driver, changing to a different monitor, and using the system recovery disk and nothing has worked so far so if anyone can fix this please help.

Answer:Glitchy screen on Windows 7 Dell studio XPS 8100 (desktop computer)

Did you update the drivers using those from Dell, or another site?

Which Windows 7? 32 or 64 bit?
RIGHT click "computer".
left click "properties".

Is the computer new or pre owned / used / refurbished?

Did the problem begin right out of the box?

Have you contacted Dell? This system might be under warranty.

What happens if you boot directly to safe mode?

Is this your system?


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Turned off in mid-use, won't turn on again. I have removed and reinserted the power cord and battery.

Answer:Dell Studio 1737 Windows Vista

Nothing at all when you press the power button?If so, you'll need to have it looked at in a PC repair shop.

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When booting up my Dell Studio 1558 laptop running windows 7, as the computer goes through the startup procedure just before it should START WINDOWS 7 it hangs up and only shows a curser blinking in the upper left corner and it will not boot into windows. F8 doesn?t boot it and F12 runs only pre-boost system assessment build 4124 (all shows OK ; it takes about 1 hour) but don?t continue when any key is pressed to Booting Diagnostic Utility partition. Advanced Boot Options Window doesn't show up as well.It's not clear how to make Windows 7 work.

Answer:Dell Studio 1558 (almost new) don't boot into Windows 7

"Almost New"It's under warranty, right? Why are you asking in a forum? Contact Dell.

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I am 14 years old and had given my old computer to my Grandpa about a year ago and I ended up wiping the computer and reinstaling Windows Vista on it the computer has been operating fine until recently. I have it set to automatically update Windows when needed now for a while for some unknown reason it will not update windows service pack 2 after many attempts. The computer is a Dell Insiron 1521 with a ADM turion 1.79 GHz processer with 4 GB of ram and has a 32 bit operating system. The start up system repair is not an option because I put the CD in and there was no repair option, and I have tried the check system readiness tool from the microsoft website but it was unsuccessful. It keeps giving me the error code ERROR_SXS_COMPONENT_STORE_CORRUPT(0x800737112).

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 2 update failing

Greetings, Grace5206 and welcome :-)
Ok. Was that update an important update or an optional update?

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Hello everybody, am a new user on this forum.

I seem to be having trouble with my operating system on my Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Li 3710 laptop. I am running Windows Vista Home Premium Serivce pack 2 which came preinstalled on the laptop when i bought it new 4 years ago. Albeit it is a little slow these days and i just did a defrag on it. But anyway, a random BSOD turned up when i was surfing the internet like i do everyday, i was also using a flash application to upload a video to Youtube. It restarted the computer, and when the windows logo comes up before the login screen fades in, it now comes up with a BSOD(Don't ask what it said, it came on and off too quick). Now running in Safe Mode with networking that runs fine. Can anyone help me with this?


Answer:Windows Vista Home Premium(Service Pack 2)

In safe mode, disable "Automatic restart" in:
Control Panel > System > Advanced System Settings > Startup and Recovery [Settings]
Untick "Automatically restart" and click 'OK'.

Now try to restart normally and when the BSOD appears it should stay up, allowing you to read it.
Post what it says on there, especially the error statement in block caps, and the BCC data below it.

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Hello, first time posting please bare with me.

I am trying to update a family members laptop which is a Dell Inspiron 1720 with vista home premium pre-installed. Windows update recommends Windows Vista SP1 (KB936330). Made several attempts to download and install this update and haven't had any success. The update runs like normal and automatically restarts the computer, then I get a window with some info saying the update failed to install. Error code 8007371C, and error code 8007000D. Two different codes for two different attempts.

I troubleshooted this through microsoft help and solutions and followed their instructions. I downloaded the stand alone 32-bit package from the microsoft download center and ran it, my computer froze up during the install (the install was supposed to take around an hour to complete) so after a few hours frozen I chose to cancel the install and try again. I still haven't attempted a re-install. Thought I would see if anyone else knows how to fix this issue first.


Answer:windows update vista service pack 1 "failed"


Do have any firewalls/antivirus/antispyware programs installed? If so, try disabling them and running the manual patch.

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Recently my computer had a virus. I had to do a complete system restore. Now that I have done this I am trying to install the service pack 1 for this operating system and I get to the third step and the progress bar hardly moves. I have let it run for
up to 8 hours and no progression. I tried to install the service pack 2 but it says I need 1 first. Need lots of help on this issue please. Windows update not catching that I need this.

Answer:Service pack 1 for windows vista home premium



During the Windows Vista SP1 installation, this issue occurs when a third-party application holds open a file or locks a file that the Service Pack installation program
has to use. For example, a third-party antivirus or antispyware application may cause this problem. If you are running any third-party applications such as Spyblocker, Internet or web accelerators (programs designed to boost the speed of the Internet connection),
security or anti-virus programs (McAfee, Norton, etc.), I recommend temporarily disabling or shutting them down during the troubleshooting process. Please be sure to re-enable them once the process has completed.


I recommend running Reset Windows Update Tool and System Update Readiness Tool. System resources, such as file data, registry data, and even in-memory data, can develop
inconsistencies during the lifetime of the operating system. These inconsistencies can be caused by various hardware failures or software issues. In some cases, these inconsistencies can affect the Windows servicing store, and they can cause software updates
not to work. We can run Reset Windows Update Tool and System Update Readiness Tool to resolve these inconsistencies. When Reset Windows Update Tool and System Update Readiness Tool detects incorrect manifests, files, or registry data, it might replace the
incorrect data with a corrected version. Please follow the steps below.



Step 1: Run Reset Windows Update T... Read more

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click here"A Beta release of Windows Vista SP1 is slated for availability in the next few weeks.""A later pre-release of SP1 will be available to a larger group of testers via MSDN and TechNet subscribers."The White Paper click here sates: "The standalone package will be large (1 GB for x86)."Get those sync rates up to scratch ;-))

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Ive got automatic updates on and this downloaded itself...
Then it said i gotta leave my computer for an hour to let it install!

Is this worth it? Is Service Pack 1 good for my comp.?
Thanks TSF

Answer:[SOLVED] Should I Install Windows Vista Service Pack 1 ?

SP1 made a huge improvement in performance and stability on my Vista system.

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Hello everyone, My wife is thinking about purchasing a new laptop. a Dell Vostro 1000 to be exact.  Was wondering how compatible XP is with Vista home premium? For $99.00 can get Vista Business Bonus-XP Professional downgrade, is this necessary??? Trying to get the best for our money here, and if we can do fine for home use with Home Premium, will go that way. Other computers here are XP.  Would appreciate any input from you folks,Thank you, Larry

Answer:Windows XP and Vista Home Premium, Service Pack 1

Quoteas wondering how compatible XP is with Vista home premium?What exactly do you mean by this?

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I installed Vista RTM SP1, so far my system seems a bit smoother. But file copying is still slow, and usb stuff is alot slower in Vista then XP. I run some portable utilities from my USB key, which turn on alot faster in XP but take for ever in VISTA. Only thing I like about Vista is that Windows Blinds makes it look alot better then XP.

Answer:Windows Vista Service Pack 1 RTM Discussion Thread

I like how SuperFetch in Vista preloads your frequently used apps and they insta-load from RAM instead of having to load from disk (slow) like in XP.

Performance features explained.

calebb said:

Basically, my only issue with Vista is copying files to/from remote computers/file servers/etc.

Here is my test - copy an .iso of Win2k3 Server R2 x64 (528MB) from the remote file share to my local PC over 100mbit network connection

Before SP1 RC1:
1. Depress right mouse button and hold on .iso. Drag from network location to my desktop. (takes ~8 seconds for the icon of the .iso to even move to my desktop)
2. Release right mouse button. (2 second pause) Context menu pops up -> choose copy.
3. ~45 second delay while "time remaining" is calculated.
4. Bar slowly starts filling up. Estimate peaks at 6 minutes. Actual time from depressing right mouse button until file is copied to my desktop: 7 minutes - 10.06 MBPS
After SP1 RC1:
1. Depress right mouse button and hold on .iso. Drag from network location to my desktop. (icon INSTANTLY appears under my cursor and moves to the desktop with no delay)
2. Release right mouse button. Context menu INSTANTLY pops up -> choose copy.
3. No delay - bar immediately jumps to ~5% complete and continues to copy while revising estimate. Initial estimate of "55 seconds" appears within 1 second of start of test.
4. Bar slowly starts filling up. Estimat... Read more

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I have Windows Vista Home Premium installed (Genuine OEM) and in system properties in the control panel, my system is listed as having Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 3 installed. I have Avira Antivir, Threatfire, and Windows Defender and none of them report any discrepancies. I also have all updates installed including Critical, important, and recommended. I would appreciate any help you guys can provide. Thanks!

DDS (Ver_09-03-16.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Thomas at 15:04:42.28 on Fri 04/10/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_07
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6001.3.1252.1.1033.18.3325.2106 [GMT -4:00]

AV: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated)
AV: ThreatFire *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated)

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcs
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k GPSvcGroup
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Answer:Computer listed as Windows Vista Service Pack 3

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.comDDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Follow the instructio... Read more

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Hello all,
I have an old Toshiba Satellite A215-S722 that I put an Intel SSD into (a few months back) shortly after, re-installing Vista via the recovery disk. Now, it seems that I am unable to Upgrade to service pack 1. This is kinda concerning seeing how Vista itself tends to be kinda unstable without any service packs and also is less secure and is not supported.

Anyway, I've tried installing SP1 through windows update, and as an individual file. Both failed, the most recent reporting error 80070005.

Here are the laptop's specs:

AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-58, x64 Family 15
Intel SSDSA2CW080G3 80GB Solid State Drive
ATI Radeon X1200
RAM: About 2.5 GB
Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit


Answer:Unable to install Windows vista service pack 1

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I was minding my own business when Windows Update said I should install Vista Serivce Pack 2, so I did. The update seemed to install fine, then it said I should restart, so I did. Now my computer won't go past the boot screen. It's a blue screen that says HP Invent. My PC is an HP Pavilion Slimline. I tried manually shutting it off and trying again but it just WON'T move past the boot screen. I even tried going into safe mode by repeatedly pressing F8, or I tried pressing ESC to go into BOOT OPTIONS but it's like the keyboard isn't responding. I am on my laptop now. Does anyone know how to fix this issue?? Please!

Answer:PC won't start after installing Windows Vista service Pack 2

I looked through the HP forum for stuck on HP Invent and you aren't the first person to have this problem.
Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a solution. Most threads don't offer a suggestion as to what you can try.

If I were you, I'd email HP support and see if they can offer a solution or give you a link to a web page with a solution.

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