Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by ta, Aug 7, 2006.

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    ta Guest

    OK, I installed Vista and it ran perfectly for a while until one day when I
    ran into a driver failere during strart up. The screen said my file was
    corrupted and vista need to be reinstalled, so I wanted to restore my
    computer to windows vista. However, I lost the burned DVD but have the ISO
    image on an other computer that does not have a DVD burner. So then I thought
    of first restoring to windows Xp to my messed up laptop and then moving the
    iso image over via our local area network and burning it and reinstalling it.
    But the restore utility is stored on a secondary partition of my computer and
    i cannot get it to boot. Can anyone help me?

    Restore Utillity: Phoenix CME Recovery Software
    ta, Aug 7, 2006
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    abckid Guest


    Did you try - Last Known Good Configuration - option. Or try to boot into
    Safe Mode and if you can login check which drivers is causing problem.
    Uninstall that driver and reboot ?

    abckid, Aug 7, 2006
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    Chad Harris Guest

    "There's no greater high than using an unreleased operating system on a
    computer that doesn't exist"

    *** React to the Vista driver corruption --this will get Vista up and
    running on what you are calling your messedup computer**** and you won't
    have to worry about the ISO on the other PC. If these options (the 4
    Windows Advanced Options and your 5th option SrT (the Startup Repair tool)
    don't work, and they will, you can always install Windows XP on the laptop
    and format on the setup, then my advice would be to redownload the ISO on
    that laptop, and you could always install Virtual Server R2 and mount the
    ISO from it. That is your alternative with no DVD writer on the laptop you
    want to use to deploy Vista.

    I am recommending to try the F8 advanced options first, which means to try
    each listing on the menu Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Safe Mode
    with Command, and then Last Known Good last there. One may work if another
    does not. The first 3 or used as a vehicle to do a system restore. If you
    cannot use these, try Last Known Good Configuration.

    I don't use Safe Mode VGA for this. I have put every KB that contexts these
    options here for you to look at if you need to.


    Follow this if you need to, but again I'm betting heavily on the first five
    options I just gave you:

    Running Vista under Virtual Server

    "There's no greater high than using an unreleased operating system on a
    computer that doesn't exist"

    ***Your first five options****
    These options to recover in Vista are similar to XP although System Restore
    is based on a system now from server technology.

    1) I'd use the F8 options including the 3 safe modes (I'm omitting VGA for
    this purpose) to try to system restore and I would use Last Known Good if
    they don't work. I say 3 because sometimes one works when another will not.
    If you use safe mode command, the command for system restore is:


    This approach in Vista is the same as in XP and is based on Chapter 28 of
    the XP resource kit and will soon be adapted to the Vista Resource Kit. The
    MSKB that outlines this is here--yes it has XP in the title but these
    options are available in Vista and I want you to try them first:

    Resources for troubleshooting startup problems in Windows XP [and Vista]


    A description of the Safe Mode Boot options in Windows XP

    How to Use System Restore from a Command Prompt

    How to start your computer by using the Last Known Good Configuration
    feature in Windows XP

    2) If these 4 options don't work, you can try a new way to fix Vista, called
    Startup Repair which is part of a platform in Vista called Windows Repair
    Environment or Win RE.

    I'm going to tell you what it can do>going to give you the step by step>
    and you have no downside for trying it.

    What It Can Do:

    If you run Win RE's Startup Repair in Vista, it will try to check and repair
    the following and we're taking about under three minutes usually when it
    works which is often: (this is not a complete list but a list of major tasks
    it can perform):

    Registry Corruptions

    Missing/corrupt driver files (you don't have to guess here--it looks at all
    of them

    Missing/corrupt system files (disabled in Beta 2 as is System File Checker
    but present newer builds)

    Incompatible Driver Installation

    Incompatible OS update installations

    Startup Repair may offer a dialogue box to use System restore.

    How to Use Startup Repair:

    ***Accessing Windows RE (Repair Environment):***

    1) Insert Media into PC (the DVD you burned)

    2) ***You will see on the Vista logo setup screen after lang. options in the
    lower left corner, a link called "System Recovery Options."***

    Screenshot: System Recovery Options (Lower Left Link)

    Screenshot: (Click first option "Startup Repair"

    3) Select your OS for repair.

    4) Its been my experience that you can see some causes of the crash from
    theWin RE feature:

    You'll have a choice there of using:

    1) Startup Repair
    2) System Restore
    3) Complete PC Restore

    Good luck,

    Chad Harris, Aug 8, 2006
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    Chad Harris Guest

    If you do go the route of VMware on your laptop, then you'll want to use
    this for Virtual Server R2 to mount Vista:

    FINALLY: Virtual Machine Additions for Beta 2 are available

    From Mike Kol [MSFT]:

    We've finally released the Microsoft Virtual Machine Additions for Windows
    Vista Beta 2!

    You can download the additions here:

    Log into the site, and sign up for the Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta if
    you're not already in it. In the downloads section, you'll see the
    Additions for Beta 2.

    To install them run the MSI installer from the download site (yeah... that
    should be pretty obvious, actually). The installer will ask you where you
    want to put the new Additions, but will default to %SystemDrive%\Program
    Files\Microsoft Virtual Machine Additions.

    To install the Additions in your Vista VM, just mount the
    VMAdditionsforVistaB2.iso file in your Virtual Machine, and run the
    installer as normal.


    Getting the New VM Addition for Non-Connect Memters:


    Chad Harris, Aug 8, 2006
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