cd doesn't boot / not a valid win32 app

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Scorpaen, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. Scorpaen

    Scorpaen Guest

    i've tossed about 5 DVDs so far.
    i downloaded the 32 bit DVD. I md5 checksummed it against a post on a forum
    I found and the sum is correct along with the filesize.
    i've tried using my nero express and cdburnerxp pro.
    i just updated the firmware on my DVD writer to the latest version from
    lite-on's website.
    all my hard drives and the burner are in DMA mode.
    i've been burning at 6x on my 16x burner. 6x is the lowest speed it will
    allow me to burn at. yet I STILL cannot get past the initial 'loading windows
    files' boot screen and if i try setup from windows xp sp2 it says not a valid
    win32 app.
    what in the heck is going on here?
    Scorpaen, Jul 14, 2006
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  2. Are you trying to install Vista x64? If so you would get the invalid win32
    app message when installing from an XP x86 desktop. Vista x64 can only be
    installed from the XP Pro x64 desktop or by booting with the dvd.

    I know you would know the difference, but you must have a 64-bit capable
    machine to install Vista x64.
    Colin Barnhorst, Jul 15, 2006
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  3. Scorpaen

    Scorpaen Guest

    i finally got it to burn.
    i was using memorex 16x DVD-R which have worked PERFECTLY
    for knoppix, kubuntu, etc.
    Anyway, I used another brand of DVD-RW and i was able to partially boot from
    the DVD but the
    computer froze.
    I launched the setup from Windows XP SP2, got past the file copy stage and
    upon first reboot
    got a BSOD with IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL or something like that.
    i guess it doesn't like my hardware.
    anyway, i suppose it was the media.
    thanks for your reply.

    Scorpaen, Jul 15, 2006
  4. Burn speed should be the lowest available with your software. MS suggests
    1x or 2x. My lowest was 6x and that did work. The BSOD is hard to figure
    without the crash file. How much memory do you have? Have you tested it
    Colin Barnhorst, Jul 15, 2006
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