My Vista WOW Experience.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by DX, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. DX

    DX Guest

    Hi All,

    Sorry if my story goes on.....

    On vistas release I decided to bite the bullet and upgrade, my current pc
    was not really up for the task so I decided to build a new pc for the event.


    Foxconn 945 7MC Series motherboard
    Pentium D 3.4Ghz Dual Core
    2GB Ram
    250GB SATA Hard Disk.
    Sony DVD Writer
    My current Happague PVR 250 PCI TV Card

    I originally wanted to go with Home Premium but due to the fact it did not
    have remote desktop capabilities (as I remote acces alot) I had to go down
    the Ultimate route.
    I purchased an OEM version of Vista Ultimate whilst purchasing the hardware
    for my new computer.

    Finally the package arrived, I loaded the dvd into the drive and began

    All went well to start until the installation got to "Completing
    Installation" then the nightmare began. At this point the computer locked
    up so eventually I rebooted to be informed
    my installation had failed, no attempt at recovery at all (oh well, stuff
    happens). So i retried the installation same thing. After about of day of
    smashing my head on a wall I finally
    discovered that the problem was the APIC setting in the bios, After
    disabling this the installation completed. I then reenabled the APIC setting
    on the bios.
    Phew i thought, until I realised that vista was only using one core of the
    processor, even though two processors showed in Device Manager.

    After another 2 days of scratching my head, I gave up and did a complete
    system backup using the new vista backup system, and loaded my retail copy
    of Windows XP
    onto the machine, this time I had no issues and XP detected both cores.
    After running XP for a day I realised I had spent alot of money getting a
    vista machine just
    to do what my old pc could of done, and had done well without issue for

    So I bit the bullet again and did a restore of my vista (which I must say
    the whole backup/restore system is top notch!) and my pc was back to where I
    had left off a day ago).

    After another day of messing around I finally found the "Detect HAL" check
    box in MSCONFIG and selected it. On reboot the computer locked up, I reset
    it and voila
    I was running 2 processor cores.

    Next came software install day, I had to repurchase my nero to v7.00 for it
    to be vista compatible and I purchased Office 2003 Home Edition to replace
    my dated Office 2000, at this
    point I also found out that alot of my previous software tools would not
    install, but nothing I didn't expect hay this is a new operating system
    isn't it ????

    Well I am at the point where I am installing each piece of software one by
    one and one thing is becoming apparent I keep experiencing complete machine
    lock ups when installing certain
    software, a system restore brings it back to live but tracing this is
    becoming time consuming to say the least (I am nearly a week into the

    Surely software that has been 5 years in the making could of waited a few
    more weeks/months to ensure it functioned correctly before release!!!!

    This is by far the buggiest operating system microsoft have released, and no
    service pack due to at least xmas ???

    If things continue the way they are I will have to put this down to a VERY
    EXPENSIVE mistake and head back down the XP PRO ROAD

    A sadened, now pennyless user!
    DX, Feb 6, 2007
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    Seven Guest

    Your time must not be worth much. You could have bought a Mac and had an
    OS much more advanced than Vista, all your tools would have worked and
    you would have been up and running, online within 5 minutes of opening
    the box.

    Get a Mac next time!
    Seven, Feb 6, 2007
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    Paul-B Guest

    I don't pretend to be anywhere near an expert on Vista but there is a
    possibility that you may have a problem with your RAM. From my limited
    experience with Vista it's much more sensitive to what RAM you have in
    the slots, and often what causes all sorts of errors in Vista will run
    just fine with XP

    Just my 2p worth...
    Paul-B, Feb 6, 2007
  4. DX

    Paul-B Guest

    What a totally pointless and unhelpful reply.
    Paul-B, Feb 6, 2007
  5. I don't know if it happens during a clean install, but during my
    install in place several times at reboot you see a boot manager flash
    by that lets you pick between your old system,continue with setup or
    test memory. This may be difficult to grab since the screen flys by
    very fast and generally it isn't smart to stop a install in progress.
    Its a different story if you hit a stop and a BSOD, then if given a
    choice and you see a boot screen and it has a test memory option on
    it, give it a shot.
    Adam Albright, Feb 6, 2007
  6. DX

    Ed Stoddard Guest


    Someone suggested that perhaps your RAM might be causing your problems. You
    can use Windows Memory Diagnostic utility to check your RAM. It can be
    downloaded freely at

    You will need to burn it to a CD because you must put the disk in your CD
    drive and reboot with it in so it will function.

    I don't know if User Account Control (UAC) would cause problems for software
    installations but you might turn it OFF prior to software installation to
    check. You will find this in the Control Panel/User Accounts - and your
    account. It will be to the very bottom left.
    Ed Stoddard, Feb 6, 2007
  7. Mike Hall - MS MVP Windows Shell/User, Feb 6, 2007
  8. DX

    DX Guest

    Thanks for the info.

    I downloaded >

    burnt it to a disc and ran it for several passes all is clear!!!!!

    guess memory aint the answer!!!

    thanks anyway for responses.

    I will keep trying!
    DX, Feb 6, 2007
  9. He could have purchased a new PC and would have been up and running, online
    within 5 minutes of opening the box, too.

    Except he would have had to go out and purchase all new software.

    Then he would have had to spend another $149 for the next Mac OS due out in
    a month or two.
    Dan at ITAssociates, Feb 7, 2007
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    Roy Coorne Guest

    Or extract ist to a bootable floppy disk...

    Roy Coorne, Feb 7, 2007
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    Maff Guest

    It's your motherboard I believe, I too have a foxconn and it hung at the
    "completing installation" point on around 50 attempts at installing, once it
    was finally installed (took a week of trying different things) it hangs every
    minute or 2, after searching around I've seen that it's happening eactly the
    same to people with Foxconn motherboards (different models).

    Foxconn answered an email of mine very rudely basically saying "tough".

    The company where I bought my motherboard from have found the same problem
    and have had their problem escalated to Foxconn China
    Maff, Feb 9, 2007
  12. DX

    DX Guest

    Hi Maff,

    I found it was some drivers causing my lockups and I haven't had one for 2
    days now (pc been on 24/7)
    so i was suprised to read your post.

    Everthing I did to get to the stage I am at is in my original post.

    Hope it helps someone.
    DX, Feb 9, 2007
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