Reformat and Clean install problem

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by James DR, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. James DR

    James DR Guest

    Hi all, im new here and i need alittle help with vista

    I'm trying to reformat for a clean install of Windows Vista Hom
    Premium x32 onto my laptop. The laptop only came with the 'Recover
    DVD', however i have a retail copy not supplied with the laptop

    Using the recovery DVD, and boot CD/DVD BIOS setup, i get to the scree
    where the 'insall windows' pop up screen is supposed t
    For some reason this screen doesnt appear but i am able to move my mous
    which tells me it hasnt hung. (stuck on this

    The retail DVD and now every 'f8' option is giving me the same scree
    too, even without a CD/DVD in the optical drive

    (f8 options as in safe mode, EMS, last know working configuration
    debugging mode etc.

    Any help/ideas will be great
    James DR, Nov 17, 2009
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  2. James DR

    Curious Guest

    The F8 options are being presented to you by the Windows installation on
    your HDD which means that the system is at least booting to Windows.
    What happens when you select Safe Mode from the F8 screen?
    If the recovery DVD came from your laptop vendor it is not surprising that
    you do not get the same prompts that would come with a Retail installation
    DVD. Check the documentation that came with your Laptop for instructions for
    its use or contact the laptop vendor.
    I did not understand what it did and did not occur when you tried booting
    and installing from the retail installation DVD.
    Curious, Nov 18, 2009
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  3. It is my experience that the installation sometimes halts for several
    minutes at various points before resuming. You probably just need to be
    Dominic Payer, Nov 18, 2009
  4. James DR

    James Kosin Guest

    Yes, I remember installing Vista on an old system and literally went to BED
    waiting for it to finish the installation. I woke up the next morning and
    it was installed.
    The directions even for the retail version say it can take hours to fully
    install the OS.

    James Kosin, Nov 20, 2009
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