Vista installation issues with new hard drive

June 21, 2009 at 15:21:47
Specs: Windows Vista, 2 GB

I recently bought this laptop used (currently runs Vista) and decided to replace the 160 gb harddrive with a new sata 500 gb harddrive (Seagate Momentus). My issue is that I am having problems uploading Vista as I have the Vista Ultimate upgrade CD and not the acutal initial operating system setup CD. About 20 minutes into the install, I got error messages that prohibited me from continuing the install. Is this simply because it is an upgrade CD? I'll obtain the base version of Vista tomorrow but I wanted to ask the group if you think I am going to run into any other issues installing the OS. Whether it is hardware or software related. Any input is appreciated.

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June 22, 2009 at 02:17:03
Try to install Vista like it is full DVD rather than upgrade DVD and see if this resolves the install issue.

After booting to the Vista DVD, choose Advanced... rather than Upgrade initially and continue installation that way. Uncheck Automatically Activate when I am online checkbox and do not write in the Product Key.

This will install Vista as a 30-day evaluation version.

If Vista installs this way, then that means you have no hardware-wise or software-wise problem in your system.



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