Vista x64, HP PC, Service pack 2 ..

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August 19, 2009 at 19:33:00
Specs: WIndows Vista 64 bit Media Center, Intel Core 2 Duo E6600, Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800MHz

How does Vista, which is not going to be
mounted, have any clue if you cloned it or not?
Isn't the MBR and everything cloned? Even
more so, I haven't even done anything to this
new HP I bought. It has the main partition and
the recovery partition. I heard someone on
another site talking about how HP also had a
Tattoo or something, is that a special
hardware DRM for HP computers? Regardless
I cannot install Vista SP2 on this brand new
HP computer I spent a whole lot of money for.
Did Microsoft design it so you couldn't, you
know, actually BACK UP your install in case
something happened to it, or is this just a bug
on their part?

This is absolutely infuriating, a service pack
should not be this difficult. This probably will
not work as it most likely references specific
hardware components but could I find system
files for a Vista x64 SP2 and copy them over
and then run the SP2 installer or would that
just royally botch things?

Oh, and here is another article:

Seriously, this is absurd. Did Microsoft make
it so you couldn't have PARTITIONS? Dear
lord, is this some scheme to keep people from
copying Vista or using any other operating
system or god forbid a DATA partition?

Does any of this have to do with GPT? I really
have only heard about it today but I guess it is
the replacement for the (well-aged; only four
primary partitions, come on?!) MBR.

Microsoft basically says "screw you, reinstall
Vista" in that article. This is absolutely

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August 19, 2009 at 20:40:37
I found a fix that worked for me off of another site. Type mmc in
the DOS command prompt. Load the computer management
snap-in. Then do go to storage > disk management. Right click
on the C: drive and mark the partition as active. Note: this
worked for me but my rant still stands as the partition and
cloning thing still affects a lot of people and it is still absurd.

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August 19, 2009 at 21:25:47
DOS command prompt should state NT Command Prompt CMD.EXE, no DOS in Vista

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August 20, 2009 at 14:00:12
Yeah, CMD.exe. Just a stripped down version of DOS as far as I am aware however.

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