vista 32bit recovery needed

June 1, 2013 at 08:41:15
Specs: Windows Vista
Have installed new Hard Disc but recovery CD is pre SP1. Have downloaded SP! from MS archive and tried several times to install but fails after 2hr wait resulting in reversion to original, therefore cant install SP2 either. I have the original recovery disc and product key.

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#1
June 1, 2013 at 10:44:08
Download & install SP1. Get it here: Vista Service Pack 1

Once SP1 is installed, download & install SP2. Get it here: Vista Service Pack 2


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#2
June 1, 2013 at 14:01:39
If you are not doing so already, do not Run the service packs on line. Instead Save them as files somewhere. Then double click the appropriate file to install them (one at a time).

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#3
June 1, 2013 at 14:43:15
The Vista SP1 packs did not work from either offline or online start.

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#4
June 1, 2013 at 14:46:33
And why does IE crash each time I access this site

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#5
June 1, 2013 at 14:54:56
There's no problem with this site. If you are using Internet Explorer reset it like this:

IE > Tools > Internet Options > Advanced > Reset button.

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#6
June 1, 2013 at 15:20:53
OK, I reset but it still crashes. I had to write this message in Notepad and paste it quick before IE went down again.

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#7
June 1, 2013 at 15:21:49
Compatability mode seems to have fixed it.

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#8
June 1, 2013 at 15:23:24
What version of IE is on there at present?

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#9
June 1, 2013 at 15:30:04
Its IE8, This is the only site it has ever crashed on.

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#10
June 1, 2013 at 15:43:56
Weird, I've been coming here for years and have never had to do that with any IE browser. Maybe IE9 will do better.

As regards your other troubles, I wonder if the original install went adrift. I doubt you wish to try again but if it was not quite right it's best to re-install before you spend time putting more software on it.

Another possibility is that during the HD physical install something got very slightly moved. It might be worth cleaning all edge connectors with a pencil eraser (particularly RAM) and then insert and remove things a few times to clear any tarnish off the sockets. Often oxide gives trouble when hardware is worked on.

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#11
June 2, 2013 at 16:40:59
It seems the poster has now run into difficulties replying to this thread.

Here is Rojo's latest reply via PM:
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If only I could install IE9 it may be better but without Vista SE2 you cant install it.

I have formatted and reinstalled Vista at least 3 times now and I still have my old HD attached but not connected. I changed it because it got painfully slow and because I bought a new Digital camera, needed more space.

I have done memory tests, HD surface tests, registry error finding and disc cleaning too. The only problem is getting the SP's to install.

I could clone the old drive as that is fully up to date with SP2 but I fear I would just be copying whatever it was that was slowing that down to an intollerable level despite checking for TSR's, Startups etc. I even tried Hijack This but it didn't find much.

The new HD is working fine apart from not being able to get it up dAo date with updates etc.

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To any other helpers viewing this thread. Rojo can read posts so please add your bit (right now I can see no answer to these issues). I have suggested the poster tries replying on another computer.


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#12
June 2, 2013 at 17:33:02
Just summarising:

1. You can't get Vista service packs to install.
2. You have to view this website in compatibility view.
3. You cannot see the Reply box to this thread anymore.

About the only thing I can imagine that is common to the above (bearing in mind what you have already tried) is that the CD is not reading correctly and therefore system files are getting corrupted during install.

Try sfc /scannow from the Run box (then hit Enter). It might fix something. Most likely either the CD drive or the install CD itself are faulty or need cleaning.

EDIT:
Clean the underside of the install CD with washing up liquid and warm water, working from the inside to the outside of the CD (not round and round). Rise and dry thoroughly. Sometimes this helps. You can get lens cleaning kits for CD drives, although this doesn't always fix them. An intermittent hardware fault is still "possible" but they are not usually so selective. Same goes for internet connection issues.

Check this website on another computer - I feel sure it will then work.

Way past bedtime here in the UK - see you tomorrow.....

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#13
June 2, 2013 at 18:19:25
This may not match your brand of comp, but gives you the gist of what's required, so you can check the way you did it.

Recovering the System after the Hard Drive Is Replaced (Windows Vista)
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

Another way is to Copy/Clone your old hard drive onto the new hard drive.
http://i.imgur.com/nm5nJof.gif

Aomei Partition Assistant Home Edition
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.extend-partition.com/fre...


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#14
June 2, 2013 at 18:24:35
Rojo

Seems 2 & 3 in my #12 were down to this website after all (see my PM).
Looks like it might now have been fixed.

I'll leave #12 in place because the possibility of a corrupted install is still there.

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#15
June 4, 2013 at 15:36:18
**UPDATE**
Reluctantly I have had to give up trying for a nice clean vista install and clone my old HD instead 'slugs and all' which defeated the main object of the new drive in the first place.

I havent given up completely yet and live in hope that someone will come up with a solution.


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#16
June 4, 2013 at 15:37:02
For others, here is a copy of the current situation received in a PM from Rojo:
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I have ended up downloading the Seagate Disc Wizard and cloning my old HD. As expected it brought its 'slugs' with it which rather defeated the object of the new drive but at least its SP2.

Before that, I was getting updates although it wasn't showing with the recovery installation but they made no difference in showing SP1 or 2 having been installed.

At least I am up and running albeit slowly. It will have to do for now - specially when the roof and plumbing need some attention. I may find someone who has a Vista disc with at least SP1 already installed. I can use that and use my own product key.
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#17
June 4, 2013 at 15:43:12
Thanks Derek, It seems I can at least reply here now without crashing.

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#18
June 8, 2013 at 09:46:22
***UPDATE***

I don't know if its fact or not but I have been told that SP2 can be installed without SP1 being there beforehand.

In my case it wouldn't happen as I got an error message that certain elements were not in place (from SP1).

I am still in the situation where I have a new HD and an istallation of Vista but sadly it is a carbon copy of the troublesome one I was trying to escape from and not a nice clean one as I wanted.

I am being asked to select a best answer but while I truly am gratefull to all those who have contributed, my problem seems to have stumped everyone and I am still in the same boat with two choices. 1. To have a clean install of Vista with NO SP's (as they wouldnt install) but it runs and is pretty fast, or 2. A copy of my existing installation complete with whatever it is that is making it run so slowly.


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#19
June 8, 2013 at 14:22:50
Yes, you need SP1 before installing SP2 as it requires certain updates to be present. Some folk have got away with it, presumably because they happened to have the right updates onboard.

As for your issue, the only thing I can suggest you try is slipstreaming SP1 and burning a new Vista SP1 disk:
http://apcmag.com/how_to_slipstream...

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#20
June 8, 2013 at 15:14:57
Thanks Derek,

I have had a look at the link you sent and although it looks a bit technical for an old timer like me it also looks promising.

I will certainly give it a go. Downside is (yet) another install which will wipe my new HD again. It will be worn out (like me) before I get it properly set up. I have some other pressing tasks to do first but as soon as poss I will try it out.

One question.....Could I create another partition on the new HD and install it in that (sort of dual boot) to see if it works before wiping the clone off again. I wanted to make an XP partition anyway.

Thanks again


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#21
June 8, 2013 at 15:44:31
Never tried but it can be done - see here:
http://www.techrepublic.com/forum/q...

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#22
June 8, 2013 at 16:17:12
Thanks again. If it works and proves to be no faster than the cloned old copy it will save me having to install all my software again for nothing. I will know as soon as it boots up as it can be many minutes before I can do any 'work'

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