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vista wont install some games anymore..

Q: vista wont install some games anymore..

I decided to install the game Grid but the installer will not run because it says that its not compatible with the windows version im running.. But 5 months ago i installed it with no problems. That happened with some other games i installed.. i have the same windows version on my desktop and there i never had any problem instaling just on my laptop.. I have vista home premium 64bit.
I already tried to go to the setup and run it in compability mode but still doesnt work..
What should i do? How come i use to be able to instal and now im not?

A: vista wont install some games anymore..

I have had the ability to play older games. I speculate that after installing SP2 on the x64 you lose the ability to install/play older x86 games. I cant play my MechWarrior 4 anymore and it has me annoyed. I also assume at times...even though sounds stupid..that newer hardware is just too high end for older games that they cant be installed on them. I know its silly but possible. Just keep trying in compatibility mold all the way back to windows 2000/xp settings and try it out more. It might just work if it feels like it.

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Ok here we go, i got my laptop last year and i got a virus about 6 months ago. I had my laptop reset completely to factory settings. Before i got the virus and reset i could play: sims 3,democracy,fifa,call of duty, downloaded 3d games. Now i cant play any games hardly the screen goes black and it has an error on every single one then it says windows has stopped working



name: SiS mirage 3 graphics
manufacturer: Silicon intergrated systems corp.
chip type: SiS672 series
DAC type: internal
Approx memory: 184mb
display mode: 1366 x 768 (32 bit) (60hz)
monitor: Generic Pnp monitor

Directx features:

directdraw: enabled
direct3d: enabled


Main driver: SISGRUMD.dll,SiSclone.dll,SiSfunc.dl
version: 8.14.0010.518 (english)
Date: 30/06/2010
WHQL logo'd: Yes
DDI version: 9Ex

please help me thanks i want to be able to play all the games i could before.

A:My laptop wont play games anymore

We need the model number and make of your laptop, as well as full system specs to help.
Although I can say right now, your integrated graphics sucks.

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I had XP pro installed on my computer, and then I got vista but didn't want to wipe xp just yet in case i didn't like vista. So i installed vista on my second hard drive (i have two). Then I needed some more room and decided I was going to take windows out, but since it wasn't upgraded, there was no clear way to uninstall xp, so i booted vista in safe mode and told it to format C: with automatic options (which is the hard drive with XP on it), but it said that it was not allowed to wipe a system partition (for XP), so then i just typed format C: with no options and it said that the drive was in use, but I could dismiss it and all opened handles would become invalid. So i said yes, and it formatted it.

Beforehand, when I started my computer, it allowed me to choose to open vista or XP, but after the format it said that no operating system was found. So i had to reinstall windows on the formatted harddrive and I can access the second drive, and everything is there, however I cannot boot vista.

Is there something I can do to be able to boot vista?

I tried setting the boot options to the 1st hard drive and then the second, but vista still wont boot.

I appreciate any help

A:Vista wont let me boot it anymore!!!

and now, the drive letter for the second hard drive (with vista) has changed from F to C

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I got back from christmas break, (hadn't used my computer for about 2 weeks) and my computer was running incredibly slowly on the internet ( i have cox high speed) and when I tried to uninstall and reinstall a few games, they wouldn't uninstall, and i couldn't use them. I think i installed a corrupted rollercoaster tycoon disc, and that messed up my computer.
I've run Norton internet security (05), ad aware, stinger, and tried my cox security, but norton keeps interfering with that. here is my log.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:45:18 PM, on 1/7/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ISSVC.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
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A:slowed computer, games uninstall/install doesn't work anymore.

Welcome to TSF.

You're infected with a trojan...TWICE!.

There is a procedure for removing the duplicate infection in one go, but I can't remember. So, we are going to run the tool twice instead.
Please print these instructions out for use in Safe Mode. Or Save them to Wordpad so that you can access them in Safe Mode.

Please download VundoFix.exe to your desktop.Double-click VundoFix.exe to extract the files
This will create a VundoFix folder on your desktop.
Go into Add/Remove and uninstall:

Viewpoint Media Player

Delete the folder:

C:\Program Files\Viewpoint
Restart the computer. The computer begins processing a set of instructions known as BIOS.
As soon as the BIOS has finished loading, begin tapping the F8 key on your keyboard.
Continue to do so until the 'Windows Advanced Options' menu appears.
Using the arrow keys on the keyboard, scroll to and select the menu item - Safe Mode.

Once in safe mode open the VundoFix folder and doubleclick on KillVundo.bat
You will first be presented with a warning.
It should look like this


VundoFix V2.15 by Atri
By using VundoFix you agree that you are doing so at your own risk
Press enter to continue....

Press 'Enter' to continue!
Next you will see:


Please Type in the filepath as instructed by the forum staff
and then press enter:

At this point please type the following file path (make sure to enter it exactly as below!):C:\WINDOWS\... Read more

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Ive done a lot of searching but havent been able to find a solution...

My laptop suddenly will not play video's or music. I use both nero and wmp to play music and videos. When opening a video file in WMP now i get the error "Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file. For additional assistance, click Web Help.

With nero i get "error reading file".

When playing music in iTunes it will load the song but not play it.
Im really stumped. Any solution is greatly appreciated.


A:Vista Ultimate Wont Play Video's Or Music Anymore

Do you have Aim and did you recently up date it?

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Hei!Well, for starters, it all started when i tried to watch one video *.wmv and media played told to get some codec... Yeah! media players sucks and i shouldn'd had download it but its kinda late now.Well, since its bsod it kinda sucks, but i got dualboot and got ubuntu on, so i went through all temps and i think i found the fail that media player downloaded, i uploaded it to virusscan and send it to sandbox, tried some things but failed, still bsod and no ideas where to go on to.I attached the original file i found from temp and sandbox report.So i'm hoping you guys can help me .Thanks.{Mod Edit Ist attacment contained Aleuron,so I deleted the attachment to prevent someone from downloading it.~~boopme}

A:got infected with tdss of somekind and vista wont boot anymore - bsod

Okey, got my vista to boot, things i noticed that had been modified lately etc.



Tho while i did that i didn't had an idea to storage or keep backup of them, looked after now that msonpppr.ddl is somekinda microsoft onenote file but too late to check if it was infected or not, and no idea about that *.tmp file too.

------- but now..

/media/disk/Users/l2pn4p-v/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary Internet Files/Content.IE5/(sub folder)

virus downloaded itself to IE temp and



it modified my sata/raid drivers , think it failed to infect it properly since i'm quite sure they dont make such viruses to annoy users with bsods.

Well now my windows is running and i got backup of that infected iaStor.sys and orig virus *.exe if anyone interested of analyzing it... And i was still wondering if it left some crap on my registry cuz i kinda no idea what it might chanced in there... Would be nice if anyone could check it up and i can make hijack log later and upload it if there is anyone interested.

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Vista Home Premium SP1 64-Bit (OEM – Gateway)
540GB – Free storage space
6GB RAM memory
Downloaded SP2 form Microsoft: WindowsServer2003.WindowsXP-KB914961-SP2-x64-ENU.exe

1. Last month, I was able to install Vista SP2, but now after redoing my system, I cannot update to SP2 anymore. I get the error:
“Not enough storage to process this command.”
2. Gateway will not give me support since I am updating to SP2 (SP1 is the OEM when I bought the computer).
3. Microsoft will not support me either since I bought an OEM-OS system, unless I pay the $59 for the service.

1. Ran as administrator
2. Ran in safe-mode
3. “IRPStackSize ” missing in my registry. Added “IRPStackSize” to my registry and set the value from 1 through 50. For my system, I had to use the “QWORD (64-bit) value”.
4. I tried CURE.ZIP
5. Uninstalled Norton Ghost 14

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

A:SP2 Vista 64-Bit Wont Install Anymore

Read this post:
and make sure you have everything like I showed there.If you have any unlike -correct it + restart

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I have recently tried to install Deer Hunter 4 and Hoyle Casino '99 and both get the same error message it is as follows:"C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\AUTOEXEC.NT. The system file is not suitable for running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications. Choose 'Close' to terminate the application.", then it gives me the option to 'Close' or 'Ignore'. Close ends the program and ignore does nothing. I haven't had this problem with any other programs. Also I had recently installed "service pack 2" so i tried uninstalling that, that didn't work either. Also tried setup from the disk itself that also didn't work. My comp specs are:

Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 1 (2600.xpsp1.020828-1920)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: VIAK8_
System Model: AWRDACPI
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3000+, ~2.0GHz
Memory: 1024MB RAM
Page File: 565MB used, 1896MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.0001.0904 32bit Unicode

I cant figure out what the problem is and the Microsoft website was no help. So I searched the Internet for help nd found this site. So PLEASE if anyone has any ideas or any helpful info send it my way.
Thanks, Jake

A:WinXP wont install some games

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I have vista 64 bit SP1 on my laptop and this happens to work very well with all of the games in the Age of Empires Series, including the original. Yay!

A:Who says vista wont play old games?

Originally Posted by bigmac27712

I have vista 64 bit SP1 on my laptop and this happens to work very well with all of the games in the Age of Empires Series, including the original. Yay!

Blizzard's Diablo 1

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Hi. im experiencing problem with my Vista Home premium, private online games that i download doesnt work. although i have completely downloaded all the game component. it only prompts to launcher but the game would not start.
also im a bit frustrated because NFS underground is not compatible with Vista

is there a way i can change my OS? would that affect my hardware?
can anyone recommend me a good OS that would be compatible to majority of games?

thank you

A:My private server games wont work on vista

What are "private online games"?

Have you look for patches from the manufactuer?

You can change your OS, but you need to endure all the drivers are avalible in the OS youre going to.. With XP, the hardware makers are starting to not make drivers for XPa, as it is now 2 OS's old.

Vista runs most games... I've rarely found a game that won't

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So ive had my vista cpu for a couple years now, and it has run quite nicely before, but i've run into a proble. It seems that when I try to install new games, i'll just sit there and wait for it to run, but it never does. I'm specifically looking a the games Midieval Total War and Battlefield 2, which were running before, but now wont even spin it sounds like. It is also fair to note that I unistalled these games to make more room on my cpu, but when I try to reinstall them ive had no luck. When I try to look for them on the drive in the computer file, the file gives the not responding message and all my icons and toolbar disappear, until I remove the disk from the drive. Can anyone please please help me! I have no idea whats going on.

A:Trying to install games on vista?


I suggest a system files check.

Open an elevated command prompt and enter sfc /scannow.

A repair install might help if the SFC doesn't.

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I've been trying to install some older games on my computer. I have Vista 64 so I understand that there is obviously going to be issues that I will have to work through. Most I've gotten around but there is two games that seem to have the same issue and I can't find anything on them; Worms Armageddon and Populous: The Beginning.

When I stick in the CD's autorun works. In populous is brings up a menu on which I click "Install" and in Worms Armageddon it brings up a screen with the words at the bottom "Installing Worms Armageddon". There is where it all ends. Neither of them will do anything after that. If I open up my processes there is a setup.exe running but it doesn't do anything. I've let it sit for a long time, I've tried to mess with the compatibility mode of the process (since there's no program to mess with). I've tried running the setup directly from the CD, running it as admin, running it in compatibility mode, and I've gotten the same result every time. Just a setup.exe in the processes on task manager and nothing else. I'm at a loss, any help or ideas would be great, thanks.

A:Can't install some games on Vista 64

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So I had a virus. I reinstalled vista, and wiped absolutely everything from my hard drives. I reinstalled all the drivers, but had a bit of a problem with the new version of CCC from ATI (my card is an x1950pro). I had the 'MOM.Implementation" error message, and could not install games during the time I had the error. The game would come up (for example crysis), and load, and I would click 'Install' and then I would get a message about 'setup.exe' has stopped working and windows is trying to fix it. I thought that was because of my graphics card. Apparently not. Once my graphics drivers were working fine, I tried to install it again. Same problem. I'm a big gamer and I really want to figure out how to fix this.

EDIT: I have also tried this with all the other games I own, which all used to work fine until the OS reinstall.

A:I cant install games in vista ultimate x64!!

How did you re-install the OS???? Did you actually reformat the drive? That's what I would do. After you installed a game, did you copy over a save game file? The saved game file could also have problems. Just a thought.

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Reinstalled Windows Vista Home premium which came with the Laptop.

The basic games, like solitaire are missing?

I've had a look on forums but not really any solutions.
I've been to control panel > programs & features > turn windows features on or off - but it's not listed there.

I've looked in Program files and it doesn't appear to be installed.

Is there a download or add on?

A:Vista Games Missing from Install

I dont have the games as well, but I accidentally deleted them in the program files instead. I've looked all over the internet for downloads but I couldn't find any.

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I have tried to install a game from 2005 called MEDIEVAL TOTAL WAR.

I put the disk in the drive and the install option does not even appear.

My compuer makes a noise as if it is trying to do something but nothing happens. It is not the disk because I have installed it on my brothers XP os.

I am using windows vista home basic. The game requires a DirectX 9.0 compatible video card.

Could anyone help?

A:How do I install older games on Vista?

Hi ctolley,
What happens if you put the disk in the drive, restart the computer, then go to Start > My Computer and go to the CD/DVD Drive? Maybe then you can right click on the CD/DVD drive and choose "autoplay". Or double click the drive and run setup.exe or install.exe.


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Just reinstalled Windows Vista Home premium which came with the Laptop.
The basic games, like solitaire seem to be missing??

I've had a look on forums but not really any solutions.

I've been to control panel > programs & features > turn windows features on or off - but it's not listed there.

I've looked in Program files and it doesn't appear to be installed.

Is there a download or addon?

A:Vista Games Missing From Install

First, click on the Start button and type "solitaire" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Does the Solitaire program launch? If so, then you're missing the shortcuts for the games folder - rather than the games themselves.

What's the make and model of your laptop? What restore disks did it come with, and did you make any restore disks when you first got it? Some laptops come with only an Operating System restore disk and they ask you to make an Applications & Drivers disk when you first start the computer (and some manufacturer's customize the Games menu).

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I recently purchased a Duo Core Toshiba Satellite laptop which came with Vista pre-installed. When I tried to install Empire Earth II and Caesar IV, Vista would not allow these installs to take place and said that it could not recognize the disks. I tried several other disks with various programs and they were recognized just fine. Can someone please instruct or point out to me a solution around this frustrating gaming disk recognition issue with Vista short of re-formating and installing XP?


A:Vista not allowing Games to install?

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Hey everyone (smile)

I would like some helpful suggestions on this issue because I am working two jobs lately and I really don?t have time to correct an obvious flaw with Windows Vista; especially on a system that I built and donated to our church.

ISSUE: The built in games (written by Microsoft) fail to install over and over again with this error message:

?Windows Features?
?An error has occurred. Not all of the features were successfully changed.?

System: Dell 4600 Tower (P4 Pentium 2.6 GHz. single core) with 1 Gigabyte RAM running Windows Vista Business (32 Bit) on a brand new 160 gigabyte IDE hard drive. This is a fresh OEM install of Vista with ALL (every) update available from Microsoft; with of course SP2. Running Direct X 11 and a Nvidia GeForce FX 5200 display adapter (aka video card) with the Microsoft certified driver.

These (above) are the minimum requirements for Windows Vista 32 bit and other then the fact that the built in games fail to install?? it runs great.

Have tried so far:

Emptied I.E. que and also reset it.Installed ALL??every single update available from Microsoft for Vista.Ran CHKDSK ?? comes up clean.Restarted the computer numerous times.And ?.yes I have followed the exact procedure for expanding the games (control panel >> programs and features >> turn windows features on or off >> allow user account control to continue)Install all games at once.Install individual games one at a time.

There is no other software on ... Read more

A:Vista built in games fail to install


Look here & try the suggestion at the bottom. Not sure it will fix the issue by turning off & back on "WAS" (Windows Process Activation Service) but it's worth a try?

"turn windows features on" An error has occurred. Not all of the features were successfully.

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issue resolved

A:Vista Wont Install

Hi guys need some help here as I am lost

I purchased the OEM version of Vista Home basic 64 to Install on my home built rig. I want to do a fresh clean install On a 100gb Partition on My 1TB sata HD. I wiped the HD, made my Partitions, and popped in the vista disk. Boot from disk I get the black screen with progress bar "windows is loading files" Then I get the screen with the green progress bar and the microsoft with the copyright c- then it comes to the blueish green artsey screen and hangs.No graphical images, no progress bars, no text, just looks like a background for something. I have read lots of threads for similar issues and have tried everything i have thought of/read about Maybe you guys can help, Im at my wits end.. Here is what I have tried...

Unpluged all usb devices as well as lan cables
disabled all usb devices and controller and legacy in my bios
made sure my sata drive was operating as an ide in bios
removed my sound card from the MOBO
removed all but one single 2gig stick of ram from MOBO
Rolled back my video drivers to the out of package ones

The system I am trying to load it on is
AMD phenom 9950 quadcore
asus M3N72-d Motherboard
xfx geforce 9800gtx graphics card
SB audigy 2 soundcard(unplugged from mobo)
8gigs corsaiar dominator ram (only 2 gigs plugged in)
WD 1 TB hard drive

Any ideas?


Oddly on my 15th time trying to install I finally got the splash screen after ejecting and reinserting my dvd twice... If anyone has similar ... Read more

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Alright so I've been trying to help my mom fix her computer and I've come to a problem I can't seem to resolve.

Her HDD failed on her a while back (bad sectors) so we replaced that. I also noticed that her processor was fried due to lack of thermal grease so we replaced that too.

Now that we have the new hardware I went to reinstall Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit on her computer. However in the process of installing Vista I get these two errors.

First one is this: Required cd/dvd drive device driver is missing.
Followed by this: No device drivers found.

I did some googling and found that this means that Vista setup isn't detecting her HDD. Any ideas on what to try nexy?

A:Vista Wont Install

Vista uses native CD drivers during install. To my knowledge there is no way to install CD/DVD drivers prior to install.

Wipe entire HDD with killdisk - make bootable ISO and erase HDD.

You can use imgburn to make CD boot -

what is source for Vista re-install - OEM Vista DVD or full retail copy Vista?

Any chance there is a recovery partition on new HDD (don't know origin - if came from system manufacturer)?

Regards. . .



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Purchased a copy of windows vista ultimate and installed the 32 bit bit version and everything runs perfect, however when i try to install the 64 bit version my computer freezes either during the installation or right after the install is complete.

Ive tried everything. Installed on different hard drive, used different memory, different power supply, different CD rom drive, absolutely nothing will get the installation to not freeze. The windows event viewer is useless. I even tried 3 different install cd's. It's not overheating as far as i can tell either. Like i said vista 32 runs perfect so i cant understand whats going on?!?!

Should I RMA my motherboard? Ever heard of a cpu being defective in this way?

AMD +6000 3.0
WD Raptor 10K
Gskill 2GB 6400 DDR2
EVGA 7900gt
Creative X-fi

A:Vista x64 wont install

Hi Variable,

Welcome to the forum.

When you are installing the 64 bit Vista, are you doing it as a clean install? You cannot do a upgrade install from the 32 bit Vista to the 64 bit version.

Take a look at this tutorial for help on how to do this if your 32 bit Vista is a Upgrade version.

How to Do a Clean Install of Vista From a Upgrade Version


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I am trying to install Vista on my desktop but when I try and install it the installation freezes at expanding files.

I am using a sata II samsung HD and I cant figure out why.

Any ideas would be great


A:Vista wont install

any ideas anyone?

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The current situation is I have Xp installed on a raptor150 sata drive. I partition the drive and there is uncollated space I want to install Vista home premium update on. (i'm using the duel install method to get a clean install and want xp around for backup for awhile) during the install it stops and I get this error: "Windows could not update the computer's boot configuration. Installation cannot proceed" I've tried several solutions out their. Putting the PartMgr back in the registry and using xp install disk to use a "fixboot" in recovery mode and still a no go. It just wont install Vista on the partition.

One thing to note, I had install Vista installed at one point on the partition but couldn't get the dual boot to work. So i finally gave up and deleted vista and reformatted the partition. So at one point vista would install right. I know is should of just worked on the Dual boot thing but after 2 hours I wanted to give up so now I'm trying again. I'm wondering if from the first time it might have left some files behind that need removed on XP?

The only fix I can think of now is to reformat the whole drive install Vista then after the Vista install, partition the drive and use a backup of XP on the new partition and then find a way two dual boot after I use the backup to restore Xp on the new partition? Any other ideas?


A:Vista Wont Install

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When ever i try to install BF2 the autorun starts normally then setup stars the install bar gets about a quarter of the then the blue BF2 install screen pops up for about half a second then the whole thing just closes it self no error message no reason. Ive tried running compatablity in Windows xp and 98 and run as admin but still the same thing happens. But the worst part is ive had it installed on the same computer with vista before i just never tried playing it.

Im sorry if this has been asked before i looked around a bit and my problem seemed unique.

My system specs are
Windows Vista 32 bit SP1
Intel core2 Quad
4.66 GHz
4.00 GB RAM
Nvidia Geforce 9500GT

And this is the easy info report
System Overview / ComparisonYour SystemResultsGame RequirementsOperating SystemMicrosoft Windows 98 FailWindows XPSystem Memory256.5Fail512.0Processor Speed2319.9Pass1700 Mhz (1.7 GHz)DirectX Version9.0cPass9.0cDisplay DeviceNVIDIA GeForce 9500 GTUnknown CompatibilityDisplay Memory2048.0Pass128.0Display Driver8.17.11.9562Unknown CompatibilitySound DeviceSpeakers (High Definition Audio Device)PassSound DriverUnknown CompatibilityOperating System InformationMicrosoft Windows 98

Internet Explorer InformationVersion 8.00.6001.18813System Device InformationProcessorIntel Pentium III 2319.9 Mhz

MemorySystem Total 256.5Virtual Total 2044.0Pagefile Total 1792.5 Snapshot

System Available 224.9Virtual Available 1951.0Pagefile Available 1774.2Monitor InformationMonitor Name ViewSonic ... Read more

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i tried to install vista 64 bit premium on to my gateway m1634u laptop. my computer says the installation couldnt not be compeleted because of my hardware. then shut the system off. the computer came with that OS on it. so i dont understand why it says that. if anyone has any ideas plz message me or post them.
i appericate all the help guyz and ladys.

A:Vista 64 bit wont install

Are you sure it was 64bit originally ? ?
This is the only reason i can think of why it would not take...

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Hi Ive been trying to install the sp 2 for vista
the error message say installation failed reverting changes...
i did what microsoft said and downloaded the update to my desktop
then disabled anti virus then
reinstalled it.
same error message again so what do i do now?

A:vista sp 2 wont install

What message does it show exactly. The SP2 in Vista requires atleast SP1 to be installed before you can install SP2. Do you have Vista SP1 installed?

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Hi guys and gals,

ive really done it this time and i have NO idea what else to do. i tried installing linux and during the install my computer froze..something must have gone wrong, i then had a dualboot menu which then caused my XP to go to hell. Saying it had to recover registry data from previous logs. then my computer pretty much kept crashing...

I made amends with this and decided to just reformat and re-install XP like i had done many times in the past. Well XP wouldn't install. After i created a partition on the drive, it tried loading the files from the disk and got to about 15% before it started giving me errors saying it could load the particular .dlls I skipped all the ones it couldn't load and just tried to trudge on for no avail. (obviously xp needed the files to run the install). so now im unable to install XP GREAT!

well On my university i was able to get vista ultimate with the upgrade to 7. woo , except the vista ultimate will not install either.. it takes forever to get the loading bar across the bottom of the screen, then it will take another step and load the vista loading bars like its getting ready to send me the next page where i can choose language etc but it never gets that far, it USED to just comes up as a black screen with a white mouse cursor. after i leave it there for some time it gives me an error saying some hardware / software change is causing a problem.

now more recently i have been getting BSOD. I have run chkdsk /r through... Read more

A:xp/vista wont install ><

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Ok i can't seem to get my Vista to install!

Everything goes fine, UNTILL right at the last part i get a BSOD, and the computer restarts upon it's restart the system starts to load like it should but as windows load a message saying "An unexpected error has occured and cuased windows to restart, please restart your system and restart the installation", Proplem is every time i try to install it - IT WILL NOT WORK.

It just repeats with the BSOD, i have rebuilt the system 3 times, and nothing.... i have no clue what is causing this.. the Hard Drive is good, Memory test checks out good, i tried to start in Safe mode, but i get an error that says "Windows can not finish installing in safe mode, please restart windows normally".

The system is a P4S800D-X Asus w/ AGP 8x ATI x1300, 3.0 Ghz Intel Celeron, 1.5 Megs of Ram.

PLease [email protected][email protected]!%R#EQFD

A:Please Help! Vista Wont Install!!!!

Hi Segiris

There was a Bios issue for your Asus model motherboard for installing Windows XP --- it's possible the same issue might effect your installation of Windows Vista ---

A Bios update fixed the earlier trouble with XP. The latest Bios available at this point is version 1006.002 (it's a Beta release), and might help. You can download that version, or the latest non-beta release (1005) from the download page for your board over on the Asus support site ---

Are you sure that Vista is supported for your board? I don't see any Vista drivers on their download pages for your model (the most recent non-Bios drivers seem to end at about 2004/2005 -- and are for Windows XP)

If the system was intended to be a dual-boot, and you can still boot into XP, try downloading and installing the Vista Upgrade Advisor --- it will let you know if you have system components that might need changing in order to upgrade to Vista ---

It's possible that your chipset supports Vista, even if the drivers aren't present on the Asus website. You could check to see if SiS reference drivers are available for download at for your chipset. You may have to repeat this step for most all of your hardware/motherboard devices, as Asus doesn't provide any Vista versions at all. You'll have to check at the manufacturer's webs... Read more

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Hi guys need some help here as I am lost

I purchased the OEM version of Vista Home basic 64 to Install on my home built rig. I want to do a fresh clean install On a 100gb Partition on My 1TB sata HD. I wiped the HD, made my Partitions, and popped in the vista disk. Boot from disk I get the black screen with progress bar "windows is loading files" Then I get the screen with the green progress bar and the microsoft with the copyright c- then it comes to the blueish green artsey screen and hangs.No graphical images, no progress bars, no text, just looks like a background for something. I have read lots of threads for similar issues and have tried everything i have thought of/read about Maybe you guys can help, Im at my wits end.. Here is what I have tried...

Unpluged all usb devices as well as lan cables
disabled all usb devices and controller and legacy in my bios
made sure my sata drive was operating as an ide in bios
removed my sound card from the MOBO
removed all but one single 2gig stick of ram from MOBO
Rolled back my video drivers to the out of package ones

The system I am trying to load it on is
AMD phenom 9950 quadcore
asus M3N72-d Motherboard
xfx geforce 9800gtx graphics card
SB audigy 2 soundcard(unplugged from mobo)
8gigs corsaiar dominator ram (only 2 gigs plugged in)
WD 1 TB hard drive

Any ideas?

A:Vista wont install

What did you use to wipe the drive and make the partitions? Vista will do that for you

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hi, i rebooted my comp and when i try to install sp 2 i get this message

Installation was not successful

An Illegal character was encountered. For a multi-byte character set this includes a lead byte without a succeeding trial byte. For the Unicode character set this included the characters

0xFFFF and 0xFFFE


any idea what i need to do to solve this problem ?
I want to intall sp2 because I have added 4gb ram and my computer keeps crashing and i heard sp2 had a fix for this.

A:vista sp2 wont install

Restore system to any previos checkpoint System Restore - Undo

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I have an xps 710 with vista os. I tried to install bf2 and i starts by asking to atorun i do so then the small green board comes up and i hit start bf2 and then nothing . I tried my drives and they work perfectly ,can u help?

A:bf2 wont install on vista

Sometimes I find that the the autorun program does not work on Vista. Instead, try exploring the CD/DVD
and look for Setup.exe or equivalent and run that. If that does not work, open the properties of the setup program, go to the Compatibility tab and set it to run for Windows XP SP2, click OK and double click to start setup.

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It gets as far as installing then at the first reboot where it says press any key to boot from cd i wait for it to skip that and continue installation but it just hangs there.

I have a 500gb harddrive but it has a 50gb partition on it i made with some software. Could that be the problem? I read somewhere it could be. Or is this problem commonly related to something else? Thanks.

A:vista wont install

Is the Hard Disk already have some Operating system installed on it?

Have you get in BIOS after pressing DEL, ESC key or other FN keys.

Try to change first the boot priority there and then enter the CD in.

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So the problem is that i cant install vista. I have tried Home Premium and Ultimate but neither of those work. I have an original Home Premium disk and when i start to update from xp to vista it goes just fine but when the computer needs to restart to finish the installation i just end up stuck forever in the boot screen. I tried to format and install but i get stuck at boot screen again. When i try booting in safe mode it stoppes at system32/drivers/disk.sys

So what can i do? The one who solves this gets a big cookie.

A:Vista wont install..

What hardware is in and attached to this machine?

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Hi Ive just installed vista yesterday and basically i cant install pretty much anything.
i tried installing my graphics card which is a sapphire x195o pro 512mb but i get error messages saying 'NSIS error, error launching program'. Im also getting other error messages off programs like Antivir Workstation which is an anti-virus program. It will let me install Firefox but firefox wont run aswell.
Thanks in advance

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 Reasons that I'm still with XP media center edition that did work well playing mid 2000's games v.good & the PC has access for 4Gb memory 4- sata hdd which is a bonus too. This PC of mine crashed, I used system recovery which now I can play games like battlefield 1942, panzer elite,but can't play the more advanced battlefield 2142 anymore ? It took myself a long time to find out how to make this game run & play single / online too., but I wonder if I should use one of my two Vista Home Basic PC's HP or Acer ? The HP being the weaker & the Acer having more memory & bit bigger processor speed too.  Not sure which Windows XP 05' or Vista 07' PC would be best over-all to run gameplay pc games from 2005 to 2011. Seems as I once heard that Vista might give myself more problem error issues or crashes than using XP  for installng & playing gameplay software 

A:Changing XP to Vista for better install & play PC Gameplay games

Just try it. Games produced close to and since Vista was released will have been designed with the Vista environment in mind and will work fine. Most games older than the Vista release will work too, although you may have to run some in compatibility mode.

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I have a dell inspiron 1525 laptop that refuses to get past the "Microsoft Corporation" scrolling bar on boot up. I have run various diagnostics and hardware seems fine. I am guessing its some sort of operating system problem. The laptop is about 4-5 years old and I have had no problems until recently. I previous used McAfee and recently changes to the AVG free antivirus product, which I have run on xp machines previously. if I boot the laptop in safe mode the boot stops when loading
\windows\system32\DRIVERS\AVGIDSEH.sys which I am guessing has something to do with AVG?!
I dont have a boot or repair disk so was looking for any advice/suggestions on how to proceed?

Thanks for any help

A:Vista wont start following AVG install

Take a look at (entire thread) .


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I have just bought an upgrade for my pc.
My new configuration is:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450
8GB(4x2GB) SuperTalent 800MHz DDR2
Asus P5B
Segate 500GB HDD with 32MB cache

now when i try to install Vista Ultimate x64, i select to boot from dvd, i select windows setup, and then i get the msg that there is no ntoskrnl on the system.
when i try to install my vista ghost img from my old pc, i menage to install it, and get it up and running but when i try to install some software that tries to extract files from cab files or when i use winzip to extract files i get crc errors.

I have tested the HDD and RAM using Segate SeaTools and MemTest86+

Now i have tried and managed to install XP x64 edition without any problems.

Any help is apriceated.

Thanks in advance


EDIT: ok same thing with xp, when i try to extract or install some software that has some compressed files as sources for install and i get the same crc error as on vista img install

A:Vista install wont boot

Can you install the 32-bit version without problems ?

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My comp has two 128mb sticks, i just bought one 512mb stick, it is fully compatable, but when i put it in it wont pick it up, the computer just beeps, and our computer can't go over 512mb of ram, so if i put it in with a 128mb stick it only picks up the 128mb.

If i need to install it in two 256mb sticks as a pair, is there anyway i can trick my computer?

I really need this to work, please help.

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Hey guys, i just reformatted this computer, clean install and all, but i seem to have but one problem. The wireless wont work. Every time i try to install the driver, it finishes, but when you go to device manager, its not there.

Its a HP DV7 1240 laptop. Vista.

I have no idea *** is going on, but the driver refuses to install. All help would be appreciated.

A:Vista driver wont install

is this the driver that you d/loaded

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I have recently decided to go for a freash install from XP to Vista.
I went fairly well as in I managed to get all the appropiate drivers and had it all working.

The only issue that I have come across is that I cannot install some specific programs. These are programs such as office 2007, office 2003, office xp and any .msi files or windows cabinet extractors.

I had read that this may be due to the user account control being on so I turned this off but there is still no difference.

As a guess I think it may be something to do with windows installer 4.0 but I am not sure. After looking through forums for hours for a solution I have decided to post my own thread. This problem is starting to be very frustrating as it is the only issue. If anyone could help in any way it would be greatly appreciated.

I do not know if this information will be any help but this is the problem signature that arises

"Windows Installer has stopped working"

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: msiexec.exe
Application Version: 4.0.6000.16386
Application Timestamp: 4549af77
Fault Module Name: ntdll.dll
Fault Module Version: 6.0.6000.16386
Fault Module Timestamp: 4549bdc9
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 00022b2a
OS Version: 6.0.6000.
Locale ID: 2057
Additional Information 1: 8975
Additional Information 2: 803d51a048d13ed597ff94fe6ba3464e
Additional Information 3: 8975
Additional Information 4: 803d51a048d13ed597ff94fe6ba3464e

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hi i have a toshbia sat pro l300 laptop the hd went so brought a new one installed but whn install vista it gets the the finalising instalestion and then freezes i left it for over two hrs still the same so then i tryed to install xp as it says loading windows so i can choose to install or partion it blue screens me can u help me cheers

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Iam trying to installing a Seagate Freeagent/desk external hard drive.
But Vista wont install the drivers. a message saying this needs an interactive window station. Does anyone have a clue or knows how to fix this. I Hate Vista.


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I had to replace the hard drive on a dell insprion 1525 laptop and went to install vista home premium, every time i try to install vista it starts to load then crashes just after you see the cursor appearing on the black screen.
I have tried different disc's and even changed the bios settings to sata only. it's for a friend and it has the vista coa sticker on the bottom so i must install vista for him.
The old h/drive was dead so i could not ghost it to the new drive.

The funny thing is windows xp home installs OK then crashes just after it loads to the desktop..

anybody know whats wrong

A:vista wont install on new h/drive

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Forums

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I have seen numerous people with this problem from the past couple years but i haven't been able to find an actual real working solution so if anyone here has had this problem (Click to install game but nothing screens,icons or anything) and have fixed it for Windows Vista please help me. Before its asked no i do not have a pirated version i have a legit copy i bought back when it came out.

A:Halo 2 Vista Wont Install!

Hi surge2120. Welcome to Vista Forums!

I found this post that may have some relevance to your dilema:

Re: Halo 2 won't install
I know this was posted a year a half ago but i just upgraded to windows 7 and had this problem but i managed to fix it (if you still wanted to play halo 2)

Press Start and type in Services.msc
Go down to Secondary Logon
Right Click and Go To Properties
Change start type to Automatic and click Ok
Right Click and click Start
Now try installing again

Worked for Me
Hope it works for You
= )

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I have a Toshiba Sattelite running Vista Home Premium SP1 that refuses to install any other update I download and try to install. The instalation is relatively clean...

A:Vista Wont install updates

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Hi Guys.. It has been almost a year since you helped me out and I now am in need again. I''ve just built a new computer and put vista home premium 32 bit. The computer works fine but when I try to install certain games I get this message "Setup.exe has stopped working, A problem caused the program to stop working corectly and has to shut close. If microsoft can find out why they will tell you." and then I close the box and that is it. Oblivion is what I really want to play but this is also happening on some other software too. Some software installs just fine. Any sugestions. I have a ati radeon hd 3850 grafics card. 2.oo gb of ram. I dont' know what else you may want to know. I dont know too much about computers so please take it easy on me if this an easy one. Thanks

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I have windows vista. SP1.

For quite a long time now, when I turn on my pc, it says preparing to install updates 1 of 3. like before I log in. but it stays on 0% then shows password screen. every time i turn it on. i have just ignored up till now.

but now it wont let me install any more updates. in windows update itself, it just hangs on 'preparing to install' 0%. I.e. it downloads the updates but wont install them. No matter what ones I choose to install, even just 1 small one. And then clicking stop installation does nothing, the button then deactivates but it doesnt stop. if i close the window them open it again, button to stop installation enables again, but again does nothing.

please help. thanks.

A:windows update wont install (vista)

Hi. . .

Welcome to TSF - Vista Support.

How long is the hang when it says "preparing to install..."? How long ago did this start?

I assume that you can log in to Vista normally after that (i.e, you haven't been running in SAFEMODE this entire time)?

What anti-virus and firewall(s) are you running?

Please look over MS kb948343. I know it is to prepare for or diagnose problems installing SP1, but there may be information in there that is useful.

Are you sure you are running SP1?
START | Run | type cmd - hit enter | then type VER & hit enter.

What is the version # that shows? Thanks.

Regards. . .



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Having some problem trying to install windows vista updates. It runs and installs them but once is has restarted it says it could not install and reverting update changes.

Updates include:

I've tried installing them all at the same time, one by one and manually from the Microsoft website.
Also ran sfc / scannow, chkdsk /r and system restore.
I've also ran malwarebytes and super anti spyware.

System specs:
Windows Vista 32 bit
Service pack 2
Pentium Dual-core CPU

Any help is appreciated.

A:Windows Vista updates wont install

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COMPAQ PRESARIO M2000, AMD SEMPRON MOBILE 2800+ @ 1.6GHz, 256MB RAM, 40GB HDD, DVD/CD-RW, Wi-Fi, WINDOWS XP... I upgraded this to 1gb ram and vista ultimate but service pack 1 wont install for vista.

A:why wont vista sp1 install on old hp upgraded from 256mb 1gb

You'll also need Aero-capable graphics card, which includes DirectX-9, also needs to have a Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) driver and Pixel Shader 2.0.Does your system meet that criteria?message edited by Jennifer SUMN

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I'm trying to install vista 64 on my computer having just bought the motherboard, ram and processor from my signature. Previously I was running Vista 32 (and I am still, thanks to this problem).

When I try to install vista 64 only the 250GB hard drive is visible. I proceed to install the drivers from the motherboard installation disk but the x64 drivers are not detected (there is a folder on the disk labelled x64 raid drivers). The x86 raid driver in the x86 driver folder is detected so I use that instead. Vista now recognises my array. Great!

Installation seems to go well but after the first reboot, the windows loading screen appears for a few seconds, then a BSOD flashes for half a second and the system reboots. Repeat ad-infinitum!

I have tried removing one of the RAM sticks as I have heard there can be problems with Vista64 and 4gig of RAM but with no improvement.

32 bit installs perfectly on the array.

I'm at a loss. Can anyone suggest a solution or tell me where I can find RAID drivers for 64bit vista. The AMD website doesn't help. What drivers I can find are part of a .exe install and are only useful after the operating system is working.

A:Vista 64 wont install on RAID0 array

Signatures aren't allowed for new members so here are my specs:

M4A77TD Motherboard
Phenom II X4 955
4GB DDR3 [2x2GB] Patriot DDR3 1333Mhz CL7
2 x WD Caviar 40GB in RAID 0
1 x 250GB IDE for data
650W PSU
HD4870 1GB

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Ok got the strangest problem. Have several USB flash drives, not one of them will detect on Windows Vista x64 Ultimate. I have another PC with the exact same version of Vista on it and that computer has no problems but this one does. I have a USB mouse connected and I have tried on different USB ports with no success.

What happens is, i plug in the USB flash drive and a "found new hardware" box pops up asking me to locate the driver etc. I dont understand this as all USB flash drives operate on a generic USB driver provided by windows. So where has the process gone wrong?

Device manager shows the device with a yellow mark next to it. When i remove it and tell it to scan for hardware changes it just reinstalls with the yellow icon next to it. Properties says:

"This device is not configured correctly. (Code 1)

There is no driver selected for the device information set or element.

To reinstall the drivers for this device, click Reinstall Driver."

Which doesnt work.

When i go to Computer Management > Disk Management i see the device "Disk 1 - 3.77Gb Unallocated". Right click options of change drive letter give the following error:

"The operation failed to complete because the Disk Management console view is not up-to-date. Refresh the view by using the refresh task. If the problem persists close the Disk Management Console, then restart Disk Management or restart the computer"

None of which works! Re... Read more

A:Vista wont install USB Flash drives? Why?

As far as I know, not ALL the USB flash disks work with the generic driver.

Some of them need a specific driver.

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i just installed windows vista and my graphics card will not work right, it installed and works fine on windows xp and the box i bought the graphics card in says "works with windows vista"and certified for windows vista. my graphics card is a VisionTek x1300 256mb pci by ati radeon graphics.i have vista service pack 1 if that means anything and if you need anymore info tell me. thanks

A:graphics card wont install on vista, please help!

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ok.. so every bit of history I might think is helpful:

Hard drive crashed. Installed new one. Installed XP. Installed upgrade to Vista Business (32 bit). turned off firewall. Installed all updates on vista. Attempted to install Ala Mode "Aurora" Wintotal. Immediately got this error message in a little white window:

"Wintotal can only be installed on operating systems that were released on or after 2000."

Crossed fingers. Tried again. Same message. Went to safe mode. Crossed fingers and toes. Tried again. Same message.

Anyone have any words of wisdom that will help me get this up and running? NEED to be working on this program yesterday and Ala Mode tech support doesn't open until Monday!

A:Help! WinTotal wont install on Vista Business 32 bit???

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Windows x64 based Systems Update: KB932596

This update will not install, It shows it has installed. I restart and then check updates and there is the same update again? I had an issue when trying to install uodates before, They went and then the PC Restarted and that stupid configuring updates screen showed for half and hour and then the pc restart again and that same screen appeared for 20 minutes before loading to the pc and not updates had installed.

So had to do them individually 1 by 1..


A:Windows Vista Update Wont Install.

Try installing it manually then wait for newer updates to become available .
Might just be an issue with that particular update.
Keep us posted and let us know how it turns out for you.

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I just got a new laptop pc HP pavilion DV 6000 with vista home premium on it. I downloaded yahoo messenger and paltalk and both are not installing. I get the will you allow prompt and I say yes. I then get The Publisher cannot be verified are you sure you want to run this software. When I say yes I get a windows or yahoo messenger has stopped working
Windows can check online for a solution to the problem. When I hit that nothing happens.
I get this for details.
Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: ymsgr_vista_us_setup.exe
Application Version: 2007.12.11.1
Application Timestamp: 456b2203
Fault Module Name: ymsgr_vista_us_setup.exe
Fault Module Version: 2007.12.11.1
Fault Module Timestamp: 456b2203
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 00003132
OS Version: 6.0.6000.
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 72ad
Additional Information 2: 6540f842a8f19c117767181b417cf54f
Additional Information 3: 4e8c
Additional Information 4: ecae8ef015ac25f427e0e790ef4333b9

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I tried turning off security and clicking on option to allow unverified programs to run.

A:Vista wont allow me to install downloaded programs.

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Ok so I built my current rig in july and had some issues so today I decided to reinstall Vista

So I reformatted it with a xp install disc and then I rebooted with the Vistax64 home premium disc and it loads I put my key in and after that I get this message: Winows cannot open the required file D:\Sources\Install.wim. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation. error Code: 0x8007000D

How can I fix this?? my hdd is sata2, right now I am on my other sata2 hdd with Windows Xp home on this computer so I know all my hardware are working correctly. Any suggestions?



Specs: amd 6000+x2
asus crosshair nvidia nforce 590 sli

A:Vista Installation Error: Wont Let Me Install


end up being greasy finger prints on the dvd haha pretty sad. Installation went great.

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Does anyone have problems with some vista updates not installing?
Most do but a few wont-
they always fail with a "8007002" error.
Yes ive already tried the M$ recommendation of deleting some of the "softwaredistribution" folders but it still returns the same error.

no one else has this problem? :O
well anyway - i installed vista's sp1 rc and now there are no updates to install so i guess the problem is fixed sort of....

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Recently I tried vista on one of my two hard drives. One had vista and the other was my primary drive which was xp pro. Too many of my programs were not compatible with vista so I put xp back on the other drive also. After installing vista, and still now after putting xp back on I can not boot into my original xp drive. I can get into the files on the drive when I am in the working drive. Another thing is the new drive will only boot into xp when I have the xp cd in my cd rom.
Any advice on how to fix this problem would be GREATLY appreciated.

A:xp drive wont boot after vista install

Which drive is the first boot drive in your bios?

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ive recently had a hard drive replace because my old one got attacked by malware that destroyed the hard drive, i went to a computer shop to get this done and it turned out that they are absolute cowboys and got rid of all of my programs and photography portfolio (four years worth of work) worth in total of about ?2000. i know what a let down. however they did manage to get my computer running again however since i have had this done my windows vista business 32bit hasnt allowed me to install any downloaded programs as it says when i try to open the set up files, 'Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.' I am curious as to why this is happening to me and how it would be possible to change this so i can can have control over my laptop again. any help would be much appreciated thank you please get hold of me through the forum

A:windows vista business wont let me install programs

I really can't believe that they didn't save any of your work! What a shame.

In regards to your question, has your user profile got administrator rights?

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Vista CD came with dell laptop.

Trying fresh install on a brand new samsung 850 pro.

Under SATA option in BIOS, AHCI is enabled before the boot.

1.Tried changing boot sequence to CD as 1 & only option.
2. Then HDD as 1 & CD as 2. (bios wont let me put CD as 1 & HDD as 2)
3. Finally used F8 button to choose advanced boot options & select CD to boot.

None of the above steps worked.

But using Step 3, CD did boot on a different laptop.

A:Fresh install of Vista Business OEM wont boot on new SSD

Will it let you start the install in ide mode?

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Having some problem trying to install windows vista updates. It runs and installs them but once is has restarted it says it could not install and reverting update changes.

Updates include:

I've tried installing them all at the same time, one by one and manually from the Microsoft website.
Also ran sfc / scannow, chkdsk /r and system restore.
I've also ran malwarebytes and super anti spyware.

System specs:
Windows Vista 32 bit
Service pack 2
Pentium Dual-core CPU

Any help is appreciated.

A:Solved: Windows Vista updates wont install

You should really posts this in the Vista section - might get better response.

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Hey been having a problem for a while now tried a lot of thigs but can get it.
Well im going from windows xp to windows 7 32 bit or 64 bit dont care anymore just want newer operating system on it because after installing it shows loading with the bars then just freezes i see little dots around the loading so iv tried installing on diffrent pc iv takin this hard drive on this co[puter and put it in my other computer and i get passed loading screen then can move around click things then freezes again then the mointer turns off now all i want to do is get rid of xp pro that works fine. i can access safe mode but for some reason on normal start up it just freezes on vista or 7 so its not os or hdd it has to be somthing else. it almost seems like graphics driver not installed? im runnnig Asus m2a-vm 4200+ AMD antholn X2 with 4 gb of ram/why i want 64 bit

Please help it almost want to run newer os im so close iv spent days on this cause i have 4 hrs before work every day and forget where i left off is there somthing in the bios?

A:Solved: Windows Vista and 7 Wont Install Sucsufully

1. Welcome to Tech Support Guy

2. I find your post a little confusing. Perhaps English is not your first language, and if not you have done well, but I am confused
A. Where please does Vista come into this - I thought from reading the post you had XP and wanted to upgrade the OS to 7 - possibly due to the forthcoming end of support for XP in April 2014

Well im going from windows xp to windows 7 32 bit or 64 bit dont care anymore just want newer operating system Click to expand...

It appears you have a choice of 7 or Vista
ARE these OS installations discs the GENUINE discs or are they copies from somewhere
Please do not be annoyed by that question, but to install on this computer the licence for the OS must of course be available for use

iv tried installing on diffrent pc iv takin this hard drive on this co[puter and put it in my other computer and i get passed loading screen then can move around click things then freezes again then the mointer turns off now all Click to expand...

DO YOU MEAN you have tried to install the system on another computer using the hard drive from the XP computer
OR DO YOU MEAN you have tried the previously installed Windows 7 or VISTA from the XP computer with the hard drive in another computer
IF it is the latter - it is very unlikely to work as the installation has NONE of the drivers for the motherboard or the graphics etc - on the computer you are trying it on.

i can access safe mode but for some reason on normal start up i... Read more

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Are you serious? I am getting this message:

If you'd like to install and use google desktop on 64-bit Windows in an unsupported capacity, you can do so by using the /force flag when using the command line to install Google Desktop. Command line argument:

googledesktopsetup.exe /force

I am a newbie...i dont understand how to do this. Can someone give me a step by step instructions how to use command line to install google desktop? i've never done that and dont know where to start


A:[SOLVED] Google Desktop with Vista 64 bit WONT INSTALL

Hi hubie. . .

Welcome to the Tech Support Forum - Vista Support.

I don't know why this is required by Google or why they can't take care of this on their own, but using the /force parm allows it to run in x86 (32-bit) compatibility mode. I have done the same to an x64 Vista SP1 system here and so far all is OK.

Do this -

Download and SAVE Google Desktop installer (googledesktopsetup.exe) to your desktop.

START | type cmd.exe into the start search box | right-click on cmd.exe above under programs and select Run as Administrator | the cmd prompt ("DOS") screen appears - type the following as it appears - and hit enter after each line -


cd %userprofile%\desktop

googledesktopsetup /force

You will probably be notified by Windows Defender about two entries - select permit for each and apply actions.

You should now have Google Desktop on your system.

Any ? - please let me know - and please post back with outcome. Thanks.

Regards. . .



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Hi guys,

Basically ive been searching the internet for the past hour for a solution to this problem. Its driving me nuts! I simply cant update any programs or install windows updates whatsoever, I can download off the internet, browse etc etc, but i keep getting similiar messages from one another stating i have no internet connection? can someone help. Im running Windows Vista 32bit Ultimate. Thank you!

EDIT: Would also like to add that i am the Administrator to eliminate any obvious problems.

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I've also done the Windows Vista memory test and it didn't find any errors.

I'm attaching a copy of my systems specs. Hopfully someone can help me.

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Hi Michelle,

There is a newer version of Kiwee Toolbar is available on

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And I am aware of what are you talking...

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please help me so I dont release my anger with a hammer on this computer..

PLEASE READ THROUGHLY AND I THINK ONE OF YOU CAN SAVE THIS COMPUTER!! I will describe what happened in great detail...

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please help...
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A:I can't get my games to run anymore

Did you reinstall your video and sound drivers, also would make sure your running the latest version of directx after the reinstall

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Compaq Presario v6000, vista Home Premium

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i went through a bunch of the most recent errors, here they are, each came up on multiple updates

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Vista Home Premium 32bit SP2.Well maybe not directly related but I checked my update history log the other day and there were 22 updates that failed. If you right-click on each failed update you can copy info and paste it into NotePad so you can read the info and paste the update link into your browser. e.g.Security Update for Windows Vista (KB2507618)Installation date: ‎14/‎04/‎2011 17:23Installation status: FailedError details: Code 8024200DUpdate type: ImportantA security issue has been identified that could allow an unauthenticated remote attacker to compromise your system and gain control over it. You can help protect your system by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this update, you may have to restart your system.More information: downloaded all the 22 failed updates and tried to install them but they all came back with 'Update does not apply to your system'

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Hi Everyone.
I have a problem with the sidebar on Vista HP. New Gadgets wont install. The sidebar loads properly and the gadgets that are there already work fine. If I go to vista gallery to download new ones they download ok I click open then run, the sidebar comes to the front and blinks but nothing installs There is nothing in the sidebar and nothing in the gallery and nothing new in the gadgets folder in either C:\program files etc or C:\users etc. I have tried lots of different gadgets from the vista gallery and none of them install.
I tried.
Downloading and installing from ie8b2
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dragging and dropping
uninstalling ie8b2 doing the same from ie7
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I have done a system restore, for luck not knowing how long I have had the problem. and I have tried from safemode but the bar didnt work in safemode
I search this site and followed this tutorial
Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista
but it didnt work either
I am currently using comodo firewall and avast AV, but have tried lots of different security programs over the months . thinking that perhaps they have done something.

Any one got any ideas. Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Sidebar gadgets wont install vista home premium

Originally Posted by Mettle Man

Hi Everyone.
I have a problem with the sidebar on Vista HP. New Gadgets wont install. The sidebar loads properly and the gadgets that are there already work fine. If I go to vista gallery to download new ones they download ok I click open then run, the sidebar comes to the front and blinks but nothing installs There is nothing in the sidebar and nothing in the gallery and nothing new in the gadgets folder in either C:\program files etc or C:\users etc. I have tried lots of different gadgets from the vista gallery and none of them install.
I tried.
Downloading and installing from ie8b2
saving the downloads to my docs and installing from there right clicking and unblocking the gadget
changing language settings from english uk to english us
dragging and dropping
uninstalling ie8b2 doing the same from ie7
Coming off line stopping all running programms and installing.
doing the same from firefox 3
I have done a system restore, for luck not knowing how long I have had the problem. and I have tried from safemode but the bar didnt work in safemode
I search this site and followed this tutorial
Windows Sidebar will not Start in Vista
but it didnt work either
I am currently using comodo firewall and avast AV, but have tried lots of different security programs over the months . thinking that perhaps they have done something.

Any one got any ideas. Thanks in advance for your help.

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A:[SOLVED] ati radeon x1600 vista driver wont install

Have you looked at any of the support information on ATI's website? They might have an answer

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any advice appreciated in advance
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name TEST
System Manufacturer System manufacturer
System Model System Product Name
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 44 Stepping 2 AuthenticAMD ~1800 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 0204, 14/10/2005
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
User Name TEST\Mark
Time Zone AUS Eastern Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 136.45 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.95 GB
Page File Space 1.12 GB
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A:Can't run older games anymore

When you say older games don't work does that mean they did work on that PC before or not?

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After I ran registry mechanic and defragged my hard drive (perfect disk - thrice, although I stopped the defrag half way through), none of the latest games work anymore (Call of duty 4, Crysis demo, Bioshock), although older games like Heroes of might and magic 3 still runs fine. Whenever I click to start a game, the splash screen will start, the screen will go black like when one normally starts a game, and then I'm just back at the desktop, with no error message. All other software works fine, like Ableton Live 5 etc.

I should also say that before all of this I decided to clean up my hard drive and deleted some files mainly in C:\documents and settings\bernhard\local settings\temp. I did not delete any read-only files. Maybe this screwed it up?

It's strange because everything works fine except these games all of a sudden.

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Make sure your video drivers are up to date.

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A:Can't host games anymore, help?!!

just for troubleshooting, put your computer in the DMZ (must have manual IP address). What the DMZ will do is route any traffic to that computer without any issues/port blocks etc.

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I think I am in the right place but if this thread should be in another spot let me know.

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Guys you won't believe it.

I reinstalled Vista yesterday because of this issue and also my games.
Yesterday everything worked.
Today I installed my applications and extra drivers and I started Racedriver GRID and it did the same thing.
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Hey guys,

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A:Cant play games anymore

Is the GFX fan spinning normally? Check your GPU temps.

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About a few months ago I can still play games like Combat Arms, Call of Duty 4, BioShock, and Dead Space at minimal performance. But now, I reinstalled the game to play it again and it just got stuck on the Starting Screen or just plain BLACK Screen! I can still play some MMORPG like Sword of the New World: Granado Espada or the recently Closed-Beta, Luna Online just fine. I don't know what I did wrong with my Dell XPS Laptop. Any help will be apreciated.

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The only thing I noticed with Vista and games is sometimes a game will load and you get to a black menu screen for the game. I play Silent Hunter 4 and the first time I loaded the game in Vista I had not issues at all. Me being me messed up how to handle admin account and user account so I did a clean install to start over. Once done I loaded Silent Hunter 4 again to play. No issues, loaded fine. I clicked to play and I got the load screen. Once I got to the menu of the game it was nothing but a black screen. I could hear the music and see my mouse cursor but nothing else. So, what I had to do was go to my videocard tweak program ( I just use the one offered by Nvidia, it works fine) and reset my video card to all the default values. Should be just a box to check and apply to reset to defaults. Once done, I ran the game and all was fine. I closed the game out and reset my videocard back up to the tweaks I like. My game ran fine every since. Give it a shot, it worked for me.

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A:None of my online games work anymore

well make sure your are not in fact blocked by a firewall or anything, unless your 100% sure. make sure your internet connection is set under the right setting appropriate for you under Settings>Internet tab for Steam.

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