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Syavash53

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Hi I have been given an Advent 5421 laptop by my neighbour which runs 32bit window vista basic.
The problem with it was 4 or 5 after starting the window it freezed I was not given a manufacturer’s recovery DVD and because of the problem was not able to create one after many unsuccessful attempts to reinstall the O/S or to use the utility provided by the vista I removed the hard drive and placed it inside my laptop and managed to reformat and reinstall the Vista (home premium) using the recovery DVD that I had for my Advent laptop and it worked fine on mine but when I tried to place it back and run it again same problem It won’t let me run vista and when I do try to run the recovery utility it freezes
Dose anyone know how I can sort this problem out I be very grateful
 
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The problem with the method that you tried, is that the laptop that the drive was placed inside to install Vista, had a different chipset and drivers than the laptop that you transferred the drive back into. This will cause instability in the best case scenario, and failure to boot in the worse case scenario. One way to work around this issue is to remove certain devices from the device manager prior to transferring back to the intended laptop.

I wrote an article on this procedure, it MAY work but isn't guaranteed.

http://time4tech.com/article11.html

If that method doesn't work, you will be better served by borrowing a Vista disk of the same type as your license (the OS originally on your PC) and install using your key (serial#).

Post back if more help is needed.
 

Syavash53

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Thank you for your suggestion I did try to install the same O/S as the one on the laptop but once again it did freeze half way through the process. I am now waiting to try removing the hard drive and format and reparation the hard drive on my pc ( using a sata to usb external case) which I hope it might work If you think it may be the wrong think to do please don’t hesitate to let me know.
Once again thank you for taking the time and helping me
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No problem at all. :)

So...are you using the recovery DVD from your other laptop to install Vista? Or are you using the actual installation disk?

I don't think that Vista will install on an external USB drive.
 

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I am going to use the external usb case to refoamat the HD using the partition magic and then I will place it back and will instal the vista. My problem is I havent got the recovery disk for that lap top but I have one for another advent laptop (incase you are not aware it is a UK brand) which is vista home premium as in to home basic or I can try Instaling the vista Basic using another disk and enter the key that I was given with the laptop as you did suggest before.
Which one do you think be a better option

Thank you

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I think you should use another Vista disk, and enter your key. Since the recovery disk is for a different laptop, it will have chipset drivers and other files that are specifically for the Advent laptop, and will cause instability and/or non-booting issues on the laptop that you install to.
 
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