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Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by angelprude, Sep 26, 2008.

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  1. angelprude

    angelprude Thread Starter

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    Windows Vista machine stopped booting and is asking to install windows installtion disc.
    I don't have one.
    I do have Win2000 and XP (Which I prefer)
    I tried to install Ubuntu which someone recommended and it stops at the DOS prompt.

    I don't like Vista Can anyone help
    Thanks
     
  2. TerryNet

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    Help you to like Vista? Help to install or boot one of those OSes?
     
  3. angelprude

    angelprude Thread Starter

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    Thanks

    How can you help?
     
  4. TerryNet

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    I guess I can help by trying to get you to tell us what you want to do. What operating system do you want to install (you mentioned 4 in your 1st post)? Do you have a legitimate installation disk for it? Or, if it's Vista, do you have a Recovery partition or disks?
     
  5. angelprude

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    I do not have a Vista disc. It's a newer Lenovo desktop. Did not come w/ OS
    I have legitimate XP and 2000
    Which do you recommend?
    The error is a (windows32 config system)

    Thanks for the help
     
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    Do you have more then one Hard Disk? If so make sure the one with the operating system is above the other in the boot order.

    If you don't have more then one Hard Disk it may be that the one you have might be corrupt, or dead. Does it show up on the POST screen, if yes, then Run a Sector Scan on it.

    As for operating systems
    Windows XP is much better then 2000, go with that if you want to downgrade, however Vista isn't all bad, I love mine!

    Hope this helps.
     
  7. TerryNet

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    I too advise XP over 2k Pro. Much better chance that drivers exist. You may save yourself some time to see if the chipset and other drivers you need are available for XP before you install it.

    Strange that the PC came w/o a Recovery partition. It's my understanding that Microsoft requires that a new PC with Windows includes some way to reinstall or "recover" Windows.
     
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