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Unable to install Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by espressoguy, Dec 6, 2011.

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  1. espressoguy

    espressoguy Thread Starter

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    I have a Gateway M series laptop.
    It was doing some very strange things so I decided to try and reinstall Vista Home Premium.
    I deleted all partitions on the hard drive.
    Using partition mini I created a new partition.
    I then loaded my OEM version of Windows Vista Home Premium and booted my laptop.
    The installation process began with me entering the key and choosing fresh install. The upgrade portion was in grey and unable to be chosen.
    I chose the clean install, chose the partition I created, it was the only partition on the hard drive, and began the process.
    The computer copied files, expanded files, installed updates and tried to reboot.
    When the computer rebooted it was stuck on the Choose to boot from cd, dvd press any key option.
    If I chose this then it would take me back to the screen that asked if I wanted to do a clean install, or repair computer. I tried all options listed on repair computer...none worked.
    Finally, in Bios, I chose to boot from hard drive and the following error occurs:Disk Read Error. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart.
    Help Please
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Those "strange things" sound like hard drive failure.

    Go to the manufacturer's site and get a test (or use one on your machine, if any).
     
  3. espressoguy

    espressoguy Thread Starter

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    That sounds good...except I have no operating system.
     
  4. Elvandil

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    Can you not use the machine you are on now? You don't need an OS on the machine you are testing. It wouldn't make much sense to attempt to test a hard drive using the OS that is on the failing drive.
     
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