Vista Installation Mystery..Microsoft Tech cant figure it out.

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Hey Guys

Tough one that Microsoft technical support cant figure out.
I install Vista Ultimate. It goes through the normal set up process, reboots a few times then the screen "running Windows for the First Time" comes up. Once this is up for a few mins a Vista screen comes up and says completing installation. After about 3 mins of that a screen flashes for about 2 secs that says "Windows Vista cannot complete installation" and immediately powers off the system. Restarting the machine just makes it do a roll back to the XP Pro that I was running before. I get the same crash regardless of if its 32bit or 64 bit. Crashes in the exact same place and is repeatable. I have run the VIsta Advisor and it says I am good to go.

Running:

120G HDD

Pentium 4 2.8GHZ

Radeon x1900

1G ram

Vista Upgrade Advisor says my system should run fine. Albiet it says I should run Home Basic.

Is it possible that my processor itself may be the cause? This is not a HT processor.

Specs are:

Intel Pentium 4---Processor 511+

LGA775

2.8 GHZ

533 MHZ FSB

1MB L2 Cache

Intel EM64T

Thanks.
 
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Good job of noting your hardware.

Do you have a spare HDD? If so, trying installing Vista Ultimate to the spare HDD. If the installation fails, your copy of Vista [ presumably DVD ] is damaged. OK. Maybe not, but I doubt that the problem is your processor, or any other hardware. I installed Vista Ultimate, RFC 1 on a PC with a Sempron processor, much slower & with less ram / cache than your PC.

Have you checked Intel's site?

According to Microsoft, AERO will run on a 1 GHZ cpu.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/systemrequirements.mspx

Are you overclocking your CPU or GPU [ if your video card has a GPU ]?

In defense of the Microsoft tech, even with all of the Beta testing, not all computer configurations could be tested. During the 1st 1 to 2 months after Microsoft launches a product, the call centers are besieged by users. The call center circulates a "hot sheet" with commonly encountered issues & proposed fixes. Once a fix has been deemed reliable, the fix enters the online knowledge base [ KB ] library.

Best of success.

Sincerely,
RF123
 
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The x1900 and 1gb of RAM should allow you to run Ultimate. I'm curious as to why Basic was recommended. If you have a spare video card, I would try installing with that one and if it works, add the x1900 after installation completes.
 
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Turn off the computer.

As r66 advised, remove the Radeon, install with a different Video card. I don't know if the installation will detect a non-AERO compatible video card and force you to a non-AERO compatible version of Vista. If it does, I don't know how easy / difficult it will be to upgrade to Vista. Even if you have a product key for Ultimate, if your hardware doesn't meet standards, AERO compatible Vista will not be installed.

RF123
 
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