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Vista upgrade fail trying to not delete contents of hard drive!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by sinanp, Oct 16, 2009.

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  1. sinanp

    sinanp Thread Starter

    Oct 15, 2009

    I tried to upgrade my existing Vista with an upgrade so I could keep my existing programs and files. The reinstall was progressing ok and then I got a blank screen for an hour or so, assuming the reinstall was complete I turned the computer off but alas this wasn't the case. Now everytime I boot up I get the windows install failed message and to restart and reinstall. Of course this process just loops but if I load the installation CD from boot I only have the option to reinstall a clean version, ie loosing all my programmes and data. Is there a way I can either roll back the reinstall, access my HDD so I can move all the data to an external HD before doing a clean install or access the upgrade install option (this is ghosted out during the boot from CD, stating I need to do this through windows which I obviously can't!).

    The reason for the upgrade was that a) the computer was getting really slow and b)I couldn't install most applications due to a 'side by side configuration' error message and thought this was due to a manual registry deleting effort on my behalf trying to remove traces of a prorgramme I was trying to reinstall that was having problems...


    many thanks

    ps I have a Dell XPS laptop
  2. RobLinux


    Nov 7, 2007
    I've had a problem with the recent Oct 15th Security updates, causing my Dell to hardware reset & reboot after screen goes blank, on 3rd stage of configuring updates. It is the IE8 Cumulative security patch responsible on my machine, tried updating video driver to latest etc.

    The (temporary) Solution for me was to boot with the Dell Vista DVD, and use System Restore to rollback to the last checkpoint before the update, found in the System Repair options.
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