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Old 02-05-2007
Adam Albright
 

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Some things you need to know BEFORE and DURING Vista install
Ok, finally success in installing Vista in place on a PC with nearly 2
TB's of files, which is the main reason I didn't do a clean install.
The first few paragraphs will document what went wrong and why, and
hopefully help others who have yet to venture down this for sure bumpy
path.

First, Microsoft's Vista Upgrade Advisor is misleading. For me, it
said nothing was wrong, safe to install Vista. It nagged about three
things, not surprising, two Microsoft applications, MSN Explorer and
Windows Messenger 5 which it said may cause problems, so far they
haven't. At least they didn't interfer with the install process.

Hardware was another story and a royal pain. While the Upgrade Advisor
said it didn't have issues, the reality was while it simply said a
couple devices may have "minor" issues, these in fact caused the
dreaded Blue Screen of Death about a third of way through the install
process generating a 7B stop order.

One advantage of doing a in place upgrade (leaving your old files and
XP or whatever was your old operating system you had) is you can,
depending how far along you get, go back, and not get left up the
creek without a paddle. This allowed me with some effort to find out
what was wrong and fix it, then try again to install.

Not always, but almost, if you get a BSOD and a 7B it either means
their is a boot sector virus or Windows don't like one or more device
drivers. Doing a web search I found lots of people having similar 7B
stops during the install of Vista. Most said the issue was resolved by
installing new SATA Controller drivers. Usually, these can be found on
your mother board vendor's site. GET THEM BEFORE you try to install
Vista. Depending on who's board, you may or may not be able to install
prior. The version I needed, just released a few days ago, support
both Vista and XP, so that made things easier.

Before going further if you fancy yourself a "power user" and I do,
and you also have a hot MB you tweaked and overclocked, I did, then do
yourself a favor and before attempting to install Vista, go to BIOS
and turn off all the bells and whistles. No RAID, no audio, no UBS, no
SATA (unless you need it to boot from a SATA drive) no overclocking,
you know the drill. Then be sure you can still boot and run normally
into XP.

Now if your going to do a in place install, (copy over your exhisting
version of Windows) do some house cleaning and of course move critical
files or copies of same off the root drive or whatever drive you'll be
installing Vista on. PLEASE! It takes time, sure, but if you don't and
something bad happens, you'll kick youself if you didn't.

Next do a defrag. Again it takes time, but worth it.

Ok, now what hung me up; two common drivers.

1. CMS Perpherals (Bounce Back software)

this comes with external Seagate drives and Vista don't like the
driver. So disable from Device Manger before you begin. You can
turn on again later, I haven't tested it yet to see if it works
under Vista.

2. Gigabyte GBB36X Controller.

This a fairly common on mother boards. I found no way to disable,
so I unistalled for now.

If you've made previous attempts to install Vista and got a stop order
or something prevented you from finishing and if you can get back into
your old version of Windows (Vista puts up some a dual boot menu
during install and even adds choices to it during install) if you do a
in place install, that is how you get back, but you got to be fast,
you have 5 seconds, so watch for the choice and use the up arrow
button on your keyboard and keep your fingers crossed.

Now, IMPORTANT... look on your root drive or wherever you told Windows
to install to and check for files that weren't there before. I found
three, all starting with a $ sign. This is Vista in limbo. RENAME
THEM, but simply putting a X in front of each.

Now can put the Vista DVD in your drive and try again to install. It
took me 56 minutes to finish, but it did.


Now for some comments on the install process. It is crude. More so,
there for earlier versions of Windows, which is a sure sign Vista was
rushed out the door.

Very early on in the install process as Windows is checking your
system again, this time for real, unlike the Advisor which seems to do
a bad job of faking it, it reports problems. Same as I mentioned above
for me, only this time instead of saying they are minor it gives a
more ominous warning these "could" case problems during the install.

I mumbled a few choices words under my breath, but was given no option
to bail out, you're already committed to installing Vista at this
point unless you do the unthinkable and just turn your system off.
Don't! Just cross your fingers.

During the install process for me, Vista rebooted itself seven times.
Your mileage may vary. That's in itself is a very minor issue, but is
a little scary, especially if you're not use to installing Windows and
are a little afraid of the install process, Vista does no hand
holding. In fact it can be down right scary to you a couple times. The
screen goes black, no warning, seconds tick by, nothing seems to be
happening. You'll swear it acts and looks like it is hung up, but it
isn't, so wait and do not press any keys! Just wait and hope.

This happened three seperate times for me. It shows a progress bar,
then flash totally black screen. The first time at 21%, the screen
just goes black. No warning. It is just rebooting, but unlike earlier
versions of Windows it gives you no warning at all its going to do
that. For some reason only known to Microsoft the early phase of the
install it uses whatever resolution you had. Again, no warning, screen
goes dark, and obviously the resolution is much lower. Again, no
warning, right in the middle of showing a progress bar, screen goes
black again, then you're back into your resolution again.

About those install process bars... they are way off. For me it was
creeping along until about 21%, then it flew in a just a few second to
almost 50%, then slowed, down, slower, and slower, then sped up again.
It stopped all together at 86% and again, rebooted. So don't put much
faith in how far along you are by just watching the progress bar.

The inital phase of the install goes smooth. Fairly quickly you get
check marks for copying Windows files, and another for Gathering
files. Then while expanding files, the screen goes dark, seems to have
hung, but it didn't. After it happens several times you get use to it.

Finally you get to the famous install Windows for the first time
screen. You hold your breath... seconds tick by, wow! Ok, that's a
major step. Some more housecleaning, a couple more reboots and then
the big shock, for the first time you see a pretty cool multicolor
screen and literraly nothing on it. No cursor, no icons, no text,
absolutely nothing and Vista just sits there. I look at the clock. a
whole minute goes by, then two, almost three, bingo, it reboot again.

Then finally have about a hour you see what you've been wating for,
the vew Vista 3D (if you have the right graphics card) and it is
impressive.

Now to restore (hopefully) my system to what it was and hope Windows
don't choke on all the things I had to turn off to get Vista to
install









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Old 02-06-2007
=?Utf-8?B?aXRlY2NkYQ==?=
 

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RE: Some things you need to know BEFORE and DURING Vista install
I'm stuck in the greenish looking 3-d screen I think. It has a light line
Horizontally across the screen about a third the way up with like sunshine
coming in from above and below as if there were a floor and a wall to it. My
hard drive indicator LED is not doing a thing and I've been patiently waiting
for about 20 to 30 minutes now wondering if anything will happen.... Any
suggestions???

"Adam Albright" wrote:

> Ok, finally success in installing Vista in place on a PC with nearly 2
> TB's of files, which is the main reason I didn't do a clean install.
> The first few paragraphs will document what went wrong and why, and
> hopefully help others who have yet to venture down this for sure bumpy
> path.
>
> First, Microsoft's Vista Upgrade Advisor is misleading. For me, it
> said nothing was wrong, safe to install Vista. It nagged about three
> things, not surprising, two Microsoft applications, MSN Explorer and
> Windows Messenger 5 which it said may cause problems, so far they
> haven't. At least they didn't interfer with the install process.
>
> Hardware was another story and a royal pain. While the Upgrade Advisor
> said it didn't have issues, the reality was while it simply said a
> couple devices may have "minor" issues, these in fact caused the
> dreaded Blue Screen of Death about a third of way through the install
> process generating a 7B stop order.
>
> One advantage of doing a in place upgrade (leaving your old files and
> XP or whatever was your old operating system you had) is you can,
> depending how far along you get, go back, and not get left up the
> creek without a paddle. This allowed me with some effort to find out
> what was wrong and fix it, then try again to install.
>
> Not always, but almost, if you get a BSOD and a 7B it either means
> their is a boot sector virus or Windows don't like one or more device
> drivers. Doing a web search I found lots of people having similar 7B
> stops during the install of Vista. Most said the issue was resolved by
> installing new SATA Controller drivers. Usually, these can be found on
> your mother board vendor's site. GET THEM BEFORE you try to install
> Vista. Depending on who's board, you may or may not be able to install
> prior. The version I needed, just released a few days ago, support
> both Vista and XP, so that made things easier.
>
> Before going further if you fancy yourself a "power user" and I do,
> and you also have a hot MB you tweaked and overclocked, I did, then do
> yourself a favor and before attempting to install Vista, go to BIOS
> and turn off all the bells and whistles. No RAID, no audio, no UBS, no
> SATA (unless you need it to boot from a SATA drive) no overclocking,
> you know the drill. Then be sure you can still boot and run normally
> into XP.
>
> Now if your going to do a in place install, (copy over your exhisting
> version of Windows) do some house cleaning and of course move critical
> files or copies of same off the root drive or whatever drive you'll be
> installing Vista on. PLEASE! It takes time, sure, but if you don't and
> something bad happens, you'll kick youself if you didn't.
>
> Next do a defrag. Again it takes time, but worth it.
>
> Ok, now what hung me up; two common drivers.
>
> 1. CMS Perpherals (Bounce Back software)
>
> this comes with external Seagate drives and Vista don't like the
> driver. So disable from Device Manger before you begin. You can
> turn on again later, I haven't tested it yet to see if it works
> under Vista.
>
> 2. Gigabyte GBB36X Controller.
>
> This a fairly common on mother boards. I found no way to disable,
> so I unistalled for now.
>
> If you've made previous attempts to install Vista and got a stop order
> or something prevented you from finishing and if you can get back into
> your old version of Windows (Vista puts up some a dual boot menu
> during install and even adds choices to it during install) if you do a
> in place install, that is how you get back, but you got to be fast,
> you have 5 seconds, so watch for the choice and use the up arrow
> button on your keyboard and keep your fingers crossed.
>
> Now, IMPORTANT... look on your root drive or wherever you told Windows
> to install to and check for files that weren't there before. I found
> three, all starting with a $ sign. This is Vista in limbo. RENAME
> THEM, but simply putting a X in front of each.
>
> Now can put the Vista DVD in your drive and try again to install. It
> took me 56 minutes to finish, but it did.
>
>
> Now for some comments on the install process. It is crude. More so,
> there for earlier versions of Windows, which is a sure sign Vista was
> rushed out the door.
>
> Very early on in the install process as Windows is checking your
> system again, this time for real, unlike the Advisor which seems to do
> a bad job of faking it, it reports problems. Same as I mentioned above
> for me, only this time instead of saying they are minor it gives a
> more ominous warning these "could" case problems during the install.
>
> I mumbled a few choices words under my breath, but was given no option
> to bail out, you're already committed to installing Vista at this
> point unless you do the unthinkable and just turn your system off.
> Don't! Just cross your fingers.
>
> During the install process for me, Vista rebooted itself seven times.
> Your mileage may vary. That's in itself is a very minor issue, but is
> a little scary, especially if you're not use to installing Windows and
> are a little afraid of the install process, Vista does no hand
> holding. In fact it can be down right scary to you a couple times. The
> screen goes black, no warning, seconds tick by, nothing seems to be
> happening. You'll swear it acts and looks like it is hung up, but it
> isn't, so wait and do not press any keys! Just wait and hope.
>
> This happened three seperate times for me. It shows a progress bar,
> then flash totally black screen. The first time at 21%, the screen
> just goes black. No warning. It is just rebooting, but unlike earlier
> versions of Windows it gives you no warning at all its going to do
> that. For some reason only known to Microsoft the early phase of the
> install it uses whatever resolution you had. Again, no warning, screen
> goes dark, and obviously the resolution is much lower. Again, no
> warning, right in the middle of showing a progress bar, screen goes
> black again, then you're back into your resolution again.
>
> About those install process bars... they are way off. For me it was
> creeping along until about 21%, then it flew in a just a few second to
> almost 50%, then slowed, down, slower, and slower, then sped up again.
> It stopped all together at 86% and again, rebooted. So don't put much
> faith in how far along you are by just watching the progress bar.
>
> The inital phase of the install goes smooth. Fairly quickly you get
> check marks for copying Windows files, and another for Gathering
> files. Then while expanding files, the screen goes dark, seems to have
> hung, but it didn't. After it happens several times you get use to it.
>
> Finally you get to the famous install Windows for the first time
> screen. You hold your breath... seconds tick by, wow! Ok, that's a
> major step. Some more housecleaning, a couple more reboots and then
> the big shock, for the first time you see a pretty cool multicolor
> screen and literraly nothing on it. No cursor, no icons, no text,
> absolutely nothing and Vista just sits there. I look at the clock. a
> whole minute goes by, then two, almost three, bingo, it reboot again.
>
> Then finally have about a hour you see what you've been wating for,
> the vew Vista 3D (if you have the right graphics card) and it is
> impressive.
>
> Now to restore (hopefully) my system to what it was and hope Windows
> don't choke on all the things I had to turn off to get Vista to
> install
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>

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Old 02-06-2007
Adam Albright
 

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Re: Some things you need to know BEFORE and DURING Vista install
On Tue, 6 Feb 2007 01:02:01 -0800, iteccda
<iteccda@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

>I'm stuck in the greenish looking 3-d screen I think. It has a light line
>Horizontally across the screen about a third the way up with like sunshine
>coming in from above and below as if there were a floor and a wall to it. My
>hard drive indicator LED is not doing a thing and I've been patiently waiting
>for about 20 to 30 minutes now wondering if anything will happen.... Any
>suggestions???


Just wait. I experienced the same thing, but for a just few minutes. A
BIG disappointment is the Vista install programs gives next to no
feedback during the install until it is almost done, which for sure
will freak a lot of people thinking their system is hung. It could
be..., but probably not if you got that far, you are about 98% done,
but a couple big, important reboots yets to come.
>
>"Adam Albright" wrote:
>
>> Ok, finally success in installing Vista in place on a PC with nearly 2
>> TB's of files, which is the main reason I didn't do a clean install.
>> The first few paragraphs will document what went wrong and why, and
>> hopefully help others who have yet to venture down this for sure bumpy
>> path.
>>
>> First, Microsoft's Vista Upgrade Advisor is misleading. For me, it
>> said nothing was wrong, safe to install Vista. It nagged about three
>> things, not surprising, two Microsoft applications, MSN Explorer and
>> Windows Messenger 5 which it said may cause problems, so far they
>> haven't. At least they didn't interfer with the install process.
>>
>> Hardware was another story and a royal pain. While the Upgrade Advisor
>> said it didn't have issues, the reality was while it simply said a
>> couple devices may have "minor" issues, these in fact caused the
>> dreaded Blue Screen of Death about a third of way through the install
>> process generating a 7B stop order.
>>
>> One advantage of doing a in place upgrade (leaving your old files and
>> XP or whatever was your old operating system you had) is you can,
>> depending how far along you get, go back, and not get left up the
>> creek without a paddle. This allowed me with some effort to find out
>> what was wrong and fix it, then try again to install.
>>
>> Not always, but almost, if you get a BSOD and a 7B it either means
>> their is a boot sector virus or Windows don't like one or more device
>> drivers. Doing a web search I found lots of people having similar 7B
>> stops during the install of Vista. Most said the issue was resolved by
>> installing new SATA Controller drivers. Usually, these can be found on
>> your mother board vendor's site. GET THEM BEFORE you try to install
>> Vista. Depending on who's board, you may or may not be able to install
>> prior. The version I needed, just released a few days ago, support
>> both Vista and XP, so that made things easier.
>>
>> Before going further if you fancy yourself a "power user" and I do,
>> and you also have a hot MB you tweaked and overclocked, I did, then do
>> yourself a favor and before attempting to install Vista, go to BIOS
>> and turn off all the bells and whistles. No RAID, no audio, no UBS, no
>> SATA (unless you need it to boot from a SATA drive) no overclocking,
>> you know the drill. Then be sure you can still boot and run normally
>> into XP.
>>
>> Now if your going to do a in place install, (copy over your exhisting
>> version of Windows) do some house cleaning and of course move critical
>> files or copies of same off the root drive or whatever drive you'll be
>> installing Vista on. PLEASE! It takes time, sure, but if you don't and
>> something bad happens, you'll kick youself if you didn't.
>>
>> Next do a defrag. Again it takes time, but worth it.
>>
>> Ok, now what hung me up; two common drivers.
>>
>> 1. CMS Perpherals (Bounce Back software)
>>
>> this comes with external Seagate drives and Vista don't like the
>> driver. So disable from Device Manger before you begin. You can
>> turn on again later, I haven't tested it yet to see if it works
>> under Vista.
>>
>> 2. Gigabyte GBB36X Controller.
>>
>> This a fairly common on mother boards. I found no way to disable,
>> so I unistalled for now.
>>
>> If you've made previous attempts to install Vista and got a stop order
>> or something prevented you from finishing and if you can get back into
>> your old version of Windows (Vista puts up some a dual boot menu
>> during install and even adds choices to it during install) if you do a
>> in place install, that is how you get back, but you got to be fast,
>> you have 5 seconds, so watch for the choice and use the up arrow
>> button on your keyboard and keep your fingers crossed.
>>
>> Now, IMPORTANT... look on your root drive or wherever you told Windows
>> to install to and check for files that weren't there before. I found
>> three, all starting with a $ sign. This is Vista in limbo. RENAME
>> THEM, but simply putting a X in front of each.
>>
>> Now can put the Vista DVD in your drive and try again to install. It
>> took me 56 minutes to finish, but it did.
>>
>>
>> Now for some comments on the install process. It is crude. More so,
>> there for earlier versions of Windows, which is a sure sign Vista was
>> rushed out the door.
>>
>> Very early on in the install process as Windows is checking your
>> system again, this time for real, unlike the Advisor which seems to do
>> a bad job of faking it, it reports problems. Same as I mentioned above
>> for me, only this time instead of saying they are minor it gives a
>> more ominous warning these "could" case problems during the install.
>>
>> I mumbled a few choices words under my breath, but was given no option
>> to bail out, you're already committed to installing Vista at this
>> point unless you do the unthinkable and just turn your system off.
>> Don't! Just cross your fingers.
>>
>> During the install process for me, Vista rebooted itself seven times.
>> Your mileage may vary. That's in itself is a very minor issue, but is
>> a little scary, especially if you're not use to installing Windows and
>> are a little afraid of the install process, Vista does no hand
>> holding. In fact it can be down right scary to you a couple times. The
>> screen goes black, no warning, seconds tick by, nothing seems to be
>> happening. You'll swear it acts and looks like it is hung up, but it
>> isn't, so wait and do not press any keys! Just wait and hope.
>>
>> This happened three seperate times for me. It shows a progress bar,
>> then flash totally black screen. The first time at 21%, the screen
>> just goes black. No warning. It is just rebooting, but unlike earlier
>> versions of Windows it gives you no warning at all its going to do
>> that. For some reason only known to Microsoft the early phase of the
>> install it uses whatever resolution you had. Again, no warning, screen
>> goes dark, and obviously the resolution is much lower. Again, no
>> warning, right in the middle of showing a progress bar, screen goes
>> black again, then you're back into your resolution again.
>>
>> About those install process bars... they are way off. For me it was
>> creeping along until about 21%, then it flew in a just a few second to
>> almost 50%, then slowed, down, slower, and slower, then sped up again.
>> It stopped all together at 86% and again, rebooted. So don't put much
>> faith in how far along you are by just watching the progress bar.
>>
>> The inital phase of the install goes smooth. Fairly quickly you get
>> check marks for copying Windows files, and another for Gathering
>> files. Then while expanding files, the screen goes dark, seems to have
>> hung, but it didn't. After it happens several times you get use to it.
>>
>> Finally you get to the famous install Windows for the first time
>> screen. You hold your breath... seconds tick by, wow! Ok, that's a
>> major step. Some more housecleaning, a couple more reboots and then
>> the big shock, for the first time you see a pretty cool multicolor
>> screen and literraly nothing on it. No cursor, no icons, no text,
>> absolutely nothing and Vista just sits there. I look at the clock. a
>> whole minute goes by, then two, almost three, bingo, it reboot again.
>>
>> Then finally have about a hour you see what you've been wating for,
>> the vew Vista 3D (if you have the right graphics card) and it is
>> impressive.
>>
>> Now to restore (hopefully) my system to what it was and hope Windows
>> don't choke on all the things I had to turn off to get Vista to
>> install
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>



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Old 02-06-2007
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Re: Some things you need to know BEFORE and DURING Vista install
I got Vista Ultimate loaded ok....... finally rebooted manually and it
finished out upon reboot. The problem was I had a usb cruser attached and
pulled it out after I got hung up but my pc required a hard reboot in order
to keep installing Vista. I should have known better than to have that in
there during the upgrade... I have a brand new Dell Latitude D820 and am
completely blown away at it's performance with vista so far. I think the most
important thing you need to do for the upgrade is to get all the updates from
microsoft under the automatic updates from Microsoft and also for whatever
specific brand pc you have which would be found under a specific web site
(Dell for me). Also before you upgrade include doing a defrag, running your
antivirus (I use Webroot) and then disable your antivirus program before
starting the upgrade. After the Vista upgrade is complete enable your
antivirus, run a scan and then get all the microsoft updates again by running
the auto windows update from microsoft plus going to the web site for your
specific brand pc and downloading all the recomended and whatever optional
drivers/patches, etc downloads needed for whatever software/programs that
pertain to your pc. It can be hard to find sometimes but usaully you can find
the downloads under the support/downloads tab and then choose the model/brand
of your pc to access all the available downloads. Depending on your internet
connection this can take awhile to download all the available
downloads/drivers, etc. I recommend doing one at a time and then hitting the
back arrow to get back to the list. I have DSL with a wireless connection and
averaged 7-8 hundred KBS per second which went really fast for me - a 15 to
20 minute download in less than a minute. So far I haven't noticed any
glitches, my system is running smooth and extremely fast... I'm a happy
camper.. hope this helps someone out there. I'm not a huge pc guru but am
persistant on getting it done.



> On Tue, 6 Feb 2007 01:02:01 -0800, iteccda
> <iteccda@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>
> >I'm stuck in the greenish looking 3-d screen I think. It has a light line
> >Horizontally across the screen about a third the way up with like sunshine
> >coming in from above and below as if there were a floor and a wall to it. My
> >hard drive indicator LED is not doing a thing and I've been patiently waiting
> >for about 20 to 30 minutes now wondering if anything will happen.... Any
> >suggestions???

>
> Just wait. I experienced the same thing, but for a just few minutes. A
> BIG disappointment is the Vista install programs gives next to no
> feedback during the install until it is almost done, which for sure
> will freak a lot of people thinking their system is hung. It could
> be..., but probably not if you got that far, you are about 98% done,
> but a couple big, important reboots yets to come.
> >
> >"Adam Albright" wrote:
> >
> >> Ok, finally success in installing Vista in place on a PC with nearly 2
> >> TB's of files, which is the main reason I didn't do a clean install.
> >> The first few paragraphs will document what went wrong and why, and
> >> hopefully help others who have yet to venture down this for sure bumpy
> >> path.
> >>
> >> First, Microsoft's Vista Upgrade Advisor is misleading. For me, it
> >> said nothing was wrong, safe to install Vista. It nagged about three
> >> things, not surprising, two Microsoft applications, MSN Explorer and
> >> Windows Messenger 5 which it said may cause problems, so far they
> >> haven't. At least they didn't interfer with the install process.
> >>
> >> Hardware was another story and a royal pain. While the Upgrade Advisor
> >> said it didn't have issues, the reality was while it simply said a
> >> couple devices may have "minor" issues, these in fact caused the
> >> dreaded Blue Screen of Death about a third of way through the install
> >> process generating a 7B stop order.
> >>
> >> One advantage of doing a in place upgrade (leaving your old files and
> >> XP or whatever was your old operating system you had) is you can,
> >> depending how far along you get, go back, and not get left up the
> >> creek without a paddle. This allowed me with some effort to find out
> >> what was wrong and fix it, then try again to install.
> >>
> >> Not always, but almost, if you get a BSOD and a 7B it either means
> >> their is a boot sector virus or Windows don't like one or more device
> >> drivers. Doing a web search I found lots of people having similar 7B
> >> stops during the install of Vista. Most said the issue was resolved by
> >> installing new SATA Controller drivers. Usually, these can be found on
> >> your mother board vendor's site. GET THEM BEFORE you try to install
> >> Vista. Depending on who's board, you may or may not be able to install
> >> prior. The version I needed, just released a few days ago, support
> >> both Vista and XP, so that made things easier.
> >>
> >> Before going further if you fancy yourself a "power user" and I do,
> >> and you also have a hot MB you tweaked and overclocked, I did, then do
> >> yourself a favor and before attempting to install Vista, go to BIOS
> >> and turn off all the bells and whistles. No RAID, no audio, no UBS, no
> >> SATA (unless you need it to boot from a SATA drive) no overclocking,
> >> you know the drill. Then be sure you can still boot and run normally
> >> into XP.
> >>
> >> Now if your going to do a in place install, (copy over your exhisting
> >> version of Windows) do some house cleaning and of course move critical
> >> files or copies of same off the root drive or whatever drive you'll be
> >> installing Vista on. PLEASE! It takes time, sure, but if you don't and
> >> something bad happens, you'll kick youself if you didn't.
> >>
> >> Next do a defrag. Again it takes time, but worth it.
> >>
> >> Ok, now what hung me up; two common drivers.
> >>
> >> 1. CMS Perpherals (Bounce Back software)
> >>
> >> this comes with external Seagate drives and Vista don't like the
> >> driver. So disable from Device Manger before you begin. You can
> >> turn on again later, I haven't tested it yet to see if it works
> >> under Vista.
> >>
> >> 2. Gigabyte GBB36X Controller.
> >>
> >> This a fairly common on mother boards. I found no way to disable,
> >> so I unistalled for now.
> >>
> >> If you've made previous attempts to install Vista and got a stop order
> >> or something prevented you from finishing and if you can get back into
> >> your old version of Windows (Vista puts up some a dual boot menu
> >> during install and even adds choices to it during install) if you do a
> >> in place install, that is how you get back, but you got to be fast,
> >> you have 5 seconds, so watch for the choice and use the up arrow
> >> button on your keyboard and keep your fingers crossed.
> >>
> >> Now, IMPORTANT... look on your root drive or wherever you told Windows
> >> to install to and check for files that weren't there before. I found
> >> three, all starting with a $ sign. This is Vista in limbo. RENAME
> >> THEM, but simply putting a X in front of each.
> >>
> >> Now can put the Vista DVD in your drive and try again to install. It
> >> took me 56 minutes to finish, but it did.
> >>
> >>
> >> Now for some comments on the install process. It is crude. More so,
> >> there for earlier versions of Windows, which is a sure sign Vista was
> >> rushed out the door.
> >>
> >> Very early on in the install process as Windows is checking your
> >> system again, this time for real, unlike the Advisor which seems to do
> >> a bad job of faking it, it reports problems. Same as I mentioned above
> >> for me, only this time instead of saying they are minor it gives a
> >> more ominous warning these "could" case problems during the install.
> >>
> >> I mumbled a few choices words under my breath, but was given no option
> >> to bail out, you're already committed to installing Vista at this
> >> point unless you do the unthinkable and just turn your system off.
> >> Don't! Just cross your fingers.
> >>
> >> During the install process for me, Vista rebooted itself seven times.
> >> Your mileage may vary. That's in itself is a very minor issue, but is
> >> a little scary, especially if you're not use to installing Windows and
> >> are a little afraid of the install process, Vista does no hand
> >> holding. In fact it can be down right scary to you a couple times. The
> >> screen goes black, no warning, seconds tick by, nothing seems to be
> >> happening. You'll swear it acts and looks like it is hung up, but it
> >> isn't, so wait and do not press any keys! Just wait and hope.
> >>
> >> This happened three seperate times for me. It shows a progress bar,
> >> then flash totally black screen. The first time at 21%, the screen
> >> just goes black. No warning. It is just rebooting, but unlike earlier
> >> versions of Windows it gives you no warning at all its going to do
> >> that. For some reason only known to Microsoft the early phase of the
> >> install it uses whatever resolution you had. Again, no warning, screen
> >> goes dark, and obviously the resolution is much lower. Again, no
> >> warning, right in the middle of showing a progress bar, screen goes
> >> black again, then you're back into your resolution again.
> >>
> >> About those install process bars... they are way off. For me it was
> >> creeping along until about 21%, then it flew in a just a few second to
> >> almost 50%, then slowed, down, slower, and slower, then sped up again.
> >> It stopped all together at 86% and again, rebooted. So don't put much
> >> faith in how far along you are by just watching the progress bar.
> >>
> >> The inital phase of the install goes smooth. Fairly quickly you get
> >> check marks for copying Windows files, and another for Gathering
> >> files. Then while expanding files, the screen goes dark, seems to have
> >> hung, but it didn't. After it happens several times you get use to it.
> >>
> >> Finally you get to the famous install Windows for the first time
> >> screen. You hold your breath... seconds tick by, wow! Ok, that's a
> >> major step. Some more housecleaning, a couple more reboots and then
> >> the big shock, for the first time you see a pretty cool multicolor
> >> screen and literraly nothing on it. No cursor, no icons, no text,
> >> absolutely nothing and Vista just sits there. I look at the clock. a
> >> whole minute goes by, then two, almost three, bingo, it reboot again.
> >>
> >> Then finally have about a hour you see what you've been wating for,
> >> the vew Vista 3D (if you have the right graphics card) and it is
> >> impressive.
> >>
> >> Now to restore (hopefully) my system to what it was and hope Windows
> >> don't choke on all the things I had to turn off to get Vista to
> >> install
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
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