On 17 Feb 2007 13:41:47 -0800, "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
>Hi: My system is a HP DV-9000 series notebook running XP Media
>edition, 2 gigs of ram, Core 2 CPU @ 1.66 Gigs, 2 internal hard drives
>with tons of free space, only a few months old, has the 'Windows Vista
>Capable' insignia, passes the upgrade advisor test fine.
Yours is "the" issue. Many people report a hang around 21%. This is
the point Vista attempts to reboot for the first time, so something is
wrong. What EXACTLY do you mean by passed the Windows Vista Upgrade
1. no errors or messages of any kind.
2. no errors, but mentions of some device drivers that "may" cause
problems, but suggest your system will support Vista.
3. Message some of your software "may" not work correctly.
Only item #1 works every time. Anything else, lots of luck. The
Advisor is crap and all but wortless.
Some logical assumptions. If you get as far as you did that should
mean that Vista was able to uncompress the main cab files the new OS
is stored in. It also should mean it can read from your CD/DVD player.
You could infer it also can write to your hard drive otherwise it
would not have got this far.
So you (others stuck here) are at the first hurdle. So far, if you are
doing a install in place and are running the Vista DVD from WITHIN XP
you've really still been running XP and Vista has been just another
application doing its thing. The next hurdle is to see if Vista can
boot using Vista specific drivers. If it tries and sees something it
don't like or understand it likely will throw a stop order and go to
the Blue Screen Of Death. If it does, unless you fix what's wrong,
you're stuck in a endless loop 99 times out of a 100.
The $64,000 question is of course why?
Well, what's different? Vista, not XP is attempting to initialize
your hardware. Common hangs are caused by not having Vista drivers.
Likely suspects would be Vista can't find your boot drive. This could
be caused by not having a Vista driver for the CD/DVD you are
attempting to read from, remember till this point XP was reading your
CD/DVD, now Vista will try to. More likely Vista is having trouble
with some IDE, USB or SATA Controller. These seem to be hanging up
lots of people. Could be the onboard audio driver, even your keyboard
or mouse or other pointing device.
Instead of going down the whole laundry list, what works for most
people is disable or remove absolutely everything you don't need to
That means for most people you need to miminize your system to
1. a single hard drive, note that isn't the same as a single
partition, I'm talking about limiting yourself to 1 physical
2. a keyboard, mouse or trackball.
3. a video card.
Assuming you can still boot into XP after doing the above and also
disabling things you don't need in BIOS, like RAID, run the Advisor
again and see if it happy. That means NO mention of anything it don't
like, except for software, which probably won't cause issues during
the install at least not this early in the process.
If you got this far, find the 3 folders on your root drive where Vista
is attempting to install from. They should start with a $ sign. Rename
them by placing a X in front of folder name for each.
Now try again from scratch to install and see if you get past the
first bump. Remember to keep your fingers crossed.
>Assuming can't make this bird fly, any tips for returning opened software?