lizardliz - well, I finally upgraded successfully this morning!...
I did the clean install for the fourth time and really cannot tell what I did
different from previous attempts. What was scary was that the step-for-step
directions from 3 different board members varied somewhat from the actual
on-screen sequence during my upgrade. I guess my successful install was pure
The clean install directions I used successfully were from Mike Murphy -
and it was for a 64-bit system eventhough my computewr is a 32-bit. Go
> I had this same issue with Vista Ultimate. 4 installation attempts and it
> just gives up. All it says is that I "blah blah installation failed, old OS
> will be restored etc etc" and then no further error messages or a event list
> of what went wrong. I tried everything even uninstalling "non-essential"
> things on my computer. I refuse to do a clean installation, it HAS to be an
> upgrade. And as far as I can tell there is no trouble shooting guide in the
> support center at all for this problem. What do i do now?
> PC specs:
> Dell XPS 400
> 3 GHz, 4GB of RAM
> Currently Running XP Media Center Edition SP2
> ATI Radeon X1650 XT Graphics card
> 42.5 GB of free space left on HD
> I thought I had a great computer and after running the vista upgrade advisor
> I thought I was golden. I'm at the end of my rope here and debating on
> whether or not to forget the whole thing and get my money back.
> Any suggestions?
> "rebell" wrote:
> > I unplugged all of my USB periphials and attempted the upgrade again to no
> > avail - got message simply stating upgrade attemtp failed. Any other
> > suggestions?
> > ReBell
> > my original post-
> > I have a brand new HP computer with a duo core AMD processor & over 3k of
> > RAM. The system came with Vista Home Edition pre-installed. I have
> > attempted to
> > upgrade 3 times unsuccessfully. I get 'bump out' with the recurring
> > statement at the bottom of the screen reads "installation of Vista Ultyimate
> > unsuccessfull, you will be returned to your previous version momentarily".
> > No further explanation is given. I have ran Microsoft's online upgrade
> > advisor and it actually recommends the Ultimate Version. BTW, the upgrade
> > itself is brand new - purchased last week at Staples an just opened. Any
> > help would be appreciated