Vista handles bad sectors fairly similarly to the way previous versions did.
However, if you suspect you have them then I would recommend that you
replace the hard drive as the problem is not likely to get better.
Try installing with all unnecessary peripherals disconnected, and, if
possible, memory stripped to a single known-good stick. No overclocking
either. Make sure boot time protection in the system BIOS is disabled as
Best of Luck,
Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com
<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> hi I have recent received a full OEM version of Home Premium. Have
> checked both on the manufactuers websites for my devices/third party
> software and the MS Ugrade Advisor. everything is compatible and has
> drivers available.
> I am running and IDE drive which did perform a CHKDSK when starting XP
> Pro everytime for the last month. But XP Pro run smoothly once it had
> booted and the disk did not display any errors.
> Now, I have tried cleanly installing VHP several times after
> formatting the drive. During the final phase of install "Completing
> Installation" the install fails, blues screens "which I can not
> capture" restarts and tells me that is needs to be reinstalled because
> it was unsuccessful.
> Does anyone know if Vista has an issue with bad sectors on hard drives
> as previous versions of MS Windows flag and then ignored the bad
> sectors during the install. even during the memory test the machine
> crashes and reboots.
> Any ideas out there?