RE: Cannot Uninstall Vista SP1 Beta
> I installed SP1 Beta which resulted in a BSOD and corrupted something
> somewhere that wouldn't allow me to connect to the internet (even using the
> connection wizard).
> I have tried to uninstall (as previously recommended) the SP1 without
> success. It always fails to uninstall and does the "reverting changes" thing.
> I have tried the uninstall in safe mode, removed all my AV and non-essential
> programs to complete the uninstall but nothing.
> Is there any other way in which I can uninstall the SP1 Beta without going
> through the normal means? I am getting desperate!!
> Many thanks for your help,
Installing SP1 RC (if this is the beta you are referring to) will not
corrupt your system and/or cause BSODs unless your computer had software
conflicts or configuration conflicts. There were many articles available,
from Microsoft, explaining what must be done before installing the service
pack. I assume you read them all. SP1 RC will not install unless you have
previously installed the prerequesite updates, which also included
information about the service pack. I installed it on my Vista computer with
absolutely no problems whatsoever.
You need uninstall only the SP1 RC update itself, not the prerequisite
updates. I uninstalled it flawlessly. I uninstalled it because I noted no
relative improvement in my system.
You could have imaged your system before installing the beta or you
could have run the beta in a virtual environment. In either case, you could
have insulated yourself and reverted back to the system state just prior to
the beta install and you would have no problems.
The only resolution to your problems is to reformat and do a clean
install. You don't really have any other options. Your system was not
prepared properly for SP1 RC, and as a result you have suffered the
I would never install any beta software on a production machine.
However, if you wish to try again, do a clean install of the operating system
and then reinstall the beta before you install any other third party software.
Have a nice day.