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Windows Vista won't boot on Dell Dimension

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_tech_guru_papa_ On October 17, 2008

Los Angeles,
#1New Post! Sep 18, 2008 @ 18:02:38
Good Day

Windows vista is also causing lots of boot issues, so I often get questions like this:

I have a Dell Dimension, which won?t boot to Windows (Vista), and none the repair options work:

Startup repair: Reports repair fail due to problem with registry

System Restore: Reports no restore points available

Windows Complete PC Restore: Reports no backups available

Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool: No memory problems

Command Prompt.
Can?t think of any appropriate command to use here.

So I booted with the system DVD (as one would with XP) but the upgrade
option has been greyed don?t want to do a clean install. I want to repair existing

What should I do?


And here is the answer:

You can't do a 'repair install' because you need to launch the Vista DVD
from within Windows, not, as you have been doing, booting straight from the
DVD; that is why the 'upgrade' is greyed out.

If you cannot launch Vista and none of the repair variants will work a clean
install is the only other variant.

To save problems in future it is actually a good idea to image the hard
drive, using program like True Image. What I do is install operating system, download all updates, check system I working okay for a day or two, activate system, then create image of the whole drive/partition. Any time I get a problem I can re-image the drive/partition quickly and be up and running without much inconvenience. And minor fixes are done by using any registry repair software, there are plenty of them on the market today.

dumdedum On July 07, 2009

-, United Kingdom
#2New Post! Sep 18, 2008 @ 18:47:32
Vista is a bother. It doesn't work probably for MOST applications >_<. But it's getting easier to fix and downloading drivers arn't really too hard..just a pain.
Tekgirl On November 14, 2008

Miami, Florida
#3New Post! Sep 18, 2008 @ 19:04:11
Also giving Last know good configuration a try is worth it. Usually works, but yeah the best thing to do it reinstall. As the answer says creating an image so you won't lose data on the hard drive and you'll be fine.
vekta On November 18, 2013

#4New Post! Sep 18, 2008 @ 19:23:28
The bestest best thing to do is us XP until it on display next to T-rex.
kentoo On October 26, 2010

Salmon Arm, Canada
#5New Post! Sep 19, 2008 @ 22:51:56
Open your command prompt and enter as follows "c:/Windows/system32> sfc /scannow" this will scan for and repair system integrity errors
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