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What is the correct procedure in installing Vista 64?

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    What is the correct procedure in installing Vista 64?

    Hi, I'm looking to reformat my hard drive, and need some help. My knowledge of computers is very basic at best, so please bear with me. When I first installed Vista, I came across continuous problems. It's been so long, so I cannot remember what exactly the problems were (something along the lines of getting stuck during Windows updating I believe). Eventually I had help from a fellow online who gave me a specific procedure in installing Vista, something like 1) install Vista from CD, 2) download a service pack onto a USB port and update your computer from that 3) turn off automatic update, etc etc. Being foolish, I did not save the step by step procedure, and now am in need of it again.

    As far as I remember, after I installed Vista from the CD, I believe I was told to download Service Pack 1? It's still on my USB drive, called kb936330. So I would install SP1 as my second step, then after that I don't remember. I just want to know if my steps so far sound correct, and where to after that. I was told to turn automatic update off, as that was a source of my problem (it was downloading an update that was known to cause many problems with installing vista).

    So basically, what is the correct procedure in installing Vista? Any help would be appreciated. I hope I've listed off as much info that is needed, if not please let me know.

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    Re: What is the correct procedure in installing Vista 64?

    Quote Originally Posted by zabverz View Post
    Hi, I'm looking to reformat my hard drive, and need some help. My knowledge of computers is very basic at best, so please bear with me. When I first installed Vista, I came across continuous problems. It's been so long, so I cannot remember what exactly the problems were (something along the lines of getting stuck during Windows updating I believe). Eventually I had help from a fellow online who gave me a specific procedure in installing Vista, something like 1) install Vista from CD, 2) download a service pack onto a USB port and update your computer from that 3) turn off automatic update, etc etc. Being foolish, I did not save the step by step procedure, and now am in need of it again.

    As far as I remember, after I installed Vista from the CD, I believe I was told to download Service Pack 1? It's still on my USB drive, called kb936330. So I would install SP1 as my second step, then after that I don't remember. I just want to know if my steps so far sound correct, and where to after that. I was told to turn automatic update off, as that was a source of my problem (it was downloading an update that was known to cause many problems with installing vista).

    So basically, what is the correct procedure in installing Vista? Any help would be appreciated. I hope I've listed off as much info that is needed, if not please let me know.
    Hi zabverz, welcome to the forum.

    Have a look here it will show you how to make a slipstream DVD which in turn will make installing so much easier as you then only have to insert the disc and start the install also once made it is always handy should you need to install again;Vista SP1 Slipstream Installation DVD
    I hope this helps

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    Re: What is the correct procedure in installing Vista 64?

    This is the way I would do it.
    note-there are prerequisites that must be installed in some cases BEFORE SP1 is installed.

    the following will also provide you with a SP1 set of recovery disks for simplified reinstallation of Vista in future

    steps
    insert dvd, restart
    at prompt, hit any key to boot from disk
    follow prompts to install
    If you have sata drives that need installation, click 3rd party driver, and load either from usb or insert disk with the driver on it, and navigate to stoarge controller driver
    at partitions screen DELETE all partitions, install Vista into unpartitioned space

    after vista is installed-
    Vista will install most drivers (go to windows update)
    keep going back untill no updates are available for your system
    then load sound driver/video driver (and any other driver/software packages not installed (i.e., tv tuner card, video camera driver/software, ATI catalyst driver/software, realtek sound cards need the audio manager HD codecs, etc)

    load programs
    (including Office/dvd playback/adobe/messengers)
    then go back to Windows Update, and keep going back untill no more updates are availalbe for your system

    Create sp1 recovery disk
    then image your drive with:Drive Backup Express - Free Download!

    perform weekly data file backups with Vista file backup utility (type backup in start search bar)

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    Re: What is the correct procedure in installing Vista 64?

    Thanks for the quick responses guys. I'm going to try my hand at making a slipstream DVD. I'll get back to you guys once I see how that goes.

    Edit: Well, it seems like I misread the directions. I didn't know I had to make the dvd on a machine already running 64bit Vista. I don't have access to my machine to do that right now, so that will have to wait til after I reformat. So I guess it's on to plan B then. I'll try your method Rive and see how I make out, and keep you guys updated.

    Last edited by zabverz; 18 Apr 2009 at 04:36 PM. Reason: See above.
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    Re: What is the correct procedure in installing Vista 64?

    Well I've got Vista up and running. My method of installation:

    Install vista, install SP1, and then I went ahead and followed Rive's advice. I believe this is how I was originally told to go about it. I'll go about making a slipstream now, will come in handy in the future. Thanks again for the help guys!

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