Dell Inspiron 1720 Laptop,2G Ram,Vista Home Premium,32
bit,SP1 added,I am a novice with computers,forums.
Had a lot of problems(mostly blue screens,) from day one but finally got Vista running fairly well,that is until trying to download SP2 through Update!It crashed computer ,erased restore points and Restart Repair would not work until I got lucky and did full reboot and finally got message errors Files Can't Be Found (0x80070002) and on other occasions (0x8007000D),!Microsoft Help gave the usual list of solutions that I had already tried ,from using Update Readiness Tool ,running SP2 from Disc that they were nice enough to send,to complete Uninstall of 3rd party Software,turning off services etc.!Then they said to run scan now from Command Prompt which failed to fix problem and said some files fixed but others were moved to (Found? )!After running Scan Now again as Administrator it still would not let me view files but somehow I got Notepad to open and it said something about CBS.logs?
So Microsoft finally said they will send Windows Vista Disc with Sp1 at no charge (which "surprise", Dell would not do)so I can do something called an In Place Upgrade Repair Install!Has anybody done this and does anyone have full instructions for doing an In Place Upgrade Repair Install,this is only link I found (Repair Install For Vista
is old and not for 32 bit,and gives me pause and a million questions ,is my product key really still good ,will reactivating work,how long will this Install take ,do I need to watch whole install for prompts,what reconfiguring is needed,will my wireless connection be oK?I am new to this, quite nervous and wondering if I should just skip SP2 as everything else is now at least working ,is it just a bigger headache ....but then every couple of days I still get a bad crash and would like some stability?
Sorry for rambling post but that's just how I feel now after constantly working on this Dell ,Vista nightmare since I got it ...Mad ,Hesitant and Confused!Any links ,suggestions or personal solutions about Vista In Place Upgrade Repair Install would be greatly appreciated!Thanks for the help and patience,Steven.