Everything Im about to describe works flawlessy in XP.
Been running vista rtm for a while now at work and on my laptop. I held off
installing it at home because I was in the middle of building a new system.
Well this weekend all my parts are here and I've spent the entire time
trying to get Vista to install and boot.
I have always booted XP to a 15,000rpm Seagate Cheetah SCSI drive on an
Adaptec Ultra320 PCI SCSI controller. The first thing I did was go to the
adaptec site to see if a vista driver
was available. I learned that there
WILL be a vista driver available to download soon but that a driver for my
card is already included on the vista rtm dvd.
OK... all systems go, boot to the vista dvd... get to the point where you
have to pick a drive to install on, vista sees the cheetah drive but says
something like "your computers hardware might not support booting to this
drive" (here we freakin go!)... i try creating a partition, no good... still
says the same thing. i try formatting the partition, same thing.. (doing all
this in the advanced menu of the vista setup). i find an MS KB article on
this error that says something ridiculous to me like "vista setup no longer
writes signatures to disk due to possible data loss. when you get this
error, boot to another windows cd (xp i assume), create a partition, thus
writing a signature, then boot back to the vista disk. huh?!?!? well i try
this... several times. one time out of the 10 i was able to get past that
screen and actually get all the way through the install... then when it
rebooted, it hung on "press any key to boot to dvd"... ok, lets try again.
this time when i choose the disk to install on i get "windows requires a
valid system volume for installation to continue"...
im really scratching my head thinking why the $%@& would MS so dramatically
change the way the installer works when it was fine before??? needlessly to
say when i boot to an xp cd i can install and everything is great.
where can i even start with this???