I recently tried to use the Vista repair tools to format the laptop
back to factory conditions. I'd done the process before, so I was
familiar. I backed up files (music and pictures and such) and
continued with the restoration, but it hung up mid-process and gave me
the nice error message that said something about some boot files
missing. Well anyways, I called them and they said it was HD trouble,
and that I needed to ship it back to them (HP) and for a nice small
400 dollars they'd fix it. I wasn't too sure I had HD trouble so I
ordered the Recovery disks from them (HP) and verified that I COULD
indeed use them to put my purchased Vista 64x on any HP hard drive
(even a blank one) I asked them like 4 times and they told me yes.
And then I found a family friend that works for HP and THEY told me it
was doable. So here I am, trying to figure out how to do it. I
bought another HD (so now I have 2 with the HP logo on them) and have
XP on the new one, and tried putting Vista on the old one. Well it
wrote over my XP and just put a bunch of files on there that I didn't
know what to do with. So I reinstalled XP (on D
and I have Vista
files on C:. But it's not bootable. I really need some help. I'm
not computer dumb, I'm just vista dumb.. so if anyone is willing to
help, I'd REALLY appreciate it.
I read somewhere that you should install XP, then Vista. Which is the
order I've taken. I have XP, now I'm trying to install vista. In my
reading I read that you should go into the XP recovery stuff and do
some commands to fix the MBR or something like that. Well I did that
on the C: (Vista) hard drive. I'm thinkin that may be why my Vista
won't start, (But I'm not sure) because it's saying Vista is missing
some hal.dll file. I had this trouble with my XP hard drive, and fixed
it by installing a 2nd copy of XP and drag dropping the hal.dll file
into my original installation.
I thought about using the Vista Recovery disc to reinstall the Vista
files and see if that works, but I'm afraid of wiping XP again.