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80070103 when installing Vista

  1. #1


    Arun Guest

    80070103 when installing Vista

    I'm trying to install Vista Ultimate on a Windows XP + SP2 machine which
    has 91 GB free space and it's giving me the error as shown in the
    attached image.

    Googling did not help as this error code seems to be way too generic.

    Any idea ?

    -Arun


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  2. #2


    John Inzer Guest

    Re: 80070103 when installing Vista

    Arun wrote:
    > I'm trying to install Vista Ultimate on a Windows XP + SP2 machine
    > which has 91 GB free space and it's giving me the error as shown in
    > the attached image.
    >
    > Googling did not help as this error code seems to be way too generic.
    >
    > Any idea ?
    >
    > -Arun

    ========================

    Don't know if these links will
    help but might be worth a look:

    Windows Update error
    80070103
    http://tinyurl.com/2ob7fh


    Google Groups search
    http://tinyurl.com/35wg5f

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  3. #3


    Don Guest

    Re: 80070103 when installing Vista

    Arun wrote:
    > I'm trying to install Vista Ultimate on a Windows XP + SP2 machine which
    > has 91 GB free space and it's giving me the error as shown in the
    > attached image...


    Is that 91GB of space in a formatted NTFS partition, or just unallocated
    space on the drive (i.e. not in any existing partition)?

    Are you trying to upgrade on top of your existing XP, or do a clean
    install in a separate partition?


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  4. #4


    Arun Guest

    Re: 80070103 when installing Vista

    >> I'm trying to install Vista Ultimate on a Windows XP + SP2 machine which
    >> has 91 GB free space and it's giving me the error as shown in the
    >> attached image...

    >
    > Is that 91GB of space in a formatted NTFS partition, or just unallocated
    > space on the drive (i.e. not in any existing partition)?

    This is where XP is installed on NTFS.

    >
    > Are you trying to upgrade on top of your existing XP, or do a clean
    > install in a separate partition?

    Upgrade on top of existing XP.

    -Arun
    >


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  5. #5


    Don Guest

    Re: 80070103 when installing Vista

    Arun wrote:
    >>> I'm trying to install Vista Ultimate on a Windows XP + SP2 machine which
    >>> has 91 GB free space and it's giving me the error as shown in the
    >>> attached image...

    >>
    >> Is that 91GB of space in a formatted NTFS partition, or just unallocated
    >> space on the drive (i.e. not in any existing partition)?

    > This is where XP is installed on NTFS.
    >
    >>
    >> Are you trying to upgrade on top of your existing XP, or do a clean
    >> install in a separate partition?

    > Upgrade on top of existing XP.


    Hm. Well, I looked at the link John posted, which talks about
    installing device drivers. That doesn't make much sense unless
    the error message is completely misleading. That's certainly a
    possibility.

    Many people have posted here with strange install problems that
    vanish when they tried a clean install instead of an upgrade.

    That is what I would do in your situation, but maybe someone else
    will have a better idea.

    (You may legally do a clean install and use it for up to 30 days
    without using your product key.)


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  6. #6


    Arun Guest

    Re: 80070103 when installing Vista

    >>> Are you trying to upgrade on top of your existing XP, or do a clean
    >>> install in a separate partition?

    >> Upgrade on top of existing XP.

    >
    > Hm. Well, I looked at the link John posted, which talks about
    > installing device drivers. That doesn't make much sense unless
    > the error message is completely misleading. That's certainly a
    > possibility.

    Yeah, that's why I said the error is completely weird to me. I realized
    my XP had some pending updates so I updated it. I've NVidia driver #
    4.8.2.0.

    BTW, manual update of driver instructions are broken.

    >
    > Many people have posted here with strange install problems that
    > vanish when they tried a clean install instead of an upgrade.

    I tried booting with the media and got exactly the same error.

    >
    > That is what I would do in your situation, but maybe someone else
    > will have a better idea.
    >
    > (You may legally do a clean install and use it for up to 30 days
    > without using your product key.)

    I do have a product key though

    I've had quite a few problems with Vista recently. Is it really ready
    for prime time ?

    -Arun

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  7. #7


    Arun Guest

    Re: 80070103 when installing Vista

    I upgraded my driver from:

    http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_91.85.html

    and getting the same error.

    I just had a frustrating call with NVidia tech support where they said
    "I'm sure it's a Microsoft problem" and not ready to listen to me. And
    btw, the help was to "reformat the XP and then try installing Vista".

    -Arun

    Arun wrote:
    >>>> Are you trying to upgrade on top of your existing XP, or do a clean
    >>>> install in a separate partition?
    >>> Upgrade on top of existing XP.

    >>
    >> Hm. Well, I looked at the link John posted, which talks about
    >> installing device drivers. That doesn't make much sense unless
    >> the error message is completely misleading. That's certainly a
    >> possibility.

    > Yeah, that's why I said the error is completely weird to me. I realized
    > my XP had some pending updates so I updated it. I've NVidia driver #
    > 4.8.2.0.
    >
    > BTW, manual update of driver instructions are broken.
    >
    >>
    >> Many people have posted here with strange install problems that
    >> vanish when they tried a clean install instead of an upgrade.

    > I tried booting with the media and got exactly the same error.
    >
    >>
    >> That is what I would do in your situation, but maybe someone else
    >> will have a better idea.
    >>
    >> (You may legally do a clean install and use it for up to 30 days
    >> without using your product key.)

    > I do have a product key though
    >
    > I've had quite a few problems with Vista recently. Is it really ready
    > for prime time ?
    >
    > -Arun


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  8. #8


    Don Guest

    Re: 80070103 when installing Vista

    Arun wrote:
    >>>> Are you trying to upgrade on top of your existing XP, or do a clean
    >>>> install in a separate partition?
    >>> Upgrade on top of existing XP.

    >>
    >> Hm. Well, I looked at the link John posted, which talks about
    >> installing device drivers. That doesn't make much sense unless
    >> the error message is completely misleading. That's certainly a
    >> possibility.

    > Yeah, that's why I said the error is completely weird to me. I realized
    > my XP had some pending updates so I updated it. I've NVidia driver #
    > 4.8.2.0.
    >
    > BTW, manual update of driver instructions are broken.
    >
    >>
    >> Many people have posted here with strange install problems that
    >> vanish when they tried a clean install instead of an upgrade.


    > I tried booting with the media and got exactly the same error.


    I know little about NVidia hardware, but I expect that if you have
    the correct Vista driver on a floppy or USB stick you would need to
    feed it to the installer early on.

    Have you seen this page?:
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/vistaqualityassurance.html


    >> (You may legally do a clean install and use it for up to 30 days
    >> without using your product key.)

    > I do have a product key though


    The idea being to try to get through a clean install as a test, not
    as a permanent solution. You can test that way without risking your
    working XP setup and without invalidating your XP key.

    >
    > I've had quite a few problems with Vista recently. Is it really ready
    > for prime time ?


    Depends entirely on your hardware and what legacy software you want
    to run. It works well for my very simple needs.


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  9. #9


    mikeyhsd Guest

    Re: 80070103 when installing Vista

    have you done a scandisk and defrag before attempting the upgrade.
    if not sure might help.



    mikeyhsd@comcast.net



    "Arun" <arun.gupta@gmail.com> wrote in message news:1177114512.863708@news1nwk...
    I upgraded my driver from:

    http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_91.85.html

    and getting the same error.

    I just had a frustrating call with NVidia tech support where they said
    "I'm sure it's a Microsoft problem" and not ready to listen to me. And
    btw, the help was to "reformat the XP and then try installing Vista".

    -Arun

    Arun wrote:
    >>>> Are you trying to upgrade on top of your existing XP, or do a clean
    >>>> install in a separate partition?
    >>> Upgrade on top of existing XP.

    >>
    >> Hm. Well, I looked at the link John posted, which talks about
    >> installing device drivers. That doesn't make much sense unless
    >> the error message is completely misleading. That's certainly a
    >> possibility.

    > Yeah, that's why I said the error is completely weird to me. I realized
    > my XP had some pending updates so I updated it. I've NVidia driver #
    > 4.8.2.0.
    >
    > BTW, manual update of driver instructions are broken.
    >
    >>
    >> Many people have posted here with strange install problems that
    >> vanish when they tried a clean install instead of an upgrade.

    > I tried booting with the media and got exactly the same error.
    >
    >>
    >> That is what I would do in your situation, but maybe someone else
    >> will have a better idea.
    >>
    >> (You may legally do a clean install and use it for up to 30 days
    >> without using your product key.)

    > I do have a product key though
    >
    > I've had quite a few problems with Vista recently. Is it really ready
    > for prime time ?
    >
    > -Arun


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  10. #10


    Arun Guest

    Re: 80070103 when installing Vista

    My machine had two partitions - one with Win XP + SP2 and other with
    Linux. The Linux partition was somehow active and Vista was trying to
    install on the active partition - this was happening whether I try to
    booth from the DVD or install from within XP.

    But everything worked after deleting both the partitions and recreating
    them.

    -Arun

    mikeyhsd wrote:
    > have you done a scandisk and defrag before attempting the upgrade.
    > if not sure might help.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > mikeyhsd@comcast.net <mailto:mikeyhsd@comcast.net>
    >
    >
    >
    > "Arun" <arun.gupta@gmail.com <mailto:arun.gupta@gmail.com>> wrote in
    > message news:1177114512.863708@news1nwk...
    > I upgraded my driver from:
    >
    > http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_91.85.html
    >
    > and getting the same error.
    >
    > I just had a frustrating call with NVidia tech support where they said
    > "I'm sure it's a Microsoft problem" and not ready to listen to me. And
    > btw, the help was to "reformat the XP and then try installing Vista".
    >
    > -Arun
    >
    > Arun wrote:
    > >>>> Are you trying to upgrade on top of your existing XP, or do a

    > clean
    > >>>> install in a separate partition?
    > >>> Upgrade on top of existing XP.
    > >>
    > >> Hm. Well, I looked at the link John posted, which talks about
    > >> installing device drivers. That doesn't make much sense unless
    > >> the error message is completely misleading. That's certainly a
    > >> possibility.

    > > Yeah, that's why I said the error is completely weird to me. I

    > realized
    > > my XP had some pending updates so I updated it. I've NVidia driver #
    > > 4.8.2.0.
    > >
    > > BTW, manual update of driver instructions are broken.
    > >
    > >>
    > >> Many people have posted here with strange install problems that
    > >> vanish when they tried a clean install instead of an upgrade.

    > > I tried booting with the media and got exactly the same error.
    > >
    > >>
    > >> That is what I would do in your situation, but maybe someone else
    > >> will have a better idea.
    > >>
    > >> (You may legally do a clean install and use it for up to 30 days
    > >> without using your product key.)

    > > I do have a product key though
    > >
    > > I've had quite a few problems with Vista recently. Is it really

    > ready
    > > for prime time ?
    > >
    > > -Arun


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