"Howard Woodard" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote ...
> Thanks Andrew. That worked and it came up. I still have other problems
> and I'm thinking that I may just do a clean install.
Yep, clean install is a good way to bypass many weird, hard-to-solve
> I have two drives, C & D. If I do a clean install I know that everything
> on C will be lost but I'm hoping that D will remain untouched.
> Is that correct?
Yes, that's right. The thing you really need to be careful of, however, is
that what you think of as "D: drive" is still called D: drive during Vista
setup. And when you choose the target installation drive for Vista, it's
actually going onto the old C: drive and not the old D: drive.
The order in which drives will be listed by Vista Setup, doesn't always seem
to be predictable. Your old D: drive might be first in the list, and C:
drive second. Whichever drive you choose as the target for installation,
will become C: drive when the machine boots in to Vista.
(I mention this because I have seen an idiot user completely wipe their
"backup" D: drive, by clean installing Vista onto it instead of the C:
drive. No wait - that idiot was *me*!! Well, it can happen; just be a bit
If the drives are different sizes, it's fairly easy to distinguish them (eg
C: drive 120GB, D: Drive 320BG) If they are the same size, give them
distinctive drive labels (such as "C_Drive" and "D_Drive"!). The labels will
appear in te hlist of drives, during Vista setup.
> I was on my wife Linda's machine but now that I can boot up I'm back on
> the original machine.
I gotta say, you looked a little bit like Linda, before :-)
Good luck with it, and let us know if there are follow up questions.
amclar (at) optusnet dot com dot au