A mate presented me with his Vista laptop, running home premium. It was stuck in the installing stage 3 of 3 loop.
Under no circumstances was I to kill vista and start again. He had lost the copies of some of the programs.
I used the recovery console to rename the pending.xml file.
The machine rebooted correctly.
I decided to run the windows update and it hung.
I forced a reboot and ran sfc, it reported that there are 3 errors that it can not resolve- this seems to be common!!!
I installed malware bytes and told it to run, after 10 mins it hung again...
I told avast to scan at start up, went to bed and woke up in the morning to find the laptop hanging on the frozen login page- I am assuming that avast found nothing as it is set to prompt for action by default.
I decided to try disk clean up and discovered that Vista falsely claims that the event logs are 99.1 gb!!!
I told it to delete virtually everything but again it hangs.
Whilst in hang mode ctrl-alt-del does nothing, otherwise it throws up an error message about "failure security option".
The only restore point is one that I created, so no help there.
Winver suggests that it is pre sp1, so i tried to install sp1 from the desktop but it hung.
Forced yet another reboot- into safe mode, gets as far as crcdisk.sys and hangs. I am guessing that safemode is unable to initiate disk check. Another forced reboot into normal mode starts the disk check (no bad sectors). I do a proper shut down and go back to safe mode so that I can install sp1. After 30 mins I get error code 80073712
It seems to be related to the pending xml file that had been renamed previously.
I decided to install Vista Ultimate into the other partition on the hdd in order to rename the dozens of pending xml files that I found in the winsxs folder.
Whoopy another f'ing hurdle. You cant just navigate to the old install of vista and move files- you need to take ownership first!!! This I did.
Rebooted and went back to the old Vista install, pensively tried to ctrl-alt-del and it worked!!! Tried the sp1 update again. Hurrah seemed to be working, it rebooted and did the installing 3 of three updates. Then it hung on the please do not turn your pc off.
After an hour I forced a reboot. Windows started happily, then flashed up a 0x800f082d error stating that sp1 had not installed.
I googled the code and found one english mention of it. The advice being to kill the machine and start again from scratch...
Ok I will go back to windows update and tell it to install the updates one by one, hangs at 32% of the ie7 update- ctrl-alt-del falls over again...
Time for another forced reboot, into sfae mode and that hangs at crcdisk.sys, another forced reboot me thinks.
Now with a regular boot I get a BSOD
stop: 0x00000024 (0x00190445, 0x84834228,0xc00000102,0x00000000)
Another forced reboot and the same again.
f8 at reboot and select the old vista and tell it use last known working config- this leads to the bsod again.
Back to f8 and select the o/s again and tell it to repair vista- this take me back to the initial multi boot screen!!!!
No option than to boot into the new vista and let it run the chk disk. Not sure why but wmm2clip.dll is frequently mentioned here so am probably going to delete it- what have I got to lose?
Hang on check disk has gone mental!!!!
Screen is scrolling with "inserting an index entry with id **** into index $SDH 0f file 9" SDH might be incorrect the last 2 digits keep changing.
Currently at index id 7900+, am getting bored....