Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista

marrypoppins

Power User
Yeah but I think Im supposed to do a clean install, and should I start over since I kinda messed up on step 10 by not clicking the advance. which is probably why it did the C:\windows.old.

Also Step 2 number 7 doesnt exsist for me I think its because I have a laptop, you should or maybe I will put a little mini tutorial on how to change BIOS, its really easy except you have to be fast on the trigger for the F2. Some people may not know though how to do it. Also It skipped numbers 5-7 (under step 1) on me.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU
    Motherboard
    Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A11
    Memory
    2 Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerat
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.4" Wide Screen XGA+ display with TrueLife™

Brink

Staff member
mvp
If you do not have a network device or connection, then it may skip those steps.

It's up to you if you want to start over and do a clean install instead, but I would try out this one since you already have it install to see how it works for you. You can always use Disk Cleanup to remove all of the old left over files (ex: windows.old) if it works fine for you.

I thought about a BIOS tutorial, but every motherboard has different settings and locations with each motherboard and BIOS version. It was just to specific per motherboard.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

marrypoppins

Power User
Okay how long would it take to notice problems afterwards? With the install I did do I need to activate Vista still? Im not noticing anything that would say I do.
 

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU
    Motherboard
    Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A11
    Memory
    2 Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerat
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.4" Wide Screen XGA+ display with TrueLife™

Brink

Staff member
mvp
That's hard to say. You usually only notice them when they happen. Could be soon or could be later. If you plan on keeping this install to use, then you will need to activate it before the 30 day trial period is up. I would play around on it for a few days first to see if any problems pop-up or not.

Hope it runs smoothly for you.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

marrypoppins

Power User
Thought it would at least take a day to notice something......So I decided one of the first things I would do would be run a sfc /scannow. The first time I ran it I got 98% done and there was an error that could not be repaired by windows resource protection.

Then I ran a chkdsk /f, and just because I dont know the difference between them I did a chkdsk /r. Those both worked fine (which was the problem that originated all of this), and afterwards I did another sfc /scannow and this time there was no problems found by windows resource protection, but it only went up to 98%.

Is this already a sign of problems?

I can attach part of the CBS log from the first series of [SR]'s if you'd like. Personal I wouldnt want to read through it so I doubt you would.

Btw my computer was already activated so I dont need to do that, and I cant find the C:\windows.old under disk cleanup unless its called previous windows installation(s) 16.3GB.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU
    Motherboard
    Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A11
    Memory
    2 Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerat
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.4" Wide Screen XGA+ display with TrueLife™

Brink

Staff member
mvp
Hi MarryPoppins,

If it is running fine and you do not develop any other problems, then I would not worry about only getting to 98%. There really isn't any easy way to fix, if possible, what may be in the CBS log anyway, so there would be no point. Did it also have a message that it could not fix the problem until the next restart?

The previous windows installation(s) 16.3GB in Disc Cleanup would include the C:\windows.old folder.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

marrypoppins

Power User
It did not say that, but it does say that its good now, it just goes to 98%, which I think is wierd. under disk clean up would I also want to clean up the system archive window error reporting.

Im going to see how things go for the next few days, running a dskchk and sfc scan occasionaly. Last time I did a repair install and that worked fine for a while, and this time I think I did a similar thing. The problem came back, so I'll see if all goes well this time.

You may not have gotten rid of me yet ;)

So should I clean up the previous windows installation(s) then?
 

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU
    Motherboard
    Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A11
    Memory
    2 Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerat
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.4" Wide Screen XGA+ display with TrueLife™

Brink

Staff member
mvp

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

m1ke905

New Member
Hey Brink,

I experienced the same problem that Amplid had, first let me give you some background info. I have a newly built pc with no previous OS and these are my specs:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Quad-Core 2.83GHz
Fan Cooler Master Hyper TX X2
Motherboard ASUS P5N-T Deluxe NVIDIA 780i
Memory Corsair XMS2 Dominator 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 1066MHz
Storage Seagate 1TB (2x500GB) SATA 32MB cache
Graphics 2 x NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX+ 512MB (SLI)
Audio Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
Optical Plextor PX-820SA 20X DVD-writer SATA
Chassis Cooler Master Cosmos 1000
Power Supply PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Quad.
Alright so I have the full retail version of Windows vista ultimate 64bit. I first booted up my computer and it recognized and automaticlly installed the 4 gigs of RAM. Then, I set my cd/dvd drive to boot first through BIOS, popped in the windows vista CD and then restarted the computer, although I did not get a black screen stating "press any key to boot from cd" my screen was in DOS I think, and on the bottom said press F1 to continue or press DEL to enter setup and so I did (pressed F1) and then the windows loading files screen appeared. After it is finished loading I can see the windows vista background but the install menu does not appear, so I just waited for a while (approximately 10 minutes) then it came up. I clicked on install windows followed all the instructions, during the installation however, my computer restarts but so does the installation requiring me to enter my product key all over again and so on. Also when I was choosing where to install I can see that the previous attempt to finish the installation ,vista has taken up some space on one of my hard drives. It is my understanding that I must format that drive to avoid having a windows.old file being created, is it safe to do that on a newly built system with no previous OS? Can too much RAM be a cause of the interruption of the installation? Also, are there any other BIOS related functions I must do, other than prompting my dvd drive to boot first, before executing a clean install?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Ferosity 2800 SLI
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Quad-Core 2.83GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS P5N-T Deluxe NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    Corsair XMS2 Dominator 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 1066MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    2 x NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX+ 512MB (SLI)
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
    Monitor(s) Displays
    19' Acer LCD
    Hard Drives
    Seagate 1TB (2x500GB) SATA 32MB cache
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Quad
    Case
    Cooler Master Cosmos 1000
    Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper TX X2
    Other Info
    Optical: Plextor PX-820SA 20X DVD-writer SATA

mansrm81

Vista Guru
Vista 64 can't handle 4 GB of ram to install so remove a stick and install again.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Compaq Presario/SR5113WM
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ 1.9Ghz
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N68-LA
    Memory
    PNY Optima Memory DDR2 2GB 2x1 kit
    Graphics Card(s)
    PNY Nvidia 8400 GS 256MB
    Sound Card
    On board RealTek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer X163W LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Western Digital 160 GB SATA 3G (3.0Gb/sec)
    7200 rpm
    Western Digital 160 GB IDE
    PSU
    Dynex 400w
    Case
    Nothin Special
    Cooling
    Stock
    Mouse
    Wireless Logitech LX7
    Keyboard
    Standard 102 key with volume and sleep buttons
    Internet Speed
    Comcrap 10mb cable
    Other Info
    Insignia 2.1 speakers, wireless Xbox 360 controller w/plug n play charger, Belkin wireless G + mimo usb network adapter.

m1ke905

New Member
Is it safe to do that after my system has recognized the 4 gigs of RAM on a newly built system with no previous OS? Is there anything else that I need to look out for while doing this procedure?

Thanks for the support
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Ferosity 2800 SLI
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Quad-Core 2.83GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS P5N-T Deluxe NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    Corsair XMS2 Dominator 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 1066MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    2 x NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX+ 512MB (SLI)
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
    Monitor(s) Displays
    19' Acer LCD
    Hard Drives
    Seagate 1TB (2x500GB) SATA 32MB cache
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Quad
    Case
    Cooler Master Cosmos 1000
    Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper TX X2
    Other Info
    Optical: Plextor PX-820SA 20X DVD-writer SATA

mansrm81

Vista Guru
Yes it is after installing vista just add the other stick of ram back in.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Compaq Presario/SR5113WM
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ 1.9Ghz
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N68-LA
    Memory
    PNY Optima Memory DDR2 2GB 2x1 kit
    Graphics Card(s)
    PNY Nvidia 8400 GS 256MB
    Sound Card
    On board RealTek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer X163W LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Western Digital 160 GB SATA 3G (3.0Gb/sec)
    7200 rpm
    Western Digital 160 GB IDE
    PSU
    Dynex 400w
    Case
    Nothin Special
    Cooling
    Stock
    Mouse
    Wireless Logitech LX7
    Keyboard
    Standard 102 key with volume and sleep buttons
    Internet Speed
    Comcrap 10mb cable
    Other Info
    Insignia 2.1 speakers, wireless Xbox 360 controller w/plug n play charger, Belkin wireless G + mimo usb network adapter.

m1ke905

New Member
Is there anyway to test/fix my memory through BIOS?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Ferosity 2800 SLI
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Quad-Core 2.83GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS P5N-T Deluxe NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    Corsair XMS2 Dominator 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 1066MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    2 x NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX+ 512MB (SLI)
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
    Monitor(s) Displays
    19' Acer LCD
    Hard Drives
    Seagate 1TB (2x500GB) SATA 32MB cache
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Quad
    Case
    Cooler Master Cosmos 1000
    Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper TX X2
    Other Info
    Optical: Plextor PX-820SA 20X DVD-writer SATA

Brink

Staff member
mvp
Hello Mike,

Sometimes on some motherboards you will need to flash the motherboard BIOS with the latest version before you can install with more than 3 GB of RAM installed. The workaround, of course, is to install with only 2GB of RAM and add the rest back in after the OS is installed.

A 64 bit OS can present a challenge when trying to flash the BIOS though. Most motherboard vendors do not have a 64 bit flash program version. A workaround is to use a USB flash drive, or temporarily create a FAT32 partition, to use with the flash files to flash the BIOS with at boot instead.


There should not be anything wrong with your memory because of the above, but you can test you memory with the Memory Diagostics Tool.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

Wingeddrac0

New Member
im about to make a clean install of vista, but im struggling with a question..
if i make a clean install, is it in fact the same as restoring it to factory settings?
Because after that thing with my background my computer turned very slow. takes 10 minutes to start up, which is insane because when i bought it was done within a minute so..just need to know if it affects my whole computer and not just the vista program.

Winged
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Gigabyte Technology / P35-DS3L
    CPU
    Intel Quad Core Q9550 2.83 GHz
    Memory
    3070 mb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia Gforce 8800 GT

Brink

Staff member
mvp
Hello Winged,

It depends on what type of Vista installation DVD you have. If you have a retail DVD, then a clean install will wipe your hard drive clean and install only Vista.

If you have a OEM Recovery DVD, then that will wipe your hard drive and reinstall everything that you had when you first turned on the computer for factory defaults.


Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

Wingeddrac0

New Member
i got two names of the dvd: one says OEM system builder pack
The other: windows vista home premium OEM software...
Sorry for the posts but im only a genius with games not software and things like that ;)
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Gigabyte Technology / P35-DS3L
    CPU
    Intel Quad Core Q9550 2.83 GHz
    Memory
    3070 mb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia Gforce 8800 GT

Brink

Staff member
mvp
No problem Winged,

Either way, it will wipe your hard drive clean and reinstall a fresh copy of Vista. If you get all of the software installed back on your computer when you first bought it, then you will know that it a OEM Recovery DVD and not a retail OEM copy.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
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bratboy1

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Okay, I've got everything installed in my new case and just trying to verify something. The new computer has a new 1 terabyte Seagate SATA2 HD that will need to be formated and an OS installed, and I also know that I'll need to make some changes to my Bios 1st such as Boot order, memory settings ( 8 gigs for Vista 64)and drive info for the SATA2 HD, ATA DVD burned and Sata BluRay drive etc for but my question is do I need to make a boot disk to initially access my bios or can I pwr up the system and just hit delete so I can enter the bios make the adjustments and set the boot order? If not what is the best way to go about things so I have a successful task?

Plan to install Vista 64 with SP1 retail dvd if thats important to know
 

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Brink

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mvp
Hi Bratboy,

Na, you will not need a boot disk or install anything to access just the BIOS. This depends strictly on your motherboard instructions instead. Usually you will press something like the Delete or F2 key every 1/2 second at boot until you enter BIOS. You should see what key to press for BIOS on the screen for a few brief seconds at boot.

I would recommend that you have all of your driver installation files already downloaded and saved somewhere (ex:DVD) to have handy to install later in case you do not have internet access at first.

I would also fo ahead and update the BIOS with the latest version while you still have the 32 bit Vista installed. Most of the time you will have to use a USB flash drive to update the BIOS with the 64 bit Vista due to the manufacturers not having a 64 bit flash utility.

Sometimes there will be an issue with installing the 64 bit with more than 2 to 3 GB of RAM. If you run into this problem, then just temporarily remove the extra RAM until after you have installed Vista. Afterwards, just add the RAM back.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    16 GB DDR4-2133
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    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
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    Conexant ISST Audio
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    17.3" UHD IPS touch
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    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD
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