Reinstall Vista Viable W/O Updates?

VFN

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Is a factory or clean install viable now with updates no longer supported by Microsoft?

Thanks
 

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Vistaar

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Your factory image might be corrupt after all these years, but you could always try it. Wither 3 performed a clean install from an ISO this month. I'm not sure what you mean by "updates no longer supported by Microsoft?"
 

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VFN

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the updates (some of which are security) I've received over the years - does that explain it? I could be stating things wrong. You know the Windows Vista updates we used top get every Tuesday i think it was?
 

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  • Operating System
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    Sempron LE-1300
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    2GB DDR SDRAM 800MHZ-2X1GB DIM M
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    Integrated ATI Radeon HD3200
    Sound Card
    VIA High Definition Audio
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    Samsung 32" HDTV
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    320GB NCQ Serial ATA (7200 RPM) w/ 16MB DataBurst Cache

Vistaar

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After reinstalling Vista, getting Windows Update to deliver the official Windows Vista updates (all of which are now 2 to 10 years old) is a little tricky but still possible. (You must first manually install at least four "speed up" patches to prime the pump, so to speak.) If this question is motivated by your connection issue that you have posted about elsewhere, then I suggest that you don't do anything this drastic just yet. Instead, run sfc /scannow from an elevated command prompt (i.e run CMD as administrator, type "sfc /scannow" and press "Enter").
 

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VFN

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Yeah, I wanted to know in the event I feel I have to go down that road, but I'm not near that yet. Will try scannow and some other things I read about tomorrow some time looks like.

Thanks
 

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  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x64
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    Dell Inspiron 546
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    Sempron LE-1300
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    2GB DDR SDRAM 800MHZ-2X1GB DIM M
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated ATI Radeon HD3200
    Sound Card
    VIA High Definition Audio
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    Samsung 32" HDTV
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    320GB NCQ Serial ATA (7200 RPM) w/ 16MB DataBurst Cache

VFN

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Just wanted to say thanks for your responsiveness.

Been several days and I've not encountered the intermittent connection issue again. If it wasn't on their side (which seemed to be the case) then I can only think there was some corruption at start-up that was corrected after a shut down and re-boot or two. I've encountered a lack of sound on start-up a few times that's been corrected with a restart or two.

Thanks again. Really appreciate your aid.
 

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  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x64
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    Dell Inspiron 546
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    Sempron LE-1300
    Memory
    2GB DDR SDRAM 800MHZ-2X1GB DIM M
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated ATI Radeon HD3200
    Sound Card
    VIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 32" HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    320GB NCQ Serial ATA (7200 RPM) w/ 16MB DataBurst Cache

Vistaar

Vista Guru
Is a factory or clean install viable now with updates no longer supported by Microsoft?
VFN, your post may have been rather prophetic in light of 2019 SHA-2 Code Signing Support requirement for Windows and WSUS. I cannot claim to know exactly what Microsoft has in mind for an OS as old as Vista, but it might become impossible to update Vista using the semi-automatic method alluded to in post #4 as soon as July 16. In other words. if you are ever going to reinstall Vista, time might be running out.

Did you ever run sfc /scannow as I suggested in post #4? Here is a tutorial: System Files - SFC Command.
 

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SIW2

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Maybe download the updates now and keep them safe. WPL can download them in cab form, or WSUS is another option.
 

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VFN

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Did you ever run sfc /scannow as I suggested in post #4?
Since coming back to this computer on 4/24, two days after it experienced the connection issue, I've had no problems so I never ran it. No idea what happened but it seems to have been an anomaly.

Not sure if SHA-2 would apply to updates for unsupported systems like XP or Vista but I'm also unsure how Windows Updates updates would work for a reinstalled Vista system.
 

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  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x64
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    Dell Inspiron 546
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    Sempron LE-1300
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    2GB DDR SDRAM 800MHZ-2X1GB DIM M
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    Integrated ATI Radeon HD3200
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Vistaar

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I never thought your Intermittent Connection issue was a system problem, but running sfc /scannow from an elevated command prompt is never a bad idea. If it finds corrupt or missing system files that cannot be repaired, that would be an argument in favor of at least attempting a repair install. If this sounds entirely too complicated, then you probably don't have an image for backup either, so good luck going forward.
 

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VFN

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I ran it and it couldn't repair a couple of files related to printing which I've seen before when I've run it. I attached the txt file if you want to take a look.
 

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  • Operating System
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    Sempron LE-1300
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    2GB DDR SDRAM 800MHZ-2X1GB DIM M
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated ATI Radeon HD3200
    Sound Card
    VIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 32" HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    320GB NCQ Serial ATA (7200 RPM) w/ 16MB DataBurst Cache

Vistaar

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Do you ever use a printer with this PC? If not, the corrupt tcpmon.ini might not be worth worrying about.
 

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  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
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    CPU
    Intel Q6600
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    3 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

VFN

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My Computer

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  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x64
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 546
    CPU
    Sempron LE-1300
    Memory
    2GB DDR SDRAM 800MHZ-2X1GB DIM M
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated ATI Radeon HD3200
    Sound Card
    VIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 32" HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    320GB NCQ Serial ATA (7200 RPM) w/ 16MB DataBurst Cache
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