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Performance & Maintenance Repair Install For Vista

gratefulz

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I have booted from the Vista Installation Disc. Now there is an open dialogue box asking me to "select an operating system to repair and click Next" but there is no operating system shown. when i click on Load Drivers, I get a dialogue box open in a folder called "sources". It has 14 folders (most of them language names) and 6 ini files. Where do i find the driver that I am supposed to select? Thank you!
 

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mvp
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Hello gratefulz, and welcome to Vista Forums.

I'm sorry, but you will not be able to do a repair install of Vista at boot. You must run the "retail" Vista installation disc from with Vista while logged in as an administrator. :(
 

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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Custom
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
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    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech MX Master
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    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    HP Envy Y0F94AV
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    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
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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
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    512 GB M.2 SSD

gratefulz

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Thanks for breaking it to me gently! What do i do next then? My computer won't boot, and I'd like to get it repaired, if I can, before I go to the extreme of reloadign Vista and losing the data since my last backup...
 

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mvp
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Gratefulz,

You could use this below to backup your computer, but you'll have to create the disc on another computer to use on yours since you are unable to boot in Vista on yours.

Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files from Your Dead Windows Computer - How-To Geek

If this is the OS that came preinstalled with your Dell laptop, then after doing the above, you could do a factory recovery at oulined in the link from Dell below.

Restoring Your Computer´s Software to the Factory Settings | Dell

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    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
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 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

gratefulz

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This was AWESOME! Thank you, thank you! The Ubuntu Live CD worked great, and my files are saved! The image burning software you suggested didn't download as freeware, but the Ubuntu website itself suggested another program that worked fine.
 

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mvp
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You're most welcome Greatfulz. I'm happy to hear that you saved them all. :)
 

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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    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
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    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
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    HP Envy Y0F94AV
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    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
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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
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    512 GB M.2 SSD
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OK so here is my problem...I get to the screen where you have to select "upgrade"(step 10) :Dand it sends me back to the first screen to either "check compatibility" or "install now"(step 2):cry: it does this every time and I don't understand why:confused:. Is there anything else I can do other than a clean install??:sa:
 

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mvp
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Hello Dave, and welcome to Vista Forums.

What type (ex: retail, OEM, student, Anytime Upgrade, preinstalled on computer, full or upgrade, etc....) is Vista on the installation DVD and currently installed?
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Custom
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    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
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    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
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
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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
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    512 GB M.2 SSD
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When I purchased my computer it came with vista home prem. 64bit. I was experiencing problems with windows update and a few other problems, then my hard drive crashed. I called Acer support and they said I would need to purchase a windows vista dvd from them. I called Microsoft and explained the situation and they promptly sent me a "Windows Vista Home Premium" replacement disc which includes SP2. When I received the disc I did a clean install. things have been fine until a couple of months ago. now my Windows is starting to have the same problems that it had before. I was hoping that the "upgrade" option would fix the problems.
 

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lkm020

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Hi Guys,
I just tried a Repair install using a Full Retail SP2 Vista 32bit DVD on one of my Retail Vista Ultimate 32bit SP0 Virtual Machines. Setup gave me a message saying i must use SP2 media. The notes at the beginning of the thread say that a newer version DVD can be used to Repair install an older installation. Am I missing something?
Thanks
Kevin
 

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mvp
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Hello Kevin, and welcome to Vista Forums. For the best results, it would be best to have both the exact same version.
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    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
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    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
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 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

Ex_Brit

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For the first time in years I was forced to do a repair (upgrade) install of my main Vista Ultimate SP2 x64 OS (I multi-boot thank God so am talking to you now from my main Win 7) because it had started acting up and both System Restore and sfc /scannow failed for some unknown reason.
I say successfully in that it has got as far as activating & letting me log in...with great difficulty as I have no mouse control. I always have a USB Mouse and a PS/2 keboard attached for such occasions plus they normally work in Safe Mode, BIOS etc, whereas Bluetooth ones often don't.
I tried unplugging the mouse several times, rebooting several times to no avail. Cursor annoyingly present yet no mouse control but keyboard OK. Nothing in Safe Mode either by the way. I can only do so much using the arrow keys on the keyboard.
This the first time this has happened to me and am wondering what I can do if anything.
I waited a long time in the hope that Windows might rediscover the drivers by itself but no, that was not to be.

Ideas anyone?
 

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Hello Peter,

If you haven't already, you might see if uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers may help. :)
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    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
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    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
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 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

Ex_Brit

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using iPad now. Can't do that as I have no idea how to that using only a keyboard. Windows did ask at one stage but didn't know how to bring focus to that window. It hasn't offered since.
 

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    Win 7 Ult SP1 + 2 x Win 10 Pro all x64

z3r010

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Try pressing the windows key to open the start menu then tab to the search bit and type [FONT=Arial, Arial, Helvetica]devmgmt.msc + enter to start device manager, you should then be able to navigate it with the arrow and tab keys.
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    Windows 10
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    me
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    Intel Core i7 5960X Extreme Unlocked
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    Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME
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    32GB (8x4GB) Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LPX Black PC3-24000 3000
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    2x 4GB ASUS GTX 980 STRIX CUII
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    Creative
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    3 x27" Dell U2714H & 3 x 25" U2515H Dell
    Screen Resolution
    6 @ 2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    3x 1TB Samsung Evo 840's
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    1500W ThermalTake Toughpower
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    ThermalTake Level 10 GT
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    Enermax Liqtech 240
    Mouse
    Logitech Performance MX
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    Surface Ergonomic
    Internet Speed
    350 Mb/s
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    WinTV NovaTD
    HP CP1515n Color Laser
    Sony BD-5300S-0B Blu-ray Writer
    Microsoft LifeCam Cinema
    APC 750i Smart UPS
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    windows 10
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    Surface Pro 3
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    1.9GHz Intel Core i5-4300U (dual-core, 3MB cache, up to 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost)
    Memory
    4GB
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    Intel HD Graphics 4400
    Monitor(s) Displays
    12" Multi Touch
    Screen Resolution
    2160 x 144
    Hard Drives
    128GB
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    Logitech
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    yes
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    350 Mb/s

Ex_Brit

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Hey thx guys....finally got my mouse back and now trying to install what seems like 8 trillion updates. Should have just formatted and installed afresh but wanted to more or less preserve my settings.
Thank again.
 

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mvp
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That's great news Peter. It'll only be a few hours later until finished with the updates. ;)
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    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
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    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
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 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

Ex_Brit

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Almost there actually. Just installing the Ultimate Extras. I find it quite bizarre that Windows wouldn't ensure that at least a basic optical mouse worked. Now to get my Bluetooth working, that's another story.
Also just as bizarre - now Device Manager says my media burners, 1 Blu-ray and 1 DVD, can't start, although drivers are up to date...Windows mystifies me at times.
Strange how 1 of them was used to repair Vista.

Edit: Got rid of the burner errors by going into the registry and deleting the Upper and Lower Filters.
 
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Did Windows ever create an installation disk for Windows Vista Home Premium SP2?
 

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    Retrofitted Refurbished Gateway
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    AMD
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    ASUS M3A78-EM
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    4 GB