Windows Vista not working on Surface Pro 1

Vistaar

Vista Guru
Thought maybe you or one of the other guys might be able to help out on this one.
I tried to help out the OP in post #2, but of course I appreciate all your assistance.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Elite m9150f
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    3 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

Vistaar

Vista Guru
We’ve reached page 2 without solving anything? Perhaps Imacri could compose an essay?
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Elite m9150f
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    3 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

wither 3

Vista Guru
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S1W2 seems to be the expert on installations. I'm not sure why the OP wants to install Vista since he can install Win 7. I like Vista but Win 7 is 60% Vista.
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    Cyberpower
    CPU
    Intel Quad CPU Q6700 2.67 GHZ
    Motherboard
    NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VG2436
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung HD 105SI
    WDC WD20
    Case
    Apevia XJupiter
    Cooling
    air
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX 3200
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 600
    Internet Speed
    30 Mbps

Vistaar

Vista Guru
There’s just not enough OCD at this forum. The real nuts are at MSFN, where the OP has been given instructions on how to modify a driver so that it will hopefully work on a legacy OS. I’m not sure why a hacked driver is preferable to a legacy driver, but we’ll see what happens.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Elite m9150f
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    3 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

wither 3

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Good one. I'd have to look again, but there's a way within Win 10 to set the BIOS to Legacy mode. It might help solve his problem but I don't know what would happen to Vista when the BIOS was set back to UEFI for Win 10.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    Cyberpower
    CPU
    Intel Quad CPU Q6700 2.67 GHZ
    Motherboard
    NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VG2436
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung HD 105SI
    WDC WD20
    Case
    Apevia XJupiter
    Cooling
    air
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX 3200
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 600
    Internet Speed
    30 Mbps

Vistaar

Vista Guru
Vista was working: OP just didn’t have any graphics. I still think this was most likely due to an incompatible graphics driver. OP already told you, “The Surface Pro 1 is a UEFI-only device” and “doesn’t have a legacy setting.” I don’t think he’s a novice. Please don’t continue posting on my account: I am no longer interested in this thread.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Elite m9150f
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    3 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

wither 3

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Okay. One down. Now, maybe someone else will respond.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    Cyberpower
    CPU
    Intel Quad CPU Q6700 2.67 GHZ
    Motherboard
    NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VG2436
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung HD 105SI
    WDC WD20
    Case
    Apevia XJupiter
    Cooling
    air
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX 3200
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 600
    Internet Speed
    30 Mbps
I was able to fix the problem. I tried a clean install of Server 2008 and it worked, all I needed to do was enable Narrator and change resolution. The screen then worked. I will be trying the same thing with regular Vista, which I expect to work. I plan to post a guide on how to install Vista on the Surface Pro 1, then move on to installing XP and maybe ReactOS if I can get XP working.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 x64 and Windows 7 x64
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