Primary issue is if you get a pre-root-kitted copy from your download. It is a pain to get an up-to-date dvd though, had to redo a bunch of staff laptops that came off lease with Vista SP1 then upgrade to SP2 after for the image (COAs were Vista). Much better to just use an SP2 disk if you can. The Vista disks are actually quite tollerent and a retail one will let you install from Home Basic all the way up to Pro from the same disk. Enterprise is a seporte disk though.
I was under the impression any retail or OEM Vista disc contained all versions except for enterprise. Depending on what key you put in, depended on what version was installed. You needed either 32bit or 64 bit disc though.
I have tried the 'Vista is pants' approach and will try again...
Thanks to a kind edugeek I now have an iso to use with my home premium key.I dont know if he wants to remain anonymous! If you dont, reply to this then I can thank you
No need to thank me - just helping out when I can.
witch (2nd December 2010)
Oh yes there is
vista ultimate didnt work - well it looked like it had but IE and firefox fell over and the antivirus did as well. Couldn't get the drivers in that it still needed and then it just fell over.
I just feel that this laptop can be mended. Don't know what to try now. I don't have an XP disc with the sata drivers on it and I have had no luck trying to slipstream them or put them on during installation. The Advent 5611 doesnt have the option to set the drive to IDE so that's a no go.
Anyone any ideas?
Go into the BIOS and stick SATA into IDE compatability mode.
I put XP home with all updates on it and it still blue screened after the initial driver install.
So...it will install Vista ultimate but doesnt ask for a licence key. Looks OK but IE and the antivirus (avast) fall over almost immediately. There are also some drivers missing - eg network controller which I cannot find, or rather the ones I do find dont seem to work.
Just don't want to give up on this one...
Why wont this person have Windows 7?
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