Question about Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Upgrade SP1 Upgrade Version for PC

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It is not detecting the OS/partition on my HD

I installed vista Ultimate 64 upgrade over a 2000 professional SP4 OS. I had everything running smooth, when I was installing Nero, it re-started. when It did, it tried to boot from disk and failed (no disk was there) I inserted vista ultimate upgrade disk, and went to the Repair option, and it is not detecting my OS. So thinking, "Bah I'll just re-install" I go to do so.....and it is only detecting the last little bit of unpartitioned space on my 1 TB HD. It does not seem to be detecting the partition at all. Help!

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  • gretchenhear Jun 02, 2009

    I am not sure why you are asking for a clarification.....I did not anywhere say XP in my question 1st, I did use the Vista Ultimate upgrade w/sp 1 to upgrade my windows 2000 professional SP4 installation. I am not asking about multi OS installs, I understand I have only one OS. But I saved 130$ getting the upgrade pack instead of the full version.

    The model is seagate barracuda 7200.12 st31000528as 1tb
    To be clear to all here, I have a single hardrive with 1 partition. It is not detecting it.

  • Frank
    Frank May 11, 2010

    Windows xp "over" windows Vista?

    in that case, you will only have one OS.

    partition has nothing to do with OS installation unless you are try to do a mult-boot system. in that case you need to have a mult boot header, not just HD partition.

    ifyou just partition the hard drive and install different os in each partion. then the last os will be only one that will work. snce there are not multi-boot hearder to tell the machine to boot into selected os.

  • ikkenom May 11, 2010

    Download the ZIP file:

    Right-mouse click on the ZIP file, and choose "expand".

    Copy 'ptedit.exe' to a bootable MS DOS diskette.

    Boot the problematic computer from the MS DOS diskette.

    Run PTEDIT, and tell us the output for each partition on the hard-drive.

  • ultimitloozr May 11, 2010

    What does your BIOS report for the hard disk?


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Take a look here:

If that does not help please write your hdd model (Usually on a sticker on top of HDD)
What size is the partition the installation detects?

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