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I have tried to do a clean install of vista on my dell c521 computer and it gets half way through and then it tells me, the files needed to do the clean install missing. how can i fix this?

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I will try cleaning it. i think it was messed up a little when i took it out. thanks for the advice

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Firstly check your dvd or cd threw which you want to to install ..i think its scracded or on the burning time it missplace any file or check your bios setting and change the date upto 2015 and load windows threw boot...

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