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  • Jason Carver
    Jason Carver May 11, 2010

    Could you provide some more details about this issue such as what you did up to the point you had your problem?

    Do you have the reinstallation disks for your computer?


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Ok please tell me a little bit more what happnes what error if any are coming up have you tried holding down the the F8 key when you start the computer please keep me posted so i can further asswist you best regards mike

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Windows script host


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try this rate the solution

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  4. When the Setup program starts and the Install now screen appears, click Install now.

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If Windows Vista is now running on your computer, you have completed the upgrade to Windows Vista.

If the installation does not finish or you receive an error message, and you are comfortable trying to troubleshoot the problem, go to the "Troubleshooting" section for more information about common issues and their resolutions. If you are not comfortable trying to troubleshoot the issue, go to the "Next Steps" section. Perform a clean installation loadTOCNode(2, 'summary'); There are two ways to perform a clean installation of Windows Vista. The first method is to install Windows Vista by running the Setup program from the current version of Windows on your computer. The second method is to start the computer from the Windows Vista DVD. First, try method 1. If it does not work, try method 2.

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  2. Insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive and then close the drive tray. Wait a moment for the Setup program to start automatically.
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Windows will not start up


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I hope this helps

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