Thursday, February 22, 2007 4:05 PM
I have this same problem, and am also running on a basic system similar to yours. Is there any true resolution to it? My machine is completely wiped out. I've even tried to format the hard drive, with no luck! I'm probably going to have to do a low-level format of the drive now because there seems to be no recovery from this problem, and the machine is completely destroyed.
Not a good way to start out an install!Sunday, March 18, 2007 4:44 PM
I just had this happen to me. Still don't know what caused it. What I was able to do though was if you boot up from the Vista Cd, it gives you the option to have the computer repaired. If you choose this option it will repair it, well it did for me. After the repair the computer booted up fine,however I did lose some data. Luckily I did a backup just last night so it wasn't too bad. Try that and good luck, this OS has been a nightmare since I installed it.Monday, March 19, 2007 9:28 PM
It happened to me when I was upgrading memory. since then, Vista would never load successfully without Clearing the CMOS Data.
Look, I bought a copy of Windows Vista Home Premium upgrades. and I tried to use my upgrade DVD, but nothing worked ( the DVD can't even be read) I wonder how could I solve the problem????Saturday, June 30, 2007 7:56 PM
Yes that is correct, except that my DVD drive is working just fine.
2g Kingston DDR400 3200 Ram (4*512Mb)
DFI Lanparty nForce4 Ultra-D Mabo
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Music
Seagate 500G SATA Hard Drive
I also found the system can't boot up normally when was changed back to Windows XP. I happen to have my original Windows XP O.S. CD, but system keeps crashing to blue screen during the set up. . .Friday, July 06, 2007 1:29 PM
Using the Vista DVD to boot and choosing the Repair option is a helpful solution.
Let close this thread now.
Well, I am another person having the same problem. And using the Repair Option
from the Vista DVD failed to fix the problem. In my case it was:
"C:\Windows\System32\ntoskrnl.exe" that would not pass Signature Verification.
Hitting F8 on Startup and going to: "Disable Driver Signature Enforcement"
Allows the system to boot up normally. I am certain an NVidia Video Driver that I recently
installed is the culprit. BUT, trying to use the Restore Point I made before installing the driver
did not work. ( from the Vista DVD) I still get the Digital Signature Error message for ntoskrnl.exe.
So, how to fix without doing a complete reinstall? (and loosing all my programs and settings)
If I try to install Vista again, it will not allow me to do an Upgrade Install, which is supposed to be
able to retain my programs and settings and not wipe out my hard drive. I only allows for a Clean Install.
Message in the setup box says to start Vista Install from within Windows!! IF I reboot and do the
"Disable Driver Signature Enforcement" thing again and reinstall Vista from with Vista, will I loose
all my programs and Settings? Or will it just reinstall the basic system files and drivers?
I need to know before I jump off the deep end and do this.
(sorry for re-opening an old thread, but, this one came up in a search and pretty well fits the problem
I am having)
EDIT: Managed to get back into Vista once again after F8 & "Disable Driver Signature Enforcement". Started Vista install from there and was allowed
to do an "Upgrade Install" that is supposed to keep my programs and settings.
It spent the better part of an hour going thru the motions and rebooted. (I stepped away for a bit right before this) This time it was hung on a missing or corrupt Winload file!! I hit ENTER again and selected F8 and the Disable Driver Signature Enforcement again and was back in Vista. (allowed me to log on as normal)
After it finished loading, I got a popup saying that Vista could not upgrade over this version of Windows so it was "Restored" back to it's original settings so I could continue to use it!!
This is so strange!! Any suggestions for getting this going correctly again.
jaemsTuesday, July 10, 2007 3:33 AM
Richard, thanks for the suggestion. But, I found my problem, and I did not come back here and
post what it was, and I am sorry for not doing so. The problem turned out to be my motherboard.
The problem kept getting worse, and even my hard drive with XP PRO would no longer boot either.
Finally, the motherboard failed completely. I even replaced the BIOS battery in case it was the
I have just recently replaced the motherboard and got my XP PRO drive installed (along with reinstalling
all my applications) and back working. I have not tried to boot up my Vista Ultimate hard drive yet.
I am waiting to purchase a new video card for the system before trying to get Vista going again.
I am hoping that Vista will install like XP can when a hard drive is moved to another system. In most
cases, when booting up from the XP install CD it will find the original XP install and offer to install over
it ( repair the found Windows installation) and then it will removed a lot of files and then re-install itself
with generic files and drivers for the different motherboard. Then, all you have to do is install the correct
motherboard drivers etc. That has worked for me in the past and I'm hoping that Vista will do something
similar. Otherwise, it's a full reinstall of Vista too.
Thanks again and sorry for not coming back and posting the actual problem and what I had to do to fix it.
aka:TruckerSunday, July 22, 2007 5:28 PM