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  • I accidentally installed Vista twice on one HD and now whenever I try to boot to finish the installation, it gives me an error screen and then crashes. Can anyone help me out with this?
    Saturday, December 1, 2007 8:50 PM

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    Hi Ajax413,

     

    Thank you for the post.

     

    Before moving on, please help confirm the following four points:

     

    1. Did you format the drive before the second installation?

    2. Did you install Windows Vista again on the same partition?

    3. Did you perform an Upgrade Installation of Windows Vista the second time?

    4. What error message appears when starting the computer now?

     

    Based on the current situation, I suggest trying a Startup Repair:

     

    Startup Repair from the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)

    =====================================

    1. Insert the Windows Vista installation disc into the disc drive, and then start the computer.

    2. Press a key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD …". appears.

    3. Select a language, a time and currency, and a keyboard or input method, and then click Next.

    4. Click Repair your computer.

    5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, choose the drive of your Windows installation and click Next.

    6. At the System Recovery Options Dialog Box, click on Repair your computer.

    7. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.

    8. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Startup Repair.

     

    Can the computer be started now?

     

    Hope it helps.

     

    Best regards,

    Tim Quan

    Microsoft Online Community Support

    Monday, December 3, 2007 7:14 AM
    Moderator

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  •  

    Hi Ajax413,

     

    Thank you for the post.

     

    Before moving on, please help confirm the following four points:

     

    1. Did you format the drive before the second installation?

    2. Did you install Windows Vista again on the same partition?

    3. Did you perform an Upgrade Installation of Windows Vista the second time?

    4. What error message appears when starting the computer now?

     

    Based on the current situation, I suggest trying a Startup Repair:

     

    Startup Repair from the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)

    =====================================

    1. Insert the Windows Vista installation disc into the disc drive, and then start the computer.

    2. Press a key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD …". appears.

    3. Select a language, a time and currency, and a keyboard or input method, and then click Next.

    4. Click Repair your computer.

    5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, choose the drive of your Windows installation and click Next.

    6. At the System Recovery Options Dialog Box, click on Repair your computer.

    7. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.

    8. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Startup Repair.

     

    Can the computer be started now?

     

    Hope it helps.

     

    Best regards,

    Tim Quan

    Microsoft Online Community Support

    Monday, December 3, 2007 7:14 AM
    Moderator
  •  

    Hi Ajax413,

     

    As this thread has been quiet for a while, we assume that the issue has been resolved. At this time, we will mark it as ‘Answered’ as the previous steps should be helpful for many similar scenarios.

     

    If the issue still persists and you want to return to this question, please reply this post directly so we will be notified to follow it up. You can also choose to unmark the answer as you wish.

     

    In addition, we’d love to hear your feedback about the solution. By sharing your experience you can help other community members facing similar problems.

     

    Thanks!

     

    Best regards,

    Tim Quan

    Microsoft Online Community Support

    Thursday, December 6, 2007 2:08 AM
    Moderator
  • just googled this and found i have the sdameproblem.

    I have a dell inspiron 1501 which came with a partition. computer went wrong so i decided to reinstall vista
    yes i did format the drive before 2nd installation
    no i didnt install vista on the same partition
    wasnt an upgrade no
    i have had all sorts of different error messages

    help please

    many thanks

    Matt
    Friday, February 15, 2008 9:17 AM