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Cannot install Windows 7 DVD in older PC - code 5..?? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am running Windows 7 Beta OK on a fairly new system, but when I attempt to load the same DVD onto my older PC, I get a Code 5 failure..??
    Is this more likely to be a hardware problem in the PC?
    Old Mig15 pilot.
    Saturday, March 28, 2009 12:17 PM

Answers

  • I am running Windows 7 Beta OK on a fairly new system, but when I attempt to load the same DVD onto my older PC, I get a Code 5 failure..??
    Is this more likely to be a hardware problem in the PC?
    Microsoft has changed the boot sector of the DVD. So some bios versions can't boot from this DVD. But you can create a bootable disk. Take a correct boot sector from other bootable disk (e.g. Vista) and merge it into the Windows 7 installation disk. See here.
    • Marked as answer by Davy-D Sunday, May 31, 2009 3:44 PM
    Wednesday, May 27, 2009 9:07 AM
  • Your old computer would not be suitable for Windows 7.  Installing Windows XP would be your best choice.
    Carey Frisch
    • Marked as answer by Davy-D Saturday, March 28, 2009 5:03 PM
    Saturday, March 28, 2009 4:07 PM
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  • Does it meet the minimum hardware requirements?
    Saturday, March 28, 2009 12:50 PM
  • Almost, 2.0GHz processor, RAM = 736Mb, 40Gb HDD, DirectX 9.0c but only 32Mb onboard graphics, CD-RW/DVD combi-drive. Internet access.
    Old Mig15 pilot.
    Saturday, March 28, 2009 1:09 PM
  • Your old computer would not be suitable for Windows 7.  Installing Windows XP would be your best choice.
    Carey Frisch
    • Marked as answer by Davy-D Saturday, March 28, 2009 5:03 PM
    Saturday, March 28, 2009 4:07 PM
    Moderator
  • Thank you Carey. Would that be the steam-powered version of Windows? Or do I have to go back to the Archimedean Screw version..??
    Old Mig15 pilot.
    • Edited by Davy-D Saturday, March 28, 2009 5:07 PM not amusing enough.
    Saturday, March 28, 2009 5:03 PM
  • I just performed a clean install of Windows XP Professional w/SP3 on a four year old Dell Dimension desktop that was infested with seven viruses and tons of spyware.  The owner is extremely pleased with the new performance.  That particular PC was not fully compliant with Windows Vista hardware requirements and that is why it was more suitable for Windows XP.
    Carey Frisch
    Saturday, March 28, 2009 8:56 PM
    Moderator
  • Thank you Carey. The pc already has XP working satisfacorily, I was just trying to see if Windows 7 beta would load. I had not come across the failure code 5 before.

    Old Mig15 pilot.
    Saturday, March 28, 2009 11:13 PM
  • When do you get the “Code 5” error?

     

    Although, officially, you don’t have the recommended minimum requirements, I have seen Windows 7 installed on similar profiles.

    Sunday, March 29, 2009 2:23 AM
  • Davy-D

     

    Check your DVD drive.  With a computer of your vintage, the DVD drives of the day did not necessarily recognize all formats of user burnable DVDs.

     

    For example, some drives would read and boot from DVD-R disk while some other could not.  Likewise, the opposite is true for other drives where a DVD+R was the preferred format.  In either case, try to stay away from DVD+-RW when it comes to older DVD drives.

     

    On what format medium is your Windows 7 DVD?  If it is on a DVD-R disk, try to burn and subsequently boot from a DVD+R.  If you have a DVD+R, then do the reverse.

     

    Why did Ubuntu and Windows XP boot okay?  Both of those operating systems boot from a bootable CD and not a bootable DVD.  There is a difference.

    Monday, March 30, 2009 1:06 AM
  • I have the similar problem.

    for the first Pc is Ok, but for the second : it do the same eror and it boot xp

    my DVD format  is OK

    ??????

    my config is :
    AMD Sempron, 1751 MHz (10.5 x 167) 2500+
     MSI KT6V-LSR (MS-7021)(5 PCI, 1 AGP,
    2 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN)
    1536 Mo DDR
    NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS (512 Mo)
    1 IDE Disk and 1 SATA disk wich one primacy partition to 40 GBits (octets) empty
    Monday, March 30, 2009 3:41 PM
  • I have the similar problem.

    for the first Pc is Ok, but for the second : it do the same eror and it boot xp

    my DVD format  is OK

    ??????

    my config is :
    AMD Sempron, 1751 MHz (10.5 x 167) 2500+
     MSI KT6V-LSR (MS-7021)(5 PCI, 1 AGP,
    2 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN)
    1536 Mo DDR
    NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS (512 Mo)
    1 IDE Disk and 1 SATA disk wich one primacy partition to 40 GBits (octets) empty

    Because the current DVD format that you are using is good for one PC does not mean that it is good for another PC.  This is especially true of older DVD drives.  If want to cover all bases, burn one to a DVD-R and make another to a DVD+R.  If you have the issue with both formats, then you can eliminate that factor and start investigating elsewhere.  When it comes to booting from a DVD on multiple computers, I always create disks of both formats so that I don’t get myself locked-down.  If you have a newer (with a couple of years) DVD drive, then the disk format issue is moot.

     

    Again, don’t mix up booting with a DVD and a CD.  Windows XP was shipped on a bootable CD which can be booted from practically ANY CD/DVD drive regardless of vintage.  This is not necessarily true with bootable DVD media.

    Monday, March 30, 2009 5:27 PM
  • Darien,
    Thanks for your advice. I have removed the old CD-RW/DVD-ROM combi drive from my old pc and have installed a [relatively] new one in its place. However I still get the same code 5 fail. Unfortunately I cannot fit my newest DVD drive because it has a STA connection not an IDE one.
    I would liked to have tried burning the original build 7000 onto a DVD-R disk [ mine is on a DVD+R ] but I no longer have the download file and beta 7 downloads have now ceased.
    I will in future burn 2 disks -R & +R to try and eliminate one possibility of failure.
    Old Mig15 pilot.
    Monday, March 30, 2009 5:37 PM
  • Well I bought some DVD-R disks, made an .iso copy of my original Windows 7 beta DVD+R and burned that to a DVD-R.
    But I get exactly the same result; so I assume that the only other alternative is that the pc does not conform to Windows 7 specs..??

    Old Mig15 pilot.
    Monday, March 30, 2009 9:44 PM
  • On your IDE CD/DVD drive, how do you have the jumpers set?

     

    Do you have the CD/DVD drive on IDE0 as a single drive with the jumper set to either Master or Cable Select? Do you have the CD/DVD drive on the same IDE cable as the hard drive?

     Are you using a 40-pin, 80-conductor IDE cable?

     

    You may be out of spec, but I am confident it can be done.  It is just a matter of getting the right combination of hardware and configuration settings.

    Monday, March 30, 2009 10:02 PM
  • This is a quote from the knowlege base
    It presents a problem if this is the code that you are getting.
    "Code 5:
    The driver for this device requested a resource that Windows does not know how to handle.
     (Code 5)


    This code indicates that there was a device failure due to the lack of an arbitrator. If a device requests a resource type for which there is no arbitrator, you receive this error code.  "

    try having copy of all the drivers for that computer in the root directory

    Tuesday, March 31, 2009 6:15 AM
  • Darien

    Both the HDD & CD-RW/DVD-ROM combination drive have their jumpers set to master.
    Each drive has an individual 80 conductor, 40 pin IDE.
    The pc is old enough to have MASTER written on each cable.
    Old Mig15 pilot.
    Tuesday, March 31, 2009 4:44 PM
  • Darien

    Both the HDD & CD-RW/DVD-ROM combination drive have their jumpers set to master.
    Each drive has an individual 80 conductor, 40 pin IDE.
    The pc is old enough to have MASTER written on each cable.
    Old Mig15 pilot.

    My HDD  is in master to IDE1 , and my DVD-rom is in master to IDE2

    jumpers are correctly.  and there's good detetected in my bios.

    my Cd to XP boot correctly in DVD.

    I have a soluce : i have launched the set up to XP and i have instaled seven in partiton to SATA HDD

    he's good works.
    Tuesday, March 31, 2009 4:59 PM
  • Yes, its hardware problem.

    I have solution.

    You need Vista install DVD. Boot Vista Installation, choose Language press next and than press "Repair my computer". On next window u will have few options, choose "command promt". Remove Vista DVD and insert Windows 7 Install DVD. Navigate to DVD (for example d: or e:, depends on your drives setting, than go to folder sources  (type "cd sources"), and type "setup". Installation will start shortly. Now just follow instructions :)

    Good luck
    • Proposed as answer by llynne Tuesday, June 16, 2009 2:17 PM
    Saturday, April 25, 2009 11:34 AM
  • Thank you mReXiTuS

    All I need now is a Vista installation DVD. Has anybody got a spare one laying around, unused and unwanted because of the huge superiority that Windows 7 is showing over Vista..??
    Seriously thanks for the heads-up, and If I can borrow a Vista DVD I will attempt it.
    Old Mig15 pilot.
    Saturday, April 25, 2009 1:36 PM
  • Out of curiosity; does anyone know if I could substitute a Windows Vista Recovery Disk for the Vista Installation DVD?
    ALL of the people that I know DO NOT posess a Vista DVD, they only have a recovery partition.
    But I know that I can download a recovery disk.
    Old Mig15 pilot.
    Sunday, April 26, 2009 9:23 PM
  • As a footnote to the above posts.
    I managed to borrow a Vista installation DVD and installed Vista no problem from a dvd.
    With Vista installed I was able to run the Windows 7 installation and everything appeared to load OK.
    All went OK until the final restart of Windows 7 and when my pc started the monitor simply said out of range.
    I could see the cursor appear and disappear once or twice but no picture. The OS appeared to load - at least the pc was doing something for a few minutes but the monitor shows nothing.
    If the monitor and the pc video SiS650 had no problems displaying Vista why should it fail with Windows 7?
    Old Mig15 pilot.
    Wednesday, April 29, 2009 12:46 PM
  • i have continue to saerch problem.

    i think pb is the iso file is Writed in UDF and no in CDFS

    i think may sytem is not capable to boot UDF system.

    i have ferify : i have lanch my system witch CD boot Dos witch CD/DVd.

    i have no problem to see and "dir" Cd and DVD CDFS but when i put on my lector DVd one CD UDF :

    i See only one file on DVD : readme.txt.
    i do'nt see other file.
    and in windows I see other file, but i don't see this readme.txt
    ?????


    How have to do to write ISO file in CDFS ????
    Friday, May 1, 2009 3:48 PM
  • Silvain_07

    Thank you for your efforts. I will try removing the DVD drive and replacing it with a drive that I know recognises the Windows 7 Beta DVD. I will let you know if it works OK.

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/321640

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa914741.aspx

    It will probably be tested with the Windows 7 RC version though on May5th/6th.
    Old Mig15 pilot.
    Friday, May 1, 2009 6:40 PM
  • hi all.
    I have a soluce it work in My Computuer.

    scuse me but I doing The process In french.
    if you woulf like Apply you have to translate.
    It's a smal work.

     have to do :

    1) telécharger cette image de récuparation vista :

    http://dl.free.fr/oerCL5QPc/Disque_Recuperation_Vista.iso

    merci à l'astucien qui a créer ce DVD

    2) télécharger la W7 RC en 32 bits ma procédure n'a marché e que sur la version RC


    3) installer WinRAR et la version démo d'ultra ISO

    4) décompressé l'iso de la RC Avec WinRAR.

    5) ouvrir l'image ISO de vista avec UltraIso

    Suprimer les répertoire et fichier Visibler

    ouvrir le dossier ou les fichier de la RC on été décompréssé

    selectionner les les fichiers suivant et les déplacé dans l'image d'ultra ISO

    -boot

    -efi

    -sources

    -support

    -upgrades

    -autorun.inf

    -bootmrg

    -setup.exe

    alez dans le répertoire source de l'image et suprimez tous les fichiers et répertoires sauf boot.win

    enregistrer l'ISO de la minimage qui fait environ 230 Mo

    graver là sur un DVD

    je l'ai gravée avec infrarecordeur ( Nero n'a pas voulu)

    et vous devez vous retrouver avec un DVD eb CDFS

    lancer l'ordinateur, le DVD de la miniImage Doit booter

    le setup Seven se lance.

    au démarrage du set Up mettez l'ISo complete et cliquer sur instaler


    PS : le CD complet de l'ISO de la Rc ne boot évidement toujours pas.

    Good instal.



    Sunday, May 3, 2009 3:07 PM
  • I am also having a similar problem with my "home grown" desktop (PCChips M848A mb, NEC ND-3550A DVD drives, Athlon XP 2800+, Vista Ultimate 32-bit).  I've been running Vista without a problem, but when I try to install Windows 7 RC, I get the following message: "cdboot cannot boot from cd code 5" and it just continues to the usual boot process for Vista.  Not sure why the problem is happening since I'm running Vista without a problem and I just ran the Windows 7 upgrade advisor program and it says I can upgrade without a problem.  Any help is appreciated as I'm very eager to get this running on my desktop.  I installed it as a dual boot with Vista Ultimate 64 on my Dell XPS 1530 laptop and it's giving me the impression to be the best OS Microsoft has put out in awhile in terms of usability, stability, and speed.  Very refreshing!!!!
    "Don't Die Wondering..."
    Saturday, May 9, 2009 3:32 AM
  • downlod this : http://dl.free.fr/oerCL5QPc/Disque_Recuperation_Vista.iso

    and creat with one mini Iso to boot setup witch.

    when setup is booting, put out miniIso and replace witch Iso.
    is good work in my computeur.

    to create mini iso tranlate my precedent post, and see vidéo :


    http://marcon.sylvain.club.fr/images/Miniiso.mpg


    good instal

    Saturday, May 9, 2009 3:59 PM
  • You can dowload Guijin. (http://sourceforge.net/projects/gujin/).
    it includes a disk image that you can write to a floppy disk (with RawWrite for example).

    just boot from the disk and choose the cd-rom drive where you inserted the Windows 7 Disk.

    (Guijin Emulates a BIOS that does work with the new setup)

    It works for me (I am installing right now!)

    Good Luck!

    Piet
    Saturday, May 9, 2009 4:43 PM
  • Cool, thanks.  I've been pretty busy lately, but I'll check it out as soon as I get the chance.  Took a quick peek at the link.  Looks promising.  Thanks again...
    "Don't Die Wondering..."
    Monday, May 11, 2009 7:32 PM
  • I am running Windows 7 Beta OK on a fairly new system, but when I attempt to load the same DVD onto my older PC, I get a Code 5 failure..??
    Is this more likely to be a hardware problem in the PC?
    Microsoft has changed the boot sector of the DVD. So some bios versions can't boot from this DVD. But you can create a bootable disk. Take a correct boot sector from other bootable disk (e.g. Vista) and merge it into the Windows 7 installation disk. See here.
    • Marked as answer by Davy-D Sunday, May 31, 2009 3:44 PM
    Wednesday, May 27, 2009 9:07 AM
  • OK, first, which build are you trying to install in the first place?
    You're quote "So I tried two other DVD's I have of build 7057 & build 7068 and I get the same Code 5 with those." tells me that you are trying to install a NON supported version and the file that was burned MAY be corrupted to begin with. (Surprised no-one else caught this.)



    wolfie
    Win7 RC 32bit OS, AMD Athlon64 X2 Duak Core 3800+, ASUSTeK M3A78-CM MainBoard, 4GIG Kingston Ram, Seagate 160G SATA, Seagate 250G SATA, 2 Seagate 500G SATA's, 1 SATA DVD-RW and 1 EIDE DVD-RW
    Wednesday, May 27, 2009 12:18 PM
  • I am running Windows 7 Beta OK on a fairly new system, but when I attempt to load the same DVD onto my older PC, I get a Code 5 failure..??
    Is this more likely to be a hardware problem in the PC?
    Microsoft has changed the boot sector of the DVD. So some bios versions can't boot from this DVD. But you can create a bootable disk. Take a correct boot sector from other bootable disk (e.g. Vista) and merge it into the Windows 7 installation disk. See here.

    I have to say thank you to Konst-33 and to UNAWAVE's step by step walk through. It worked perfectly and the Windows 7 RC DVD began its intallation immediately; although I had problems later at the first restart. After the first restart all I got on my monitor was
    "OUT OF RANGE
    H - 35.6 KHZ V + 87.2 HZ
    720 x 400."
    I will post this question separately in a new thread  here.
    Old Mig15 pilot.
    Sunday, May 31, 2009 3:55 PM
  • It may be a workaround, but its not a solution.
    This is a new product in RC!
    Are we all really happy if it gets released in this state????
    I'm certainly not, if we can hack files from the vista dvd iso and make it work perfectly, then so can MS.
    It stinks.

    for the record:
    Athlon XP 2400+ (2Ghz)
    1GB RAM
    MSI KT4V mobo
    256MB gforcefx 5600xt video card
    Brand new dvd/rw - YES I BOUGHT A NEW ONE JUST COS OF ERROR 5 - i should send MS the bill...
    Friday, June 5, 2009 10:55 PM
  • It may be a workaround, but its not a solution.
    This is a new product in RC!
    Are we all really happy if it gets released in this state????
    I'm certainly not, if we can hack files from the vista dvd iso and make it work perfectly, then so can MS.
    It stinks.

    for the record:
    Athlon XP 2400+ (2Ghz)
    1GB RAM
    MSI KT4V mobo
    256MB gforcefx 5600xt video card
    Brand new dvd/rw - YES I BOUGHT A NEW ONE JUST COS OF ERROR 5 - i should send MS the bill...

    Unfortunately the replacement of the DVD drive does not help. Affected are primarily computer with older motherboards of the company "AsRock" or "MSI".  And booting from the USB stick does not help either. The error seems to be an incompatibility of "AsRock" motherboards with the DVD boot sector used by Microsoft in Windows 7 installation DVD.
    http://www.unawave.de/windows-7-tipps/code5-error.html?lang=EN


    Old Mig15 pilot.
    Sunday, June 7, 2009 2:23 PM
  • This problem is all over the forum.  The use of Gujin, as mentioned by Piet Eckhart above, worked for me too for an ASROCK PE PRO-HT.
    If you enter the search text gujin code 5 windows 7 in Google you'll find several hits. Note that this solution requires a floppy drive and a utility to write an image to floppy (for the latter, I used the simple utility Diskwriter).
    Wednesday, June 10, 2009 1:47 PM
  • I have had this same problem, and I'm now sure it relates to a BIOS inability to read the boot sector from a DVD.  I have put my W7 RC DVD on the shelf and do not plan to waste any more time trying any workarounds.  It cannot be too difficult for MS to ensure that the program is released in a format suitable for all compliant computers.

    My system is an Athlon 6400+ CPU with 2GD RAM.  The DVD drive is about 18 months old and is a DVDRW unit, running as a slave to a DVDROM.  Neither drive will recognise the boot sector.

    If when MS release the retail version I will check to see what steps have been taken to ensure a system such as mine can load the software.  I would be happy to download a boot program from MS to put on a CD and boot through to the DVD from there, but that is all I am willing to contribute to what should be a simpler and more foolproof process.

    At a guess I'm thinking the dev teams have ignored some basic principles to concentrate on bells and whistles.  THe finest ringing bell and sweetest whistle is no good if you can't get it in the building.

    John
    Canberra
    Australia
    Wednesday, June 10, 2009 11:06 PM
  • What speed did you burn the DVD?   Try burning it again at a slower speed, say 4X or 8X.

    I have some DVD-R's that claim to be 16X, but I have to burn them at 8X to get reliable discs.
    Wednesday, June 10, 2009 11:27 PM
  • This looks like the answer to my problem (MSI MOBO), but for the life of me I can't figure out how to use the boot.bin I got from vLite.  Can anybody give me a hint please?

    Thanks
    Sunday, July 5, 2009 6:09 PM
  • I can't figure out how to use the boot.bin I got from vLite.
    Use this Tutorial.

    Skip second, third and fourth picture.
    In fifth picture use field "Boot Image" (yellow folder) and point to location of "boot.bin" from vLite.
    Check the other fields.
    Do the rest of the tutorial.
    Sunday, July 5, 2009 6:40 PM
  • Konst-33, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for the UNAWAVE write up and for responding so fast to my request for clarification on how to proceed with the vLite boot.bin! Everything works great. I sure do hope that MS fixes this in the final release. Naturlich! Regards, Cogito
    Monday, July 6, 2009 12:46 AM
  • where I can Download Vlite?
    Sunday, September 6, 2009 7:34 PM
  • What I find hard to believe is that this discussion has been going on since March, and here we are in November with no straightforward solution from Microsoft.  Are there so few old MSI and AsRock motherboards around that MS has not thought the problem worth solving?  Certainly the Win 7 Home Premium disc delivered to me in October still produces the Code 5 error with my MSI-based Fujitsu-Siemens machine, currently running XP Home.  I have now installed that copy of Win 7 on a new machine, and I'm awaiting delivery of an upgrade copy of Win 7 Pro for the older computer.

    I suppose it's too much to hope that the problem is now solved and I shan't have to work through the 'ImgBurn + vLite' solution?
    Monday, November 9, 2009 11:16 PM
  • I have an AMD 64 \ msi motherboard from 2005.

    Here is my solution to my issues - I worked on for two weeks.


    It might give you some insight to your issues.

    Tuesday, November 10, 2009 5:48 AM
  • I have AMD 64 / MSI motherboard from 2005 too, i get code 5 error. But it dont means that my computer is not suitable for windows 7. I used vista install DVD to boot and then i run command line, switch DVDs and typed setup.exe... Nothing hard. 

    Problem is that new bootmanager or whatever on windows 7 don't works with older matherboards. Solution is to boot somehow and then run setup. I'm running windows 7 for more than half year, since public beta, and it works fine. I'll never return to XP anymore.

    Other solution is to download Windows 7 Install DVD with pre-installed different boot manager, like Norton Ghosts or something. Use google or torrent sites :)

    So if you get code 5, it dont means your hardware is not compatibile with windows 7. Just bootmanager is not. If u can run Vista, u can run 7 too. Thats all :) Dont be afraid to install it. I think its best windows microsoft have made yet. Sry for my English.
    Tuesday, November 10, 2009 7:12 AM
  • dear Carey,
                   I don't know why, but I take deeply personal offense at your attitude.
     Others with old machines are so delighted with win7.
    Clear and useful suggestions were already posted by people who had sucessfully installed on similar machines.
    I think that your dismissive tone will discourage a lot of people. (It discourages me a lot- makes me sad ):

    Davy D wasn't asking for best choice, but can it be done? The answer from Konst-33 was perfectly clear.
    The option I used was to run set up from win seven files on the hard disk, from inside xp.
    It works just fine but the partiton for win7 must be formatted as NTFS.

    I don't have a cd drive, so I just extracted the ISO with a zip utility
    Thursday, November 12, 2009 3:53 AM
  • Folks using old outdated / low end hardware is not microsoft's fault, it is not up to microsoft to "fix it".

    If you are installing on unsupported hardware it is up to YOU to find a fix / work around.

    Microsoft has ALWAYS had min. requirements for hardware / software..just as all other OS's

    Look at MAC you are locked out of older boxes by the newest OS.
    Same with Linux  older stuff hits end of life, this is a fact of life.

    If your device is NOT on the list stop whining about it not working.


    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/default.aspx
    Friday, December 18, 2009 6:44 PM
  • Cannot install Windows 7 DVD in older PC - code 5


    for me, the cause was using the promise 579 controller on my board Soltek (K8TPro939). When I use the DVD Drive from the other SATA controller on the board it worked fine. Trying an older IDE DVD drive on either of the three channels on my board would also fail.

    I couldn't find a driver for the promise 579 controller either (VT80237A). Guess I will just be buying an add-on 'compatible' PCI Express card for a spare PCI slot.

     
    • Proposed as answer by Ivan Navarro Monday, April 4, 2011 7:39 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Ivan Navarro Monday, April 4, 2011 7:39 PM
    • Proposed as answer by Ivan Navarro Monday, April 4, 2011 7:42 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Ivan Navarro Monday, April 4, 2011 7:42 PM
    Tuesday, February 16, 2010 11:51 PM
  • I fixed my problem by connecting a usb power external dvd drive

    it worked  I agree with those above who says it cannot read the dvd due to some bio crap

    its not because your computer is slow, old, etc...

    it because your drive is not able initiate to boot OS

    • Proposed as answer by Ivan Navarro Monday, April 4, 2011 7:42 PM
    Monday, April 4, 2011 7:42 PM
  • Hey, I ran into this code 5 problem while installing windows 7 in my older computer which I'm planning to give to a friend. I used the VISTA RECOVERY CD which can be downloaded for free and followed your instructions, worked out perfectly. Thank you very much for a really simple and painless solution :)
    Sunday, June 19, 2011 8:19 PM
  • Thank You!
    Monday, August 19, 2013 5:06 AM