Vista Install Freezes!!!


  • I am running AMD 64 3000+, on an ABIT NF8-V2 motherboard, 1 GB of Ram, Radeon 9800, Sony DRU 700a DVD drive and have not been able to Install Vista. I waited to receive the DVD kit from microsoft thinking maybe i had a bad ISO file from the download, but nothing changed. There is no error code to speak of, it just freezes at "Expanding Files" usually around 44%. Pretty sure its a hardware issue, but any ideas or advice would be much appreciated. I know that without an error code it might be a long shot, but its worth a try.

    Sunday, June 25, 2006 3:38 AM

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  • cadi_blue,



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    Sunday, June 25, 2006 6:00 AM
  • I have the same problem.  It hangs in the "Expanding Files" section at about 21%.  The the error message says:

    "Error while editing boot entries..."

    I am thinking my HD isn't big enough.  I am using a backup computer with a  30Gig HD to learn all the Vista Beta2 glitches before installing the OS on my 60Gig HD i normally run in that machine. 

    I had to put Windows XP on the 30G HD just to be able to install VIsta from my network.  I don't have a DVD drive on my backup machine yet, just a CD-ROM. 

    That leaves about 25Gig for the Vista install on the backup computer.  With the 30Gig HD,   I guess its not nearly enough. 

    I believe 60Gig is the minimum available storage space required for Vista installs.  

    I just got my Vista DVDs in the mail, and was curious if I could get it to install on a drive I don't normally use first.   I guess not.

    The CPU I am running is the Athlon XP 2600+ (Barton?).

    So we are both running AMD processors, but yours is the 64bit version.

    Also:  I can't even get my main computer, running Windows XP Home, to boot from the Vista DVD.    I change the BIOS to make it boot from the CD-ROM , but it always boots to XP from the C: drive anyway?  I don't know if buying a DVD for my backup computer is even going to help me with the Vista install problems or not.  If Vista won't boot from the CD, buying a DVD drive for my backup computer won't help any.

    I Will report on progress I make this week, if any!   If I still have this "expanding files" hangup error with the 60Gig HD installed, I plan to submitt a feedback report on it. 



    Monday, July 03, 2006 3:48 AM
  • If you're using the 64-bit version, that could be the case. The 32-bit version fits very well on a 20 Gig by itself. If you are loading the 64-bit while Windows XP is on it, yes, there is a problem.
    Monday, July 03, 2006 4:00 AM
  • I doubt it’s the HD; I bought a 200GB just for vista, granted it’s not SATA but still. My POS computer at work, I don’t even know the specs but it’s a Northgate, enough said, installed it fine. I am pretty sure it’s the motherboard. I have switched out every other piece of hardware save the MOBO. I have only tried the 32bit version thus far, but I have given up with this setup. I am going to invest in an ASUS Mobo, always had good luck with those. Thanks for responding


    Tuesday, July 04, 2006 2:42 AM
  • My PC full fill all the requirement soplease you give ma a Free Cd of Window Vista .
    Sunday, July 16, 2006 8:09 AM
  • I finally got Vista Beta2 to install on my backup computer with the 30G HD.

    Several things I did differently during the install process, so I don't know the one thing that made the difference.


    During the first install attempt via my home network, the error message I would get on the screen (in text mode format) was:

        "error while editing boot entries" at the Expanding Files step at 21% 

    then upon reboot the error I got (in text mode format) was:

         "The windows boot configuration data file does not contain a valid OS entry"

    Different Approach:

    • I activated Windows XP Home installation on the backup computer with the 30G HD
    • I made sure all the correct XP drivers were installed and functioning properly with my motherboard and chipset
    • I chose to upgrade to Vista from Windows XP rather than full install


    • Vista installed without a hitch onto my 30G HD with sound, graphics, and networking functioning properly.  
    • Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) is not working yet, but I should resolve that issue with proper configurations and portocol settings.



    • I think by first activating XP Home via internet corrected the boot configuration data error problem discussed above.
    • Choosing Upgrade to Vista route seems to work allot better than trying to boot from the DVD or choosing the full-install approach to my Vista installion.
    Sunday, July 16, 2006 9:17 PM
  • Aryan,


     The Windows Vista is ONLY an evaluation copy meant to be tested by IT professionals and other professionals. It is NOT a permanent copy to have on your computer.

    Monday, July 17, 2006 3:44 AM
  • I got the same issue with my SATA drive with dual core CPU on ASUS 945 chipset board. The DVD just freezed, I try to boot the system with the DVD, but no luck. Any idea or clue...
    Wednesday, August 16, 2006 8:36 PM

     Place your DVD player as Secondary Master and be sure that the jumper on the back of the DVD is set to Master. Hopefully you won't have a problem with it freezing up. Good Luck. 

    Wednesday, August 16, 2006 10:36 PM
  • nice from you to offer help for us unlucky ones, but this link is broken...

    People, try this one (not very usefull for me)

    Wednesday, October 04, 2006 4:22 PM
  • I had the same problem using an asus p5ld2 mb (Pentium D and chipset 945).

    Install would not go beyond expanding files (0%) but saw no hdd nor dvd activity.

    I tried lots of things and followed many posted suggestions.

    Finally I got it working by disabling the onboard EIDE (ITE 8211F) controller. This mb has both ICH7R (4 sata + 2 ata) and 8211F (4 eide ata).

    Everything is working now.

    Friday, August 24, 2007 6:50 AM