I hate computers, especially Vista ones

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So today I thought I'd install windows updates.  I started the process, but left it as we decided to go shopping.  When we got home the computer apparently had restarted with some error. (There might also have been an error about disk space, but the computer had six gig free).  I didn't think too much about this, and ran windows update again.  It did stuff like install IE 8 so it was definitely doing something.  It got to the end and wanted to restart, however it said there was a failed patch and gave an error code, which to be honest I didn't pay too much attention to, I just thought I'd try again after a restart.  Now to complicate matters, I'd also attached a new USB hub, but I can't remember at what point I attached it - whether it was before or after I went shopping - but probably after.

So restarted. 

The Dell splash screen came up, but then got no further.  Tried hard booting it, same thing.  No response on keyboard.  So attached the keyboard to a real usb socket and disconnected the hub.  This time it got further, but restarted, and came up with a screen saying windows failed to load.  I could try again or run the setup repair.  Trying again didn't work so tried the setup repair.  It tried to repair errors, but still wouldn't boot.  Tried repairing again (actually a couple of times).  It decided to do chkdsks.  That didn't seem to go well.  Tried using the vista repair options.  Got a dos prompt and tried a manual chkdsk.  It finally complained about not having enough space to fix errors in hiberfil.sys.  Cleared some space and tried again.  This time it completed, but the setup repair still wouldn't work.  Only messages include things like "bad patch".  Tried restoring to a system restore point of the 23rd.  Still no luck.

At this point there seemed to be no other option than to reinstall windows.  I unpacked my system cds a while back, but really have no idea where I put all the cds.  Plus I'm always paranoid those things are just going to wipe your whole hard drive and restore a stock standard image.  So I thought this would be a good opportunity to try out Windows 7.  So Stu downloaded it and I just tried installing it.

Except it seems you have to be inside a working verison of windows vista to actually run the upgrade in place.

*sigh*

So looks like will have to do a custom install and start again.  Except I don't have the disk space to spare.  Not without deleting a bunch of stuff. 

Really need to get that file server up and running.....

Epic fail!

2 Comments

Missy said:

Is it worth buying an external drive and backing up data? Or with the problems your computer is having, maybe you can't get to an external drive?

I hope it all works out! Good luck.

May 25, 2009 11:26 AM

   

Kazza the Blank One said:

I did a "data" backup last Tuesday. I did a "photo" backup two weeks before that. Now I have all my photos on my camera still, so no real issues there. And all the work I did on renaming the Japan photos was saved into a big directory listing text file and saved to Gmail.

I could attach an external hard drive, and use a live cd like knoppix to access it, but I really don't think I'll have problems with the data. Still, I'll be doing some comparisons of things to make sure the chkdsks didn't overwrite any random files anywhere.

No the thing I'm going to be most likely to lose, and I'll be the most grumpy about losing, is all the browser windows I had open to things I wanted to save. Not the end of the world, just annoying :/

May 25, 2009 5:44 PM

   

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