I decided to upgrade my brother's windows xp media center pc (with his permision) to Windows Vista Ultimate. But it completes the upgrade and it will not boot. It will start up and never make it to the vist boot screen... It will loop and keep restarting. Everything is compatible and I am doing everything by thr books (so I think) It is a Dell E525 (I think) 2.0GHz AMD athlon X64 2Gb of DDR2 RAM
I dont know if this helps but we were having speed problems with the XP and that is partly why we are trying to upgrade.
Thanks and all help is appreciated!
asked Apr 23 '11 at 20:16
A. make sure your windows vista is genuine.
B. make sure your windows vista is 32-bit edition.
C. make sure your windows vista is english version.
D. make sure your hardware can support Windows vista
E. make sure there is not any bios problem.
F. if you still cant solve the problem, you can contact Microsoft service center or send email to them
xp was probably suffering from bad sectors on hdd, check or replace the hdd.
answered Apr 23 '11 at 21:19
You know, windows have more problems than anything else, worse if its vista.
answered Apr 23 '11 at 20:29
why did you choose vista? if you wanted to upgrade you should have went with windows 7... vista is a downgrade from xp
answered Apr 23 '11 at 20:39
It's easy enough to download a hard disc error checking freeware program. You may as well check that first before trying in vain to install Vista (if the drive is failing). I know each drive maker generally has downloadable programs available at their website's support page.
Assuming the drive checks out ok, do a full format (not "quick") & then check it for errors as a slave to another running MS PC, if possible. It's not the only way to do this- but simplest.
If the drive checks ok or you end up with a new drive- there's a loophole in Vista & 7 that allows you to do a full install with upgrade media. Google for it. Basically, you install as if it is new- do not input the product key- get through the setup- allow it to reboot. Then, boot once again to Vista CD & it will recognize & "upgrade" itself (the 1st Vista you've installed).
Hope this helps
answered Apr 25 '11 at 05:40