hey i was upgrading to vista business on my laptop - a dell inspiron 8600. it's a couple years old, but i had run the vista RC1 before, and it worked just fine until my hard drive died (thru no fault of vista - it was going to go anyway). I tried upgrading Windows XP Home to Vista Business and i ran into the same problem yo uhad with the constant restarts.
What i had to do was reformat and reinstall XP using my restore disks and then do a clean install of Vista Business. Basically I lost a bit of data, but because it was a new hard drive, there wasn't much on there, and i had everything backed up. So if you had some data on there, I'm sorry to say it's probably lost. But now i got vista working.
Good luck and let me know if it works for you.
I've searched the board to see if there were similar problems with the symptoms that my computers are having but I couldn't find anything that matched.
There are two distinct issues when installing vista on the XPS410 and 400:
On the XPS410:
The 410 claims to be vista compatible and is currently installed with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2002 SP2. Intel Core 2 6600 2.4GHz 250GB HDD, 1GB ram, CDR and DVD+-RW drives, BIOS version 2.1.2
When I try to install Vista 32bit Home Premium DVD the following occurs:
The initial screen loads, I click thought it and it takes me to the screen where I am to enter the activation code, I enter the code, hit NEXT and at this point the problem occurs, basically the system doesn't load anything and I've given it enough time by waiting up to 20 minutes just to see if it would bring up the next screen. However all I get is the hourglass icon, when I hit CTRL+ALT+DEL the manager says that the install program is responding and if I click over the processes the Setup.exe is using various amounts of ram, but the next screen in the installation just never appears.
On the XPS400
This one also claims to be vista compatible. It is currently running Win XP Media Center Edition 2002 SP2. Intel Pentium D 3.2GHz, 1GB ram, 250GB HDD, CDR and DVD+-RW drive BIOS version A07.
This problem is far different. When i try to install the exact same version of vista I get past the problem listed above without any issue, it takes the XPS400 about 5 seconds to load the next screen following the activation code, I click thought the next few screens and select UPGRADE. I proceed thought the install all the way to what looks like the end. Vista completes the final step in the upgrade and resets the computer and attempts to load vista, here is where the problem is.
On the load screen (the initial one when your first turn on the computer, where its actually loading the OS) it stays on that screen for roughly 1 second and then it brings up the 'blue screen of death' for a fraction of a seconds and resets the machine, and it will do this forever constantly resetting, trying to load the OS again and crashing. Unfortunately the 'blue screen of death' is up for less than a second so there is no way I can write down any information about the crash. After that I had to restore my previous XP install, thank God for that option or my computer would be lost.
I ran the Upgrade Adviser on both the 400 and 410, the only program that was listed as "Necessary for Removal" was McAfee Antivirus (the one that came pre-installed on the computer) I uninstalled it but that didn't fix anything.
A few other programs were displayed and said that they might have "minor compatibility issues", those i did not remove.