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error code 0x0 with RC1

by mickeddie / September 15, 2006 10:39 AM PDT

I am using XP and want to do an upgrade install from within the OS. I ran the setup and after a few moments got this message..."Windows Setup experienced an unexpected error. To install Windows restart the installation. Error code 0x0."

I have a Prescott CPU 3.2ghz and 2 gb RAM. I do NOT have Vista Beta, just RC1.

Any ideas on what to do?


Eddie G

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A question and suggestions...
by John.Wilkinson / September 16, 2006 1:56 PM PDT

First, how are you installing Vista...did you burn a DVD or did you mount the ISO? Burning a DVD tends to be more problematic, and while reducing the speed of the burn seems to help it's still better to mount the ISO using something along the lines of Daemon Tools, which is free.

Second, note that upgrade installations can be tricky. For best results disable any unnecessary software when you launch the installer (if mounting the ISO) and disconnect any peripherals (either way).

Finally, note that Vista is still a bit buggy and not fully supported, so you may not want to overwrite XP at this time. Instead I'd suggest either dual-booting or loading Vista in a virtual machine. (Basically running Vista inside a window on top of XP.) The best free tool for this is VMWare Server, which shouldn't have a problem at all considering you have 2GB of RAM at your disposal.

Hope this helps,

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Mount the iso?
by mickeddie / September 17, 2006 9:37 AM PDT

I do not know what it means to mount the iso. I used Nero Burner to burn the ISO to a DVD and ran the setup from the DVD. I will try the other methods you suggested.

If I use Virtual Machine how do I tell the installation program where to install? Does it create a false hard drive?

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The other options...
by John.Wilkinson / September 17, 2006 11:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Mount the iso?

When you mount an ISO, you use a program such as Daemon Tools to create a virtual DVD-ROM drive that points to the Vista ISO you downloaded. This prevents you from having to burn the DVD and incur the problems that can go along with it.

In regards to using a virtual machine, you install software such as Virtual PC or WMWare Server. It will create a file on your hard drive that acts like a virtual hard drive, usable only by compatible virtualization software. The virtual machine acts like a separate computer, so when you start it up it will detect the DVD in the drive just like your computer would and prompt to boot from it. Alternatively, you can mount the ISO and point it to the fake DVD-ROM drive in order to install the OS in the virtual machine. There should only be one partition detected (the virtual machine), so you just install it there. This way you can leave your computer in it's current state and still run Vista. If anything goes wrong simply delete the virtual machine like you would any other file and continue on. That's a recommended option when it comes to beta testing software since you minimize possible problems.

Hope this helps,

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virtual machine and vista
by mickeddie / September 18, 2006 12:33 PM PDT
In reply to: The other options...

I load the DVD to boot and install an OS from my virtual machine and get the bar with "windows is loading files" but it hangs there and nothing happens. I cannot load the vista ISO file as I get an error message from the virtual machine's window that it is not the right size for a CD image.

Any suggestions aside from giving it more time?



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never mind
by mickeddie / September 18, 2006 12:34 PM PDT
In reply to: The other options...

never mind my last's working now.

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