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Hard Drive Wiped

I recently wiped my hard drive and reinstalled Windows Vista, however, now I am unable to install any of the other programs I had on my laptop. I was able to download but nothing happens when I click to install them. I'm sure there's a simple solution but I can't figure it out, please help.

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That was a big mistake

Wiping the HDD to reinstall Vista .
Vista is not supported by anyone anymore , if it was running ok before you should have just cleaned up the OS and kept as is.
The solution would be to upgrade to Windows 7/10 .

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Oh Great

Wow, guess it's time to upgrade. I need a new battery too, wonder if I should just get a new laptop all together....Ugggg. Thanks!

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Try to do as

Both Bob's suggest as they know way more that I , but to me it doesn't sound promising .
As far as the battery goes , that might cost as much as the laptop is worth these days.
As far as a new laptop goes , that's up to you ,but Cnet has a neat forum sticky here called
Laptop Chooser > https://www.cnet.com/forums/discussions/cnet-laptop-chooser-college-too-350349/

Depending on your use , folks might want to look into Chromebooks...

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good idea

then you can use the old laptop for Linux Mint 18, or some preferred Linux distro

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Vista

Where did this copy of vista come from?

Was this the factory restore media?

Perhaps a restore of a backup you made?

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Backup

Backup Restore. It let me install the os back on it and it works fine, but no programs will install other than Mozilla.

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Backup

How was this backup made?

Have you ever in the past restored this backup?

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Recovery Partition

I used the recovery partition from the laptop to create a reinstall disc for Vista, wiped my hard drive, reinstalled the os and it works fine except I'm having problems installing programs. I'll be good to go if I can get that to work. I'll work on it some more over the weekend and see what happens.

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maybe some protection software...

....that was on it is now active again on the reinstall? Did you do a complete format and reinstall, or a "dirty reinstall" of Vista on top of itself? Also check your user permissions, those may have default to something other than an admin account. Have you tried accessing the admin account and installing software while using it? Boot to SAFE MODE and you may see the Admin account.

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Admin Permission

Complete reinstall, and i'm pretty sure I checked to make sure I had admin permissions, but I'll check that again under Safe Mode. Thanks.

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Time to try again.

Vista support is almost gone but do try this again, and follow the maker's instructions about OS and driver install.

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Try this.

Hit Ninite.com and check off a few apps. Do apps from Ninite install?

-> There is another issue in that a fresh install could have updates downloading and installing. This can block installing apps till the updates of the OS are complete. Slightly technical, could be it.

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Thought so too

Yeah, when I started it back up, it had A LOT of updates, and I thought that was it also but when it finished it still wouldn't install. Now, it has more updates. I'll try again and if all else fails, I'll try an upgrade.

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It's a good chance it's the OS updating.

Painful when it does that.

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Well now.....

I have seen updates go on for days , maybe more.
The OS will say updates complete or there are no more updates available and two days later, there are updates available sooo, Robert may be correct there ( he usually is )

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Time will tell.

Something I've seen and Vista being Vista may take a while.

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Up..dat...e....ssssssssss
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Good Read

Wow, guess I should learn how to use Linux.

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nothing really to learn

works a lot like windows - just use different names Happy

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Great Forum

This was my first time using this forum and I think it's great, I never posted a question and got back so many responses so quickly, this is very helpful, and I'll post what the outcome is.....FIXED OR NIXED. Thanks Everyone.

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It really is a good forum

Too bad that governments around the world can't get along like individuals .
Individuals go through great lengths to help each other even from the other side of the world.

After we figure out what happened with your issue, we hope you will come back occasionally and help others . We are all volunteers and all help /viewpoints are welcome

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what could have happened

is the programs you downloaded no longer supports vista. most likely what you were running were older versions that was able to run in vista and possibly no longer updated. if you gave some of the program names, someone here may be able to check it for you.

as far as getting a new battery. I agree with the others. you now have an extremely good excuse to get a new laptop. a good laptop is not that expensive anymore and no where close to what they were when vista was the official operating system.

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Vista recovery

Depending on your laptop, you should used the recovery partition to reload the OS. Further, you will also need to load the SP bundles from MS support website. They should still have them as complete from get all of them. In other words before you attempt any s/w loading of pgms., the OS itself has to be 100% ready. Alas, Vista is no longer supported by MS other than I suggest above. MS dl website has to be searched to get those if still present. Also. any other MS updates, etc. as networking, security, etc.. too. Other websites may have SPs as well BUT!!! from trusted websites. Once, you do all that then retry the pgm. installs comment then.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Update

Sorry it took so long for an update, had other issues besides my laptop. I finally had to give in and pay someone to look at it, and it didn't take him much time to figure out that after downloading a program, I had to go into "properties" and click "unblock" in order for the program to install. So it costs me about $100 but it also saved me money that I would have spent buying a new one, so for now.....PROBLEM SOLVED!

Thanks to everyone who replied for all your help. Great Site for help. Happy

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