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How to repair a Windows Vista install

by TheLearner001 / May 22, 2015 10:59 PM PDT

I do have a DVD of Vista Ultimate 64 bit (the installed OS). I don't want to reinstall just yet, so I looked through the options on the disc to see if there was anything useful. I had heard that there was a way to repair an install using the disc, but I'm not able to find anything.

These are the screens I get in fact:

The first screen I see is this one: - I can select my language but that's all I can do there.

The second screen is this one: - just a license agreement. Nothing special here.

The third one is this one: - asking me where I want to install Vista.

So... as someone in desperate need of the ability to simply repair an existing installation, where are the options to repair? I've searched top to bottom. Am I missing something. I could really use some help here.

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

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Did You BOOT From The Vista DVD?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 23, 2015 1:22 AM PDT

If not, you should.. Try following the steps in the link below, remembering that a repair install can only be done with a DVD that contains the same service pack as you currently have on the computer.. For example, a Vista DVD which contains the original version of Vista can not be used to repair a Vista SP2 installation. If that's the case here, you'll need to create a slipstreamed version. :

Hope this helps.


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You have the SP2 version already
by James Denison / May 25, 2015 12:43 AM PDT

And you are choosing the correct partition, but the problem is you have very little free space left which is probably what caused your problem in the first place. Windows needs to keep about 10-12% free space showing, because it sort of lies about space available, not counting the space taken by meta-data. Basically you are facing the issue of a an over filled disk.

It's a complicated explanation I'll let you search out, but most just accept that when you have 10% or less free space in Windows since Vista onward, you are pushing the edge and can expect problems to start happening, including crashes, or even getting locked out.

Your solution is simple enough. Remove some of what's stored on the drive to another, then restore it, and remember the 10-12% free space rule.

Here's some info on it.

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by James Denison / May 25, 2015 12:56 AM PDT

I see the disk 0 is GPT and you get an error msg. That means you are attempting to use a 32 bit Vista version disk instead of a 64 bit version. The 32 bit version will not install on GPT and it will not repair a 64 bit version which has been installed on the GPT type disk. So, your system may be 64 bit on disk 0 and and need a 64 bit disc used to fix it, or you have 32 bit Vista installed to the disk 1 instead. So, I can't say for sure which disk you have Vista installed to, but the free space requirement remains the same. I suspect you have it installed to the disk 1 with 32 bit since it seems if the disk 0 was where it was installed, you'd have had problems long before having about 8GB left on it.

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