Clean Install using SATA DVD and SATA HDD
Posted: 03-13-2007, 02:34 PM
RAM, Samsung SATA DVD, 250 GB WD SATA HDD. Windows Vista Home Basic OEM DVD.
Entered CMOS setup to use the 'CDROM' as the first boot device. Inserted
OEM DVD and rebooted. Windows message appears indicating that files are
being opened. After several minutes message appears that a file is missing
or corrupt on a path that includes WIndows32 sub-directory. Select the
option reached by hitting Enter key and am able to tab to inspect memory.
Immediately receive message that there are problems with memory.
Turn off machine and sleep on it.
Next day, insert Windows XP install disk and everything progresses
successfully. SATA HDD gets formatted while I walk away for dinner. Return
and install is asking for validation code. I remove XP install CD from
drive, replace it with the Vista OEM DVD, and reboot. Install procedes to
Moral: SATA HDD must be formatted before attempting a clean install of