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Trying to reinstall Vista on disk problem


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#1 mystic12

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 09:47 AM

Dell Dimension 9200, SATA HDD, Vista Home Premium. When I get to the Install Windows screen, first screen shows Disk 0 Partition 2 Primary and

"Windows is unable to to find a system volume that meets it criteria for installation", searched the net as usual but can't find a proper answer for this, help please?



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Posted 30 June 2015 - 10:03 AM

Hi mystic12 :)

There's a well written Microsoft Article that explains what that issue is, what causes it and how to solve it.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/933925?wa=wsignin1.0

If you don't understand how to solve it, let me know.

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 10:09 AM

See this KB page. I think you need to wipe the drive as it seems you have a partition current on the drive. When you get to to the first screen of the Vista install press shift + F10 to get a command prompt then type the following

 

Diskpart

list disk

select disk 0       If you only have one disk on the computer

clean                 this will delete the drives partition table. using clean all  will zero out the drive.

convert mbr       you may get an error. If so disregard and continue with the following commands

create partition primary

select partition 1

format fs=ntfs label=(any name you want)

assign letter C:

exit

 

Then start the install

 

Sorry, missed Aura's post.


Edited by JohnC_21, 30 June 2015 - 10:09 AM.


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Posted 30 June 2015 - 10:10 AM

All good John, at least you provided instructions for diskpart, I didn't :P

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 10:12 AM

I had visited that exact article but there isn't a "This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu message like this?


Alright John, I will try the instructions.



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Posted 30 June 2015 - 10:24 AM


format fs=ntfs label=(user)

 

After I type the above line the above it is showing "There is no volume specified Please select a volume and try again"

 

It is also showing "The disk you specified is not GPT formatted. Please select an ampty GPT disk to convert"

 

Isn't this the same deal as with a couple of laptops in the past where we had used Parted Magic to format the disk John? If yes, might be easier for me to do now?

 

 



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Posted 30 June 2015 - 10:29 AM

Try only these commands (after entering diskpart):
  • select disk 0
  • clean
  • exit
Then select the only partition you have to install Windows Vista on it.

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 10:45 AM

Looks like the computer has UEFI which requires a a GPT disk. If Vista still does not install after Aura's instructions then instead of Convert MBR use the command

 

convert GPT 



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Posted 30 June 2015 - 11:13 AM

None of those worked on the disk guys, I am going to use the Parted Magic now, get back to you.



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Posted 30 June 2015 - 11:18 AM

I'm surprised to see such an old computer with UEFI to be honest.

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 11:39 AM

I used Partition Editor in Parted Magic to format to GPT but now I on the Install Windows Screen I see this error message:

 

This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the Disj's controller is enabled in the BIOS's menu

 

I went into the BIOS under Drives and check and the disk controller is in the ON position, any ideas please?

 

Aura, I don't see any UEFI entry in there.


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Posted 30 June 2015 - 11:41 AM

How are you trying to install Windows Vista? From a CD, DVD or a USB Flash Drive?

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 11:45 AM

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 11:55 AM

If you go in the BIOS, what is the "Hard Drive Controller Mode" set at, AHCI or IDE?

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 12:01 PM

Under DRIVES, I am not seeing Hard Drive Controller Mode, all it shows is

Controller Details:

Controller = Serial ATA

Port = SATA-0






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