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hey guys, trying to do a fresh install of vista ultimate.

I install as normal but during the installation after copying files it gets to "expanding files" gets to around 30% and comes to a halt, giving me error

-"Windows could not prepare the computer to boot into the next phase of the installation"

now i am installing this to one of my hard drives, i have formatted it in the installation process so there is nothing on it, i have also tried creating a new partition but nothing works.

i even installed windows XP pro and tried to do an upgrade inside windows but i still got the same error.

i think its also worth mentioning these things-

1. i removed all overclocks before installing

2. i did have a semi successful install where windows got all the way through in installation process, but when i rebooted it told me the bootmgr was compressed. i then proceeded to follow instructions suggested on another forum i found in Google. but then i got another error saying bootmgr is missing so i just reformatted which led me to this.

i have searched through endless pages on vista. please please please help.
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Have you tried kill disc and then do your install. . Kill disc totally wipes your hard drive clean. And it is free.

http://www.killdisk.com/
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Have you tried kill disc and then do your install. . Kill disc totally wipes your hard drive clean. And it is free.

http://www.killdisk.com/
nah i havnt , i will try that but not straight away as i have xp installed now. i dont want to have the install not work and have to install xp again
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That does sometimes happen if there is partial remaining bit of OS lying around on the drive. As tatted says.. Wipe the drive properly with a disk utility or format it a good few times. This will normally clear any corrupt remaining data and allow you to put re-install your OS.
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That does sometimes happen if there is partial remaining bit of OS lying around on the drive. As tatted says.. Wipe the drive properly with a disk utility or format it a good few times. This will normally clear any corrupt remaining data and allow you to put re-install your OS.
ok ill try that now
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worked like a charm, thankyou. Rep+
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Good to hear ya got it sorted
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Good to hear ya got it sorted
haha yes but of course being a Microsoft product now ive got a thousand other problems lol
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haha yes but of course being a Microsoft product now ive got a thousand other problems lol
Don't worry, there's a thousand patches for those
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