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I have a Dell xps 400 im setting up as a file server, Pentium D 3.2, 2x1gb Corsair XMS 2 675mhz ram... Evga 7950 GT graphics, Westerd Digital 400 gb sata....

So i go threw the steps to intal vista and i get to the hard drive part. Format the drive and click next... it starts to install the files and then it pops up a box saying that, "windows setup could not reinitialize the deployment engine"

I know the drive is okay cause it was a storage drive for another computer and has worked flawlessly for months, its only about 3 months old..

What should i do... thanks
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I have a Dell xps 400 im setting up as a file server, Pentium D 3.2, 2x1gb Corsair XMS 2 675mhz ram... Evga 7950 GT graphics, Westerd Digital 400 gb sata....

So i go threw the steps to intal vista and i get to the hard drive part. Format the drive and click next... it starts to install the files and then it pops up a box saying that, "windows setup could not reinitialize the deployment engine"

I know the drive is okay cause it was a storage drive for another computer and has worked flawlessly for months, its only about 3 months old..

What should i do... thanks
Throw in windows XP and format the Hard drive then take it out and try installing Vista.
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XP gives me a blue screen of death every time when its loading the basic drivers before i get to the setup screen? I have no idea why
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post #4 of 10
Get a kill disk that erases the data off the HD and then do a fresh install.
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and how do i do that
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bumpfor help....
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connect the hdd to another pc format it clean full format on xp or vista doesnt matter which as long as its ntfs file system connect it to the the first sata port on the rig your trying to install too or have it set as master if its ide then it should install without needing to format the hdd.

make sure you have your motherboard cd as vista can install drivers of of the cd during install!
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Try using a linux live disc to reformat the HDD. If that don't work, if could be the vista disc....is it scratched at all? If not then it could be your RAM....try one stick at a time.
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u need a disk wipe utility (google it up) everyone that plays with comps should have one. it's a must for techs it give u a clean slate to install O/S.
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cool thanks, i will try a few of those things and see how it goes...
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