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    Reinstalling Vista using the Upgrade Path

    Computer will not boot normally. I tried using the upgrade method as described in the Langa article. Removed SP1 and SP2. Booted the OS using the Safe Mode. The Vista Install DVD booted automatically. I then got a message "You cannot upgrade Windows in the Safe Mode. Cancel the installation, restart your computer in the normal mode and try the installation again." My problem is I cannot boot in the normal mode. BTW I have a Dell computer. Any suggestions how to get around this problem without doing a complete reinstall.
    Thanks, Sam

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    Have you tried System Restore, from Safe mode?

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    If you have the Vista installation disk, can you try to boot to the disk and choose Repair your computer.

    You might be in for a complete reinstallation. I hope you backed up your data.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
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    I was able to save all my data files from the Safe Mode.
    I ran the following procedures:
    Repair option in Safe Mode
    Launch Startup Repair
    Start windows normally
    None of these worked
    I then did a Restore from two weeks back when everything worked. The restore procedure worked fine.
    The computer still did not boot after the restore was done.
    I then ran the repair option again and the majority of the tests worked with no errors except for the following two tests:

    I got the following message:

    Root Cause found
    Repair Action: System Restore
    Result: Failed Error code Oxb7

    Repair Action: System Files Intergrity Check and Repair
    Result: Repair Failed Error Code Ox2

    Does this mean that the Restore from two weeks back did not work even after receiving the message : " Restore completly Successful."

    Sam

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    It's not looking good. Do you have even older restore points you can restore to?

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    Sometimes I have found that it is much less time consuming to bite the bullet and do a complete reinstallation. Since your data is safe, in most likely less than a day you could be back in service.

    Might I recommend looking into Imaging after you are up and running again. Also look into ways to back up your data. You were lucky with the data this time.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
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