I don't have an OEM key, and now, I have no means of finding the key originally used when this Vista was installed.
I guess I'm going to have to abandon this nearly-there copy of Vista.
I'm also guessing the HD is fine, and will be usable after a re-format.
I might just use the PC as a...
Thanks for the reply, Terry.
The computer is a no-brand, shop-assembled Vista PC of a few years ago with (I believe) a legitimate OEM Vista copy - yet no recovery disks with it, of course.
F8 gives me the Advanced Boot Options, thus:
I've done "Disable auto restart on system failure" and...
Trying to repair a Vista installation that won't boot:
I inherited this PC which used to run Vista, but now only goes to the black "Windows Error Recovery" screen.
Won't start Windows in any mode, and certainly not normally - it loops continually back to WER screen.
Bought Vista 32-bit...
Just to round this off: I emailed support at email@example.com and told them what motherboard/graphics I was using, and they sent me a new version of the .iso disk image - which works! Many thanks indeed for the swift response.
Running Startup Repair successfully now............
Getting the same thing here - on a (dead) Vista system.
Tried a small monitor - says "Signal over range". Too small?
Tried a large monitor, says "Set to 1920x1200" - Too big?
What do we do now?
Edit - just tried a medium monitor - same thing!