What I Hate Today – Computer Help

livejournal11About a month ago, I asked the IT guy (DL) to completely wipe out my test computer, install Windows 7, and do a clean install of Vista.

He installed Windows 7, but didn’t do the Vista part.

I brought my test computer in yesterday. He couldn’t figure out how to reinstall Vista. I asked him to remove all of the user profiles. He didn’t really do that either.

So, I brought my test computer home. I formatted the partition with Vista on it. I have tried unsuccessfully to get the computer to boot from the install DVD I made yesterday. I’ve set the BIOS boot order. Didn’t help.

Windows 7 isn’t “compatible” with the files on the DVD, so I can’t open the DVD from there.

I can’t install any software on the Windows 7 partition without backing up that partition. That’s what I need Vista for – we have a program called Perfect Image that I can use to make an image of my clean Windows 7 partition, which I can then use to restore it later. But without another partition, I can’t do anything.

I can’t call IT, because he’s the guy who screwed it all up in the first place.

I can’t find the answer to my question on the Web.

I can’t find the Windows Vista install image on the Approved Software server.

I really don’t know what to do now.


  • computer,
  • work


( 1 comment )


Jun. 10th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
It’s probably a longshot, but do you have PXE (network) boot at your office location? (Pressing F12 during boot sequence) It’s what we use for OS deployment, and it has helped on several occasions when the media I had was suspect.

You might also ask your IT guy if he has access to/can get you a copy of this: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/enterprise/products/mdop/dart.aspx It can help troubleshoot and format multiple types of Windows even when unbootable.

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