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Topic # 13869 1-Jun-2007 21:09
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Hi have dual boot XP + upgrade Vista. Before i start can someone tell me if i reinstall will my upgrade key still work?

Ok here goes ...
i decided to use system restore after installation of a trial version of ulead videostudio 11 plus.
after system restore when vista loads, it shows a mouse pointer over a black screen with the hard drive active. Sometimes only black screen no mouse pointer. The startup screen loads (the one with the green bars on a black screen) but it does not load the logon screen. Same thing happens running in Safe mode. Have not tried holding that key that lets you choose which drivers to load (err have to search can't remember ... was it Ctrl?)

The thing is, this has happened 3 times before but when i restart it, Vista loads with no problems.

Any other alterations? Well i installed some drivers from manufacturer for my hauppauge pvr pci ii 26xx card but i am sure i have restarted that before and it worked.

Howabout restore further back? Well i shouldnt have loaded xp but i did and all my restore points have been erased. But i doubt it would have helped. Would it?

Diagnostics - the Vista CD repair diagnostics found no problems.

So ... what's the problem guys? Do i really have to reinstall and if i do will my (upgrade) key still work?

Thanks for Any information!

ps i will try loading one driver at a time soon ... my baby is crying, just thought i'd get this out into the open early so i have it up and going by monday!





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  Reply # 73191 1-Jun-2007 22:33
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Used the F8 mode ... so no loading one driver at a time apologies. No luck.

Enable 640x480 - made it show a fuzzy tiny thing (which i think is supposed to be the logon screen?) just after the green bars and before the mouse pointer came on. But still black screen. Same story with all the other options.

I am convinced the video drivers are stuffed up or that the ulead VS 11 trial made some changes that were not reversed correctly?

So here's the big question - will my upgrade key still work if i reinstall and what's the best way to reinstall (if no one can suggest a cure)? I have XP on the real partition and Vista on logical partition.

Thanks guys.




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  Reply # 73195 1-Jun-2007 22:49
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The key should work fine. The only thing it could happen is to have to call Microsoft for over the phone activation.







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  Reply # 73273 2-Jun-2007 21:03
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well, reformatted and reinstalled. reactivated.

i was just surprised that system restore glitched fatally. well, i shouldnt be surprised :) as usual, backup, backup, backup, (in this case i didnt install anything suspicious i must say, a fault of system restore on the background of well known flawed [dell] hardware perhaps? we shall never know.).

a good lesson for all! phew!




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Reply # 73276 2-Jun-2007 21:38
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joker97: ... in this case i didnt install anything suspicious i must say, a fault of system restore on the background of well known flawed [dell] hardware perhaps? we shall never know.).


Nothing suspicious? What about the trial version of ulead videostudio 11 plus? You say it changed some drivers?

Anyway, good to know it's working again.





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