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Well... that's 40 minutes of my life I'll never get back.

Messed around with trying to load the Vista Beta 1 on a clean (not even formatted) VPC. No joy.

Did some Googling, but still didn't find an answer. Ok well, found some answers:
1. VPC can't recognize ISO images over 2.2 gig in size. The ISO for Vista is bigger than that.
2. Virtual Server has apprently solved that problem.

I burned the ISO to a DVD and never could get VPC to even see the DVD. That was probably me doing something wrong.

I also downloaded the 64bit version... and could get VPC to see that ISO, but encountered an error right off the bat. Got through the progress bar... Windows is loading files... and then this popped up:

                             Windows Boot Error                                
Windows Boot Manager has experienced a problem.                                
    Status: 0xc000035a                                                         
    Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application       
          is missing, or corrupt.                                              
    File: \WINDOWS\system32\winload.exe                                        
You can try to recover the system with the Microsoft Windows System Recovery   
Tools. (You might need to restart the system manually.)                        
If the problem continues, please contact your system administrator or computer 
Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2005 4:10 PM General Interest | Back to top

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Not sure if this is where your problem is, but you will want to make sure you have formatted that VPC's hard disk before you try to run the install. The Vista installation program wasn't able to use the partition that it created and formatted.

Solution: Boot a Windows XP or Windows Server CD instead. Go through the partition creation and format, and then shut it off after the formatting is complete. Now boot your Vista disk and use the partition it finds. You should be good to go.

Left by Kevin Remde on Aug 04, 2005 8:01 PM

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