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[HELP!] Windows Installer & System Restore both won't work (Windows Vista 64)

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout' started by Drexlerfan22, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. Drexlerfan22

    Drexlerfan22 Contributing Member

    Apr 6, 2002
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    I'll try to make this short, because I have no idea what to do anymore and I need to go to bed. I'm backlogged on sleep as it is...

    I've recently been trying to get a utility that can backup my drive as a disk image, seeing as my motherboard recently got fried by a power surge.

    After trying Norton Ghost 14 for awhile, I couldn't get it to work properly... through several installs and uninstalls.

    So I found another backup utility and downloaded it.

    At this point after trying many times both to uninstall Ghost 14 a final time and to install the new backup utility, I couldn't install or uninstall ANYTHING. Either way I always get the same thing: Something starts "installing", but it will just freeze forever at the start of the progress bar. If I try to cancel whatever it is, the window hangs there and can't be closed.

    So I try to start system restore... nothing comes up. I see the process starting/started, but nothing ever actually comes up. If I try to start it again, I just get a message that says "this service is started already."

    Stuff I've tried:
    *Installing windows installer 4.5... predictably enough, this requires a working windows installer in the first place.
    *Manually starting and/or setting the windows installer service to automatic.
    *Re-registering windows installer through command prompt.
  2. deekay209

    deekay209 Contributing Member

    Jun 29, 2007
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    Solution: Stay the hell away from Vista

    Sorry man, that really sucks. It may be time for a reformat. I hope I'm wrong though.

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