Windows Vista hates me. I've been wasting my time trying to get Vista beta 2 installed. I know, I know - "beta 2? That was released months ago!" But I've simply been too busy to install it even though I downloaded it when Microsoft opened up the Consumer Preview Program.
My first attempt at installing Vista was on a brand new hard drive. No partitions on it, no nothing. I booted the DVD I had burned the ISO to, and was greeted with a screen that looked like this:
Over and over and over and over again. The progress bar would complete, and the system would reboot, boot from the DVD, and go through the progress bar again. And again. And again. Ad nauseam.
I suspected a bad burn so I burned another disc. Same result. I ultimately tried 7 discs (DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW) using 3 different software packages and 3 different burners (no rhyme or reason to my selection process). Always had the same result.
I googled a bit and discovered that I wasn't the only one with the problem where "Windows is loading files..." would display on the screen with a progress bar and setup would reboot after the progress bar completed... and the problems were most often related to a bad burn or a a bad download. Sigh.
After making 2 backups, I tried upgrading XP Pro to beta 2, using one of the same discs. Setup begain, and I was prompted for some information. When the file copy process began, I left to go do some other things. Coming back to the system, I was greeted with an error:
An error occurred while copying setup files onto your local machine. Error code is 0x80070241.I obtained access to another Vista beta 2 ISO image, burned it, and tried installing Vista. This time, the "Windows is loading files" screen looked a bit different - the font was different and there was a flashing white cursor at the end of the line with the progress bar:
I thought that was a bit strange. Once the progress bar completed, I was presented with an error message:
Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt
Once again, I tried buring with different media types, using different software and different hardware. Same results each time.
I was trying to avoid using a VM to run Vista because I actually wanted to get some real-world, day-to-day experience with it. But at this point I broke out VMware and mounted the ISO. The virtual machine did the same thing as the "real" machine - the same error messages and problems with the ISO images.
Looks like I'll have to wait until RC1 is released (hopefully sometime in early September) before I get a chance to install Vista...