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Got a laptop here, Dell Inspiron 1501 with Vista Home Basic (32-bit), no service packs.

Windows updates give this error.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958044
The article the error links me to is this one.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947366

Various support/fixes suggest by MS for this situation include...
  • Using the standalone SP1 installer instead of the web one.
    It gives the same error.
  • Running the readiness tool.
    It takes half an hour and doesn't fix anything.
  • Close stuff.
    Everything's closed, even tried it on a new account.
  • Uninstall security programs.
    Removed McAfee and disabled windows defender, nothing.
  • A repair install.
    This had my hopes up as I could use my Vista SP1-integrated disc to repair install with SP1 already installed... but it won't let me, I need to repair install with a non-SP1 disc.
I don't HAVE a non-SP1 disc (nor any blank DVDs), and I'm not going to wipe all this lady's stuff.

If there any way I could network boot a non-SP1 disc image?



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Have you tried safe mode with the standalone?
I have not seen this issue with vista yet (not that I doubt it exists I just do not really service that much vista) but when I see it on XP safe mode can usually work around it unless it is something like those theme packs (startup options are messed up).
 

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From doing more checking it seems that windows states there's no updates having been done (even though windows update itself lists previous updates), thus I do have the inconsistency issue the article states and will need to repair install.

Can I do it via a non-SP disc over a network?
 

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Go go geocities era website http://netbootdisk.com/

Failing that (laptop ethernet is not as bad as laptop wifi when it comes to such things but hey) what about slicing up a partition, extracting the iso/copying the data and going manual.
 

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FAST6191 said:
extracting the iso/copying the data and going manual.
Oh yeah, I totally forgot about that type of thing, thish is odd since I've had to do it before on XP in one situation.

I suppose a dedicated partition would be better than simply rubbing it out of a folder like you could do with XP's install disc?
 

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