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Windows Vista is partition nazi

Tried to install Vista today since XP’s install routine simply refuses to work on my new P35-Chipset Mobo. And since I bought a copy back in the day I said… Well, let’s try it. Got to the installer and selected an empty partition to install to. Nada, nope, Mr. Vista doesn’t like to install. Tried everything… Deleting the partition, enlarging it, nothing worked.

Only when I deleted ALL prior partitions on that disc the diva proceeded to install. Way to go Microsoft. Newsflash: Not all of my HD space is belonging to you. Left me with a sour taste in my mouth, will have to restore my Gentoo install later on. :/ And what happens if I have to reinstall Vista in like two weeks? We’ll see,I’m expecting the worst – time to develop a serious backup strategy to an external drive.

EDIT: Fuck off Vista. First try: System goes to Stage 3. Hangs for about 3 hours on Stage3 ‘Completing install…’ looking like it does something – then crashes to black screen. Next try, will change some stuff in BIOS. Thanks for leaving me without an OS at all btw.

EDIT2 : Switching SATA2 drives from AHCI to IDE mode seems to have fixed the install. Still… Why the hell doesn’t Vista support AHCI on an Intel ICH9 board when the Linux Kernel does so perfectly? Yikes Microsoft… I’ll try the install another time injecting the latest Intel driver while installing.

EDIT3: Well, injecting the drivers from Intel doesn’t work either. The install is totally borked when AHCI is turned on on ANY controller, even if there is no HDD attached.

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