Microsoft Vista Upgrade (Help Needed asap)

    Whenever I run the Windows Vista Upgrade advisor, half way through the scan it cuts out and comes up with this error 'irql_not_less_or_equal' plus loads more crap. The computer then has to be restarted by the off switch, and even after re installation of this program it is still the same half way through the scan. So after 4 attempts of this, I decide i will go and install vista from the upgrade disc without the upgrade's help. Starts off fine. But when i choose the operating system, the same message and error appears appearing with the same annoying blue screen. Any help is extremely appreciated.


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    Are you upgrading from XP Ben?
    I found the following KB article which may help: -

    It refers to an incompatible device driver but refers to upgrades from previous operating systems: -


    It seems to suggest uninstalling anysoftware or hardware you have installed yourself., install Vista and then install the software and hardware again.

    Good luck

    Original Poster

    Yes i am upgrading from XP. WIll take a look at the article now thanks.

    Original Poster

    Well, i think it was a sound card causing the problems. Anyway, i'm stuck on vista install now. I'm at the stage after i have chosen my operating system, and it is actually installing vista. Anyway it comes up with this error when copying files across from xp to vista. And installation has to close. The code for the problem was something like 705800AA


    I need the exact message to see if I can find anything useful for you Ben.

    It sounds like it might be quicker/easier to back all your data up and then try a clean install. Depends if you've kept all your original disks and haven't got too much data.

    Original Poster

    Sorry for the late reply, only just got around to replying.

    The error message says:

    “Windows cannot copy files required for installation. The files may be corrupt or missing. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation. Error code 0x80070241.”


    Original Poster

    I know, seen that page already. I just want a solution!

    Original Poster

    bumping thread, as i have no idea what to do

    Original Poster

    second and final bump

    Presuming you've got a legit copy of Vista that you've paid for, you could always download an illegal copy and use your legal key to register and activate.

    There are plenty of copies around the net. You'll just need to wait for it to download. Remember also, to burn the DVD at 1x - just to be on the safe side.


    Original Poster

    Burning the dvd at 1x - Why is this to be on the safe side?


    Just in case you get any errors written to the disc when you're burning.

    It could be down to drive, program you use to burn the discs, poor media, anything. It's best to burn things like this at 1x to prevent you burning multiple copies if one fails and you're not in a position to burn another - like half way through a Windows install!

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