I first detailed my experience trying to install Vista RC2 on the HP tc1100 and I have to admit I was a bit, well, defeated when I wrote it. RC2 was kicking my butt with problems galore that I felt should not be issues at this late stage in the Vista game. The more I thought about the problems I was having the more I felt that the RC2 install was a huge step backwards for me as I had installed a very early (think pre-beta 2) release on this device with no problems. To that end yesterday I blew away the RC2 install and pulled out a DVD I had in my possession containing Vista RC1 build 5600. Guess what? Installed without a hitch, first time through, no driver problems, no IE7 failures. Everything is working just find and dandy on the tc1100 with RC1. Now that tells me one of two things, either RC2 does not like my particular tc1100 since others have installed it with no problems, or the RC2 ISO image I burned for the install is corrupt somehow. I downloaded it straight from Microsoft so I wouldn’t think that would be a problem but who knows. Once I have the RC1 install finalized with MS Office and friends I intend to perform an upgrade install of RC2 to see if that works. Here’s hoping it doesn’t trash my now working system.
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