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Can't install Vista Home Basic because Windows cannot find WPEINIT?

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July 27, 2013 1:04:58 AM

My laptop came preinstalled with a 32bit Vista Home Basic but just recently I run Win 7 and it works perfectly fine except for the vga card driver, I can't find this driver that supports Win 7. And I believe the Manufacturer will not create, update, or release this driver in question to support Win 7, at least not anytime soon.

Then I managed to go back to 32bit Vista Home Basic, I tried to install it but it kept hanging on "WPEINIT". It didn't let the setup run, just getting stuck at a command prompt that showed "X:\windows\system32>wpeinit". I am now miserable 'cause I can't use Win 7 forever without a proper vga card driver installed. And I'm tired of getting this fixed after a lot of attempts, nothing worked. I couldn't run Win 8 because there is also no vga driver support. I couldn't run WinXP 'cause it said my existing OS couldn't downgrade to WinXP.

By the way, I lost my genuine Vista installation CD long time ago. So I installed it with an iso file (downloaded from a website) but it didn't work due to wpeinit.

Here are my questions:
1) if I install Windows Vista with a genuine Vista disc, will the installation run successfully?
2) If I install newer Vista versions, my existing vga driver (Vista Home Basic) will also work? Like, drivers that support Vista Home Basic can support other Vista versions, too?

Sorry about the length, I need to provide details of these problems. Please help me get through this 'cause I'd rather not spend money in vain for this if it will not work. I'd appreciate you help, thanks.
July 27, 2013 1:28:53 AM

Sounds like you have either got a bad Vista disk image, or the CD itself is bad, thats the cause of the WPEINIT hang.
When you install vista again, you may have to go to your laptop manufactuer's website to get the latest drivers. Installing different versions of vista will have no effect.
Also, did you try going to the manufactuers' website for the win7 drivers? If you were relying on windows update or microsoft, that's not the best course. Also, what is the make/model of your laptop? There may be a solution to your win7 issue somewhere.
July 27, 2013 1:56:49 AM

Yes, I did go to the Manufactuers' website but no drivers in question available. My assumption is that my laptop graphic card is a bit old. I ran ATI Driver Autodetect software, it said no drivers for my OS (Win 7) available. Also, I went to my display properties and clicked update driver, it said the driver is already up-to-date but actually no the vga driver doesn't support Win 7 hence no installation of compatible driver.

My laptop is Toshiba Satellite A100 (Native OS is x86 Vista Home Basic)
The graphics driver is Raedon Xpress Series 200
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July 27, 2013 10:35:18 AM
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Here ya go:
http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/search.aspx...
Run that web address in Internet Explorer(only) let it install modules and such so the website works.
Then, pick the one on top for windows 7, and that will be your windows 7 driver =D
It may say it's a different video card once you get windows 7 up and running, but it should work.
July 30, 2013 7:35:21 AM

memadmax said:
Here ya go:
http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/search.aspx...
Run that web address in Internet Explorer(only) let it install modules and such so the website works.
Then, pick the one on top for windows 7, and that will be your windows 7 driver =D
It may say it's a different video card once you get windows 7 up and running, but it should work.


Wow, it worked wonders! Thank you so much for your kind help!
You've just saved my life ^-^ Really really thank you!
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