System Initialization has Failed

I'm helping a friend fix her computer. She's an art student and has a tablet PC that needs the OS reinstalled. Normally this sort of thing is pretty easy.

When the Vista OEM disc is put in and the computer is booted a message:
System Initialization has failed.
After a few Google searches I'm finding that the CMOS battery is probably dead. However when checking the BIOS the date and time are correct.
I'm looking for some advise as to what's up.
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  1. why does it need the OS reinstalled?
  2. Dead hard drive
  3. and you have set the DVD drive to be the first boot device in BIOS?
  4. Yes, as I said I've looked into the problem and believe its a problem with the CMOS battery. I'm just a little confused as to why the date and time are correct.
  5. You stated that you are using a OEM Disk.

    Is it possible you have exceeded the installation or made a drastic change into your system?

    Does the Bios see the hard drive and correctly count the storage available?
  6. Before I forget, there should be 4 basic files to kick a computer to life... io.sys etc...
  7. vcelloho said:
    Yes, as I said I've looked into the problem and believe its a problem with the CMOS battery. I'm just a little confused as to why the date and time are correct.

    Its not the cmos battery , but if you think it is then why havent you just changed it?

    Show us the boot order screen in BIOS

    and check the OEM disk is the one that shipped with the computer
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