I have a Toshiba Satellite L305 with a failed hard drive. I replaced the hard drive and used the Toshiba recovery CDs that came with the laptop, to reinstall Windows Vista Home Premium x64. It took some time, but eventually, I reached the desktop with no issues, Windows fully activated, etc.
However, I have unearthed some issues. SP1 was installed automatically with the OS (already slipstreamed in by Toshiba):
- Windows Update won't run - it fails. Gives an error:
- When I download Windows Vista SP2 x64 stand alone installer, the
installer fails, giving error
Catastrophic failure E_UNEXPECTED(0x8000ffff).
- When I try and run the Genuine Windows Validation tool, I can run it, but when I paste the code in (both on the Toshiba and another machine), I get a
page not founderror: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/exe-validation.aspx
Not sure what to try next - according to the system properties, Windows is activated, and I have a background desktop image, so I'm not sure what the issue could be?