Vista Install Blank Screen

Trying to install Vista on a machine and getting a blank screen after one of the reboots?

This could be caused by an incompatible display driver. I solved this problem by:

  1. Reboot the machine and hit F8 to get the Windows boot menu.
  2. Select Safe Mode with Networking.
  3. Vista will boot then will complain that it cannot continue with the installation in Safe Mode. Do not hit OK!
  4. Press Shift + F10 to get a command window.
  5. Run Device Manager by entering ‘devmgmt.msc’.
  6. Right click the video card and select Update Driver.
  7. Choose ‘Select a Driver’.
  8. Select ‘Choose from a list’.
  9. Click on the generic VGA driver and hit Next to install it.
  10. Close the wizard, close the Device Manager, close the command prompt.
  11. Click OK on the installation message and Vista will reboot.
  12. Finish the install, create a restore point, then install the correct video driver.

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