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STOP 0x0000000A Error on Windows Vista Installation

I think it is quite interesting to read about problems that can arise when one tries to install a newer, in this case Windows Vista, operating system. One would assume that the operating system would not suddenly start throwing errors at the user that did not appear in a previous version of the same operating system.

Apparently though some users are experiencing an STOP 0x0000000A Error when installing Windows Vista on computers that have four or more Gigabytes of RAM installed. Users receive a Blue Screen of Death with the Stop error message.

The workaround solution from Microsoft was to try the installation again or remove enough memory modules to reduce the installed RAM to less than 3 Gigabytes and put them back in once the installation completed successfully.

A patch was released shortly after that which apparently cannot help users who are trying to install the operating system from scratch. Microsoft suggests to update the Windows installation source files which is something not a lot of users can or want to do.

Your best bet is to reduce the memory modules and install Windows Vista this way. Once Vista has been installed I suggest to apply the patch and add the remaining memory modules to the computer.


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  1. Dante said on May 6, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Simple work around, if you don’t want to open your case again: go into BIOS. Select display memory. Set it as high as possible as well as the aperture. For some reason, this makes Vista think you have lower ram.

  2. Starboykb said on May 7, 2008 at 2:59 am

    that only work to those who have onboard graphic. if you are building a desktop PC with another card on it, you still need to removed the ram.

  3. Superdoug said on February 4, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I have this problem, and removing the memory didnt help…any other suggestions??

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