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Vista Ultimate Upgrade wont Update Boot Configuration

Q: Vista Ultimate Upgrade wont Update Boot Configuration

I've been trying to upgrade from Win XP to Vista Ultimate. I have tried installing several times. The first time, the computer got hung up on expanding files at 21% and I rebooted. After that I have been getting the msg "Windows could not update the computer's boot configuration. Installation cannot proceed. I've check on a few forums and someone always says to restore the default value for the UpperFilters registry entry and then restart computer. In the steps that follow, it says to modify UpperFilters and to type PartMgr and click ok. This seems to work for some people, I however already had the PartMgr value on there. Can someone tell me what I can do, besides doing a fresh install?


A: Vista Ultimate Upgrade wont Update Boot Configuration

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Hi, im trying to upgrade my vista home premium to vista ultimate. However, although the upgrade advisor sees no issues, the upgrade will not let me upgrade, i can do a complete install but will loose all my program settings etc. I get this message:

"The upgrade cannot be started. To upgrade, cancel the installation and then choose to upgrade to a version of windows that is more recent than the one you are currently running."
How can I upgrade to more recent version 1st when that is what i am trying to do.

I checked in microsoft, and they report that i need to uninstall SP1. I was able to uninstall SP2 from add/remove, but i cant find SP1.

So can anyone tell me how to find it? some of the methods in the microsoft article are to advanced for me.

Heres my specs:

Computer System
Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
Model: M52L-S3P
Operating System
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium (Service Pack 2)
Version: 6.0.6002
Build Number: 6002
Install Date: 06/02/2010
Install Directory: C:\Windows
Locale: English (en) - United Kingdom (GB)
DirectX version: DirectX 11
Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
Model: M52L-S3P (vx.x)
Manufacturer: Award Software International, Inc.
Model: F1
Release Date: 31/12/2008
1.AMD Athlon? 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+ (AuthenticAMD)
Max clock speed: 2.60 GHz
Socket: Socket M2
Version: Model 11, Stepping 2
Total Current Physical Memory: 3.00 GB
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Hey guys, new here. Found this forum via google.

I have this question.

I have currently a dual-boot configuration XP/Vista, with XP installed first on a primary partition and Vista installed later on a secondary (logical) partition.

I've been using Vista for the past 2 years but now I would like to Upgrade XP to 7 with keeping Vista.

Problem is, I've read that when installing Vista on a secondary partition after XP, the boot files of Vista are located on the primary partition (the XP one)...

Is this true and can I upgrade XP to 7 without messing my Vista installation/boot.

Thanks for any replies.

A:Upgrade XP to 7 on a dual boot XP/Vista configuration

To upgrade XP to Win 7 requires the custom install which is basically a format/clean install it will not do a direct upgrade. I have done a Vista to win 7 upgrade on a dual boot XP/Vista and win 7 reconized the dual boot and preserved it, Not sure about doing a custom install.

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Just tried to install Vista Home Premium. Went well until a panel stopped the process and said: "Windows could not update computer's boot configuration. Installation cannot proceed."
Any suggestions what needs to be done to correct this condition?


A:Vista won't update boot configuration

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Hi, Im running Vista home premium 32 bit and XP pro, dual boot on 2 hard drives and I have tried to upgrade Vista home to Vista ultimate. About half way through the process i get an error that the upgrade could not complete as windows could not update the boot configuration. I had previously used easybcd on the XP drive to fix the problems with dual boot and im sure that this is the culprit. Has anyone else had this problem and been able to fix it?

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I have Windows 7 Ultimate(32bit) running on a laptop and about a month ago the boot time went from 1:30 to like 5 minutes, which I found unacceptable.

I foolishly tried playing with msconfig and changed from selective startup to normal startup. It now tries to boot the old Vista 32 that Windows 7 was upgraded from.

I can not access startup repair options as every time I select them it just flashes and goes right back to the screen. I cant boot into Vista as it is no longer there and just goes to a black screen.

It only sees the Vista install and none of the system restore points even when I boot from the Windows 7 disc? Im out of ideas on how to fix the boot, please help!?!?

P.S. I believe it may have had something to do with the "use original boot configuration" option in msconfig?

A:Windows 7 Ultimate(32) wont boot because it thinks its Vista

This is just the start of your problems. To resolve, you cannot upgrade, you must do a clean install. Bite the bullet and do it over. I will get you the instructions.
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips

I know this is not what you want to hear, but it is the solution to the problem and all that are soon to be.

Do you want an old car that has been waxed, and tuned up, and detailed or a new car? Its the same thing with Windows. With an upgrade all the old problems are just whitewashed with a new name and features.

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I ordered a Vista Ultimate Upgrade disc to get rid of the Windows 7 RC 32-bit. Since 7 is newer, they say it won't work, but I've heard from two sources that booting from BIOS would overwrite 7. Is this true? I don't care if it cleans my HD, I already backed up.

A:Will a Vista Ultimate Upgrade disc overwrite 7 if I boot from BIOS?

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"Hoping someone can offer some advice with this frustrating problem.

I'm currently running Vista Ultimate SP1 32bit.
My motherboard is an ASUS K8N-E-Deluxe (nForce3 250 chipset)
My processor is an Athlon 64 3000+ (Newcastle) 512Kb L2Cache
The Asus board allows for up to 10% overclocking natively in the BIOS so I have been running this at 2.2Ghz without problems for some time. I have a decent CPU Cooler and my CPU temps are regularly in the low 30s at idle.

I recently decided to upgrade the processor to an Athlon 64 3400+ (Clawhammer) 1Mb L2Cache. I installed the processor intending to overclock it automatically with the same BIOS settings. Put everything back together and switched the PC on. It posts ok and the new processor shows up fine in the BIOS. Initially with these settings after detecting all the disks correctly on the POST screen it initially came up with an error saying it couldn't find a bootable partition (not exact error message but something along those lines).

I then restarted the PC, entered the BIOS and put all the clock speeds back to Auto settings and rebooted. This time it came up with the 'Windows Vista has encountered an error due to a hardware change' and then gave me the option to enter Safe Mode or start Windows normally. I tried both options and in each case the PC restarts and at the point when the Microsoft progress bar would normally appear, the PC beeps once and then restarts automatically. This continuously loops if I let it.
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A:Vista wont boot after Athlon 64 Processor upgrade

Vista is a bit temperamental about Hardware changes. It freaked out last time when i needed to repair a damaged DVD drive and booted Vista without one.
See if you can boot Vista again using your old CPU. (Note: For CPU and RAM changes you need to clear the CMOS via the jumper on the motherboard.)
If you can successfully boot back into Vista, un-install the following drivers.
Disk Drives
IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers.

Then turn off your System, add the new CPU back in, clear the CMOS once again and then boot.
Let Vista re-install the drivers at where un-installed if it boots...

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Hi Guys
After Installing Windows SP1 update My system will not boot up. I have tried system restore without success.
When I tried to boot from a downloaded system disk I get an error 0x80070002.
Any help will be greatly appreciated

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So my motherboard fried and i had to get a new one and when my board failed it crashed my hard drive. After I installed my new mobo, it was bsod looping on startup and wouldn't repair so I tried reinstalling 7 as it was my current os and it wouldnt work as it is an upgrade cd. I tried installing vista which came with my pc and it gets stuck at 0%. I then put xp on and upgraded to vista from xp. Now i have a working vista ultimate 32 bit os but it wont upgrade to 7 and yes it is compatible as I had it before my hard drive crash. It goes up to copying files at 35% and freezes for a while until I get an error code: 0x80070017 Please help!!! Thanks!

P.S. I bought my windows 7 cd not downloaded it.

A:Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit upgrade from vista ultimate gets stuck on 35%

Bump :( I really need help plz!

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This was an upgrade not a wiped custom install.
Machine is Intel desktop, ASUS P5Q motherboard, Intel Core2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83 GHz. Install from USB flash drive using MS dlownload manager executable, because I have not received the backup CD media as yet. I ordered online from MS Website because local retailer did not have it.

Install attempt on evening of 11/18 froze at point of requesting entry of Product Key, as I learned of the next morning. USB wireless mouse and keyboard became non-functioning. Forced power down so I could go to work. Next evening, power on to the same frozen display. Powered down again and removed and disconnected all USB devices and audio connections. Power on to reboot, but boot is not successful even in Safe modes nor last known good version of OS.

Attached is my documented sequence of events and hardware details. What is my next move? I do not want to have to do a clean install! Continue Win7 install, but wait until I receive CD from MS? Revert to Vista by reloading from Vista CD?

A:upgrade from vista ultimate 64 to win7 ultimate 64 froze

The latest: here it is Geb 20th of 2010 and I have long since abandoned attempting to resolve this failed Win7 upgrade. I have lost too much of my valuable time and lost the use of my primary business PC. It has been sitting in powered down state since mid-december. I even requested a refund from MS but they said no, more than 30 days had passed. To continue the business, I purchased a laptop with XP Pro and rebuilt or reloaded everything from backup storage.

Who has time to monkey around with software that does not work and or won't even install!!!

I was very dissatisfied with the Vista Ultimate OS I had been using for the previous year, but even more disappointed when the Win7 upgrade failed to even complete the install!!!

I plan to stick with the proven XP Pro OS on the new laptop plus the iMac for as long as possible; I'm done with Microsoft and their troublesome faulty software.

My patience has run out!!

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I'm trying to upgrade a computer from Vista Ultimate (32 bit) to 7 Ultimate (32 bit) and I keep receiving this error message:

"This installation disc isn't compatible with your version of Windows. To upgrade, you need the correct installation disc. For more information, check your computer's system information. To install a new copy of Windows, restart (boot) your computer using the installation disc, and then select Custom (advanced)."

Now, I double-checked all the system requirements and the system is compatible with 7.


A:Trouble upgrade from Vista Ultimate(32) - 7 Ultimate 32

TS, welcome to the forums
What is the origin of the disk you are using? Can it be corrupted?

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I've tried to upgrade from Vista Ultimate 32 bit to 7 Ultimate 32 bit numerous times now, all with the same result: a BSOD during the install process, which I get during (what I think is) the final step called "Transferring files, settings and programs."

The installation compatibility test warns me about my Nvidia drivers, which I've attempted to both remove and upgrade to the latest version, but that doesn't seem to make a difference (I still get the warning during the compatibility check, and I still get the blue screen). I'm not sure that's even the problem, either. I can't (easily) remove/replace the video card, since my mobo doesn't have onboard video, so I'd hopefully be able to avoid having to do that.

The error in the blue screen is a nebulous "REFERENCE_BY_POINTER" message. The technical information is "STOP: 0x00000018 (0x00000000, 0x86478030, 0x00000002, 0xFFFFFFFF)."

As a zip file, I've attached the setup log, error log, compatibility report, and what I think is the setup dump file, all of which I found in C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther (I believe that's the right place to look). The logs complain about BthMig problems, which I think has something to do with bluetooth, but I don't have any bluetooth peripherals. I've uninstalled things that I thought might have some bluetooth things in it, like MS Intellitype (maybe a stretch), but again, no difference.

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A:BSOD During upgrade from Vista Ultimate to 7 Ultimate

Greetings! Moskie and Welcome to the Se7en Forums!

On one quick look at the "REFERENCE_BY_POINTER" error that seems to go back as far as Win 2000 there. STOP: 0x00000018 (parameter, parameter, parameter, parameter) REFERENCE_BY_

Error Message:
STOP: 0x00000018 (parameter, parameter, parameter, parameter) REFERENCE_BY_POINTER

This is a Windows 2000 Executive character-mode STOP message. This indicates that a failure occurred while referencing an object by what should have been a referenced pointer.
User Action:

If this is the first time you have booted after installing new hardware, remove the hardware and boot again. Check the Microsoft Hardware Compatibility List to verify that the hardware and its drivers are compatible with Windows 2000. For information about the hardware, contact the supplier. If you are installing Windows 2000 for the first time, check the Windows 2000 system requirements, including the amount of RAM and disk space required to load the operating system. Also, check the Hardware Compatibility List to verify that the system can run Windows 2000. If Windows 2000 is loaded and no new hardware has been installed, reboot with recovery options set to create a dump file. If the message continues to appear, select the Last Known Good option when you reboot. If there is no Last Known Good configuration, try using the Emergency Repair Disk. If you do not have an Emergency Repair Disk, contact your technical... Read more

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After closing the lid on my studio 1535 (WINDOWS VISTA), I tried to restart it, but to no avail. I get this message after trying to boot windows:

Stop:c000021a (fatal system error)The session manager failed to create prefixes system process terminated unexpectedly with a status of 0xc000003a (0x00000000) (0x00000000), The system has been shut down.

After researching a bit, I realized what may have happened. I remember awhile before it stopped working the "update windows" window on my lower right that said it would restart in a couple mins. Then I clicked postpone 4hrs, and that 4 hrs may have occured during the duration i closed the lid. I read from another forum that when you interrupt windows while updating (hibernation, sleep, close the lid), you'll receive this error ( at least someone else on here experienced this problem AND havent yet been resolved.)

I tried system restore(couldnt get to the page with the image restore, etc because it goes to a blank screen), last known good settings, safe mode, diagnostic, AND I EVEN TRIED TO FORMAT IT WITH THE OPERATING SYSTEM REINSTALLATION DVD (using run dvd on f12), but all that happened was that it took me back to dell booting screen where after waiting awhile goes into a blank screen with a cursor. (OR IS THIS NOT THE CORRECT WAY TO FORMAT?) THIS IS THE SAME PROBLEM is experiencing, and I dont believe his harddrive is broken.

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A:My Comp wont boot Windows Vista. Stop: c000021a, Update fail

Please see this MS KB -->

Regards. . .



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I have a home built ASUS A7N8X2 Deluxe MoBo with an AMD Athlon XP 2800+ CPU. I upgraded Win XP Pro to VISTA Ultimate with no problems other than upgrading a few drivers. It went smoothly. At the time I had 1 GB in one of 3 available slots. I attempted to add 2 GB more to occupy all 3 slots. This produced a reboot after POST as VISTA started. I rotated the the modules through all slots and finally realized that when I went beyond 2 GB it produced a reboot. During post it tests 3 GB and the BIOS displays 3 GB. I have 512MB of RAM on the video card. Any suggestions ?? I am running the latest BIOS and if I remove one GB the machine boots and runs great... ???? Ron

A:VISTA Ultimate Upgrade Reboots with Memory Upgrade to 3 GB

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hi guys i posted in another thread regarding this but ive found more out about this problem..

basically after upgrading from vista everything worked great, until i installed the intel matrix storage manager (from here ... )

since then it wouldnt boot up, it got so far and stuck on the starting windows screen,

so i put it down because of the upgrade etc, but dont want to lose all my data so i did a fresh install of 7 on a different hd, everything worked great again until i installed this matrix software, so this is definitely the problem,

my question is..

is there anyway through a copy of xp accessing the windows 7 hard drive i could put back the files that get changed when upgrading?

the intel raid chip i have is the ICH9


A:wont boot x64 ultimate

Are you needing the RAID capability or are you trying to go for the chipset drivers... your BIOS what compatibility mode is on (AHCI for example...)

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as title says vista wont see my HD... says i need to install drivers.. i have 1 750gb hdd had this problem back when i built it too i believe but cant remember how i got around it.. the HDD im trying to format now "have the disc that came with the hdd drivers NOT on that according to vista" is the ST31000528A5 drive.. iv tried everything when it boots it sees it connected in the sata slot x when vista comes to install it wont see my active 720 hd or my 1tb HD says i need to load drivers my mobo is the evga 790i, this is VERY frusterating

The whole reason i got the new HD is because my computer freezes after about 6 min every single time.. running 6600cpu 790i mobo 2 9800gtx sli not sure wha the problem is! anyhelp would be apreciated, cant seem to find the driver for the ST31000528a5 either, so now im stuck anyone have tips? getting to the point where i just may buy a prebuild POS rather than build a new PC this stress isnt worth it

A:vista x64 ultimate wont see hdd

Try another hard drive. If neither work, try flashing the motherboard. Vista should install a generic drive controller for that hard drive, so it could be a motherboard issue.

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In Computer Properties, there is an option allow upgrading Vista Home Premium to Vista Ultimate. Could any body give me ideas about this? Is it free? Does it influence installed softwares? I mean, will we lose all of them when we do upgrade?

A:Upgrade Vista Home Premium to Vista Ultimate


Windows Anytime Upgrade is just a way to order and pay for just a license (Product key number) for a version of Vista that is higher than yours. You install it from the Vista DVD you already have, but you use the new product key number you ordered instead. Yes, it can have a affect on the software and you could loose your data. I would recommend backing up anything you do not want to loose. See number 1 and 3 (which versions you can upgrage to) at this link for more information.

See this link to compare the different versions to what you already have.


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Do I Uninstall Vista Premium to Upgrade to Vista Ultimate?
And if so how?

A:Do I Uninstall Vista Premium to Upgrade to Vista Ultimate?

No, you don't have to, just pop in the upgrade DVD, follow the prompts to upgrade it to Ultimate.

Back up Important data before upgrading.

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Good evening,

I have Vista Home Basic 32-bit running which I have done for a few years.
I have a genuine Vista Ultimate 32-bit disc which includes Service Pack 1 and also includes Windows Anytime Upgrade.
My question is, how easy is it to upgrade my laptop and will I lose all my documents and settings and programs that I have downloaded etc.
Thanks very much in advance.

A:Upgrade from Vista Home Basic 32-bit to Vista Ultimate 32-bit

Although this is for Win 7- Windows Anytime Upgrade - Microsoft Windows - I think it answers all your questions.

On the other hand, this applies to Vista- Windows Anytime Upgrade: frequently asked questions. As a result, I don't know if you can still use the anytime upgrade.

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Hello people! I am having quite the time over here with a Vista machine of mine and I honestly think it's out to get me. My job is computer support for my college campus and I would like to think that I am fairly good with computers. With that said, let me give you a rundown of the situation :

The computer is an Optiplex 755 (with standard core features) that has a BFG 850w power source, 8 gb RAM, and a nice Nvidia GTX card. I am running Vista Business x32 on it and finally decided to take advantage of all of my RAM, so I bought Vista Ultimate x64 (Red Edition if that helps) and popped it in. It said that it could not read the media (and I read the MS article on why that was so) and then decided to boot from the disk. I did so, and got fairly far up until I had to select the drive. I selected C, and then next to the "Next" button, I got a funny message that read:

To use the product key you entered, start the installation on a computer that is running a genuine version of windows.

For the record, I purchased this computer/OS is the most legit way possible (through my college). I am stuck in what would appear to be a Catch 22. It's asking me to install it via a method that just brought me to what I am staring at now. This situation quite honestly, is beyond me. I have already taken out all my RAM, save 2 GB, and all the PCI cards, save the GTX, like other guides suggested and that doesn't seem to be working. If you need any more information other than what I have s... Read more

A:Vista Business x32 - Vista Ultimate x64 upgrade issues

Isn't the red edition a cracked copy?

Either way, go out and purchase a standard 64 bit Full version of Vista, wipe everything and do a clean install. Then back up the registry with Erunt, and do a complete disk image with Macrium Reflect Free once the updates and drivers are installed, as a backup, if those installs go smoothly.

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I currently have a system with a core 2 quad chip xq6700 intel that was installed with XP then upgraded to Vista Ultimate 32 bit and now I'd like to upgrade the whole system to 64 bit Vista ultimate. Is this doable, Will Windows Office 2007 still work? I'm ultimately wanting to install some video software editing program like Avid Media Center, should I try this or set up a dual boot system or what?

Gypsy Nick

A:Can I upgrade from Vista ultimate 32 bit to Vista Ultimate 64 bit?

You cannot upgrade from X86 to X64, you have to do a clean install.

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I recently purchased a Dell Inspiron that came with Windows Vista Home Premium 64 Bit. I purchased the upgrade for Windows Vista Ultimate and installed it (64 Bit) without realizing that some of my important software will not run on the 64 bit version, but will run on the 32 bit version. My question do I replace the 64 bit upgrade with the 32 bit upgrade? Is that possible? new system, when rebooted, says that my parameters are incorrect. How do I fix those?

Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

A:Vista Ultimate Upgrade

It's my well-considered guess that there is no going back to 32-bit after the 64-bit installation since you essentially did a compete install of a different OS. I think you're going to need your recovery DVDs or an image of the 32 bit version you may have made in order to go back to 32-bit with a new install.

As far as the parameters error goes, did the drive letters for the hard drives and removable storage drives get switched around with the upgrade? If so, that may be what its complaining about. I had something like that and I had to chage the drive letters back to what they were previous to the changes I made.

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Is it possible to upgrade my Vista 32-bit to Vista 64-bit without a reformat? I really don't want to have to go and deal with the PITA backups and reinstallation of programs... I looked around the net and got distracted by my 64-bit version of Windows 7 (which got me thinking "Damn it, now I need more RAM) before I could find any answers...

A:Upgrade Vista Ultimate 32-bit to 64-bit.

You cant upgrade from 32 to 64bit

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Will Win7 Home Premium upgrade a Vista Ultimate install? If not, what is the next upgrade version will work?

I have Vista Ultimate and will not purchase Win7 Ultimate or whatever it is called.


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I recently purchased a Dell Inspiron that came with Windows Vista Home Premium 64 Bit. I purchased the upgrade for Windows Vista Ultimate and installed it (64 Bit) without realizing that some of my important software will not run on the 64 bit version, but will run on the 32 bit version. My question do I replace the 64 bit upgrade with the 32 bit upgrade? Is that possible? new system, when rebooted, says that my parameters are incorrect. How do I fix those?

Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

A:Vista ultimate upgrade

hi and welcome i dont think you can use an upgrade disc as you need to do a clean install of 32bit

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Hello everyone,

I am new here in the forum. I just bought a new desktop with a Vista Ultimate x64 Operating System. I am just wondering if anyone can answer my question if I can upgrade my RAM from 4Gb to 8Gb.

I am using:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor.Intel Desktop Board DP35DP Media Series with Intel P35 Express Chipset and 4 slots for PC-6400 RAM (I already have 2 x 2Gb PC-6400 RAM Card).Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit Operating System.I would really appreciate if someone help me on this matter. Thanks.

A:Can i upgrade my RAM from 4Gb to 8Gb with Vista Ultimate x64 OS?

you can if your motherboard will let you.

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Hi to all I am deep in it was upgradeing to 7 ultimate just got started and the dvd opened for some reason so all i'm left with is the screen lights up thats it do not know where to go next even if i could do a clean format would be great as i backed up before trying to upgrade please help
thanks Snippy

A:I was trying to upgrade from Vista Ultimate

Hello and welcome to the forum.

I hope these help you..

Clean Install From Upgrade Vista

Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista

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I imagine I can get the Vista Ultimate Upgrade version and upgrade my XP Pro OEM installation, but when I build a new PC, will the fact that my upgraded copy of XP being an OEM version prevent me from using the Vista upgrade? I know that OEM copies are SUPPOSED to be tied to one pc and never be transfered, but I will only be using my Vista license on a single machine, and when I build the new one, my old machine will be getting the XP Pro reinstalled onto it. Does anyone know for sure? Thanks in advance.

A:upgrade to Vista Ultimate from XP Pro OEM

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Hello all,
I'm new to this forum as well as Vista,but my Toshiba lappy came with home premium installed. MS had a program that asked users of Vista and Xp to allow them to track user's web travels to help improve the OS. I agreed in return for a free copy to upgrade to Ultimate. They sent me both 64bit and 32bit versions. In trying to upgre to Ult32bit, my lappy grts half way through the upgrade and fails with no explanition given. I cintacted MS and found I had to unistall Vista SP1, upgrade and then re=install SP1. I tried this and the upgrade still fails...Can anyone give me a suggestion?

Thanx, Cyboid

A:Can't upgrade to Vista Ultimate!

So, you manually uninstalled Sp1 from you Home Premium and the upgrade fails?

It might also be driver related. Honestly, I'd back all your data up, then revert it to factory installs, and upgrade.

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About 2 hours ago I started the Vista Ultimate Upgrade from my previous XP Home, and all was going dandy until I hit the 'completing upgrade' part. I hit about 58% and then it went for the normal restart but nothing happened, it just kept on restarting again and again. I tried messing with the BIOS and making it boot from the CD or HDD and apparently my keyboard doesn't load when my computer is starting. This poses quite a problem, as I can't boot from the CD (Answer to my initial dual-boot situation, as I couldn't access partition utility, but decided to go for it and just fully upgrade). So now I'm stuck in some wicked loop of constant restarts, and I have no idea what else to do, I've tried to enter the 'Easy Boot Sequence' deal where I can choose CD/HDD/Removable, but since my keyboard doesn't work on boot, I am now frozen and must again restart. I tried another USB keyboard that didn't work, and also tried my old Dell PS/2 keyboard, which also didn't work. Is there any way to fix this at all myself, or do I need to get a new keyboard or something?
Please help!


A:XP to Vista Ultimate Upgrade

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hi all,, i got third prize in the 1 mil draw (thanks bc),,, now,, i have vista home prem sp1 installed,,, my pc is a HP with a recovery partition on the hdd,,,,
do i have to format and install the ultimate
or will it install over the top of home prem
will i still have the recovery partition and will it be now ultimate
or do i have to create a partition and clean install ultimate and make a recovery partition on the hdd,,,
i have all my stuff backed up to my external hdd, i have reinstalled the vista and xp os on pc's many times but never upgraded one,,, its always been the same os going back into the pc,,, im stumped,,,lol
i would be very greatfull for any help,,, thank you all.


hi,,,me again,,, it seems that you can do it,,, an in place upgrade from home prem to ultimate,,, will this also change the recovery partition to ultimate or will this still be home prem, and you have to do an in place upgrade again after a recovery i's a link to a forum i found,,, intresting bit by Orev about all vista discs being the same,,, its the product key that decides which version to install,,, never knew that. intresting link here by the same fella,,, would be glad of any help or info about the recovery partition as mentioned above,,,,,, thanks all.Ian.

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Would I be eligible to receive a Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade? I know if I were to buy the Vista Ultimate full version, I'd be eligible for a W7 Upgrade but what about the Ultimate Upgrade version? I'm currently a student and I can get Vista Ultimate Upgrade for $65 via Microsoft's ultimate steal deal. I'd get that now if I knew I could get W7 Ultimate Upgrade free (or $10 shipping/handling). I'd also like to know if I'd actually get the boxed version since I hate disk sleeves.

A:So if I were to buy Vista Ultimate Upgrade now...

No it does not qualify for the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program

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Ok I'll try and make this short. I originally purchased Vista Home premium 32 bit upgrade waaaaaayyyy back when. I then purchased an update to ultimate online. Then I decided to order the 64 bit dvd's from Microsoft and this is where the fun began. With home premium the ultimate upgrade i purchased installs fine no problems. I install x64 vista (home premium) and it works fine but... I cannot upgrade it to ultimate .IT makes it about 75% then chokes and says something could not be upgraded. I have tried stripping the system to just a video card and a hd nothing helps. Does anyone know a way i can use the upgrade i payed way too much for? And before you ask i have the 64 bit upgrade dvd.

Asus Formula Mb
Intel 2.6 gig duo
4 Gig ddr2 667
sb XI-Fi Fatality
Hauppauge 1600 tuner
Nvidia 8800gt 512 meg
2 asus dvd burners
assundry hard drives all sata as well as the dvd burners

color me lost

A:Ultimate upgrade in Vista 64


It sounds like the x64 Ultimate upgrade disc is damaged - get a new one from microsoft here is the link

How to replace Microsoft software or hardware, order service packs and product upgrades, and replace product manuals

Hope this works for you


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Is it worth upgrading to Ultimate? I currently have premium. If its worth the upgrade I don't mind paying the $160.

A:Vista Ultimate Upgrade

for the most part - no. I have both and imo, there was no need to get the ultimate. see this for the extras. If you think you need them, get it.

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Help Please!!!
Can I upgrade/reinstall Vista Ultimate OEM 32 bit to Vista Ultimate 64 bit using the Upgrade CD's that I purchased? What are the steps that I need to follow?
Thank you,

A:Upgrade Vista Ultimate 32 Bit to X64 ???

It is easy, you must format and follow these easy instructions, which include the format procedure
Clean Install From Upgrade Vista

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hey peps is there any way i can upgrade my wifes laptop from Vista HP X86 to Vista Ultimate X64 with out doing a clean install?

or do i have to do a clean install cause of the KERNAL?

would really not want to do a clean install if i do not have to to much crap on here laptop to re-install would take 8+ hours to do.

i know i can upgrade to X86 version of Vista Ultimate but would like to have it be a X64 version if i could.

A:Upgrade Vista HP X86 to Vista Ultimate X64 Question.

Originally Posted by fadedrs

or do i have to do a clean install cause of the KERNAL?


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Do I Need To Erase My Old Vista Home Premuim After Upgrade To Vista Ultimate?
When I Did Upgrade I Choose To Keep It On C Drive ,now I See It Take A Lot Of Space Under Old Window Do I Still Need ? Or I Have To Keep In Order For My System To Work.
Thanks In Advance.

A:Do I Need To Erase My Old Vista After Upgrade To Vista Ultimate?

If you are using the "Upgrade" Option not a complete install than yes you must leave the premium on the hard drive.

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Just this week I noticed I had a Windows Update icon in my system tray. When I opened it up I got an error stating that it could not check for windows updates. It also had the error code of 80070490. I've tried running the Readiness Tool that was suggested in the Windows knowledge base article but that didn't fix it. The only other option that I have been able to find is to re-install (or re-upgrade) my operating system. I am running Windows Vista Ultimate on this laptop and I'm not sure if I have the CD/DVD of the operating system as the OS came installed on my laptop when I got it (from Lenovo). So, I've decided that since I was going to upgrade to Windows 7 at some point, I might as well do it now.

My question is I'm wondering if this Windows Update problem will somehow hamper the upgrade to Windows 7. Does anyone know? I don't want to buy the upgrade package and try to preserve my files and program installations only to have this Windows Upgrade piece be a key component of the upgrade to Windows 7 and it all fail.

Has anyone had this problem before and upgraded successfully/unsuccessfully?


A:Can I Upgrade to 7 Ultimate with Existing Windows Update Problem

If you get a Windows 7 upgrade disc, follow this tutorial.

Just backup all your data first.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips

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hii have created a usb flash via rufus software for setup win 10 in uefi mode then boot my labtop via uefi and during windows instalation steps deleted my MBR partition's and create a new GPT partition after windows file copy and in finishing step an error apear's with this content :windows could not update the boot configuration installation cannot proceed.i tried another usb flash drive & reset bios to defult's but my problem not you have any idea to resolve the problem ?thanks.

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hey guys,
I installed windows 7 ultimate x64 on my western digital caviar black 750gb, but it won't boot without the installation disc in my cd-rom drive. I have to keep the my cd-rom drive as the 1st boot and my hdd my second, and if i switch it around, it asks me for the boot disc. I tried to repair it, but when it asks me to select an os, it says that the disc is incompatible with the operating system.

A:windows 7 ultimate wont boot without disc

Did you perform a "clean" install or an upgrade?

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Hi... Am trying to install AN UPGRADE TO ULTIMATE on a 32 Bit System running Vista Premium & SP2. My brand new UPGRADE is REFUSING to UPGRADE IN PLACE!!! It says "Upgrade has been disabled. The upgrade cannot be started. To upgrade cancel the installation, then choose to upgrade to a version of Windows that is more recent than the version you are currently running". HUH??? This pc is 12 months old & running Windows 6 Home Premium. I am SURE I MADE NO MISTAKES, The Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor has confirmed ULTIMATE for this pc. BOTH Anti-Virus Programs were disabled...etc. BECAUSE I could NOT INSTALL, I am NOT ELIGIBLE for the FREE 90 Day Support Feature... This is a BRAND NEW SOFTWARE PURCHASE & WAS EXPENSIVE... I HOPE SOMEONE AT WINDOWS CAN HELP ME WITH THIS PROBLEM... Thank-You p.s. {I do not know if the "Clean Install" works or not... ONLY THAT THE UPGRADE INSTALL WILL NOT... I NEED the UPGRADE INSTALLATION, & according to the package & all other data- MY PC IS ELIGIBLE TO THE UPGRADE... So I am very concerned- to say the least}. . .


Hello goldenDragon1,
The best way to install any Windows is a clean install, i would backup all the bits i want to keep to another HDD or disk and do a clean install, there is less chance of encountering any errors. The reason you cant "upgrade" could be because the Ultimate disk, although a better version of Vista, is an older copy than the one it's trying to replace. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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I just prurchased the vista ultimate upgrade to upgrade my xp version. The xp was a sp2 version and i tried to install the upgrade 32 version. the install started fine until the computer had to restart. once the restart happened the screen went blue with ***stop: 0x0000005c (0x0000010B, 0x00000003, 0x00000000, 0x00000000) showing. What do I do?

A:vista upgrade ultimate problems

It might be you need a bios upgrade from your manufacturer - see this thread - last post

0X0000005C eeeerrrrrrr this makes my head hurt,help.

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I have a computer that originally had Vista Home Premium, until I installed a Vista Ultimate upgrade over it. I just got another computer, also pre-installed with Home Premium, but I would like to move my Ultimate upgrade to this new computer. Since I won't need the VU on the old machine anymore, I am thinking of taking it off the old machine and installing my original upgrade disc onto the new one.

Is it possible to uninstall the Vista Ultimate upgrade from the old machine, so it will be returned to Home Premium, without completely wiping the computer?

A:Uninstalling Vista Ultimate Upgrade

Hi Pizzor2000, and welcome to Vista Forums.

If you still have the C:\Windows.old folder from the Vista Home Premium on your Vista Ultimate computer, then you may be able to restore Home Premium. This MS article will show you how to. I would strongly recommend backing up anything that you do not want to lose in case something goes wrong while doing this.

Hope this helps,

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i was wondering was there ever an windows vista ultimate sp2 upgrade iso or no? i been looking around and all the window vista ultimate sp2 iso are full versions.

A:windows vista ultimate sp2 upgrade

There were upgrade disks around for a while if I recall. But you can do anything you want, repair install, upgrade install from the full ISO or do you mean just the service pack alone? It needs SP1 installed first. Copied from my instructions on another forum:

Vista SP1, if not already onboard, should be installed first following the same principles laid out below. The standalone download for that is HERE (x86) and for x64 - HERE. (Change Country at bottom left if necessary)

Vista SP2 Standalone is HERE (x86) and for x64 - HERE. (Change Country at bottom left if necessary)

Or are you asking if Microsoft ever issued an ISO download for Vista including all service packs, no they didn't, only including SP1. To the general public anyway, but they did make available to their MVP's ISO's of the entire thing, Vista including SP1 and 2 and I have it stored in my Cloud storage.

If you care to post your email address, disguised as in abc AT xyz DOT com, I can email you the link. You can then come back here and edit out that information once done. For obvious reasons I don't post it in public.
BTW there's an entire very long thread about this here: Vista ISO download

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I have a laptop, Thinkpad T42, 2GB ram, and a lot of storage space added. I upgraded from Windows XP to Vista Ultimate,

I got 2 backups, ran and followed the Advisor suggestions, and then upgraded doing it be 'fresh install' because that's what was recommended.

Now - how do I get my programs back, files, Firefox 2.x bookmarks...?

Thanks in advance for any help.

I can see all the files and Programs, just as they were before, however they are shown in a blue color, instead of the new files which are listed in a black color. I tried to restore them, but it seems to be of no luck. Also - the migwiz tool I am having trouble getting to re-install on the same disk - to same disk.

Again - thanks!

A:Vista Ultimate Upgrade - no more old files?

This was Microsoft's answer:

All your files have been lost. Re-install the programs.

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Hey all,

This is my first post here...

I have a dual boot machine with XP Pro & Visat Ultimate 32 currently. I bought the rig from a self-build guy a year ago, Looks like Vista was a bogey copy and I'm being prompted to buy a key (which I have no problem with)

That said, does anyone know WHEN seven becomes available for the public, will there be an edition available so I can just upgrade my Vista 32 and keep all my files / settings etc... ie that I don't have to scrub my hard drive.

Sorry if it's a dumb question!

Thanks in advance!

A:Upgrade from Vista Ultimate 32bit?

Hi Sticker and welcome to the Seven Forums,

Sorry to hear of your problems with the source of your vista, I believe MS do offer assistance to genuine victims of counterfeit copies so you may wish to check that out

back to topic, when is the question on everyone's lips at the moment, but public release is expected towards the end of 2009 or start of 2010. The upgrade path from vista Ultimate to Windows 7 ultimate is a supported upgrade path.

Hope this helps

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We see prices for windows 7. The thing i'm wondering is how much does it costs to upgrade vista ultimate to windows 7 ultimate?
I already have vista on my notebook, if price is fair why not to just upgrade to windows 7.
I couldn't see any threads about it that's why i'm asking

A:How much to upgrade vista ultimate to windows 7

I've been wondering the same thing for a long time now, but apparently MS isn't going to do a major discount for genuine (and conned) owners of Vista Ultimate.

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This info is for Vista Utimate Upgrade Only!! ( but "MAY" work for other Vista Versions )

1. Install XP
2. Activate XP ( Vista Checks to see if your running a Legal Copy Of XP )
3. Install Service Pack 2

Thats all you need to do!

Issues I had and the fixes!

Ok I just got off the phone with Microsoft Because I was getting this error message "0x8007045d" Cant find required file to complete installation. So this is the fix!!

Microsoft Sez:

Create A Folder Called Setup! Copy you Vista DVD to the Folder Called Setup. Run the Setup.exe in the Setup folder!

To get rid of the error copy the full Vista DVD to a directory called "Setup" on to your hard drive. If you cant Copy the files to you hard drive because you get an copy error of 'ANY KIND!!" Its your DVD Drive. Microsoft DVD's media seems to have a problem with some DVD Drives Thats why you get the

"0x8007045d" Cant find required file to complete installation error message. Some people may gave the same problem while making backups to DVD disk.

I was running a BRAND NEW Sony 16x DRU-720a DVD burner was getting that error. So just for fun I had and old NEC 4X dvd burner and I was able to copy the Vista DVD files to my hard drive with no problem.

After I copied the Vista DVD to my hard drive I ran the setup and completed the Vista Ultimate Upgrade with no problems.


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A:How To Install Vista Ultimate Upgrade!

There is actually an easier process that I used and you can try it out. Don't bother installing XP if you want a clean install of Vista. Simply boot from your Vista upgrade disk. Proceed with the installation. When you get to the point where it asks for your code just skip it. After you are finished installing Vista open the DVD and run the install program again. Vista will run the upgrade process but this time use your activation code.

In essence you will upgrade a copy of Vista with a copy of Vista. This was featured in a PC Magazine article recently. The end result is a completely new install of Vista with no left over anything from XP.

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I have a Vista Ultimate OEM currently installed on a PC, I am getting another Windows 7 retail soon.

Can I use just the Windows 7 upgrade as opposed to a clean install?

A:Vista Ultimate OEM upgrade to Windows 7

You want to always do a clean install, an upgrade just hides the old problems with a new OS. You will have problems with an upgrade.

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I am attempting to upgrade my system from Vista Ultimate x32 to Windows 7. Can anyone assist me? The problem I am having is a conversion from the Spanish version of the upgrade disk to English. Somehow I received the Spanish Version and because it is over the 90 days I cannot return it for a replacement. The Microsoft store tells me that there is a "languages" program written by Microsoft that will allow me to change it. Does anyone know anything about this? I cannot find it.

A:Upgrade Vista Ultimate to Windows 7

Originally Posted by splabombard

I am attempting to upgrade my system from Vista Ultimate x32 to Windows 7. Can anyone assist me? The problem I am having is a conversion from the Spanish version of the upgrade disk to English. Somehow I received the Spanish Version and because it is over the 90 days I cannot return it for a replacement. The Microsoft store tells me that there is a "languages" program written by Microsoft that will allow me to change it. Does anyone know anything about this? I cannot find it.

3 points I want to make sure I understand correctly ....
1. You want to upgrade from Vista Ultimate 32-bit to Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit.
2. You received a Spanish upgrade disc.
3. You want to know how to switch to English version.

Here is what I know .....
1. Use the Spanish upgrade disc and do the installation.
2. You'll need to install the Windows 7 languiage packs which will enable you to convert from Spanish to English.
Here is the Official Windows 7 Language Packs download links :
Download Windows 7 MUI Language Packs (Official 32-bit and 64-bit Direct Download Links) ? My Digital Life
Note : make sure you pick this link :
English: windows6.1-kb972813-x86-en-us_22ee3397a02372681b375ddabf6ffa33662fd500.exe

Officially, this is what Microsoft Support says: Windows 7 language packs are available for computers that are running Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 7 Enterprise
excerpt .....
Windows 7 language packs are available for ... Read more

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Hi Guys !
is there anybody who can suggest me how to solve this ... drama ...
Windows update My Vista 32 Ultimate PC with Sp2 and after that it did not start anymore only he gave the error 0xC0190036 which is a well known error ... to solve it they say I have to put my original CD and run upgrade ... that way all system files will be restored without deleting any program or setting been made ... but ....
unfortunately my CDs, which are one from MSDN and the second is OEM, does not have any upgrade choice on other hands the upgrade button is greyed ....
In a forum somebody says I need a Vista anytime upgrade CD ... but I dont know where to download without paying for it !!??
Is there any possibility to enable the ugrade feature in my CDs ?
or ... may I have a link from somebody to download the Vista Anytime Upgrade ... I dont want to have any serial or any key only the original CD ISO ...
or ... ???
Please I am very close to start screaming ....
Many thank to everybody who shoould help me ...
from ITALIA ...

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Before I throw up my hands in horror and kiss the MacBook Pro can anyone shed any light on my upgrade from Vista to 7 ( Ultimate ) ?

Ignoring all the sane advice to do a clean install.....50 apps to reinstall....couldnt face it I opted for an upgrade.

1. Ran CHKDSK on all OS & Applications partitions.All OK. No bad Sectors.
2. Defragged everything.
3. Ran Tweak VI to check/optimise Registry.
4. No OS tweaks.
5. Disconnected all external eSATA/USB data stores.
6. Ran Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - highlighted iTunes (de-authorise), IntelliType/Point drivers and RAID driver ? for Adaptec RAID (1225A) 2 channel card (not in use but installed)

Have MS Student Upgrade DVD. Opted to install upgrade in existing partition C: 56Gb with 50% free.

Booted from MS Win. 7 DVD, it started & I guess set up the install partition with required files then downloaded some files to update Vista from the Internet and asked me to boot back into Vista OS and run the upgrade from there ( weird I thought). Followed the localisation instructions and left the upgrade to run overnight.

My Vista OS is some 26GB, the Apps. (some 50 applications) are 10GB and located in Disk Two are the User Profiles/Data of some 30GB. The rest ( 250Gb on Disk 2 and 400Gb on Disk 3) are static data files, iso, avi, mp3, mp4.....cannot see how they'd be relevant to the upgrade process/time.

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A:Ultimate Vista to 7 Upgrade - how long ?

I have heard of Vista upgrades taking up to 20 hours... Yes, it works, but I would always recommend a clean install over an upgrade... stability over expediency wins every time..

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I recently just upgraded from window premium vista 64-bit to ultimate 64-bit vista. WHich took hella long and had tons of restarts. Once it was done all of my old stuff and documents were gone. Also a lot of my programs dont work such as window defender,window colloboration, window movie maker,window dvd maker. When i try to open the file it says the .exe of the file isnt located and i dunno where the file went as i was upgrading. I tried to reinstall defender but it says it doesnt need to since its vista and it comes with it. PLz help i'm not very good with computer stuff .

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Windows Update has stopped installing updates. Download is fine. My Vista installation is an upgrade from XP Pro. The problem is that 4 modules have failed to load (at least two are in Security Services). The four (gpkcsp.dll; initpki.dll; sccbase. dll; slbcsp.dll) are resident in XP; NOT in Vista. However, they are apparently necessary for Update to work. The threads I have found all tell me that these .dll's are not in Vista but don't tell me how to solve the problem that these missing files are causing IN Vista.
I have done/tried the following with limited or no (mostly no) success.

I have run 'sfc /scannow' from the command prompt and no integrity violations were found.
I have Restored to the earliest point allowed without correcting the problem.
I have gone to the 'windows.old' folder and found each .dll in system32.
I have tried twice to start Security Services but have been unable to do so.
I installed a batch file of all the .dll's affecting Security Services; that resulted in 1 of 25 uppdates installing; the remaining 24 failed to install in two further attempts after rebooting.
I have reinstalled the Vista upgrade over itself which wiped all previous settings and files and entitled me to an hour and a half talk with an extremely courteous and helpful Microsoft tech in India to reset the install key.

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Great site, I just joined and think this is a wonderful support system for my Vista upgrade.

I just purchased an untimate Vista upgrade, and intend to upgrade my XP pro SP2 system, which has become unstable due to a recent malware infection. It was my choice to go with Vista as a remedy instead of reinstalling XP Pro, but I am concerned that the XP pro dirving system for the Vista upgrade is compromised and unstable due to the malware. How much of the upgrade process relies on the functionality of the driving system? How should I poroceed?

Thank you,

P.S. the malware is gone but there are services and functions that are inoperable.

A:Ultimate vista upgrade from an unstable XP

Not 100% sure what you are trying to say so this is what I got out of it.

You have XP Pro but you are having problems with it because of a recent malware infection, but the malware is removed. So your wanting to know if the problems from XP will carry over to your Vista installation?

If that's the case then the answer should be no, Vista keeps personal files but as far as I remember program files are not kept. I assume you bought the Vista Ultimate upgrade edition, do you currently have the XP Pro installation disks?

If you have the XP Pro Install disks you could do a new clean full install, wiping everything. Then immediately install Vista over it once the setup is finished.

If you don't have the XP Pro disks you could do a few things:
1) Go ahead and install Vista over XP, although I'm not 100% sure, I really don't think that the problems will carry over unless its a hardware related issue.

2) You can install Vista Ultimate as a trial and then install the Upgrade from the trial and bypass XP entirely. This is kind of a work around for the upgrade disk to get a full install, so I'm not sure if Microsoft fixed it in recent releases. If you decide to go with this option and need instructions let me know and I'll give you a link.

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I currently have Windows Vista Ultimate on my Sony Vaio laptop. My company offers 64 bit Windows 7 Enterprise for free but not Windows 7 Ultimate.

I don't know much about Enterprise but can I upgrade my OS with it? Or do I need to shell out the $$$ to buy Windows 7 Ultimate?

A:Can i go upgrade Vista Ultimate to 7 Enterprise?

I assume that your company offers the full version. If so you can install it on your machine.

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Hi all,

I tried to install Windows 7 sp1 32-bit on a formatted c drive .But after installing updates this error message pops up Windows could not update the computer's boot configuration. Installation cannot proceed.

I have compaq presario c700 laptop. Earlier I was using windows 7 itself.But after getting startup errors and unable to fix them using bootrec etc utilises I decided to go for a clean installation.

I am booting from USB

Please help.

A:Windows could not update the computer's boot configuration.

Work through the steps to Troubleshoot Win7 Installation Failures here: Windows 7 Installation Failure - Overcome

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Hi, I've installed Windows vista Ultimate edition on a packard bell PC for a friend.

I backed up all his files to DVDs to copy to vista, for some reason any file over about 800MB stops copying after around 3mins, it says cannot read from source file or disk.

His system has 1GB ram, only a small HD 80GB, and a celeron er 3Ghz.

The discs aren't scratched, and I've copied them onto my PC with vista just to check and they go on fine, I've removed his DVD drive and replaced with another and still the same error, I've tried doing it in safe mode same error, there is NO programs running on his computer, nothing is installed yet.

I can get the files onto his PC by using HJsplit, but would rather fix the problem.

Any ideas?

A:Vista Ultimate, large files wont copy from CD

Did you install the latest updates for Vista, which include the copy file fix?

Courtney sends....

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I have upgraded a machine from an Intel motherboard to an ASUS P8H61-M LX. New CPU and RAM. Before installing the new hardware I changed all drivers to standard drivers, did a system image to an external HDD. After installing the new hardware Windows hangs with 4 little colored dots on the screen (start of win banner?). A safe mode boot stops at classpnp.sys. The same thing happens if I try to boot from the WIN CD. I went back to the old hardware setup and tried to do a sysprep, but that failed with fatal error, but no more info. The HDD is set to IDE, using a PS2 mouse and keyboard. I cannot do a clean install as there is some very old software on the machine. Anything else I can try?

A:Hardware upgrade now Win7 Ultimate won't boot

Did you read and go by this tutorial. It may help with running sysprep. Particularly read the very last part of the tutorial, I think it may be why you got the fatal error message. I have used this tutorial a couple of times and it works like a charm, as long as you follow it exactly.
Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

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A friend of mine is running Vista Home Premium 32bit. He had bought a Vista Ultimate upgrade disk (Student edition). He has a turion x64bit 1.9gb cpu in his laptop. 4gb of ram. He is having troubles installing he program. Error is "install failed. returning to previous os". Do you think it might be the ram issue that I been reading about. or is it the 64bit ultimate that has that problem.

A:Vista Ultimate Upgrade (Student Edition)

Hello AlienMenace

I believe it would be becuase he is currently running a 32-bit version.
If you are currently running a 32-bit version of Windows, you can only perform an upgrade to another 32-bit version of Windows. Similarly, if you are running a 64-bit version of Windows Vista, you can only perform an upgrade to another 64-bit version of Windows Vista. The only way to get upto 64bit is to perform a clena install (deleting Everything!) then installing Vista 64-bit

You can go from 32-bit XP upto 64-bit Vista because it is effectively a different operating system.



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I purchased a Dell Studio laptop (1737) with Vista Home Premium SP1 (x64) preloaded. I upgraded to Vista Ultimate (PRODUCT) RED SP1 (x64) - don't ask me why - and, since new computers don't come with OS CD's anymore. . .I was wondering if I could use my 'Ultimate' disk to perform a clean install (I have tried - a little - and can't seem to find any "link" (button?) other than "Install")~lvl477 sUx~(Moderator edit and note: post moved to more appropriate forum. jgw)

A:Using "Vista Ultimate" upgrade CD for Clean Install?

The way I understand it is you have to start all over or you will have activation problems

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I ordered a Vista Ultimate Upgrade disc to get rid of the Windows 7 RC 32-bit. Since 7 is newer, they say it won't work, but I've heard from two sources that booting from BIOS would overwrite 7. Is this true? I don't care if it cleans my HD, I already backed up.

A:Will a Vista Ultimate disc upgrade overwrite the 7 RC

I think you will need a vista or xp install disc to make it work. Not sure about installing from within win 7 rc to upgrade to a vista ultimate. Good luck to you.

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seems to have hung at Regathering Files and Settings stage at 72% (410509 files of 410619 files have been reinstalled)

Friends laptop - Xmas eve ... bugga

Been at this 72% for about an hour.



A:Vista SP1 Uptimate upgrade to WIN7 Ultimate

Give it overnight. In-place upgrades can take days sometimes.

Hope files are backed up, as these can fail.

If you wait long enough it is spose to give you a rollback if it can't complete.

Otherwise, you'll need to boot from the DVD and do a clean install, which is a much better install anyway.

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About a year ago I bought Vista Ultimate upgrade; unfortunately my Sony VAIO laptop was only compatible with Vista Business, so I couldn't use it. About a month ago I bought a HP desktop loaded with Vista Home Premium 64-bit with SP1. I learned from Windows Anytime Upgrade that I could upgrade Vista to Ultimate, but when I tried it wouldn't let me upgrade, it only gave me the option to perform a clean install. I really don't want to do this because all of my HP software is on factory image on my hard drive and if I perform a clean install Vista will erase the partition and I'll lose it. I've already burned a backup copy to 2 DVDs but I still don't want to go through all the hassle of performing a clean install and then updating everything -- if I don't have to.

The problem is that my Vista Ultimate upgrade is the original version of Vista whereas the Home Premium is SP1, which is why it gives me the error message that it can't upgrade because my current version of Vista is newer than the version I'm trying to install.

I tried calling Microsoft support but they're closed at this time of night and I tried sending a message to Microsoft but it's giving me an error and to try again later.

Does anyone know if there's a way around this problem?

Ideally I'd like to be able to use my product key from Vista Ultimate upgrade to obtain or download Vista Ultimate SP1, which should resolve the problem.

A:Trying to Upgrade Vista Home Premium SP1 to Ultimate

Try uninstalling SP1 from your current system.

1. Click Start, type Appwiz.cpl in the Start Search box, and then click Appwiz.cpl in the Programs list.

If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.

2. Click View installed updates.
3. Click Service Pack for Microsoft Windows (KB936330), and then click Uninstall.
4. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to complete the uninstall process.

If you are unable to uninstall it that way for whatever reason, roll back with a system restore.

Once you have Ultimate loaded, load SP1 once again.

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I'm trying to upgrade from Home Premium to Vista Ultimate. When I run the setup the Upgrade option is not available and a message says "Cannot upgrade from staged to non-staged version".

I've tried this with and without SP1 installed (the Ultimate DVD has SP1 and refuses even to get as far as the above unless SP1 is on Home Premium). I'm running 32 bit and upgrading to 32 bit.

I've seen lots of similar complaints on various TechNet and other forums. Anyone here have any experience / ideas? I am on the verge of doing a complete new install, but can't face the amount of work that will involve.

A:Cannot upgrade Vista Home Premium to Ultimate

You need to do a clean install, you can NOT upgrade from on Home to Ultimate.
That said, on most OEM built machines there is a link to BUY, a upgrade from Microsoft. This is a file that will install the higher version.

Go to "Start, All Programs, Extras and Upgrades, Windows Anytime Upgrade".

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Just a success story I wanted to post here, anyone who thinks to upgrade instead of a clean install (I don't know, I was quite reluctant...) , it all works fine!

Applications were checked for compatibility, the compatibility report showed what is NOT going to work after the upgrade, (and so it didn't) and except that , all drivers/software worked fine afterwards.Ofcourse you can install the updated drivers from Windows Update in Windows 7 afterwards.

Only thing, after the first compatibility check, it asked my Vista to be restarted in order to be able to proceed. I thought it was going to loop-asking that, but on the next restart, I was able to proceed with the upgrade.

A few incompatible software I noticed:

Daemon Tools:
Windows 7 found out the Virtual SCSI controller installed by Daemon tools (SPTD.SYS I think) was incompatible and reported it might not work properly. Indeed upon the first boot, errors came out about Daemon Tools, and I had to remove its startup entries manually from the registry.
However, it's not quite needed, cause to my surprise , when you right click an ISO file, Windows 7 gives you the option to Load this as a virtual drive!

Antivir Personal Edition:
Blocks write access to many folders/blocks IE file downloads!

Compatible/verified software:

Photoshop CS3
Office 2003 (duh)
Firefox 3
Flashget 1.96
Auslogics Registry Defrag
F.E.A.R. Combat
VMWare 6
Avast Free antivirus



A:Upgrade from Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 6801

Yes. I was VERY well impressed with 7 being able to mount images. I really hope that feature makes it to the final version.

I have a long list of stuff to still install:

K-Lite CCP including Media Player Classic
Microsoft Office 2007 (Hopefully Office Ultimate if I can find it)
Convert X to DVD, I will play around with Windows DVD Maker a bit more though
LimeWire Pro
(also I have to check compatibility with Home Server 2008, since I will be setting up a spare machine with it)

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I'm a firm believer in clean installs of operating systems, but I wonder if that belief should be extended to upgrades in versions of operating systems???

I have upgraded all of our pc's to new ones with Vista. All have Home Premium except one. I'm thinking of upgrading the others to Ultimate (mainly for the backup program) so they will all be the same and I don't run into some glitch that puzzles me due to differences.

any advice or thoughts on this appreciated.



A:Upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Ultimate?

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Hi All

I've bought a copy of Vista Ultimate Student Edition Upgrade, the DVD is the 32 bit Copy

Am I entitled to the 64bit copy of Vista Ultimate? (Does my CD key work for an 64 bit install?)

So far I haven't been able to speak to any body that can help me!


A:[SOLVED] Vista Ultimate Student Upgrade


Originally Posted by David Spackman

Hi All

I've bought a copy of Vista Ultimate Student Edition Upgrade, the DVD is the 32 bit Copy

Am I entitled to the 64bit copy of Vista Ultimate? (Does my CD key work for an 64 bit install?)

So far I haven't been able to speak to any body that can help me!


i think so go to there website or contact them to send you a 64 bit edition you will only have to pay for the shipping cost though like 7 dollars but thats it...
hope it helps.

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Hi people, I'm having trouble upgrading my dell xps m1330 from Ultimate vista to 7 pro. I realize that I probably purchased the wrong version but it won't even allow me to do clean install. It goes into 'copying temporary files" forever, then finally to install option screen of either upgrading (which it won't allow me to) or custom which I tried several times after a while it tries to copy files then error message saying "some files corrupted of missing" etc then stops the process, ive installed the upgrade advisor and did what it asked until it passed. Please any advise would be of great help! thanks

A:problems with Windows 7 upgrade from Vista Ultimate

Quote: Originally Posted by Arebeekay

Hi people, I'm having trouble upgrading my dell xps m1330 from Ultimate vista to 7 pro. I realize that I probably purchased the wrong version but it won't even allow me to do clean install. It goes into 'copying temporary files" forever, then finally to install option screen of either upgrading (which it won't allow me to) or custom which I tried several times after a while it tries to copy files then error message saying "some files corrupted of missing" etc then stops the process, ive installed the upgrade advisor and did what it asked until it passed. Please any advise would be of great help! thanks

Very good start with the upgrade advisor. From that point, I would suggest, disconnect everything other than mouse, monitor and keyboard. Try to clean install again, do not enter your key number, if you get to that point. When installed, try it and enjoy it for a while. Install your programs at that point and use it again. If you are satisfied, at that point, enter your key number. Make a system image and put it in a safe place.

Other suggestions, make sure that your bios is set to plug and play. This is a common problem, hit f12 contiually at start up) F12 works for Dell, other computers use another f key or even delete, check your manual.

If you are using a ISO, reburn at 4x speed.

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I have a Sony VGN-CS110E, new laptop that came with Vista Premium, I bought the upgrade disks for Ultimate, but it will not work. Sony site doesn't show that it supports Ultimate with my model. Is there a way to make it work? Help!

A:Sony Vista Premium upgrade to Ultimate

Hello Herman....

What do you mean by "it will not work" ?

Are you getting an error when you try and upgrade?

What exactly is happening.

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My Notebook comes from the U.S. with Vista Ultimate. Now I want to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate here in Europe.

I heard that an in-place upgrade to Windows 7 is only possible within the same language (e.g. EN-US). Now I worry that I'll buy the wrong Win 7 version.

I know that my current Vista Ultimate is English, but how to find out which one (could be British as well)? Ist there a native OS language at all besides the language I set in the "regional and language options" in the control panel?

And is this important at all? As far as I know Windows 7 Ultimate supports 35 languages, so does it matter at all as long as I accept to install Win 7 in the same language like my Vista is?

Sorry, maybe I'm a bit confused *ggg*. Thanks so much for any enlightements!

regards, Wolfgang

A:Upgrade Vista Ultimate -> Windows 7: OS Language

Hi Drachenstein, welcome to the Seven Forums.

If you want to do an in-place upgrade, you have to have exactly the same language version. Info about the pre-installed OEM version with activation key can normally be found in the sticker in the bottom of the laptop.

If you ordered your laptop from the USA, the OEM Windows Vista most certainly is English. So for in-place upgrade you need an English Win7. To my knowledge Windows 7 is available only in one universal English version; no EN-US or EN-UK versions exists.


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So I have money to spare and want something fun and something that makes life easier. From what I've researched, I'm thinking of upgrading to Windows Vista.

My only concern are its disadvantages.

I'm a computer-savvy person and am willing to resolve problems as long as they are problems that can be fixed. I spend most of my days (12 hours) on the computer browsing websites, playing video games and editing in photoshop and adobe premiere pro. I'm planning to upgrade to the Conroe chip pretty soon and with that upgrade I want Windows Vista.

My computer specs are 2.8ghz p4 , 2gb ddr ram, 512mb video 7600gs.

I'm assuming the Adobe series won't have any problems with vista right? Thats my only concern. Of course I also play Warcraft 3 and C&C 3 and those should not be a bothersome for vista right?

A:Upgrade to Windows vista ultimate? (From windwos xp pro)

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OK, they say there's no such thing as a stupid question, but this may be the exception:

I've got a single-disk RAID setup (sort of an oxymoron, I know) on my Asus MB with ICH6R SATA drivers installed during Vista install.

I would like to move the drive and a second data drive, also on the ICH6R controller, to a newer Asus MB that has an ICH10R chipset. Will the SATA drivers get updated automatically or not? Or will ICH6R drivers function on an ICH10R MB?

Can that be done WITHOUT a clean install of Vista 32-bit Ultimate? I've never had this scenario before.

Thanks for any help.

A:32-bit Vista Ultimate, ICH6R, and ICH10R Upgrade

if you swap the motherboard you will need/should perform a clean install. it is possible to do on similar motherboards but it's always better to reformat and start from scratch. you could of course try uninstalling all drivers for the existing motherboard and then do the swap... but you still might run into some problems (i.e. Windows may not boot at all). you will need ICH10R drivers on the new board but it's not a big deal... new motherboards ship with the needed drivers on CD/DVD-ROM.

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I recently bought and downloaded the Vista upgrade pack for Basic 64 bit to Ultimate 64 bit, and I have encountered some problems.

I have tried multiple times to install the upgrade, but to no avail. Every time, it gets through 4 out of the 5 installation steps, then an error occurs at the 5th step, named 'Completing upgrade'. The error message reads: "Windows installer has encountered an error and cannot continue. Your computer will now restart and be reverted to your previous operating system version" Or something along those lines.

I was wondering whether anyone may be able to shed some light on the situation, as I cant think of any way around it, and I haven't been able to find anyone experiencing a similar problem on the internet.

As a bit of extra info, If it makes a difference, I downloaded it as part of 'The Microsoft Ultimate steal - UK', and the download website was called 'Digital River'.

Many thanks for reading,

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Ok I just upgraded to Vista Ultimate for work related reasons. The thing is most everything runs but when I open I text file in notepad then right click to select all or what ever before the context menu comes up I get an error that shuts down what ever program I was running. This also occurs in Sidebar, Task manager , and just about every exe that is part of windows. Third party apps don't seem to be affected (that i can remember anyway) Jest now I ran Paint to paste a screen shot and went edit>paste but as soon as I opened the edit menu Crash! so i tried same thing. I then right clicked the short cut and hit "run as Administrator" and I could paste the screen shot into a file no sweat.

The account is a local admin account that I am logged into at the moment. so I really do not understand. the same with the windows sidebar and a few other apps if I right click anywhere in them they crash then I right6 click the shortcut and run as admin and they work. I even tried going into the properties of Windows sidebar shortcut in the star menu clicking properties>shortcut>advanced>and checking Run as Administrator but Still get the crashes when I first reboot Vista until I specifically Start it by Right clicking and hitting Run as Administrator.

If anyone knows how to fix these problems PLEASE please help me I'm beyond frustrated and can no longer think straight on this issue. I hated vista before I even had to install it now I truly d... Read more

A:Problem with Vista Ultimate Upgrade over WinXPsp3

Maybe a CHKDSK?

And maybe do a virus/spyware check, because they can make everything fail.
Use Spybot-Search&Destroy/Ad-Aware.

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i have had vista ultimate 32bit successfully installed from the get go via upgrade disk. at first i tried to install 64bit but it would freeze up. i later tried again to upgrade from 32bit to 64bit but it wont let me do it from boot up, saying i need to do it while in windows. i tried that but all i got was a window saying i cant run the disk from windows and to do it from start up! i dont know what to do! any suggestions?

my specs are:
mobo: evga 750sli ftw
ram:4GB corsair dominator (only 3gb recognized in 32bit)
gpu: 7950gt OC (i need to upgrade lol)
HDD:1TB, 250GB, & 160GB
CPU: Dual-core 2.13 OC'd to 2.7

any suggestions would help greatly.
thanks in advance!

A:Solved: Cant upgrade to Vista Ultimate 64bit

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Hello. Im running now Vista Home Premium. I would like to change it to Vista Ultimate. Is there any disc upgrade ava for that??? I would like to go for the Ultimate 64(now Im on Home premium 32) so I think I will have to do fresh new instal but the ting is that I dont want loose my recovery partition on my hdd. So how can I do it withoute loosing that?? I mean install Ultimate 64 and keep the recovery partition?

A:How to upgrade Vista Home Premium to Ultimate

First of all, is the hardware 64 bit ready?

If you install a different OS, you will NOT be able to use the Recover method, but the partition and data is still there just no way of getting the Recover program to work. Why would you want this to be protected?

Also, make sure that ALL of the built in devices and external devices have 64 bit drivers available for them.

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I have a Compaq Pasario Notebook, with a preinstaled vista home premium x86.
And I have a HP-Compaq Windows 7 only Ultimate x86-x64 disc.

I once tried upgrading with a normal 7 home premium PC disc, but afther the second part of the instalation when the PC needed to restart the setup didn't continue, pc just started up and normaly loded in Vista. And it all most destroyed the keyboard and mouse quik lunch butons driver, or may be it was an eror becouse I had an whirles usb mouse and keyboard connected to my notebook.

So now I'm trying to upgrade to a superior version and using a 7 designed for my type of notebook. I what to know if I must have my wirles mouse and keyboard usb device conected to the notebook in the instalation proces, and can I upgrade from 7 boot menu or I only must upgrade from vista desktop, and allsoo do I need to move anything from Documents folder or there will be saved during upgrade?

I already run the upgrade advisor, and it says that I can upgrade to ultimate, but on soome microsoft videos pepole said that vista home premium must be upgraded to home premium , busnies to profesional and ultimate to ultimate.

A:Can I upgrade from vista home premium to 7 ultimate?

Note that you can only upgrade to the 32bit version using the inplace upgrade option. IMO I would do a clean install, especially if you are going to be using the 64bit version... Good Luck... ;

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Hello (newbie),

Could you please provide me with some assistance for the following issue.

We currently have the Windows Vista Ultimate package running on our pc and have today purchased an online upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate.

We are currently running a 32-bit OS and want to upgrade to a 64-bit OS.

Following this we then downloaded the following three files:
Part 1: Download Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade (64-bit ISO)Part 2: Download Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade (64-bit ISO)
Part 1: Download Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade (32-bit ISO)Part 2: Download Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade (32-bit ISO)
Part 1: Download Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade (64-bit)
Part 2: Download Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade (64-bit)
Part 3: Download Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade (64-bit)
Part 1: Download Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade (32-bit)Part 2: Download Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade (32-bit)Part 3: Download Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade (32-bit)

After the third download had finished we selected "launch". After the pc had attempted this we were given the following message:

Unloading the Box
We are unable to create or save new files in the folder in which this application was downloaded. Please check the folder properties to make sure that you have security permission on the folder to write files and that the folder is not read only.

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A:Vista Ultimate to W7 upgrade install problem

Looks like you have a situation similar to the provided link. You may have a choice of burning the .iso to a DVD, or unpacking the other files and update using those. The student downloads normally came in 3 files, 2 box files and one unpacker. The total size of the files may be around 14 gigs if you have two copies of each one.

You may just want to give the file name and extension as opposed to a link.......

If you are going from 32 to 64 bit, you have to boot from the DVD and do a custom install. To burn an .iso, burn the image, and not just a data disc.

You should be able to burn the .iso file to a DVD, but I don't know why there are two parts, unless just for quality assurance. But there should be instuctions included.

Make sure you store those files where an install will not overwrite them.

Make bootable iso from student d/l[3]=Installation and Setup

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The instructions for slipstreaming Vista SPs is excellent in Sliptream Vista SP2 and presumably utilizes Full Retail versions of the OS.

Q1. Would the above procedure work with an Upgrade disk? It contains the ability to install several versions of Vista.

Q2. In the alternative, just making a backup of the disk would be of some benefit in case of failure or AOL.

Thank you for any help.

A:Slipstream Vista SP2 with Ultimate Upgrade Disk?

Hallo ITPheonix, I am not familiar with Slipstreaming But your second option of backup you may find this short tutorial put together by one of our members valuable
I hope this is of some help it is what i use;

Image your system with free Macrium

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Last night I updated windows 8.1 from windows 8.
It got to the stage where it needs to restart so it done that started the configarations and once it reached 100% it restarted.

Since then what happens is when i press power on the samsung logo comes on the screen then the black screen with the windows picture then the bsod comes up for around half a second and it restarts. then it constantly does this.

The whole cycle only takes a few seconds.

Ive tried booting in safe mode but this isnt working so I downloaded kav rescue on another computer and saved it on a flash drive, But it wont boot off this either.

Any ideas?

A:Windows wont start after 8.1 update wont boot in safe mode

What does the BSOD state? Most times it is a driver issue with the Display drivers. Other times it is hardware.

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I cant figure this one out and wont stop till i do.
I create a desktop from various used and new piece all working and good.
I have a asus p5q motherboard with intel 2.66ghz 775chipset and pny 1 gb crap ram. i update the bios to latest version and i believe everythings running good on that end. now the problem is i want to run windows 7 64 bit on this computer. i freshly installed windows 7 on newly formated hard drive. everything went great. loaded to desktop and preceeded to install latest updates from microshit. all went great. rebooted and went straight to startup recovery. cant get out of it no matter what i do. cant restore cant choose safe mode boot cause it wont give me a chance to get that far. i reformated and reistalled 7 64 bit multiple times. tried not updating... no good. once i got as far as one restarted with new nvidia drives and the second restart... same old same old. i dont get it. i had 32 bit the first time ran fine. some one please enlighten

thank you
oh and i have tried different copies of windows 7... still nothing

A:Windows Ultimate 64bit fresh install wont boot

and also its not a bsod... its just retarded

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I have a Dell XPS 730x with 4 internal harddrives (2 are WD Raptor drives). I'm currently running Vista Home Premium x64 that came with the system on 1 Raptor and want to try Vista Ultimate x64 on the other Raptor. My questions are:

1. Can I do this as long as I can select which drive to boot from without problems with the MBR?

2. If it's not as simple as selecting the boot drive, what software do you recommend to edit the BCD? I know of 2, Easybcd and VistaBootPro.

Thanks in advance for any input,

A:Dual Boot Vista Home Premium and Vista Ultimate?

this does work to dual boot vista, just install ultimate on a second hard drive to be safe

The installation options

You can approach the dual-boot installation operation in one of two ways -- by cold booting from the Windows Vista DVD or by inserting the Windows Vista DVD while Windows XP is running. As you can imagine, you'll encounter slightly different introductory screens depending on which approach you use, but once you get stared the operation is essentially the same.
While both methods will produce the same result, I prefer the cold booting from the DVD method. The main reason is that you don't have to worry about any interference from antivirus/antispyware/firewall software on your existing Windows XP installation.
Performing the installation

Once you have your second partition or second hard disk operational, just insert your Windows Vista DVD, restart the system, and boot from the DVD. Once the system boots from the DVD, Windows Vista?s Setup will begin loading and will display the screen shown in Figure A.
Figure A:
Windows Vista?s Setup will take a few moments to load files before the installation actually commences. In a few moments, you?ll see the screen that prompts you to choose the regional and language options, as shown in Figure B. As you can see, the default settings are for U.S. and English and if that?s you, you can just click Next to move on.
Figure B:
The default settings on the regional and language screen are for the U.S. a... Read more

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Cannot get this USB wireless to install on my Vista Ultimate...32 bit. I have the DELL DIMENSION 1100 network adapter installed, and it says it is working properly. But when I put the Linksys setup disk....and plug in the USB says it is installing but then get a ERROR 221: NETOWRK ADAPTER NOT INSTALLED? Tons of info on similar problems...any workarounds on getting this thing installed on the DELL DIMENSION 1100.

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Ive done a lot of searching but havent been able to find a solution...

My laptop suddenly will not play video's or music. I use both nero and wmp to play music and videos. When opening a video file in WMP now i get the error "Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file. For additional assistance, click Web Help.

With nero i get "error reading file".

When playing music in iTunes it will load the song but not play it.
Im really stumped. Any solution is greatly appreciated.


A:Vista Ultimate Wont Play Video's Or Music Anymore

Do you have Aim and did you recently up date it?

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I'm hoping that someone can help me understand what's my best move with regards to having my O.S. (Vista Home Premium) running in TWO languages.
I'm sharing a brand new Acer 5710 laptop (CPU Intel Core 2 Duo, 160 GB hard drive,2 GB memory) with a Greek speaker (but alas, a total computer novice!) The laptop came with Vista Home Premium pre-installed (in Greek)
I'm finding my Greek just isn't up to it and so would like to have exactly the same (Home Premium) but in English (not just for input, that's not the problem) but to have all menus, help & support etc in English, without disturbing my other half's Greek set-up.
I've leant that I could upgrade to Ultimate and download a language pack in English but that seems an expensive option when none of the other benefits of Ultimate are really relevant for our usage.
I've been told that I may be able to have an English version of Home Premium installed ' in a dual-boot configuration' but before I take the beast to the technicians, please can somebody answer these questions?
1) If the hard disk is partitioned & a second copy of Vista installed,will that
noticeably slow the system down?
2) At present, we've both got Administrator accounts (on the Greek O.S.) but in a dual-boot set-up, will we have to effectively do everything twice (i.e. install the printer twice, install anti-virus software twice etc etc)?
These are probably bone-head questions but I'd rather know the facts beforehand!!
Many thanks

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My friend just gave me his Vista Ultimate upgrade disk key to upgrade my vista home premium to ultimate version. Now, I have the key, but no upgrade disk. What I have however is a x86 Vista Ultimate disk, that I downloaded from microsoft MSDN website. From what I know, this disk is for a brand new and clean install of vista ultimate. Can I use this disk to upgrade my home premium to ultimate. I certainly dont want to loose my programs/files on my current laptop, so I absolutely dont want a clean install, and am afraid to mess things up if I accidentally use wrong disk. So can I use the MSDN downloaded vista ultimate disk to perform the upgrade or should I buy a upgrade disk from somewhere???
Thanks for help folks...

A:Upgrading to Vista Ultimate... Do I specifically need a upgrade disk???

Hey Taylormah,

The setup file located on every Vista DVD can upgrade the current version of windows only by running it from within the current windows version, it doesnt matter what version dvd you have if you start the install while your using windows so your safe to use the setup dvd you have.


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Well I broke down and bought the upgrade from XP Pro to Ultimate I didn't have any issues just one with a SB driver which I downloaded and the sound works. The problem I seem to be having one of my drives clanks every so often. I did the drive check with the western digital software data life tool (the long check) and they came back good. What could possibly be going on, I checked the abit site thinking it might be a voltage thing but the PS I have is way over what I need. Bios is working fine the updates for the AW8-MAX were nothing worth flashing it for just some more memory capatibility updates and voltage features for the 8000 series Nivida's. I don't know what else could there be a problem with voltages I am stationed in Korea but on a US base that uses 110v. I checked numerous forums and one person had the same problem and someone was saying it might by the prefetch within Vista itself, but I am not to familiar with the new prefetch vs the XP one. Part 2 of my question I might do a clean install to see if that clears it up but I have a G15 that is USB and anything on boot in dos I have no KB because it doesn't boot the USB ports. Any work around besides getting a PS/2 Keyboard.

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2 -WD SATA Hard Drives 250/350g
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Power Supply BFG 800 W
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Sound Blaster Audigy 2

A:Vista Ultimate Upgrade Drive Clank Problem

A clunk from a HDD doesn't sound good, though I wonder if it's a power management thing - turning off the HDD after a certain period of inactivity. You can check the settings by going to Advanced Plan Settings in the Power Options section of the control panel.

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Now I upgraded to Vista Ultimate.
It does not start, right after splash screen when it shows a desctop it crashes into a blue screen says about problems with Video Scheduler.
It also gives an eror number :
DOes anyone can tell me what is it related to?
What is that video scheduler?
Maybe I can somehow disable it in safe mode because safe mode runs ok.

Thank you.

A:Vista ultimate upgrade crashes constantly after install

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As seen here at with the title "VISTA Ultimate Upgrade Reboots with Memory Upgrade to 3 GB", I have the same exact problem.

I have an nForce2 chipset motherboard and it can handle 3GB of RAM (1GB in each slot). I put in 2GB (1GB in each slot) and it was fine, but when I put anything over that amount, such as 256MB or 512MB more, then Vista won't boot. It just gives me the black screen of death and the next time it just reboots. It also won't enter safe mode.

I have tested my memory with Memtest overnight and it is fine. I have no power supply issues. No overheating problems. All temperatures are fine.
The only thing I see is that Vista does not have the driver for the "SM Bus Controller". I don't see how that would affect the RAM issue though as that is only for "standby" and "screensaver", which I don't use.

I tried Windows XP and it works just fine with more than 2GB of RAM, but not Vista.

If I use only 2GB of RAM, then Windows Vista runs just fine.

I had read that nVidia warned people not to use 3GB of RAM if it is pc3200 (DDR400) and the remedy is to either use pc2700 or slower OR lower the speed of the memory to 266 or 333MHz in the BIOS.

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