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Win7 Upgrade paths

Q: Win7 Upgrade paths

From this download link:
Unsupported Upgrade Scenarios

? Upgrades to Windows 7 from the following operating systems are not supported:
? Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP, Windows Vista? RTM, Windows Vista Starter, Windows 7 M3, Windows 7 Beta, Windows 7 RC, or Windows 7 IDS
? Windows NT? Server 4.0, Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server? 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2
? Cross-architecture in-place upgrades (for example, x86 to x64) are not supported.
? Cross-language in-place upgrades (for example, en-us to de-de) are not supported.
? Cross-SKU upgrades (for example, Windows 7 N to Windows 7 K) are not supported.
? Upgrades from Windows Vista to Windows N, Windows K, Windows KN, or Windows E are not supported.
? Cross-build type in-place upgrades (for example, fre to chk) are not supported.
? Pre-release in-place upgrades across milestones (for example, Windows 7 RC to Windows 7 RTM) are not supported.

Supported Upgrade Scenarios

From Windows Vista (SP1, SP2)
Upgrade to Windows 7
Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate
Home Basic
Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate
Home Premium
Home Premium, Ultimate

From Windows 7
Upgrade to Windows 7
Home Basic
Home Basic
Home Premium
Home Premium
Starter (x86 only)
Starter (x86)

From Windows 7
Anytime Upgrade to Windows 7
Home Basic
Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate
Home Premium
Professional, Ultimate
Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate

A: Win7 Upgrade paths

These are "in place" upgrades.
To upgrade from XP is also possible doing a clean install.

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I'm having an issue with Windows Media Player for Windows 7.

I imported a bunch of playlists and their associated music files from an XP machine to my new Win7 machine, and some of the music files aren't playing - Media Player simply says that there was "an error" with no further explanation given, but this error only occurs with files with a certain file path.

On my XP machine a large chunk of my music files were located in C:\Documents and Settings\[my name]\My Documents\My Music\[artist name]\[song title] as .wma files. I know that in Win7 the Documents and Settings subdirectory was replaced by Users or something - that's not the real problem, because for all my other music files, the file paths as shown in my WMP playlists will adjust themselves automatically and play the music files correctly no matter where the files are moved. My issue stems from the fact that WMP is not correcting the file paths for the files located in Documents and Settings the way it is for all the other files. There is no way to edit the file paths in WMP, or I would have tried that.

This is not the first time I've moved my XP playlists to a Win7 machine, but on my previous attempts I have had no problem simply copying all my music to one folder and playing them in WMP. So I'm not sure why it's not working this time.

I would prefer to avoid rebuilding all my playlists by hand - I really don't think that should be necessary, since as I said I've moved all my data from an XP to a W... Read more

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There are still doubts about what the possible and legal upgrade paths are for Windows 7.

Below I tried to compile some information in a way which I hope will be helpful.

Thanks to my friend Kari for his valuable contribution
Any other additions or comments are much welcome

1) Upgrade: to move from Windows XP or Windows Vista to Windows 7
2) Custom or Clean Install: wipes the previous installation and install Windows 7 anew. Does not preserve user files
3) In-Place Upgrade: upgrades from specific versions of Vista to specific versions of Windows 7, preserving user files and programs.
4) Upgrade version: Windows 7 license for those who own a valid license of XP or Vista
5) Full retail version: Windows 7 license to install on any PC, independent of previous installations or ownership. Can be reinstalled on other computers (when activated the previous installation is no longer valid)
6) Full OEM version :Windows 7 license to install on one PC, independent of previous installations. Can only be re-installed on same computer and hardware setup

Upgrade paths
The chart below shows in what situations one can perform an in-place upgrade (e.g. from Vista Business to Windows 7 Professional) without the need to migrate files or programs, and the situations when one needs to do a Custom (Clean) Install and replace the data in the target disc. This is the case for all Windows XP owners or Windows Vista Starter. In this case you will need to migrate your personal files ... Read more

A:Windows 7 Upgrade Paths - FAQ


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Will the Windows Vista Upgrade path allow me to upgrade from 64 bit Home Premium to 32 bit Ultimate? I need to do this to use my legacy software without re-installing everything.

A:Vista upgrade paths

The last that I read, going from 32 to 64 required a CLEAN install. Based on that I would think that it would be the same for 64 to 32.

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Hi all,

I was hoping someone knowledgeable could clear up some confusion I have on the upgrade process. I've googled my questions and it seems there is no definitive answer and that Microsoft themselves seem to not be consistent on their treatment of upgrades.

I originally wasn't going to upgrade but at $39.99 for a Pro version, I can't resist. I am aware that you need a current install to upgrade. I was hoping that during the upgrade process I would be given an option to chose the key I wished to invalidate for the upgrade. Now, I am quite fond of my Windows 7 license and am going to keep it around in case I don't like Windows 8 and just because it is a great OS.

So my dilemma is as follows:
I have a couple full licenses for XP and Vista. I also have the OEM license of Vista Business that is on a sticker on my computer. I am resigned to the fact that I'll have to uninstall my current OS and install an old one for the upgrade and I can live with that.

I would, however, like to get rid of my most worthless license for the upgrade, which in my opinion is the one OEM one on a sticker on my laptop. So I guess the question is would the limitations of the OEM license, which is that it is only valid for that specific machine be attached to the upgraded version. As the Pro upgrade is for a limited time only, I imagine any future computer I will buy will have the Home version with it and I would like to preserve my access to the Pro version as well as to have the option to have a... Read more

A:Upgrade paths and future limitations

Hello jaebberwock. Welcome to the Eight Forums.

You mentioned "in case I don't like Windows 8" so I guess you haven't used it yet.
Based on that assumption, I would suggest downloading Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation for free. (good for 90 days) Burn it to a dvd. Do you know anything about imaging? Do you have any external drives? I would consider learning a little about external drives so that you could make some images? Are you on a budget? Can you afford to spend a few bucks on imaging software? Search online for imaging software. You could image your XP system without affecting it by an upgrade. Same with Vista or Windows 7. Image what you want to save so that they could be returned to the condition they were in. I cannot help you with your questions about upgrading licenses and keys so maybe someone else will chime in. Personally, I am not a fan of dual booting, many problems could happen. Opinions vary.

Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation

From my point of view, I would image backup XP, Vista, Windows 7 using the software of your choice (perhaps something like Acronis). Then, install Windows 8 on unallocated space. Do you know what unallocated space is? I apologize. I know nothing about what you know. Anyway, good luck. There are tutorials here:

Installation & Setup - Windows 8 Forums

Suggested Steps To Take Installing And Setting Up Windows 8

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Last week Microsoft announced the Windows 10 editions that will power personal computing and Enterprise systems across the growing wide range of devices available. With this announcement Microsoft also reconfirmed they will offer free upgrades to Windows 10 for qualifying Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices for the first year after the launch of Windows 10.

This week, a blog post on Microsoft's Australia Partner Network offered more detailed information about the specific paths for upgrading to Windows 10. As previously mentioned, but now further spelled out, devices that take advantage of the free upgrade will receive ongoing Windows 10 updates for the life of that device and the free upgrade to Windows 10 will be delivered through Windows Update.

Microsoft spells out upgrade paths to Windows 10

A:Microsoft spells out upgrade paths to Windows 10

"If upgraded within the first 12 months following launch, the device will receive ongoing Windows 10 updates for free for the life of that device"

Now that's what I wanted to see, until now there has been no clarification as to whether updates would be free or a suspected subscription service.

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I guess this may be a tiny bit off the subject here, but I am attempting this in windows 7.

I have a program file manager tool called 'Directory Opus' that is capable of calling windows external programs and passing them the current directory the file manager is sitting on.

So far so good.

Now I want to call a cygwin (linux/unix emulator for windows) terminal with that file manager.

Checking properties on the cygwin Icon I got the path: C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico -

So it is a path to a command and an argument to that command.

Actually I guess it is 2 arguments to a command since I think '-' in that position means to feed anything on STDIN to the command. At least that would be true in unix shell programming.

So using the Directory opus setup I pass this call:
'@async:C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico - <and here add {s}>'

So the call ends up:
'@async:C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico - {s}'

That call does just what it is supposed to. It passed the current file absolute address however cygwin terminal does not understand the windows path notation. If I were passing it: C:\subdir\blah\ It would just say 'No such file' Cygwin terminal wants to see /cygdrive/c/subdir/blah Or at least I think that is what is happing.

So to cut to the chase.... I'd like to put a little wrapper to Cygwin terminal in there with the code necessary to convert 'C:\subdir\blah\' to '/cygdrive/c/subdir/blah/'

But, I do not know how ... Read more

A:Dos paths and unix paths conversion

I would ask on specifically this forum:
General Software Discussion -

The reason is I know there are a bunch of DO aficionados, who also use Linux, on that forum. I've never tried DO myself. I have played around with CygWin. But it's been a few years.

If the site wants a donation to sign up just explain to Mouser why you want to post etc.. I think he'll be sympathetic.

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I have 2 netbooks with windows7 starter edition on them, I reently purchased an upgrade family pack from Ebay and mistakenly didn't releaze it was software to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows7 Home Premium edition. Before I break the seal, I was wondering if this would work, can I use this upgrade software(Vista to Windows7 Home Premium), to upgrade my windows7 starter edition to full Home Premium or will it not work correctly.
I appreciate any help offered.

A:Upgrade Win7 starter using win7 upgrade software for Vista?

Hello there, wil.

There's no problem at all. follow this tutorial and you'll be able to install them without problems.

Clean Install Windows 7

EDIT: sorry, is this one:

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Although you may need an external USB DVD-Drive or installing your Windows 7 from a USB

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

And that'll be it

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Win7-Home -> Win7-Pro-Upgrade -> Win8-Pro-Upgrade -> Win8.1

Yes I had to go through that litany of upgrades to get to Win8.1 and I then installed a bunch of software on top. Then I wanted to use the Windows Hyper-V so I could get Ubuntu running also but it turns out that my Intel CPU Core 2 Duo will not support Hyper-V.

So I bought a new motherboard and CPU with the 1155 socket which should support Hyper-V.

So is there someway to shortcut this litany of of disk-in disk-out over and over and over upgrade chain that took me three days to get through? I would be willing to pay for the Windows 8 non-upgrade key for $199 but when I called the Microsoft store they said it was "OUT OF STOCK" what ever the frig that means and they couldn't sell me one. Can't get it online either.

A:Win7-Home -> Win7-Pro-Upgrade -> Win8-Pro-Upgrade -> 8.1

Newegg has a non-upgrade OEM disc you can use @ Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) I hope that's what you are looking for.

If you need the Windows 8 Professional instead (OEM): Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version)

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I've researched for awhile now & can't seem to find which is the best way to add winxp functionality to my laptop. I have office xp professional, painter7 & photopaint8 software that worked fine on winxp 32 bit thru sp3.

New laptop is win7 home premium 64bit. Two 500gb hard drives.

Which is better- running the programs under win7 xp mode (ie upgrading to professional) OR installing winxp on the 2nd hard drive?

I am not a techie- but not totally pc ignorant. Any informed advice is truly appreciated.


A:dual boot win7 & winxp separate drives OR upgrade to win7 professional

Welcome to the forum,

Is your XP disc a retail disc?

Since you already have an XP disc, you could try out Windows Virtual PC Windows Virtual PC - Create Virtual Machine

You don't need to upgrade for that so it's free to try and you don't have to dual boot either.

There are other options too which I'm sure others can suggest.

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Greetings -

This is my first time here and am very thankful for this great collection of forums and this community.

I am trying to recover from a VAIO laptop HDD crash to Win7 Professional upgrade. I had finished working, shutdown Win7 Pro. cleanly. Drove home, attempted to launch Windows and could not, not in Safe Mode either. I restarted with F12 to launch Recovery Mode and it would only get to about 80% and reboot with a drive error (0xE.....9 - I've forgotten the exact code and can put this old drive in and get it if required).

I've done the following:Bought laptop with Win7 Home Premium
Purchased and install Win7 Professional
Installed VS2010
Did a whole lot of work for ~2 years
Original drive crashed
Replace old 640GB HDD with 500GB HDD
Downloded and installed Win7 Home Premium using original key
Started catching (again) with a few hundred Win7 updates

My question to the community and/or any experts is - how do I install the upgrade to Win7 Professional without having to pay Microsoft again?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated and thank you in advance.


A:How to recover Win7 Pro upgrade from Win7 Home Premium post HDD crash

Do you have an Anytime Upgrade key for Professional?

If so do a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 of Home Premium, then after it is setup and running fine, insert the Professional product Key into Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to

If instead you have a retail Upgrade copy of Professional then you can boot it's installer to Clean Install it on its own. The installer will see an OS on the hard drive to allow use of Upgrade version key, after which you should delete all partitions to get it cleanest using the Drive Options in Steps 7-8 of Clean Install Windows 7

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I have purchased and downloaded both 32 bit and 64 bit Windows7 Professional (no CDs or media here only download version)

I sucessfully upgraded from Vista 32 to Win7 32

Then I upgraded my hard disk (140Gb 500GB) and RAM (3GB to to 4GB)

Now I would like to go from Win7 32bit to 64bit

When I try and run the Win7-P-retail-en-us.x64.exe file it upacks the box then stops with this error:"We are unable to create or save 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 flies and that that folder is not read only"
I am the System Admin and I have full rights, and have moved the exe and the setup box files to My Documentsand I have modified the directory properties/attributes but I still get the same error over and over.

I searched the posts and some people stated one needs a clean install others say you can upgrade from any version so I am trying the upgrade here especially since the upgrade from Vista 32 to Win7 32 was smooth and did require all the extra work of a reinstall.

Can someone help me here?


A:Win7 (32bit) to Win7 (64bit) upgrade install error

I believe to go from 32-bit to 64-bit, you will have to boot off the DVD. The installer is a 64 bit application that won't run under 32-bit. Find instructions to create a DVD if you don't already have it.

Good luck!

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Hi, I purchased a windows vista-windows 7 upgrade for $30 from a student deal here in canada. The method of installation was a simple .exe file which ran a sort of setup which automatically upgraded to windows 7. Now I have win7 professional 64 bit on my PC, and I just bought a new solid state drive. I want to move the installation to the SDD.

So here's the problem:

I don't have a windows 7 installation DVD, so I can't exactly use the steps described in the tutorial for reinstalling a windows 7 upgrade. I do have a valid upgrade version Product Key, so what I would like to know is whether or not it would work to clone my current install to my SDD. My SDD only has 120GB of space, so I would have to basically delete everything, but I don't care about that. Alternatively, is it illegal to download an image of a win7 installation DVD and use my valid Product Key? Theoretically the product key would work right? (I make this assumption based on the sticky about re-installing win7 upgrade versions). Or, would my key only work with a win7 install dvd that it was intended for? (I don't have one so that wouldn't really work).

I just don't have a clue what to do here, because I don't think I can get another copy of that EXE that I used to upgrade. It says on their website that you can only re-download 30 days from your date of purchase. Am I totally stuck? I am completely welcome to any suggestions because I really hope that I didn't just waste $400 on an SSD, because I definit... Read more

A:Move Win7 Upgrade Version to New Drive Without Win7 Installation DVD

I dont know whether your student deal is the same as the Digitalriver student upgrade deal that used to be available for $29.99. The iso's for those are available, download them only if you have a genuine upgrade key.

MS/Digital River Student ISO Links

Also see this thread.

Cloning Win7 to SSD

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Hi all,

Hope all is well. I just purchased a Toshiba Satellite P855-S520 laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), SP1 already installed and would like to upgrade it Windows 7 Ultimate.

I had already purchased a retail version for Win7 Ultimate before (the full version not the upgrade) and would like to use this for the upgrade.

I looked around the forums for some advice and found some very useful stuff but I would appreciate if someone could help with the following. My apologies if the answers were posted already. Must have missed them.

1. I read about the Windows Anytime Upgrade feature. Will AU work with the full Win7 Ultimate retail key or does it specifically work with an upgrade key?

2. If I use the AU and it is successful, will the new Win7 Ultimate key be converted to an OEM version as well? The full-version retail key I have gives me the right to install this to 3 computers. I do not want to lose this right since I may use it for different computers in the future.

3. Is it better to go for AU or a clean install of Win7?

Since I just purchased the laptop, I have no personal data or programs installed so I do not have to worry about losing data. However Toshiba has certain software installed with the laptop. My understanding of a clean install is that everything will be wiped clean and then necessary software e.g. drivers, etc... need to be installed again. On the other hand, once I upgrade to Ultimate perhaps some of this software will becom... Read more

A:Upgrade from Win7 Home Premium 64bit to Win7 Ultimate

What`s the need for the upgrade ? Save your Retail Ultimate for another build. But someone will be along to answer your question.

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Hey, I currently have Windows 7 Build 7264 64-bit, and I have a lot of apps installed. I don't want to lose them, so I want to upgrade. Can I do this with my specs? (64 bit, 7264) Upgrade to 7600 RTM.

If I can't, how can I keep my apps through a clean install?

A:Upgrade (not clean install) from Win7 7264 to Win7 RTM?

should be able to upgrade...
but if you cant upgrade, you can always use windows easy transfer? or something ( I never used it b4)
Clean installation is ALWAYS the best. Upgrading causes a lot of errors.
Also, just ot let you know, windows 7 7600 is MUCH more stable than any earlier windwos 7 builds (explorer and ie stop crashing0!!!)

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I have a small notebook. It does have a malware that I can't get did of.
Therefore I want to do a clean upgrade. I saw it somewhere on the net
but I can't find it now.
There were 3 methods one with a change in the registry and
another where you do a double upgrade
I do have the win 7 home premium CD

A:upgrade win7 starter to win7 home premium

Hello Mogens, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Here you go.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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This may seem like a stupid question but I'm just curious. Would it be possible to upgrade from Windows 7 Ultimate RC to Windows 7 Home Premium using the Upgrade version disc? I mean, it is two different 'versions' and I can't really afford the full (OEM) version of Win7 HP. Is it possible or do I have to buy the full version?

A:Win7 Ultimate RC to Win7 Home Premium Upgrade.

It's my generally semi-educated idea that, In order to get the RC you had to have a earlier MS OS on your rig. So now you want to down grade to a different version of 7 that has less to it, but all you need? From my readings of the proper install of upgrade versions, you would need to reinstall you original MS OS. Then apply the new upgrade version you require.
This would remove your ultimate and give a fresh start to apply the 7 prem.(upgrade) to.
Back up any and all you'll want to bring back into the new OS environment, and you should be good to go. This all assumes that you have a previous version of a Microsoft OS that you own?
I would go that rout just so that the time exspired version(ultimate) would be removed and no orphaned files left to mingle with new install of the upgrade.
But again, I'm no Tech, and I hold great reverence for those that know much more than I.
Best wishes.

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I'm presently running Win7 Pro 32bit on an Intel Core2Duo 2.4Ghz 775 socket.

I've just purchased a i5 760 processor, an Intel H55 chipset Mobo, and 8GB of ram.

My copy of Win7 Pro 32bit was acquired through the college I was attending.
I have the installation disk and the license number.

When I reinstall Win7 Pro on my new set up, what do I need to do to make it a 64bit install?

I plan to use to the same installation disk and license number.


A:upgrade from win7 pro 32bit to win7 pro 64bit with same licence

You will need the 64-bit DVD for a clean install
Clean Install Windows 7

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Quote: Originally Posted by Brink

I'm sorry, but you will not be able to do a repair install unless it's done from within Windows 7.

Hi Brink -- I have lurked here for some time, and oftentimes find some really useful information. You have given quite a lot to this community. Good job!

I, too, have a similar problem, which was caused by Paragon-Software's Partition Manager 11.

The back story is that while launching the app for a totally different reason (which that app could not accomplish), I noticed defrag MFT and compress MFT options, which, as per the software, improves NTFS performance.

Since I have quite a few internal and external drives, I started with the external ones. The routines worked flawlessly and very quickly (seconds). Next, I had the app do all internal drives except my boot/system drive, C, and the D drive. It needed to reboot to accomplish these, and I agreed.

Upon booting, the app displayed four processes (no detail as to drive letters or whether the current process was defrag or compress), and as they were completed, a checkmark appeared. First two were quick, the third took a little longer (maybe 15 seconds), and the last sat there for about a half hour.

I thought it was time to reset. Oops.

I can no longer boot to the system, in any Windows mode. After the PC does its BIOS checks, etc, the system looks like it is proceeding (I notice 1/4" bluish lines about a couple mm thick running across ... Read more

A:Think Outside Microsoft's Box-How to Boot Win7 DVD and Upgrade to Win7

Hello Mark, welcome to SF... I see you addressed brink here... not sure if that is what you wanted but if you want to ask him to look, PM him...

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is it possible? any guides here?

i have a new acer aspire one D250 netbook. it's OS is win7 starter. i want to upgrade it to win7 ultimate.

will my new OS (if ever) be still genuine/licensed?

A:upgrade win7 starter to win7 ultimate

Do have enough RAM? A lot of the netbooks only have 1GB of RAM and for most versions of Win 7, 2GB is MINIMUM.

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I am trying to upgrade from Win7 32bit to Win7 64bit. A tech? instalked a new HDD for me and put Win7 64bit on it. I have another drive that has Win7 32bit on it that I would like to put Win7 64bit on. I have the new 64bit cd and can read directions, I just have no directions to tell me how to do it. The HDD I want to install on has been formatted Win7 32bit, however there is nothing on it of value now so I am ready to do this thing. I have read the directions on how to do a clean install but have no way to know if this would be classed as a clean install. I may not be the brightest bulb on the tree but I am very careful. It's been a few years since I've had the hood up on a computer but I do know my way around inside, even know what some of those things are in there. If there is some one out there that can set me on the right road to do this thing I will certainly appreciate it. Thanks DonS

A:upgrade from win7 32bit to Win7 64bit

Hello Don, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Is this going to be installed in another computer, or are you having both hard drives in your current computer to dual boot?

Do you have separate product key number for the second installation?

If it's going to be installed on a separate computer and you have a second key to activate with, then yeah you could do a clean install with it like in the tutorial below.

Clean Install Windows 7

Hope this helps,

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Hello everybody,
please help to upgrade my win7 starter to higher win7 with upgrade key and all.


A:upgrade from win7 starter to higher win7

Windows Anytime Upgrade - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows

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To avoid the Student Win 7 hassle (upgrading Vista 32 to Win 7 Pro 64 bit ISO burn, etc), can I simply use the Home Prem 32 Upgrade (for my other computer) arriving this afternoon with my 64bit Pro upgrade key & end up with the 64bit Pro installation?


A:Win7 Pro 64bit Upgrade Key w/ Prem 32bit Upgrade Disk

No... you can only update to the same version that you have installed... Home to Home... etc.

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Is it possible to upgrade in place from win7 32bit to win7 64bit.

Is it better to do a clean new 64bit install?


A:upgrade win7 32bit to win7 64bit "in place" ?

A fresh install is your only option

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can i somehow use my vista disc at some point to allow the win7 retail install to upgrade the win7 RC AND NOT HAVE TO REINSTALL MY PROGRAMS?

i currently have vista 32 bit home premium. i have the install discs for it too.

i want to create another partition and put win7 RC 64 bit on it (dual boot).

i have win7 home premium preordered.

i want to upgrade win7 RC to the retail when it comes out, WITHOUT REINSTALLING MY PROGRAMS.

i read the win7 retail discs will allow you to upgrade the win7 RC, but you will have to reinstall programs.

i am wondering if using the vista disc will allow me to upgrade and keep my programs.

thank you!

A:vista + win7 retail discs to upgrade win7 RC to retail

Plenty of threads to choose from on that info, why don't you try this one.New Info release from MS on UPGRADE or for other info Windows 7 Upgrade Guide: All Your Questions Answered

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I have a Dell Dimension 8200 PC. Yes, it's old, a 2002 PC, but rock solid. I've been running WinXP and it has behaved very stable, very rarely did I cope with a BSOD, in very particular instances like a bad sector in the HD (only once in 8 years) or a corrupt printer driver. The PC has 2GB RDRAM and a P4 3.06Ghz HT CPU. For the sake of curiosity I tested Win7 installing it in a separate drive. It boots/shutdowns much faster than XP and the feel is real smooth, I feel it opens programs faster. Except for the sound card that has no Win7 driver (Voyetra Turtle Beach Santa Cruz) , all of the PC's internal hardware is Win7 compatible. I rarely use the sound card though as I use a Plantronics USB headset most of the time, and it's Win7 compatible. I also have an old HP printer and scanner that lack Win7 drivers. I can handle these non Win7 devices by creating a dual boot XP/7 system. The question it worth it? Will Win7 offer advantages on this platform to justify the shift from XP? Thanks.

A:Should I upgrade to Win7?

I would say yes, it isnt as bad as vista or xp... it has more features leaving it faster and more reliable then most others.

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Question, my notebook is running win7-Home Premium edition. It has 104/160GB HDD free and 2.8/3GB Memory free. Now Im happy with Home Premium, but I also thought home premium was the top win7 out but i noticed when i looked at my system that i can upgrade to buisness or even Ultimate. Question is, would I benefit from upgrading to ultimate and if i do can i directly jump from Home to ultimate or do i have to step it up to ultimate? But from what i noticed, the only benefit of having ultimate is switching back and forth to XP (if you even wanna call that a benefit)

Also if i upgrade, how do i do it, just input the cd key that I should recieve when I buy the upgrade or do i have to wipe the laptop out completely and do a fresh install? If I have to do a fresh install, ill have to ask how do I do that as well.

Basically I just need a little feedback from anyone who has Home and ultimate, because in the end, I will base my decision off that.

A:Win7 Upgrade

Top of the line is now always the best for all users. Here is a comparison chart of features

Windows Vista: Compare editions

Most members agree that Home Premium is the best for the average users. If any of the features listed in Ultimate is needed by you, that would be the best choice.

It is generally agreed that if you do not need the encrytption feature Home Premium is the way to go.

I use HP and am very satisfiedl

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hi my XP Pro desktop is definately suitable to upgrade to win7, if i buy a new hard drive and install it , hook it up and buy the win7 disc is it just a simple matter of downloading / insatalling win7 onto the new drive , is this all i would have to do ?
the existing drive with the XP stuff on it can stay in the desktop , i have no use for it , i am just trying to use the easiest , most simple way to get win7 into this PC,
i really am not interested in wiping the existing drive etc i just want the most simple way to upgrade, thanks palindon

A:XP Pro to win7 upgrade

If you install Win 7, disconnect the XP drive, and all other drives where Win 7 is not being installed.
The only drive connected should be the drive you are installing TO, and the device (DVD/Flash stick) you are installing FROM.
After installing Win 7 you can re-connect any other drives.

Here are some tutorials:
Clean Install Windows 7
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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Hi folks,
I am currently runnung XP sp3 32bit on my putey. Had a naughty little trojan screw with my system so now I have 2 reinstall my OS. Have been thinking for a while about going 64 bit - my hardware can handle it. So, since I have 2 do a reinstall I thought that now would be a good time 2 do it. My question is - Is it worth going 2 Win7 64bit? Shoud I embrace it or avoid it?

A:Upgrade 2 Win7 64?

This MS tool may help you to decide.Have not had much time to play with Win7 myself. When I have it has been only 32 bit. No tweaks no additional programs installed.64 bit does seem to be the future. How fast the other software\program writers catch up is the question.MS does offer basically an XP VM = Virtual Machine to run non-compatible programs in. Do not know how well it works or if it is available in 64 bit either.

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I have a desktop w/ Win7 (OEM ver.) and a Win8.1 lappy. I've already rx'd the DL for the desktop upgrade, and assume I'll get the lappy DL within a few days.
I have 2 questions:
1. If I perform the upgrades, will they be truly free ? Or will I start getting dinged for money a year down the road (the threat being MS will cripple my OS if I don't pay)??
2. In the event of a system crash requiring complete reload, can I DL from somewhere an OEM Win10 version in an .iso format??
Thanks for any advice!

A:Win 10 upgrade frm Win7

Hi ElfBane 1. If I perform the upgrades, will they be truly free ? Or will I start getting dinged for money a year down the road (the threat being MS will cripple my OS if I don't pay)??Yes. Upgrading from Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update to Windows 10 in the first year of Windows 10 release will grant you the OS for free for the supported lifetime of the device.2. In the event of a system crash requiring complete reload, can I DL from somewhere an OEM Win10 version in an .iso format??You can download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from Microsoft website at the link below.

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I have been trying to upgrade this computer to win 7 home premium,i get to the last restart and i get this error "windows setup could not configure windows to run on this computer's hardware".How can I fix this.Thanks all

A:Cannot upgrade to win7

Amos2, welcome to the forum. Here is a guide that should help you solve your problem. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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hey there,

would i be able to install win7 x64 on an unactivated (!!!) xp/vista? i found an awesome site (totally legal) which sells cheap student w7's but they sell only upgrades.



PS: the harddrive i plan on using is empty and i would throw xp or vista on for like 5 minutes (and not activate it) and then immediately upgrade to w7

A:win7 upgrade

Its a breach of the EULA to use the upgrade license unless one possesses a valid, qualifying base license such as XP/vista.

Also, before plunging into that buy, make sure its a reputable seller, lots of scams going around.

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Is Windows 7 Home Premium upgradable to Windows 8 with same license key of Windows 7.

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I bought a windows 7 disk today and i have a Studio XPS 9100, which has 6g ram and an i7. I have a CD-DVD drive that works well because its recognizing every other disk i have. For some reason however, when i put my win7 64 bit upgrade DVD in it loads for a minute then pops out saying please insert a DVD into the drive. i need to upgrade for school because i need time to put all my programs back on. it is reading every other DVD, and i don't know what to do. I am running vista right now and i have gone through upgrade adviser and also tried booting my system from the disk, which results in a no medium error. Please help me, i consider myself decent with computers but this has me stumped. The thing is, its not a faulty disk because when i put it into my mac it read all my files. I tried copied the files and put them onto a blank DVD that my computer read, however it didn't read the disk once the files were on it. Please help, i am sorry for the long question but this is really making me wonder what the hell is going on.

A:win7 upgrade help...

Can you boot from other CD/DVDs?
Try this disk in another Windows machine.

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Hi, I currently have Windows 7 b7127 x64.......... I am just curious to know whether I can upgrade it to the 7600 RTM build?

A:Upgrade to Win7 RTM? Possible?

the rtm hasn't been released yet, i thought.

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help please
I have win xp 32 and bought a win 7 64 upgrade dvd

when I put it into my dvd drive it doesn't do anything I tried running the bios and putting the dvd drive to #1 priority but it doesn't do anything either

A:upgrade from xp 32 to win7 64 with dvd

You cannot upgrade from XP to Windows7
A Clean install is required
Clean Install Windows 7

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I bought a windows 7 disk today and i have a Studio XPS 9100, which has 6g ram and an i7. I have a CD-DVD drive that works well because its recognizing every other disk i have. For some reason however, when i put my win7 64 bit upgrade DVD in it loads for a minute then pops out saying please insert a DVD into the drive. i need to upgrade for school because i need time to put all my programs back on. it is reading every other DVD, and i don't know what to do. I am running vista right now and i have gone through upgrade adviser and also tried booting my system from the disk, which results in a no medium error. Please help me, i consider myself decent with computers but this has me stumped. The thing is, its not a faulty disk because when i put it into my mac it read all my files. I tried copied the files and put them onto a blank DVD that my computer read, however it didn't read the disk once the files were on it. Please help, i am sorry for the long question but this is really making me wonder what the hell is going on.

A:win7 upgrade help...

closing this duplicate post - please do not duplicate posts in the forum it gets confusing and difficult to follow when people are answering different posts with different advice
continue here

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Hi there, I have also just upgraded my ram to 4 GB. I am using 32 bit system vista ultimate, my latop spec is, dell, vostro 1510, my cpu is core 2 duo 1.80 Gus, the speed doesn't seem to change much. A guy from a computer shop said even though the system doesn't show 4 GB but the system already upgrade inside, and the speed should change, I been thinking of changing from 32 to 64 bit, are there any consequence?

A:XP to Win7 64 upgrade?

What speed increase were you looking for?
If for example you had 2 gig of ram installed and were not using all of it upgrading to 4 will not improve performance in XP by a noticeable amount.
If that is the case I suspect moving to Win7 64 will not either.

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what would be the best way to do this ?
I'm getting a new pc that comes with an oem of win7 home but I have win7 pro on disc that is not oem I obviously want win 7 pro on rather than the oem what is the best way to go about, as its a new pc as soon as it boots i will have to create accounts etc which i dont want to do as i'll be using easy transfer. should i just set everything with the home edition then use my win 7 pro disc to upgrade or is there a better way. not sure what new bios will be like to make it boot from the dvd drive

A:upgrade of win7

You'll void the warranty if you change the OEM OS and you'll loose the OEM supplied applications.
Are you sure you want to do this .. And what will pro give you that the OEM doesn't have ??

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I've just upgraded my desktop to Win7, using software which does a complete upgrade - all program, files, profiles, desktops etc. - albeit not anti-virus, anti -spyware, - what a time saver.

I bought PCMover by laplink, recommended stress busting software, doing what MS should have done for all the XP people, but didn't!

Well enough preaching. You probably know about it anyway?

A:Upgrade to Win7

Was their a question you wanted to ask?

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I am trying to upgrade from a 32 bit version of Windows 7 to a 64 bit. I have been told that i will have to do a clean install but when I put the Windows disk in and boot it just boots into windows and setup does not start. How can I format my C: drive if the disk won't boot.

A:How do I upgrade from 32 bit win7 to 64 bit

Change the boot order. Works the same in Windows 7

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

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Seems like I have a strange situation.
Bought a new computer 8GB DDR3, 500GB HD, Core i5.
Installed XP Pro on active partition 1 (100GB)
Restored XP and files/programs from the Windows backup utility. All good, everything works.
Insert Win7 Pro upgrade disk (legally purchased from Microsoft)
Starts install 'copying temporary files'
Error message 'Windows Setup cannot find a location to store temporary installation files. To install Windows, make sure that a partition on your boot disk has at least 686 megabytes of free space - error code 0x80070490 )
Boot disk C has over 60GB free space.

If I try to boot from the Win7 CD to do a clean install I get an error message that it is an upgrade version and must be started from within Windows.

Have reformatted hard drive and gone through it all again but same result.

Be grateful if anyone has some suggestions?
(I spent best part of an hour searching old posts and couldn't find anything quite like this)

A:Can't Upgrade from XP Pro to Win7 Pro

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When I upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 will I need to download a fresh set of drivers for my hardware? If so how can I find out which ones I'll need as the Acer site (I'm on a Aspire 7720G laptop) lists lots of drivers for the same kind of device. Also as I'll be doing a clean install I will lose all the Acer tools, but will I be able to get eAudio management back? It's the only one I use as the default speaker settings suck and I don't know how to change it permanently. If I can't get it can anyone recommend a program that does the same job as it? (change the way the speaker works for like movies, rock, classical etc).

A:When I upgrade to Win7...

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I have an Inspiron PC with, of course, Dell's OEM version of Vista OS as a reinstallation CD. Can I upgrade to Win7 on this PC, or does it require Microsoft's retail version of Vista to upgrade? It's my wife's PC, and if I mess it up this is what will happen to me (see attachment):

A:Win7 upgrade

and welcome to the Forum

You should be able to use a upgrade version to install win 7 . . a custom install is reccomended so that you have a cleaner system than if you install it on top of Vista. You will have to reinstall the applications if you do the custom install

Have you run the win 7 upgrade advisor?

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Hi, I have a PC running Windows 7 Ultimate x32. I like to play lots of games, the problem is I have a x32 OS. Is there any way to upgrade to x64 for free?

A:Upgrade from Win7 x32 to x64

There is no way to upgrade from 32bit to 64Bit, Period

You must re-install with a valid Key

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I have win7 Home Premiume 64Bit and I just got Win7 PRO. 64Bit on Disc with Key.
I know I can put the Win7 PRO. Disc in and on the screen click on Upgrade.
But will this wipe all my programs out I have?
And any Folders I have on my Desktop and my Folders on my Limited Account Desktop will they be wiped out?

A:win7 upgrade

Hi biferibiferi Usually, since you only upgrade from one edition of Windows to another, and not a version to another, you should have an option to keep all your files and programs. Upgrading editions simply unlocks new features in Windows and doesn't really reinstall it since there's no need for that. The upgrade takes around 10 minutes to complete. Here's a tutorial on SevenForums showing you how to proceed. you have any questions, let me know.

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I had vista64ultimate crash totally. I had some external backup. Everything I tried lost some control. After 3 days and lots of advice I used my WinVista disk and reformatted the system and reinstalled everything I could. I decided to upgrade to Win7 Ultimate. I have two 400GB HD's showing 745GB total and 291GB in use. Also my system is very slow and jerky now. I suspect some of the original data is still aboard and taking up space.

When I upgrade, I plan to reformat the disks again, and reinstall WinVista64; then upgrade from there; and then reinstall files from my ext. backup drive. I'd like to do this right!

First, any suggestions about what I've done or intend to do?

Second; I have an IOLO Drive Scribber that I used when installing winxp on a previously used HD. Did the complete scrub and seemed to regain most of the 160GB on it. Everything works fine. Now, any recommendations about getting a very clean scrub and reformat job on the two 400GB HD's using the Iolo Scrubber? Or some other method for reclaiming the two HD's.

A:win7 64 upgrade

I'm not familiar with IOLO, but am with Darik'c Boot and Nook and DriveWipe. Both will completely overwrite the hdd leaving you with a fresh start. Unless there is damage to the hdd you should recover the original capacity of the hdd.

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Good Morning,
I built my desktop 4 years ago and installed the 32 bit version of Windows (System builder).  I'm thinking of upgrading to the 64 bit of 7 and understand it would be a clean install.  I'm seeing a whole host of price variations for the 64 Bit software.   Some of the cheapest software ($60 versus $120) is what they are calling "for refurbished PC installation". 
My question is, why so cheap?  I'm assuming it is because it will use my current license key from the 32 bit installation (treating it like an upgrade)?
Also, since I originally built it with the "32 bit System Builder", is there any restrictions on that original license key which won't allow for the 64 bit installation?
Just "kicking the tires" for some gotchas before I take any action....
Thanks for the help...

A:Upgrade Win7 from 32 to 64 bit

Galad - the COA (Certificate of Authenticity) will work for either 32 or 64-bit, same as Vista. XP had different COAs, specific to 64-bit.
All you need is a 64-bit ISO for whatever version you have: Home, Pro etc. If you can't find it for download, buy a Dell/HP/MS 64-bit SP1 DVD on Ebay. Your sticker will work fine, but may require a phone call for activation.

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Can you simply upgrade from 7068 to 7077 using the installation disc keeping installed programs etc intact?

A:Win7 Upgrade?

Quote: Originally Posted by alex21

Can you simply upgrade from 7068 to 7077 using the installation disc keeping installed programs etc intact?

Yes, I upgraded from 7068 to 7077 with no problems at all.

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ive had it for 2 moths now but havent been able to make up my mind if i should install it so ive come here for advice 1st of all what im running

amd4600+am2 dualcore
am2 mobo with 2gigddr2
soundblaster xfi sound card
nvidia 7800gt 256m graphics card

my main focus is gaming,music,movies and general productivity, il give any additional info if requested and any advice is welcome

A:Should i upgrade to win7?

This will give you the best answer possible.

But I personally don't think you will have any major issues running it.

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At the moment I cant access anything on my computer (due to a grub error 15) and i need a way off accessing my files. I have 1 one idea of getting a new hard drive and then putting win7 on that new hard drive then from there going in the back way to get my files of the hard drive.

I have vista on my hard drive and i have the product key (off side of case) and i was wondering if i get a new clean hard drive, can i get an upgrade version of win7 and then install it on new hard drive with just the OEM vista key??

I am not sure if this will work .. after 2 hours of searching in google this is my last resort!

A:Upgrade to win7 with JUST OEM key??

No... your Vista key will not work on a windows 7 install... you will need a Windows 7 key...

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can win7 starter be upgraded to win8?

A:upgrade win7 to win8?

I don't think anyone can say with absolute certainty at this time since Windows 8 hasn't even been released as a beta, only as a pre-beta developer preview.

These downloads include prerelease software that may change without notice. The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it. It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will.
Note: You can't uninstall the Windows 8 Developer Preview. To go back to your previous operating system, you must reinstall it from restore or installation media.

Windows Metro Style Apps Developer Downloads

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Hi all,

I have my upgrade disk from dell recently as my sis brought a new lappy. But the problem is she is not interested in upgrading. Can i upgrade my other com instead of the dell one? And my com is running win xp. Can i change the OS and upgrade it?

When dell send the disk it comes with a "UPGRADE ASSISTANT" DVD!!!
My com is DIY type, so can i still use it?

Thanks in advance for answering!

A:DELL win7 Upgrade

Quote: Originally Posted by zacdolski

Hi all,

I have my upgrade disk from dell recently as my sis brought a new lappy. But the problem is she is not interested in upgrading. Can i upgrade my other com instead of the dell one? And my com is running win xp. Can i change the OS and upgrade it?

When dell send the disk it comes with a "UPGRADE ASSISTANT" DVD!!!

Hi and welcome

we need more info on the computer you want to upgrade. Please fill in your system specs in the box lower left corner of your post. See pic



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Hi ,

I have licenced Windows 7 Ultimate which I got with my new laptop.
When I try to upgrade/change it to a customised version of Win7 Ultimate from an ISO it FAILS. At start It updates the installer (tried without updating also) and after that I select UPGRADE. The installtion progress starts and goes good over the first 4 steps but in the middle of the fifth and last step (something about gathering info about services) it just suddenly sends me a popup windows with a laconic message like:

Windows cannot upgrade to this version. use windows upgarde to determine compatibility issues. the installation program will now reboot and restore windows to it's previous state

I ran this installation as system. In the background it seems like the installation is still going or in an endless loop / deadlock situation so I pressed OK.

Then the system restarts and I get 2 options:Windows
Windows setup rollback
At first I tried the windows option which leeds again to the installation screen but still It wants to exit with the same error popup. I tried several other boot options with F8 but with no avail so aventually I had to press the rollback and return to my original Win7. The message I get after it is attached. Obviously my system have the requirements needed for Win7.Whrere/What is the problem ?
How/where can I see the log of the setup/installation process ?

A:Cannot upgrade to another version of Win7

Have you tried formatting your drive first?

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I thought that re-installing Win7 Upgrade over Vista using Custom install would get rid of ALL the win7 files. This needed to be done as the virus that got that computer was next to impossible to get off. After re-installing (twice to make sure) there are still files from the original install over Vista. The windows.old and windows.old.000 files are both referring to Win7. What I would like to do is this: Uninstall everything from Win7, taking me back to Vista, doing a recovery (alt-f12) so I have clean Vista then install Win7. I don't know, but I think that is the only way I can get this right. Any suggestions? I did do a search in these forums and didn't get a hit on any key words I used. THANKS in advance because I know you all know!


A:Deleting Win7 Upgrade

Here is how to perform CLEAN Windows 7 installation with upgrade DVD:

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I'm (trying to be) in the process of upgrading from Vista to Win7. No matter how many times I run Windows Update, no matter how many hours I spend downloading and installing updates, I get this screen when I get part way through the installation process for Windows 7:I spent four hours last night with Windows Update downloading and installing (what I thought were) 80 updates. Only 63 of them were successful. Then, this morning, there were 6 more updates, and 5 of them were successful. So I tried again. This time there were 16 updates and all of them were successful. Voila! I figured. What could be the problem now? Surely Windows Update gives me ALL of the available updates when I go to Windows Update, right?Apparently not.Again, the same message that says I have to have Service Pack 1 installed. So when I go to Microsoft, they tell me "If you only have one computer, don't do it here, do it through Windows Update." Well, what the hell do you think I've been doing for the last day and a half? Oh, look...three more updates were installed successfully while I was typing this. Do we think those were the LAST three updates I needed? I think it's unlikely. Why doesn't it You know, download something, click, click, click, enter some information, and it works. Why can't Microsoft just make software that works?Here we to go restart (again). Because, God knows, you can't expect a computer to have the latest and greatest updates wit... Read more

A:Upgrade from Vista to Win7 - SP1?

So, now, after spending 90 minutes downloading SP1 and watching it say it's installing, it reboots and tells me:Some changes could not be completed. Reverting changes. Will retry on startup.Which it does.Then it tells me:Service Pack did not install. Reverting Changes.That's it. Just did not install. No reason. Just did not install.Then it starts up and tells me error 0x800F0826 is what's keeping it from happening. "Something" may be interfering, but we don't know what. But here are about 7 possible solutions.Here's a solution: Make software that works in the first place. So now I have to download something else that's going to tell me what the problem is instead of Windows just telling me what the problem is. I swear to Go, I'm going to Mac.

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I have an unused Vista upgrade that came with my purchase of a Dell XPS laptop running XP MCE 2005. Rather than having to backup files and then reinstall apps for a clean install of 7, would it make sense to run the Vista upgrade, deal with the Vista driver issues then, and be able to do an upgrade to 7?

A:XP to Win7. Upgrade to Vista 1st??

I think it could work. I personally would do a clean install if possible but that's just me.

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About to upgrade to win7 then win10 befor the cutoff date

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So here's my problem I built a new machine and was trying to install a clean version of the win7 student upgrade on it. Code was rejected. So I followed all the steps on this forums also didn't work. I then installed it again the origional harddrive with the drive in the new machine with the registered copy of win7 on it and didn't work either. I'm at a loss here. Is the upgrade version a one time install only?

Also I called Microsoft support and the customer service guy hung up on me. Not really relevant but still pissed me off.

A:Win7 Upgrade Install Help

Quote: Originally Posted by Grassxc

I then installed it again the origional harddrive with the drive in the new machine with the registered copy of win7 on it and didn't work either. I'm at a loss here. Is the upgrade version a one time install only?

Can you rewrite the first quoted sentence so I can understand what you mean?

The upgrade version is not a one time install only.

But it isn't clear from your post that you ever had a successful installation with this disc on any hard drive on any PC.

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About to upgrade to win7 then win10 befor the cutoff date

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Reference a recent purchase of Win7 Premium Upgrade family pack (3), would anyone happen to know if I could A) Use my WinVista Home Premium retail DVD as the same platform for all 3 upgrades to different PCs; and B) would the Win7 Premium Upgrade DVD work with a Dell Vista OEM Reinstallation DVD as the upgrade platform?
Any help really appreciated.

A:Win7 Premium upgrade

as long as you have the proper licenses you should be able to use the same dvd, as far as the oem dvd, as long as you have a legal copy installed and activated on the computer, it does not make a difference if it is oem or retail version justifying the upgrade.

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I am ordering a WIn 7 DvD for a friend of mine she has a laptop with a dodge version of Windows 7 Untimate and it now has been disabled and she can not use it so I trying to buy her a license version, the trouble is I've ordered a upgrade win 7 Home pre and was wondering would it still work? can I install it even though her version is unlicensed.

if you guys can get back to me quickest as I need to cancel my order soon if its wrong

A:Will Win7 upgrade work?

You can install it, but it is legal only if there was a valid OS on there before.

If it was an expired RC, it qualifies. If it was a pirated version of Windows, it doesn't.

Here's a tutorial:

Use your own conscience here, do what is legal!

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I've been a long time supporter when moving from one OS to another that I perform a clean installation. This really came about when the upgrade from Win2K to Vista failed miserably.

My question is, who has performed the 'upgrade' on WinVista to convert to Win7 and how did it work for you?

I could perform a clean install, but this is the first time I'm reluctant to. With the number of software titles to install it's going to take me at least 3 evenings to get it up and running.
The other issue is that I have an iPhone, and if I wipe and reload I'm not sure what issues I'm going to run into there with my downloaded apps, and more importantly if it's going to re-register my phone thus taking away one of my 5 'connect to computer' and then because of that requiring to wipe my phone and start fresh.

Thoughts and ideas?

A:Upgrade Vista to Win7


On my computer I had two physical drives, and I chose to do a custom (clean install) on my second drive leaving Vista 64 bit on my first drive. The installation could not have gone more smoothly.

I didn't have a second drive in my Wife's computer, so my strategy from the start was an upgrade. I had read all the horror stories about the continuous re-booting on Windows 7 upgrades, but that seemed to be related to only those who were
downloading Windows 7, and those trying to upgrade from Vista 32 bit to Windows 64 bit. I had purchased a boxed copy of Window 7 Home Premium, and I was upgrading from 64 bit to 64 bit.

The upgrade got to the point of its first reboot, and then started continually rebooting. The installation indicated that the upgrade was NOT successful, and that the old O/S would be reloaded. The old O/S was never reloaded. After about 4 reboots I called Microsoft technical Support.

The Microsoft support technician had me try: Safe mode, then Last known Good configuration, and then System Repair, none of which remedied the problem.

I knew this meant Vista was no longer available to do an upgrade. The next step was to try the installation of Windows 7 again, but this time around, since Vista was no longer accessible, the choice was to do a "Custom Install", in other words a clean install.

The Custom Install failed at the same place the upgrade had, and the computer was back to the continuous reboots. The last trouble-shooting step ... Read more

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The install went smooth as silk. I did a full wipe from xp. Now as I was updating programs I installed cpu-z and noticed my 3.0ghz processor was only running at 800 ghz. It should be at 3000 ghz. Anyone have an idea how to fix this. This is my only problem.

Thanks Steve

A:Trouble with cpu after upgrade win7 pro

Quote: Originally Posted by Stevo

The install went smooth as silk. I did a full wipe from xp. Now as I was updating programs I installed cpu-z and noticed my 3.0ghz processor was only running at 800 ghz. It should be at 3000 ghz. Anyone have an idea how to fix this. This is my only problem.

Thanks Steve

Hi steve and welcome

There may be nothing wrong. If you aern't putting a load on the computer it will slow down both to save power and heat. Try loading it and re-checking
Ken J+

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Alright, so recently I did a clean Windows install to remove Windows 7 RC. So, I used my factory restore to revert to a clean Windows Vista install, then used an .iso I got when I used the Microsoft student store program to upgrade to 7. The upgrade went well, but afterwards I couldn't ( and still can't) modify my desktop wallpaper, the links to the libraries in Explorer are broken (as in clicking them doesn't do anything), and the library links on the start menu also do not function. Lastly, almost anything that's installed in the program files folder (Nothing was installed prior to the upgrade) needs to be run in administrator mode to function.

EDIT: Something new has cropped up. When I try to install some apps (Namely the Razer app for my n52te) I get errors about permissions on the AppData directory. I checked, and I did take ownership, gave myself full control of the directory and made sure that it's not set to read only. None of the settings seem to stick though. =/ . I tried contacting Dell, but they won't assist me as my system is no longer under warranty.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.


A:Win7 Upgrade issues


You may want to do a clean install instead of an upgrade from Vista. See this tutorial: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Hopefully that will take care of these issues.


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Would all computers using Win7 be upgradeable to Win8?? I'm thinking about buying a Toshiba all in one touch screen with win7 installed.I read a review that stated the model could not be upgraded because drivers were not compatable. The model is LX835-d3250. This is a recent model release with few reviews and find it hard to believe that's the case. If true I will not buy the model since I want win8 with touch screen.
I can find no info on this in any spec. or manuf.web site. Any knowledge of this??

A:Win7 to Win8 upgrade..??

Welcome to EightForums.

Take a look here:
Upgrade to Windows 8 - Toshiba

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I upgraded from vista ultimate to Win7 using Dell supplied upgrade disks. This was a mistake because either I had previous problems I did not know about or the upgrade injected some. Now I have a brand new retail Win7 Ultimate upgrade disk. Any recomendations as to the method I should use to install it would be appreciated. If I do a normal upgrade over what I have now I am afraid I might have the same problems still there. I can't format the C: drive as it is the system drive. Any sugggestions?

A:upgrade over bad Win7 install

Quote: Originally Posted by Sky

I upgraded from vista ultimate using Dell supplied upgrade disks. This was a mistake because either I had previous problems I did not know about or the upgrade injected some. Now I have a retail Win7 Ultimate upgrade disk. Any recomendations as to the method I should use would be appreciated. If I do a normal upgrade over what I have now I am afraid I might have the same problems still there. I can't format the C: drive as it is the system drive. Any sugggestions?

You will be surprised and happy with this answer and it will work.
First, set your BIOS to boot from DVD. Your dell manual will tell you correct key to push. I think it is either f2 or f12 while booting. You press the key quickly and repeatedly.

Then begin to install.

When you get to the screen asking for custom or upgrade, select the advanced option. Format your hard drive, (you can format it) and make as many partitions that you require. Only one is needed for the installation to work properly..
Then format and continue with the clean install. When asked for your key do not give it.

Give your key when the installation is completed, you tried it, you installed your programs and you are happy (before30 days). Then make a system image and put it away in a safe place.

Yes you just did a clean install, just like you had the full retail DVD of win 7. It works, its legit and MS knows.

For further information, just go to our tutor... Read more

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A couple of years ago I upgraded from win 7 Premium to Win 7 Pro. I got it by downloading - no physical media. Now I want to get the iso file for Win 7 Pro and went to this site: Microsoft Software Recovery Filled out the form, Product Key, etc, but got this answer: 'We encountered a problem with the validation request. Please assure your product key is for a product supported by this site and was entered correctly, then try your request again' Anyone?

A:Can't download win7 pro upgrade iso

Seems to be a mess. Hasn't worked for me either.

Keeps saying it doesn't have my language. English, so it is quite obscure.

If you used anytime upgrade, maybe it doesn't work for that.

Perhaps it will for your original Home Premium key.

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So there are some hints that something is wrong with my Win7 install and always has been. There are also some hints that it might not ever have been a Win7 capable machine. How can I tell?

The hints are kind of varied and I don't know how to relay them. It passes all the built in hardware tests. But all kinds of things have never worked right: Gadgets don't remain on reboot, my SSD is very slow relative to other SSDs, Windows won't install the AHCI drivers for it, and other kinds of minor things which I've just lived with for years.

Other hints are that I can no longer do the Win 7 Update and I can't do the Lenovo driver update anymore, either. There's many more.

The machine was purchased from Lenovo as a Vista machine and the salesman promised me that it was eligible for a free Win7 upgrade. But when I went to Lenovo's website to get the upgrade, it said my machine was not part of the free upgrade. Lenovo's staff kept promising me the upgrade was coming, but I only got the Win7 upgrade by complaining to my state's consumer affairs. It makes me think that the salesman promised me something the machine couldn't do - which never happens, am I right? .

Anyway, the first thing I want to do is check my hardware to see if it's working and if it can support Win7. How? Thanks.

A:Did I upgrade to Win7 on PC that can't handle it?

Did you run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor ( before the installation? If you didn't then please try it now and it shall give you the needed information.

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Hi guys, I have the option of going for the Windows 7 student deal and have a few questions that I want to clarify before I go for it:

- Is it the retail upgrade version, not the OEM upgrade? So I'll be able to use this key on a brand new box later on down the road?

- Is a clean install of the upgrade version exactly the same as a clean install of the retail, bar the MediaBootInstall registry key being 1 instead of 0 (if the installer doesn't find any previous version of Windows)? I.e. Is it just the installer that differs, with no difference between an actual clean install of the upgrade and retail versions?

- I installed and have been using the RTM for a few weeks, can I just use the upgrade key to activate this version?

A:Win7 student upgrade

From what I have read and discerned, The Student edition is a download and an upgrade. And also from what I have read there are a few issues with it and Microsoft has acknowledged this.

Microsoft Acknowledges Problems With Windows 7 Student Edition Upgrades - windows 7 - Gizmodo
This link tells you a little more info.

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i am trying to repair windows7 ultimate x64bit sp1, using the tutorial on this site. i downloaded the .iso and ran the setp.exe. all goes well until after the "copying files" action is 100% complete. during the next step i get the message:

"Setup can't continue. Restart the computer and restart setup. When prompted, try getting the latest update."

i've tried restarting the computer and running the setup again but i keep getting the same message. please help, thanks.

A:problem with win7 upgrade

Quote: Originally Posted by sleepless


i am trying to repair windows7 ultimate x64bit sp1, using the tutorial on this site. i downloaded the .iso and ran the setp.exe. all goes well until after the "copying files" action is 100% complete. during the next step i get the message:

"Setup can't continue. Restart the computer and restart setup. When prompted, try getting the latest update."

i've tried restarting the computer and running the setup again but i keep getting the same message. please help, thanks.

You are not trying to do a Clean Install, you are trying to do a Repair Install, is that correct? If so, are you putting the Windows DVD in the DVD Player and then starting your PC so that it boots from the DVD?

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I had a serious HDD crash which necessitated my buying a new HDD. I am installing onto a Dell D630 laptop with a new Scorpion black 5ooGB HDD.

I have 2 options:

1) Install XP, then upgrade it to Win 7
2) Ghost a vista drive, then upgrade to Win 7

Which would be the best?
Should I apply all "updates" to the original OS before upgrading to Win 7, or just lay the base OS down, then upgrade and then apply the updates to Win 7?

Thanks a lot

A:Which is better to upgrade to Win7 from - Vista or XP??

Hi TerryInLeesburg,

Going from XP to Windows 7 will involve you doing a custom install (will not preserve any data) as you are not able to do an upgrade install. You are able to do this when going via Vista to Windows 7 though, whilst keeping your data intact.
When you say that you have Vista ghosted onto another HDD, was it originally installed using the machine that you wish to upgrade to Windows 7?

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Hello, and thanks in advance for your help.

I have a brand new computer en route to replace my aging XP-Home-running system. It comes with XP-Pro AND Vista Business on it, my choice which to run when I get it. It also comes with the now-standard semi-freebie upgrade to Win7 in October.

I recently read Walt Mossberg's article in the Wall St. Journal explaining that upgrading to Win7 from XP is a major headache requiring more or less a total wipe and re-do and saving one's files elsewhere in the process. I'd hate to have to go through all that when I'm already facing the transfer of my computer life from the old machine to the new (probably via LapLink unless somebody's got a better suggestion) but....I HATE Vista, I LOVE XP, and so my problem is as follows:

Is it better for me to "bite the bullet" and run Vista for the next few months until Win7 comes out, avoiding the XP-to-Win7 complexities I've been warned of....or do we think they'll make that process easier when the final of Win7 comes out because of the huge XP user base out here that never moved to Vista?

Advice appreciated. Thanks!

A:Best Upgrade Platform For Win7?

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My Win7/home is borked. Sfc /scannow is in an incomplete loop. A windows update is also jammed. (Shows 51% at reboot and then disappears). Instead of going through (another) repair install, I'd just as soon just do a win10 upgrade.

would I introduce errors by upgrading over a bad win7 install?

Thanks. (Any typos due to stupid iPad typing autocorrect and no backspace or delete. Thats why pic wins.)

A:Win7 needs a repair: okay to just upgrade to 10, instead?

What do you mean by incomplete loop when running system file checker ? How did you do a repair install, used Windows 7 media disc ?
Upgrading may introduce more issues especially unable to download updates. How about a clean install of Windows 10 or clean install Windows 7 and then upgrade.

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had to buy a new machine. Old one gave out after 9years. Wanted to wait for Win7, but couldn't. Can I upgrade over vista with 7 or do I have to wipe everything off. Got 2Quad with 6g ram and 750mg harddrive.

A:Upgrade from Vista to Win7

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If this has been talked about before bear with me . I have a laptop with Vista Home Premium x86 and I would like to see how it runs Windows 7. Can I use RC1 to do an "in place upgrade" of Vista? TIA for any help...

A:Upgrade Vista 32 bit with Win7 RC1?

In short, yes you can

Also, this will keep any 3rd party 'System Restore' software that may be pre-installed with Vista.

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Hi folks,

I want to upgrade my Lenovo laptop (presently on WinXP Pro) to Windows 7. My son (who is much more knowledgeable than me!) says I can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro (using the upgrade disc) and then downgrade back to Win 7 Pro. I have checked that the computer's BIOS will "accept" Win8.

But the "downgrade" to 7 looks fraught with issues, from reading some of the discussions about it. Do I. for example, need a Windows 7 disc as well?

I would be grateful for some "wise words" on this!

Many thanks


A:Upgrade from XP to Win7 via Win 8 downgrade

Why would you upgrade Win XP to Windows 8 to downgrade to Windows 7?
To do the above you would need two Product keys, one for each OS.

As you can upgrade Win XP to Windows 7.

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I don't want Windows 10; I'm using Win7 Pro, but would like to upgrade it to Win7 Ultimate.
But Windows Anytime Upgrade has been shut down.
Is there any safe and reputable way left, to upgrade from Pro to Ultimate? Some sites claim to offer unlock keys and/or installer discs, but there's no way to know if they're safe, malware free, or even functional at all.

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At the moment my son is running *buntu as his only OS after getting very fed up with Vista. He now wants to go back to windows and use 7. He has bought himself a new copy of win7. Can he install it over *buntu? and do a clean install of 7? (and remove *buntu) The problem is when he got his laptop last year it did not come with a recovery disk and he did not make a copy of vista, so is this going to cause him a problem?

Many thanks

A:Another win7 upgrade question

If he bought a full copy (not upgrade) shouldn't be a problem.
Download drivers for the computer beforehand so he has them on hand just in case w7 doesn't have any that work with it.

If he still has the paperwork for the laptop, he may be able to obtain a recovery disk for iit. Out of 5 laptops in the family, only one came with a disk, the others had an address to get one.


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my brother has an acer 5335 that was bought with windows vista basic. I have recently upgraded his laptop to Window 7 ultimate and now he has no stereo mixer. The stereo mixer was fine on vista and i have downloaded latest audio drivers and enabled all audio devices in recording options yet still no success. Any ideas?

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I have a lenovo laptop that originally came with 64-bit Vista.
I got the win7 home premium upgrade in the mail. and I chose the 'upgrade' option (as opposed to the 'clean' install)
so, until a few hours ago, I had win7 home premium 64-bit on my laptop. I had issues with my video and when i talked to lenovo support a few months ago, they told me to do a clean install.
I had some time on my hands today, so I decided to do a clean install. I had the product key but I lost the ugrade dvd that lenovo had sent me.

so, I used a win7 pro x64 dvd that I had from work. I figured as long as i have my own product key, it shouldn't really matter. It installed fine... but unfortunately, it wouldn't take my product key. said something like 'does not match product sku'. i tried it both during the install as well as after the install.

so then, I used a win7 home premium upgrade dvd that i got with my parent's toshiba laptop (same kind of deal - vista 64-bit to win7 home premium 64-bit). the dvd label said 'This disc contains 32-bit and 64-bit software'
During the install, it never asked me if i wanted 32-bit or 64-bit.
but after the install, I realized that it had installed the 32-bit win7 home premium!
I went thru the whole thing again.. and it installed the 32 bit version again!

how do i get it to install the 64 bit version?
or does anyone have any other kind of solution to my problem?


A:upgrade dvd installing 32-bit win7 instead of 64-bit

1) Your home premium key didnt work with the pro disk because product keys are SKU (edition) specific.

2) Pre-manufactured dvds are either 32 bit or 64 bit but never both. The toshiba disk you used was likely a 32 bit disk, hence your install is 32 bit.

You need to either call Lenovo and get them to send you a 64 bit disk (for a small price) or borrow from a friend or look around on the internet for a clean iso. Best course would be to call Lenovo. However, if you still have that 64 bit work dvd, you can make a universal disk out of it that'll unlock all editions including home premium, then use your own key to activate.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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Currently have Vista Home Premium installed on Drive C and Win 7 RC1 installed on Drive F and dual booting. Have not had any problems with Win7 and am considering using it full time until retail version comes out. This will free up my Drive F to use as a back-up drive.
My question is: If I do a clean install of Win7 RC on Drive C (get rid of Vista entirely) will I do one of the following to install the upgrade version of Win7 (cost concerns regarding full version vs upgrade version)?
Reinstall Vista followed by upgrade of Win 7.
Use bootable vista dvd created by Acronis and then install upgrade Win 7. I have not had to use a bootable disk to restore a system so not totally familiar with what it will do.
Whatever I need has been backed up.
Any problems that anyone can think of?
Thanks for any info and ideas

A:Upgrade Win7 Retail When Available

Hello Welcome to SevenForums, hotbowler
This is what I plan on doing. I also have Vista Home Premium installed with a dual boot configuration. I plan to buy a retail version of 7 when it is released and upgrade my vista. The upgrade retail price will be cheaper than a full retail version. Myself I like having vista to use in case something bad happens to 7. Sounds to me like you have a good plan. Lots of good tutorials on this site will help you with installs. Only advice is get familiar with your machines bios if you do not already know about it. Sounds like you need to learn how to set your boot order to boot from dvd. good luck to you and enjoy 7.
Windows 7 - Tutorial Index

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Aparently you can't upgrade from winxp to win7. So I decided to buy a sata card and an external hd. I go to load win 7 on the new hd and it says I need to load the nic driver, I tried to load the win 32 driver for my belkin sata card and I get an error message that says teh driver won't load contact the vendor for a newer driver. Any ideas on hwo I can get a driver to load to get to the sata hd?
It's a Dell insperon E 1505

A:Windows 7 upgrade to win7

You can't load win7 on an external drive . . but you can do a clean install on the internal drive.

Is this the same question as this one?

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Considering upgrading my main pc from Win7 to Win8 preview edition, but would like to know first if I can do an actual "upgrade" versus "clean install" of the preview version - without losing any of my settings from Win7 (or data).

Would also like to know if when the full Win8 version comes out, if I can just upgrade the preview version to that, again without losing any data/settings.

Or would it be best to wait until the full version comes out, and upgrade then?

A:Win7 to Win8 upgrade

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I don't want Windows 10; I'm using Win7 Pro, but would like to upgrade it to Win7 Ultimate.
But Windows Anytime Upgrade has been shut down.
Is there any safe and reputable way left, to upgrade from Pro to Ultimate? Some sites claim to offer unlock keys and/or installer discs, but there's no way to know if they're safe, malware free, or even functional at all.

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Let's assume that I have upgraded my netbook from Win7 Starter to Home Premium using the Anytime Upgrade license (i.e. no CD). Later, say a year from now, my netbook has a serious virus infection and the remedy is to completely reformat the hard drive. How do I now recover my netbook to Win7 Home Premium?

A:Win7 Starter Upgrade - What If...?

Do you have the Recovery DVD for starter? If yes
Reinstall starter, than use anytime upgrade.

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I've never had a problem with my display card before I 'upgraded' to windows 7. My fps in IAH Dragonica is running at approximately 30-40. It was a smooth 60ish before.

There is also a considerable amount of lag in games like Outspark's Secret of the Solstice and NCsoft's Aion, which I normally played with little to no lag on windows xp.

I have read around and saw something about ATI dropping support for the 19xx cards in win7, but that was said in articles last year. I could not find anything recent about compatibility between the x19xx and win7.

I have installed a vista version of the ATI Catalyst, since it was encouraged.

I'm not a computer-hardware-configuration-tweaking-saavy person, so you might have to baby me through this.

Could someone help me with configuring my computer to accommodate the new OS?
I would very much prefer to keep the card and just configure it to the best settings possible. Maybe upgrade a few things like RAM if needed. I do not have a big budget, but am willing to spend a little if that is what it takes.

Thank you in advance.

Intel Pentium D 945 Dual Core, 3.40GHz
Windows 7 Ultimate, 32bit
ATI Radeon x1950 series, 512MB
Latest version of ATI Catalyst for Vista
*If there is anything else you need to know in order to help me out, I'm more than happy to look it up and tell you.

A:Slower fps after win7 upgrade

Latest version of ATI Catalyst for VistaClick to expand...

When you say latest, do you mean 9.3? That was the last Catalyst version that supported your card.

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Hello! I'm new here. I have an urgent question and sorry if this is posted in a wrong section. So I'm going to be getting a new pc that will not have any OS installed. I currently own a genuine win xp professional disk that I will have 3 service packs on. What is the best option for me to upgrade from that to windows 7 64 bit if possible. I have no idea what to do apart from maybe buying with windows 7 disk and just not installing the xp at all. Which will cost me money. I saw some people using windows 7 upgrade advisor, but I have no idea if that still works and will I need windows vista as well to be able to get 7 or can I skip it. Please someone help. Thank you!

P.S. I have a laptop that runs Win7 64-bit home premium and it has a product key sticker at the bottom of the laptop can that be of any use at all or is it only a one time use key.

A:Upgrade Xp profession to Win7

Hello nphinx

You cannot upgrade a system without an OS. You'll have to buy a new one. You don't need to buy Vista. I'll buy Windows 7 over Windows 8.

That key is an OEM key only applicable to the specific laptop.

You can try any Linux distribution if interested. It's free.

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So, recently I downloaded Win7 RC1 and the upgrade is doing alright except it's been upgrading for 17 hours and 20 mins, it's making very slowly progress with the last item .. switching the message at the bottom constantly between "Please Wait..." and "Transferring files, settings and programmes (395931 of 523838 transferred)" it's been on number that for at least 6 hours and 20 mins that i know of.

Should i leave it and hope for the best? or say it's over and it's time to do something about it?

Edit: Specs are RAID0 SATA HDD's, 3GHZ Dual core AMD, 8 GBs of RAM, ATI Radeon HD3870 and I'm upgrading from Vista SP1 to 7RC1


A:Win7 RC1 - How long should an upgrade take?

The only thing I can think of off the top of my head is that there's something conflicting with Windows 7. It would of been best to do a clean install.

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I recently installed Win7 on an old Win98 laptop. What a difference?

However, there is no direct upgrade path from 98 to 7...the install created a fresh partition with Windows7 on it, left the old Win98 in place in its own partition. c: has 98, d: has 7.

I'd like to recover that 10-Gig of space, re-format c: Then remove the old partition and add it to d:

Standard re-formatting from the OS does not work.

I have tried a tool from EASEUS to manage the partitions, it appears capable...but again, cannot re-format c: and cannot do anything with that old partition.

Your advice?

A:Upgrade Win98 to Win7

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Currently, I have a Dell Dimension 8400 Desktop with Windows XP MCE SP3 on it. WinXP is starting to get really buggy and just doesn?t feel fresh anymore. So I have decided to upgrade my desktop to Windows 7 Home Premium. My specs are as follows:

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 Single-Core
Clock Speed: 3.0 GHz
Bus Speed: 800 MHz
L2 Cache: 2 MB
L3 Cache: 0
64bit and Hyper Threading Capable

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6800
Memory: 256MB

RAM: 3GB (4 Slots)
Slot 1: 512MB DDR2 (PC2 3200)
Slot 2: 512MB DDR2 (PC2 5300)
Slot 3: 1GB DDR2 SDRAM 800 (PC2 6400)
Slot 4: 1GB DDR2 SDRAM 800 (PC2 6400)

Primary Hard Drive: Seagate ST3160023AS
Interface: SATA 1.5GB/s
Capacity: 160GB
RPM: 7200RPM
Cache: 8MB
Secondary Hard Drive: Maxtor 6L300S0
Interface: SATA 1.5GB/s
Capacity: 300GB
RPM: 7200RPM
Cache: 16MB

My uses include:
Web browsing (Google Chrome, upto 6 tabs)
Listening to music (iTunes)
Streaming HD video (YouTube, Netflix)
Microsoft Office
Editing HD video (Windows Live Movie Maker) (Light usage)
Casual flash-based games
Skype video calls

Typical multi-tasking situation:
Dropbox and Norton 360 running in background at all times
Google Chrome open with 4 tabs
Microsoft PowerPoint open
iTunes playing music while also syncing my iPod

What kind of performance will I get from Windows 7 with a computer of these specs?

My concerns are that is the GPU is dated and it?s only a single-core processor. I would be willing to turn off Aero or any other non-essential feature. I just want stability. Tel... Read more

A:A question before I upgrade to Win7

honestly to get the best performance you need to dump those mem stix and get the same kind across the board 4 gigs or what ever maxes out

4gigs of ddr2 6400 800mhz will do you

the cpu would need some changes too im sure you can get a 3.4 for nothing now days

those 2 things will defenetly make a impact on running 7

also you are running a g-force 6800 gpu or intergraded graphics you might have to use vista legacy drivers for that but the chances are it will still work

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