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12 May 2009   #1

Windows Vista Home Premium
 
 
Windows 7

I took the liberty to download the Windows 7 RC and I went through all the steps.

1. Download the ISO file.
2. Burn the file on a DVD.
3. Install.

I followed all these steps except it wouldn't let me upgrade from my Windows Vista Home Premium (only Custom, clean install), and it told me to boot with the installation disk so I did that, but then it told me to run windows normally and do what I first did again. I did it but then it told me to boot again. I don't want to do a clean install because I have some bought programs, anyone know how I can get the Upgrade to work?

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12 May 2009   #2

7600.20510 x86
 
 

You didn't say why you can't upgrade from the Vista desktop. Is the selection for it unable to be checked or something when you try? Any errors etc...?
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12 May 2009   #3

Windows Vista Home Premium
 
 

Oh right sorry, that's what I forgot. It gave me the option to upgrade, but it brought up a message saying that i should reboot using the installer and choose custom, but when I did that and chose Upgrade, it said that I should restart my computer normally, put back in the disk, then open upgrade from there again. The problem was that I did that and the message to reboot came up again and whenever I try clicking upgrade, either message appears.
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12 May 2009   #4

Win7 x64 NL
 
 

Are you sure you're upgrading to the same version? I mean... are you upgrading a 32 bit vista to a 32 bit windows 7 or a 64 bit vista to a 64 bit windows 7?
If not, that's your problem. You can only do the upgrade if you pick the same bit version.
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12 May 2009   #5

 
 

32bit to 32bit or 64bit to 64bit Upgrade wise, but if I'm correct?, the RC will not let you upgrade from Beta anyway?? (unless you edit a certain file) but I do not recommend upgrading from any Beta version to RC
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12 May 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

How large is the hard drive there? If the drive is large enough you may want to consider dual booting for the present time until 7 is final. 7 would be custom installed to a second partition or even to a second hard drive if present to get the upgrade problems at this point.

A clean install of 7 is recommended from the start. That can see Vista replaced as the single OS or using the custom install option to see 7 go on one of the above with a clean install for the best results. Even the RCs have to be considered a temporary OS at this point.
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13 May 2009   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Its probably better to do a clean install, you're less likely to have problems that way.
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13 May 2009   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I agree with the above, a clean install is best.
Also I think you would be better doing a dual boot as this is not a final version, may yet have unforseen glitches and will stop working next year after the final version goes on sale.

A dual boot sounds daunting but is a lot easier than it sounds. Basically you need to download a partitioning tool like gparted, burn it to disk and boot from it.
You can then shrink your Vista install and create an unallocated space. Then boot from the Windows 7 disk and custom install to the empty space.
When you boot up you'll get a choice of Windows 7 or Vista and can boot into either.

I've simplified this a lot so have a look at the tutorials section on this forum for detailed instructions.

Good luck, John
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13 May 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

The latest 0.4.4-1 release of GParted seems to have solved one problem seen when shutting that down to reboot and the drive tray closing back up before you can be quick enough to grab the disk out of it. The latest stable build opens up and leave the tray open until you press the enter key like it should. A few of the other more recent builds would simply open the tray up fast and cloose it automatically in only a few seconds.

There's no change in the gui while seeing that one thing corrected is a big relief! If you want the latest that's available at SourceForge.net: GParted: Files
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13 May 2009   #10

Windows Vista Home Premium
 
 

Well, I'll try parting off a part of my hard drive, but i still don't get why it won't upgrade for me. I don't want to do a clean install because I have some bought programs that I don't want to lose.
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