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Windows 7: unable to complete installation


24 Jun 2009   #1

Vista
 
 
unable to complete installation

I've decided to upgrade from vista to Windows 7 but during the installation, near the end after it's 3rd reboot it always freezes at 42% when it says that it's trying to importing my old settings from vista. I'm stuck at this point and need some help, thanks.

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24 Jun 2009   #2

Win 7, Home Premium
 
 

According to tutorial by Brink

The Only Valid Upgrade Paths to Window 7:
  • Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 or SP2 -> Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Business SP1 or SP2 -> Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 or SP2 -> Windows 7 Ultimate

It is you case?
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24 Jun 2009   #3

Vista
 
 

I have Windows Vista Home Premium SP2
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24 Jun 2009   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Hi BlackFusion and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

Personally, I don't advocate the use of an upgrade from a previous version of Windows. Instead, I always recommend a clean installation. If you have plenty of space, I suggest that you create a new partition and install Windows 7 in that.
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24 Jun 2009   #5

Win 7, Home Premium
 
 

Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 or SP2 -> Windows 7 Home Premium
and your Win 7 is also Home Premium, not Ultimate?

And anyway I would support Dwarf advice.
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24 Jun 2009   #6

Vista
 
 

problem is, that I have a lot of stuff. Movies, pictures (over a thousand), music etc. I don't have enough CDs to store my data on. It would be a lot easier for me to just upgrade. I have configured vista a lot to try to speed it up, so I'm guessing that could be part of the problem. If there really is no solution then my only choice then is to do a clean install.
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24 Jun 2009   #7

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Partition your disk, move everything you need to a separate partition from Windows. Then clean install Windows 7.

Never store important data on the Windows partition. If you do, be sure to back up the "Documents and Settings" and/or "Users" folders.
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24 Jun 2009   #8

Win 7, Home Premium
 
 

Your data are still available in Windows.old file after clean install. You dont need to format disk. Just some 16 G free space and make clean install.
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24 Jun 2009   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

I would still do a clean installation, as it is really the best way to ensure a stable system. You can then copy the necessary data over from Vista to Windows 7. Although Windows 7 is built on the fundamentals of Vista and can, in many cases where there isn't a specific Windows 7 driver available use an equivalent Vista driver, it is still substantially different. It might well be possible to follow the upgrade path as described by Shawn (Brink), but in order to do that you really need an unadulterated installation of Vista. I note that you have made some tweaks to your Vista installation in order to speed it up, and it is possible that these are causing your Windows 7 installation problems. You also need to remember that the current RC versions of Windows 7 are the Ultimate editions, and, as such, are only officially supported as an upgrade from Vista Ultimate.
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24 Jun 2009   #10

Vista
 
 

as long as you're 100% sure that my data will be kept after clean install then I'll try that. Space is no problem as I have an 500GB HD
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