I am trying to Install Win 7 on a Dell 32 bit machine that currently has XP Pro, SP3. I have followed the whole recommended pre-install procedure (Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows
) and there is no reason why there should be a problem – plenty of disc space, no incompatible software drivers
etc. I have read loads of articles on this but none have actually suggested a solution that works.
I have also tried the following solution, but the virtual disc service still does not materialise. Another forum member suggests that this may be due to an old type of motherboard – is there any truth in this?
"Based on my experience, this error usually can occur because the VDS service is set to disabled. To resolve it, we need to enable the Virtual Disk service. Please refer to the following steps"
1) Click Start / Run and type SERVICES.MSC
2) Look for the Virtual Disk Service
3) Right click it and choose "Properties"
4) Change the Startup Type to Manual, then click the Start button.
5) Reboot and try the upgrade again.
If there isn’t Virtual Disk Service listed, you can take the following steps to populate the disk information:
1) Click Start / Run and type devmgmt.msc
2) Expand the Disk drives and double click the disk.
3) Click Volumes on the disk Properties.
4) If the volumes information are blank, click Populate.
5) Insert the Windows 7 installation disc and launch Setup.exe