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Windows 7: I don't get an option to upgrade to Vista

12 Feb 2014   #11
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BlueBonnett View Post

I am following Kari's tutorial but I'm not getting the same results. No option pops up to upgrade. Why?
Is there a reason you want to use this method?

Upgrade Install - XP to Windows 7

I'm guessing you have stuff that cannot be reinstalled later?

That being said, I'm not sure why you are not getting the upgrade option,



Maybe you can try a different Vista installation disc.

Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB


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12 Feb 2014   #12
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BlueBonnett View Post
The Vista DVD because I'm first upgrading to Vista, then to 7.

Quote:
You can`t upgrade from XP to W7, you have to do a clean install, and you don`t have to have Vista installed to upgrade to Windows 7.
The second part of your sentence contradicts the first. I'm not going from XP to 7 I'm going XP to Vista to 7 which you then say is unnecessary because XP to 7 is totally possible as long as I have a Vista key.

I'm already looking at Kari's tutorial which clearly instructs to first do an upgrade install with the Vista CD.
No mention of what type of disk it is, Retail, OEM, Upgrade.
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12 Feb 2014   #13
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I love Kari`s warning highlighted in red

I`m assuming he`s using a retail Vista dvd and an Upgrade Windows 7 dvd, still waiting for a reply.

Some folks use the Upgrade term too loosely, and by that they just mean they are IMPROVING there pc to Windows 7, not knowing that there actually is software specifically labeled Upgrade.
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12 Feb 2014   #14
BlueBonnett

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Yes I want to keep installed programs and settings.

I usually see people use the word "migrate" when they aren't upgrading but on the other hand I've seen that word used loosely as well. I guess neither upgrade nor migrate are standard.

I don't know if this CD is OEM/Retail/Upgrade but I do see an Upgrade folder on the disk contents, does this mean anything?

I wish I didn't delete my 10GB hidden partition on this computer that came with Vista which I'm guessing stored the Vista installation files in case of emergency.
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12 Feb 2014   #15
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

So you`re saying you have a Windows 7 dvd, and you have no clue what it is ?

Retail comes in a plastic case or a dvd case. And should be halogrammed.

An upgrade dvd will come the same but it`s clearly labeled Upgrade.

OEM should say OEM on the disc, but not necessarily.

Migrate means to take a users data, favorites, email, documents etc back it up, then install a new OS, then put the users data back on the new OS.

Upgrade means to take a machine with XP or Vista or whatever and simply put a new OS on it.

But in this instance it`s important to know exactly what you`re using to do the Windows 7 install, an upgrade disc is clearly labeled on the packaging.
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12 Feb 2014   #16
BlueBonnett

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Forget the 7 DVD for now, I'm using my friend's Vista DVD to first upgrade-install to Vista in preparation to upgrade-install to 7. To my best knowledge it's capable of upgrade-installing.
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12 Feb 2014   #17
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BlueBonnett View Post
Forget the 7 DVD for now, I'm using my friend's Vista DVD to first upgrade-install to Vista in preparation to upgrade-install to 7. To my best knowledge it's capable of upgrade-installing.
Try a different one and see if it helps,

Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB
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12 Feb 2014   #18
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

warning
Remember that you need to legally own a valid qualifying previous version of Windows to use a Upgrade Windows 7, and to stop using (or uninstall) the qualifying OS while you have the upgrade installed. Microsoft only made doing a clean install from a upgrade Windows 7 possible to make it more convenient so you do not have to reinstall both the old Windows version (ex: Vista) and upgrade to Windows 7 everytime you needed or wanted to reinstall.

If you do not legally own a valid qualifying previous version of Windows, then you are violating the terms of Microsoft's Windows 7 End User License Agreement and could get your product key number invalidated by Microsoft. Plus, it is considered illegal.

For more about this, please see: Microsoft SMB Community Blog : Regardless of what any hack says, a Windows 7 Upgrade is an Upgrade. What you need to know.

Pulled from the tutorial.

I don`t think using your friend`s copy of Vista qualify`s but let us know how you make out.
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12 Feb 2014   #19
BlueBonnett

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

No problem, I have my Vista key on the side sticker of the computer that it came on. But if there's a huge difference between OEM/Retail versions I hope the key matches with whatever version this DVD will upgrade the XP partition to.
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12 Feb 2014   #20
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Doesn`t his disc say what version it is ? Doesn`t he or she know ?

Your key should work fine.

If you don`t enter the key during the install you will come to a window that lists all the Vista versions, just choose the version you want, then just continue.

But as we`ve all said, you don`t have to install Vista, you just do a clean install with your Windows 7 upgrade disc, and have the key ready when Microsoft asks.

Let us know how you make out.
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