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

12 Feb 2014   #21
derekimo

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From Kari's tutorial,

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That said, it's time to begin. What you need is the Windows 7 install media, and a copy of ;Vista (DVD or ISO) that you can borrow for a couple of hours. You can use any valid Vista install media, you do not need the product key. Key is not needed because you are only going to have Vista on your computer for a couple of hours as an owner of a legal and valid XP, you are entitled to upgrade to Windows 7.



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12 Feb 2014   #22
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You aren't using a genuine disk are you?
No difference at all between OEM/Upgrade/Retail versions other than packaging and how it can be installed. The activation key is what determines the install type.

Migrate means to move the entire OS to another machine or after changing a motherboard.
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12 Feb 2014   #23
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
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.
Except they don't want to do a clean install as already mentioned.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BlueBonnett
Yes I want to keep installed programs and settings.
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12 Feb 2014   #24
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Agreed 100% Gary.

I hope Derek`s idea of trying a different Vista disc gives the OP the upgrade option.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...-windows-vista
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12 Feb 2014   #25
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I never used Vista, but did it have a direct upgrade from XP?
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12 Feb 2014   #26
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows Vista

When I did mine I booted from the dvd and saved everything in the windows.old folder using a retail copy of Home Premium 32 bit.
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12 Feb 2014   #27
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Maybe this quote from the link AddRAM provided has a clue?

Quote:
If you have an upgrade copy of a 32-bit version of Windows Vista, you must start the upgrade while running your existing version of Windows.
If you are using an upgrade copy of a 64-bit version of Windows Vista to upgrade a 64-bit version of Windows XP Professional, you must perform a clean installation of Windows Vista.
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12 Feb 2014   #28
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

He`s starting the install from within XP and he`s not getting the Upgrade option, which he should, but I really think, if I remember correctly, you will get the same upgrade and custom options if you boot from the dvd, and everything should still be preserved.

You could always try, nothing will happen to XP if you cancel the install.

Agreed ?
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12 Feb 2014   #29
derekimo

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But he is getting the drive options which leads me to believe he is booting from the disc,

From this tutorial, Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista

Quote:
WARNING: You may not have the Drive options (advanced) option unless the installation is done at boot, and not running the installation from within your current OS.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM
if I remember correctly, you will get the same upgrade and custom options if you boot from the dvd,
Also from that tutorial,



Upgrade is listed but is disabled.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM
You could always try, nothing will happen to XP if you cancel the install.
Worth a try, hopefully he can clarify if he is booting from the disc or from the desktop.

Windows 7 is the same as far as upgrade installs, you can't do them from a booted disc.
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12 Feb 2014   #30
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

In post #1 he says he`s running the Vista disc from the XP desktop.


Experimentation time

This also says to run the dvd from the XP desktop.

http://www.wikihow.com/Upgrade-Windows-XP-to-Vista
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