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

12 Feb 2014   #31
derekimo

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I guess we see if a different disc helps then.


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12 Feb 2014   #32
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I have 32 bit Home Premium Retail, I will install it from within XP, and booting from the disc and post my results.
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12 Feb 2014   #33
BlueBonnett

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Quick update: the page Derekimo provided with the link to the Vista ISO download seems to be working. I don't have time to go thru with the installation now but I'm being provided more options than the current disc I have. I'll let you guys know tomorrow.
Thanks for the help.
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12 Feb 2014   #34
BlueBonnett

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Okay I confirm the ISO provided by derekimo provided me the upgrade button finally so I let it do its thing (in the VM of course) while I did other things. When I clicked back on the VM window to see where it was at, it was at the final stages but as soon as I clicked on the window it crashed with a blue screen. I'll try again but this time try to stay focused and not do anything else on the computer.

Here's the bluescreen in case it means anything.

The installation at the beginning did request me to uninstall Nero 6.0 before it can continue which I did and it said some other software won't prevent upgrade but may cause problems like PowerDVD, Acrobat Reader 7.0 and others. I don't care for most of them but I wanted to keep Acrobat reader 7.0 (I hate the newer ones) so I continued since it said it wasn't mandatory.

If these programs the installer warned me about caused the bluescreen, I shall uninstall them.


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12 Feb 2014   #35
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

And you are still trying to install Vista from the XP desktop correct ?
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12 Feb 2014   #36
BlueBonnett

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Yes.
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12 Feb 2014   #37
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You may try allocating some more RAM to the VM. Too little can cause a BSOD like that along with drivers, Ala Power DVD and Nero. As I recall many XP drivers didn't work in Vista.

Uninstall the Reader 7 while trying this upgrade at least. Adobe Readers are very bloated and many of us use Foxit Reader, among others, very light weight. It works well with full functions and inside browsers.
PDF Reader | PDF Viewer | Foxit Reader
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13 Feb 2014   #38
BlueBonnett

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Britton30 I uninstalled everything the CD complained about and Vista now successfully installed.
I then proceeded to do 7 but the upgrade failed. It recommended I check the compatibility advisor. I did disobey the guide and skipped the "check for updates" part because there's no internet connection on that VM. Apparently it's been lost before even the Vista upgrade. Time to fix this and download the updates I guess.
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13 Feb 2014   #39
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I have installed without checking for updates, but it has been a clean, new install, but it shouldn't make a difference.

Is there a way to use the host connection from within the VM?
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13 Feb 2014   #40
BlueBonnett

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

There certainly is, it just got lost because of a driver conflict during the physical-to-virtual transition as virtual hardware is different hardware. I downloaded the updates which instructed me to uninstall a few more programs that might cause problems for 7. No problem, I wasn't using those anyway.

The 7 installation failed in the end with this following driver.
Root cause found: Boot critical file c:\windows\system32\drivers\volmgr.sys is corrupt.
Repair action: File repair
Result: Failed. Error code = 0x2

That's what startup repair says. I have a clean W7 installation in another VM. Should I copy and paste that volmgr.sys into this one? You think it'd fix?

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