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Windows 7: Unable to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 7

09 Sep 2014   #1
microbillgates

MS Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 
Unable to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 7

Hello, I am trying to perform an upgrade from Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate. But I get this error when I press upgrade.

Windows Vista™ Ultimate cannot be upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate. You can choose to install a new copy of Windows 7 Ultimate instead, but this is different from an upgrade, and does not keep your files, settings, and programs. You’ll need to reinstall any programs using the original installation discs or files. To save your files before installing Windows, back them up to an external location such as a CD, DVD, or external hard drive. To install a new copy of Windows 7 Ultimate, click the Back button in the upper left-hand corner, and select “Custom (advanced)”.


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09 Sep 2014   #2
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Are you trying to upgrade from Vista 32 bit OS to Win 7 64 bit OS? You can't upgrade from 32 to 64 bit, that must be a complete new install.
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09 Sep 2014   #3
microbillgates

MS Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Yes it's 32-bit to 32-bit
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09 Sep 2014   #4
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

That is supposed to work.

Check the forum Vista to Win 7 upgrade tutorial, in case you have missed something.

Upgrade Install with Windows 7
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09 Sep 2014   #5
gregrocker

 

Is Vista fully updated? Check now for Updates and install all Important and Optional. After reboot check again until there are no more offered. Check a day later.

Try unchecking everything in msconfig>Startup and >Services (after Hiding all MS Services) and if necessary uninstall your AV. Reboot to try again.

Run SFC and check for infection in Troubleshooting Windows 7,
same as for Vista.
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10 Sep 2014   #6
microbillgates

MS Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

I'll have a look later. Right now, I need to fix my main computer.

It was a clean install, so I will update and report back
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11 Sep 2014   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Doing an upgrade from Vista will only give you problems, better to do a clean install with your Windows 7 Upgrade disc

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Remember, backup all your data before starting.
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11 Sep 2014   #8
microbillgates

MS Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Doing an upgrade from Vista will only give you problems, better to do a clean install with your Windows 7 Upgrade disc

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Remember, backup all your data before starting.
I know it will, but this isn't a machine I will use daily :P it's more of my mess around machine
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11 Sep 2014   #9
microbillgates

MS Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Is Vista fully updated? Check now for Updates and install all Important and Optional. After reboot check again until there are no more offered. Check a day later.

Try unchecking everything in msconfig>Startup and >Services (after Hiding all MS Services) and if necessary uninstall your AV. Reboot to try again.

Run SFC and check for infection in Troubleshooting Windows 7,
same as for Vista.
Thanks man, updating fixed it
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