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Windows 7: upgrading acer vista laptop with sony upgrade dvd


16 Jan 2010   #1

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upgrading acer vista laptop with sony upgrade dvd

Hi all.

I was wondering if I could upgrade to Windows 7 from vista HP on my Acer 5720z with an upgrade DVD I have from sony.

Actually I bought a Sony VAIO and I do not want to upgrade it to Windows 7. But I did want to use the upgrade DVD that came with it on my Acer.

Me thinks there should not be a problem and I will need to hunt for Acer drivers but I just wanted to confirm if Windows 7 would activate okay using Sony Windows 7 key on an Acer laptop????

TIA

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16 Jan 2010   #2

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I think that varies case by case, from manufacturer to manufacturer. It could be that the Sony disc expects to see a Sony BIOS and if it doesn't, you are out of luck.

I'd guess you would just have to try it. I would further guess that if it will install, it will activate.

But as a safeguard, I would make sure I could restore the Acer to Vista if you can't upgrade to Windows 7 and things went in the toilet midway through.
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16 Jan 2010   #3

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+1 .. The copy you got more than likely will not install on your Acer... Its prolly tied to the Sony (spit) BIOS...
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16 Jan 2010   #4
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If it is a standard Windows 7 install DVD, then you can use it as an installer, however it may not activate.

Is there a key provided?

I'd use Disk Mgmt to shrink Vista, try booting DVD to install to second partition. If it will activate, then we can help you get rid of Vista when you are ready.
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17 Jan 2010   #5

vista
 
 

Thanks for the advices.

Yes it does have the key for the upgrade.

Could you please provide me links so that I can learn how to use the use Disk Mgmt to shrink Vista, and then install to the new partition. (the noobier the better )
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17 Jan 2010   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
+1 .. The copy you got more than likely will not install on your Acer... Its prolly tied to the Sony (spit) BIOS...
How can I check to see if the DVD is tied to the Sony Bios OR if the key provided on the upgrade DVD cover is Sony specific only??
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17 Jan 2010   #7

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

The key will not be tied to anything... Boot the DVD, if it is tied to the Sony, it will tell you that it can not install to the Acer, otherwise, it will begin the installation... Good Luck..
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17 Jan 2010   #8

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If it states Sony on the DVD it is Sony.

Partition or Volume - Shrink
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22 Jan 2010   #10

vista
 
 

Okay..i did it.

Yes the dvd said Sony on it and it would not even load on my acer system.. I extracted the win 7 32 portion and ran it. It upgraded fine and the system is even activated. I am excited.

Now I have a dual boot laptop with Vista and Windows 7. so how do I get rid of the dual boot and say bye bye to Vista.

Thanks for the help in advance.
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