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Windows 7: vista upgrade to win7 problems

17 Mar 2010   #1

vista upgrade to win7 problems

hi all

i have a gateway core solo laptop with vista on it. i have a upgrade disk Windows 7 and tried to do the setup.exe but it does not let me install. i also tried to boot from cd Windows 7 but it gives me a error message saying that it cannot continue. it stalls after the hardware compability part and does not let me even format the hard drive so i can try to do a full clean install.

What ways are there to override the gateway software vista, seems like gateway has a lock on it and wont let it install Windows 7 upgrade.

i dont have the problem on my dell.. any solutions ? i dont have the vista gateway disk. what am i doing wrong?

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18 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Go to the following page

and look at the solution posted by ignatzatsonic.
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18 Mar 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP


Call or chat gateway to find out if they truly have a BIOS lock on that model.

You can also clean the HD to give a cleaner slate and force the installer to autostart.

Make your Recovery disks or back up a System Image if you want a path back. Unplug all other drives.

Boot Windows 7 DVD Repair console, click through to Recov Tools list, open a Command Line, type:

SELECT DISK # (for Windows 7 target)
CLEAN ALL (zeroes HD, deepest clean, takes awhile)

Now boot back into Windows 7 to Custom Install, using Drive Tools to create partition(s) as you wish, format before installing Windows 7 to first partition.
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