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Windows 7: Windows Vista to windows 7

09 May 2010   #1

Windows Vista to windows 7

Working on my computer... Attached is a cell phone picture of the problem. Do i need a new HDD? If i press the F2 key it will boot up into Windows. This particular PC is running Windows Vista (Shivers) I'm thinking of possibly running Windows 7 on it. I have tried the startup repair... doesn't do anything. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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09 May 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP


Your picture didn't upload, so please give us the exact wording of the error message and what happens when you try to startup.
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09 May 2010   #3


Sorry... thanks for the prompt response
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09 May 2010   #4

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Your pic did not attach. What brand & size & type of HD are you talking about ?

Describe the problem, Please ?
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09 May 2010   #5


It's a pavilion a6242n PC. the guts are original. Can you guys see the uploaded images now?
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09 May 2010   #6

Windows 8 Core X64

The pic shows a message that says "Hard disk failure is imminent". If this was my computer, I would get a new HD (same size or larger) and try to clone the existing drive to the new one using any one of a variety of free hard drive tools. HDClone is one though the free version limits the speed quite a bit.
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09 May 2010   #7


st3320820as :Hard disk failure is imminent.
Please backup your hard disk and have it replaced
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09 May 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP


Can you get your data off of the HD now? Do it.

Next burn to CD and run full diagnostics/repair scan for your make HD, as it can salvage the HD in some cases: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

Cloning is an excellent idea if the data is still intact. It is often included with purchase of a new HD, or you can save a Windows 7 backup image now to use in case it dies before you get to clone it.
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09 May 2010   #9


The thing is... when i press the F2, it boots up to windows fine...
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09 May 2010   #10


So i replaced the HDD... The original HDD was a SATA. I have an extra IDE HDD lying around. i set it up... windows XP started to boot up... Problem fixed. Now, I want to install Windows 7. went into BIOS and set up CD as first boot priority. Second, The HDD... for some reason it will not give me the option to boot from disk... Any Ideas?
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