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Windows 7: Error message with upgrade install

17 Sep 2010   #11
Microsoft MVP


Back up your files, make any Recovery Disks if there is a factory recovery partition, gather your program installers, boot the DVD to clean install.

Choose Custom install, use Drive Options to first format the target partition or repartition as desired.

Clean Install Windows 7

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17 Sep 2010   #12

32 bit windows vista home premium

I have not seen this before. What is the advantage of the clean install? How do I save all of the files, progreams, etc that are a part of my present Windows Vista system?
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17 Sep 2010   #13
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

If you do a clean install all the data on Vista will be deleted, you would have to make back-ups of anything you do not want to lose before-hand; we are just trying to ascertain how you want to go about this.
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17 Sep 2010   #14
Microsoft MVP


A clean install is normally better because it starts fresh without allowing any corruption to be imported from Vista as often happens with in-place Upgrade.

In your case, booting the DVD might also overcome the error which is causing it to hang when run from Vista.

If you'd like to try the in-place Upgrade first, put the DVD in drive from Vista, then on Start menu rightclick on Computer and choose Open or Explore. This will present a list of files. Rightclick on Setup and Run as Administrator to see if it will start install. Choose Upgrade and have it remain connected to internet to get latest drivers/updates into installer.
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17 Sep 2010   #15

Windows 7 Ulti. x64

Norm . Could it be that you are trying to upgrade to 64 bit windows? Do you have 32bit installer?
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