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Windows 7: Home Premium x64 Upgrade Kit (Unable to start / finish)

31 Jan 2011   #11
gregrocker

 

The only way I would update BIOS is from Windows which is safer than flashing from DOS.


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01 Feb 2011   #12
ToxicCookie

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

After starting up, I end up at;
A:\>
Which I take would be the root? :r
However, when trying to use cd to navigate, the only thing that doesn't lead to an error, is if I use;
cd A, cd A:\, or different kinds of that. Trying to launch the FLASH.BAT while I've put it in root, or navigating to a sub-folder 'Flash' just gives me error messages.

"A:\>FLASH.BAT" gives me: Bad command or filename - "FLASH.BAT".
"A:\> cd Flash" gives me: chdir failed for 'Flash'.

However, there's 1 thing I'm uncertain of.
When the pc boots into FreeDOS, I can choose between 5 options;
1. Install to harddisk using FreeDOS SETUP (default)
2. FreeDOS Safe Mode (don't load any drivers)
3. FreeDOS Live CD with HIMEM + EMM386
4. FreeDOS Live CD with HIMEM only
5. FreeDOS Live CD

Since I'm using USB, I suppose I should use 2.
I've tested with other options, but with same results.
Option 1 is for installing FreeDOS itself to the harddisk, or?

Edit:
I would rather update from Windows, but my pc doesn't agree with letting me install it.
Thus doing this in the first place :|
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01 Feb 2011   #13
Bill2

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

I've no idea what you're talking about. To flash in DOS, you need to boot to PURE DOS (not the DOS screen inside windows). This can be done via a bootable usb stick (if the computer can boot from usb) or CD (or even floppy but most people dont have those nowadays). So if you want to flash in DOS, do the following.

1) Make a bootable usb stick or CD.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

2) Unzip the Acer bios update package to the root of the usb stick you made in Step 1.

3) Set boot priority in the bios to usb first, shutdown computer, then boot from the usb.

4) At the command prompt, type Flash.bat, hit Enter, let it do its thing.

5) Computer will reboot after the flash. Remove the usb stick so that the computer doesnt boot from it again. Now check the bios version by clicking on Start button, then type msinfo32.

Make sure the computer is connected to the wall outlet during this entire process and is not on battery. Also make sure you download the right bios from acer's site.
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01 Feb 2011   #14
ToxicCookie

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

I did make a bootable USB stick, with FreeDOS, as I followed this;
http://www.ehow.com/how_7570360_upda...achine-os.html

Also, I put the latest BIOS version from the Acer website onto the USB as well.
My problem however, is being unable to run the FLASH.BAT to perform the upgrade.
Putting it directly on the USB stick, not in any sub-folders, and then using 'A:\>Flash.bat' just gives me this; Bad command or filename - "FLASH.BAT".
If I could get it to run, I'd be well on my way.
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01 Feb 2011   #15
Bill2

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

When you are at A: prompt, type dir then hit Enter, what does it show?
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01 Feb 2011   #16
ToxicCookie

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

A friend who knows a little about this, told me to do this yesterday.
It tells me there's 3 file(s) and 2 dir(s), but it doesn't mention anything about file- or foldernames.
But here's everything that pops up;

DRIVERS <DIR> 09-03-2006 12:11a
FREEDOS <DIR> 09-03-2006 12:11a
COMMAND COM 66.945 09-03-2006 12:11a
FDCONFIG SYS 1,768 09-03-2006 12:11a
KERNEL SYS 45,341 09-03-2006 12:10a
3 file(s) 114,054 bytes
2 dir(s) 1,259, 520 bytes free

Edit: As it is currently, this is how the USB stick shows up on this pc;
H:

Quote:
FreeDOS files; (Just what these files are from, all files are in root)
menu.c32
syslinux.cfg
ubninit
ubnkern

Acer BIOS files;
FLASH.BAT
FLASHIT.exe
GPC_V135.bin
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01 Feb 2011   #17
Bill2

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ToxicCookie View Post
A friend who knows a little about this, told me to do this yesterday.
It tells me there's 3 file(s) and 2 dir(s), but it doesn't mention anything about file- or foldernames.
But here's everything that pops up;

DRIVERS <DIR> 09-03-2006 12:11a
FREEDOS <DIR> 09-03-2006 12:11a
COMMAND COM 66.945 09-03-2006 12:11a
FDCONFIG SYS 1,768 09-03-2006 12:11a
KERNEL SYS 45,341 09-03-2006 12:10a
3 file(s) 114,054 bytes
2 dir(s) 1,259, 520 bytes free
Exactly. Theres no file called Flash.bat at the root of the usb, hence the error bad filename or command.

You need to unzip the Acer package, then copy everything inside to the root of usb for that command to work.
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01 Feb 2011   #18
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

files in Acer download.

Home Premium x64 Upgrade Kit (Unable to start / finish)-capture.png


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01 Feb 2011   #19
ToxicCookie

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

I did unarchive all the files, so, the files are in root, unarchived.
There's not even any sub-folders currently, when I used the dir command.
And it's more than 3 files (Unless it ignores the FreeDOS files, in which case it's three)

And there was a Winflash, but seeing it's used for flashing while in Windows, I removed it.

Edit:
http://support.acer.com/us/en/produc...5&modelId=1195
There's 2 different sets, and I've been using;
Patches BIOS kernel code.
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01 Feb 2011   #20
gregrocker

 

I would not update BIOS this way. We can help you troubleshoot the install as it could be any number of things which I would try first to get installed before updating BIOS. You are courting disaster, and the first date is already going bad.

Unless you know for sure your model Acer needs BIOS update to upgrade to Win7 then it is likely another issue which is blocking install. Did you reset the CMOS, try setting SATA controller in BIOS setup to AHCI, and remove all but 2gb of RAM as suggested in my first post?

Can you run your factory Recovery partition or disks to reinstall Vista just for the purpose of updating the BIOS from it (providing there is a Windows BIOS update method) if you must have the latest BIOS? If so, then you can also try running the upgrade DVD from Vista, even in-place Upgrading. A simple guide to a successful in-place upgrade
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