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

01 Feb 2011   #21
Bill2

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

Dude, can you copy and paste? If yes, please copy all the files in the unzipped acer package to the ROOT of the usb stick. If you do that correctly, you should be able to see all those files (see Theog's screenshot) when you use the command dir at the A: prompt of the usb.

It does appear however that you need more handholding for flashing this way than you imagine. If thats the case, just use the winflash utility- save it to your desktop, double click the .exe and it'll take care of the rest. Make sure you're not into some other user-created task at that time.


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01 Feb 2011   #22
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ToxicCookie View Post
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:
Acer Support: Drivers & Support Documents - Notebook / Aspire / Aspire 5810TG
There's 2 different sets, and I've been using;
Patches BIOS kernel code.
Files in BIOS_Acer_1.35_A_A

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Files in BIOS_Acer_2.35_A_A

Home Premium x64 Upgrade Kit (Unable to start / finish)-capture2.png


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01 Feb 2011   #23
ToxicCookie

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
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
Was planning to follow your post from early in the thread. However, to do that there wasn't really any other way to update BIOS other than from DOS, seeing as the main problem is that I can't install Windows.

But I could try taking it from the CMOS step?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Dude, can you copy and paste? If yes, please copy all the files in the unzipped acer package to the ROOT of the usb stick. If you do that correctly, you should be able to see all those files (see Theog's screenshot) when you use the command dir at the A: prompt of the usb.

It does appear however that you need more handholding for flashing this way than you imagine. If thats the case, just use the winflash utility- save it to your desktop, double click the .exe and it'll take care of the rest. Make sure you're not into some other user-created task at that time.
That was what I did in the first place, only that I removed the winflash folder, as I deemed it useless. However, later on I re-added just in case.

And, root, if I'm not mistaken, that would be where I end up, when accessing the USB stick from 'My Computer'?

I don't know why the filenames don't show up when using dir, but it could be related to the DOS I use (FreeDOS)? I assume it's not a copy of the original, and it might have problems with modern hardware (Latest version was from 2006 sometime).
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01 Feb 2011   #24
gregrocker

 

Yes, try the other steps since you don't have Windows to update BIOS as specified.

Since you no longer have access to Vista and apparently have no Recovery Disks or Partition (to recover Vista to upgrade BIOS), I would also wipe the HD: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

There are other things to try, as well, when you've tried the steps given:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Make sure you have the latest BIOS version updated from Windows. If so, clear the CMOS: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/tp/clearcmos.htm

While in BIOS setup, set SATA controller to AHCI to try install.

Remove all peripherals.

Remove all but 2gb of RAM Video showing how to remove laptop RAM
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