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

17 Jan 2011   #1
ToxicCookie

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 
Home Premium x64 Upgrade Kit (Unable to start / finish)

Been trying to upgrade the Vista Home Premium on a laptop into a Windows 7 version, with varying degrees of fail.
Machine is a Acer 5810TG with specs;
- Intel Core 2 Solo Processor SU3500 (1.4GHz, 800MHz FSB)
- Ati Mobility Radeon HD 4330 up to 1742MB Hypermemory
- 4GB DDR3 Memory
- 500GB HDD (Uncertain of type, but can look it up)
- Acer Nplify 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N

Been a while since I started trying, as in the start, it would finish the installation, but after boot, the screen would continue remain black. (Think it went past the first Win7 load, before it went dark)

However, in new futile attempts, it stopped at 0%, and during next try, refused to stop preparing for the install itself.

Think the first case might've been related to graphics drivers or such, but unsure.
Anyone have any idea what might be wrong?
Any help appreciated


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17 Jan 2011   #2
gregrocker

 

The Acer Upgrade Kit Win7 Installation DVD is a bootable retail Win7 installation DVD complete with Product key, so you can boot it to clean reinstall Win7 as we did with two Acer Upgrade kits at home.

Here are other tips for getting a purrfect clean install: re-install windows 7
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28 Jan 2011   #3
ToxicCookie

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Been trying to do more every now and then, since each try can easily take half hour -> hour, depending on whether the install wants to be co-operative or not.

However, some progress has been made, as I've got an error number; 0x80070570
An error about being unable to complete the install, as some files are damaged / missing.
A common tip related to this seems to be removing ram before installing, however, haven't done it on a laptop before, so would see if there's anything else I could do before I try this.
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28 Jan 2011   #4
gregrocker

 

Are you trying to do in-place Upgrade from Vista or booting the installer to Clean install Win7?

Make sure you have the latest BIOS version updated from Windows. If so, clear the CMOS: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixthe.../clearcmos.htm

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

Remove all peripherals.

Video showing how to remove laptop RAM
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28 Jan 2011   #5
ToxicCookie

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Ah, will try doing as you said, and I am currently trying to perform a clean install.
Thanks for the help, will report back later on
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31 Jan 2011   #6
ToxicCookie

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Should've meddled more with DOS these past few years :/
Having a few problems trying to upgrade the BIOS from an USB.

Following this tutorial;
How to Update BIOS on a Machine With No OS | eHow.com
However, I put the BIOS files in a sub-folder named 'Flash', but I've no idea on how to use the cd command to get there.

The BIOS files include; FLASH.BAT, FLASHIT.exe, GPC_V135
There was a sub folder for a win install which I deemed useless, and a readme, informing that FLASH.BAT was for DOS, and the file in the sub-folder was for Windows.

On my stationary, the root is H:\, but it's A:\ on the USB.
However, I'm only able to use 'cd A:\', and not 'cd A:\Flash\', 'cd flash' or anything like that.

If I'm not mistaken, all I have to do is manage to navigate to my folder, and then use run command on FLASH.BAT to upgrade, amirite?

Thanks for any help
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31 Jan 2011   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I don't know but if you do it wrong you'll brick your system for good.
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31 Jan 2011   #8
Bill2

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

Save yourself a headache and abort that bios update plan. One doesnt update the bios with instructions from ehow etc. First of all theres no need to update the bios unless the bios offers a concrete benefit- as stated in its changelog. So first thing, go to the support page for your model and look up the available bios updates. If theres a newer one available (to determine that you need to know whats already there mind you), read up its release text to see how you'll gain by updating to that.

If theres no gain, sit tight. If there is download and read up accompanying instructions. Then come back here and tell us what you found out.
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31 Jan 2011   #9
ToxicCookie

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Save yourself a headache and abort that bios update plan. One doesnt update the bios with instructions from ehow etc. First of all theres no need to update the bios unless the bios offers a concrete benefit- as stated in its changelog. So first thing, go to the support page for your model and look up the available bios updates. If theres a newer one available (to determine that you need to know whats already there mind you), read up its release text to see how you'll gain by updating to that.

If theres no gain, sit tight. If there is download and read up accompanying instructions. Then come back here and tell us what you found out.
Considering it's Acer, it's a pain in the ass to get changelogs.
Some say to e-mail them for it, yet others have gone for weeks without response.

However, at least I think they update with a 0.01 revision per BIOS release, and current release is at 1.35, with mine at 1.25. Either way, an updated BIOS ain't a bad thing.
Also I know that doing it wrong will brick the system, but aren't the risks more limited while doing it in DOS? Also, a power blackout is very unlikely to happen here.

Back on track though, I would like to perform the BIOS update, as it might help with my main problem, that of the windows install. Was gonna follow gregrocker's advise, but my venture into DOS was not a pretty one.

For some reason, I'm unable to execute FLASH.BAT from root (A:\), and if I put it into a subfolder, it seems impossible to navigate to.
Is there any other DOS version other than FreeDOS that might work better?
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31 Jan 2011   #10
Bill2

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

How are you getting into A:?

Although these days windows flashers work pretty reliably.
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