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Windows 7: windows 7 32bit upgrade help

27 Nov 2012   #1

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windows 7 32bit upgrade help

Hey all,

so my PC that was running windows vista ultimate 32bit has decided to completely freeze up. Basically getting the black screen of death on startup which is when a black screen appears with a hanging cursor. It's been 2 months now I've brought it in to local PC repair shops, tried a number of different 'fixes' for it after doing a ton of searches but unfortunately nothing has worked so far.

So I decided just to do a clean sweep and install windows 7 ultimate...which got me thinking maybe I can just do a 32 bit to 32 bit upgrade and keep all of my files...but after booting from disk all I get is this message
"Compatibility Report
The computer started using the Windows installation disc. Remove the installation disc and restart your computer so that Windows starts normally. Then, insert the installation disc and restart the upgrade."

However as I said my PC won't start up at all and I can't upgrade that way. So is there ANY way to do an upgrade through the boot disk without vista having to start? or do I actually just have to man up and do a clean sweep (in which case I might as well upgrade to 64bit)?

Any help and tips are very much appreciated. Thanks!

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27 Nov 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


An in-place Upgrade install must be done from the desktop, so unless you can boot into Vista disk to Startup Repair so that it will start to the desktop, you'll need to do a Clean Install Windows 7.

You're better off anyway since corruption can be passed through from the old install which sounds pretty corrupt.
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