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Windows 7: SOS for OS upgrade

27 Sep 2016   #11

Windows 10 Pro x64

No, you create a Partition Wizard Bot CD yourself.

All you do is download the iso file then burn to CD.

And a partition is a section of a hard drive or it can be the entire hard dive.

Just like a partition divides a house into different rooms, same thing.


These are all Primary partitions.

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27 Sep 2016   #12

Vista 32 bit

I'm learning more about this stuff in the past few hours than I have in past few years. You guys are great!

I have checked out all the links, trying to digest all this new information, and have a much better feel for what needs to be done.

I noticed the Newegg link leads to a 64 bit OS, yet current Vista is 32 bit. My E521 is fitted with a AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor. So... I should be able to run a 64 bit OS with no problem, yes?
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27 Sep 2016   #13

Vista 32 bit

Hi TrashZone. The Duel Bay is cool, but I was thinking of installing the Vista into my wife's old laptop (now loaded with XP) and use it to feed live stream net movies on to the family room TV.
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27 Sep 2016   #14

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

If Vista came preinstalled on the machine it's on now it's not transferable to another machine
Those are similar to oem/ system builders which are locked to the one computer it's first installed and activate on.

Not sure if this will work on a Vista install or not it's been so long since I've used it
Click the Start button and right click the Computer listing and select Properties
Can also go to Control panel and click on System
All the way at the bottom where it say windows is activated
Does the code say OEM on it ?

Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions
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27 Sep 2016   #15

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Is your machine 64 bit okay,
See if this exists,
SOS for OS upgrade-laptop-64-bit-capable-1.jpg
SOS for OS upgrade-laptop-64-bit-capable.jpg

Unfortunately Newegg is out of 32 bit

We can get you installation media though all you need is the activation key :)

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27 Sep 2016   #16

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

You can get the installation media from Dell. It should have the needed drivers for your model already included, and it will include some updates. The download is quite big as it contains a lot of language files.

You need the service tag from your machine. E521 Service Tag.
Dell Windows Recovery Image

I just checked, they don't seem to have an image for that machine. You can use the d/l addram suggested.

You might want to extract 3rd party drivers from your Vista installation first. Extract them into a folder, then you can install them after you have installed win7.

You can do it easily with the free double driver

Download Double Driver - MajorGeeks
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28 Sep 2016   #17

Vista 32 bit

I have to say, I joined this forum looking for help and support, and found plenty of both. You guys are great.
Here is where I'm at:
Following the advice of xania I downloaded a Windows Seven Upgrade advisor. Everything checked out for a 32 bit install, but it was noted I was lacking enough RAM for the 64 bit. Glad I checked first, and thank you xania.
Like TrashZone, I discovered that Newegg was out of stock on 32 bit, so I went shopping and located this click here anyone sees a problem with this program, I'll make the purchase later tonight.
I also followed Burn-it's suggestion to download from Dell all the windows drivers onto an USB.
On the subject of drivers, I checked my old WorksSuite box and all the drivers and disks for Vista are there. Two years ago, after a system crash, one of the techs where I work installed a new, larger capacity hard drive for me. When I went to re-load Vista with the new drive it would not take. I got a MS warning that I was using an illegal copy. I contacted MS and explained what had happened, and was given a reactivation code for the program, which, I was told, would work anytime I might needed to once again re-install. Hanging on to or transferring Vista should should not be a problem should I decide to.
I also found all the install discs and drivers for the devices I use.
Following AddRam's advice I downloaded and saved to disc the Partition Wizard Boot. I also located and bookmarked the link for the MajorGeeks Download Double Driver provided by SIW2.
Tonight I'm planing to save all my files to a brand new USB.
Thanks to everyone's help, I'm feeling pretty confident right now that I can achieve what I had planned do.
My one concern though is something xania noted... "When you run the Windows 7 install, unless you tell it otherwise, it will completely wipe your existing C: drive before starting the install - the alternative to this is possible but I would not recommend you try it."
This sounds a bit ominous. Is having a wipe of my C: drive a good thing, or should I tell it not to?
Seriously, I don't have a clue.
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28 Sep 2016   #18

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

This one looks okay 64 bit though so like I said we can get you a 32 bit download for that version the key will still activate it

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Well yes you'd want to clean the disk meaning you'd have transfer all your personal files elsewhere well before and confirm those personal files definitely all transferred okay on another machine.

Pretty much why I said buy a new hard drive and do it later
New hard drives are only about depending on storage size 3.5"
WD Black 500GB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch -
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28 Sep 2016   #19

Vista 32 bit

Hi TrashZone,

I did checkout new drives and externals and was tempted, but right now I need to be careful of budget.

At the end of July I was on my knees up on the roof putting some patch around one of skylights in the kitchen. I was not being as careful as I should have, and when I stood up I stepped back on the can lid which caused me to slide just enough to go right over the edge.

Thus the username on my account here.

I was only one story up but, landed on my back in a rock garden. Six freakin' large bushes behind the house that could have broken my fall, however I missed them all and landed on a rock.

Until disability insurance kicks in I'm getting by on accumulated sick days and unused vacation pay. And at 63, a bit worried how long I may be laid up so I'm keeping the belt tight until I see how it all turns out.

But I do appreciate the advice and links.
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28 Sep 2016   #20

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Sorry to here that

Is making a system image on the external hard drive an option ?
Using free macrium reflect you can access a system image just like a normal folder albeit a very large one and copy and paste personal file pretty easily

Macrium Reflect Free
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