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Windows 7: installing Win 7 over a Vista

29 Oct 2018   #11
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
SIW2--what does doubledriver do?
Point it at your windows folder and it can back up the third party drivers.

What did you think it was for?


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29 Oct 2018   #12
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Didn't know.
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08 Nov 2018   #13
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I forgot to mention. I'm on a tight budget. The 7 disc with product key is 64, but the Vista machine is 32. Will it install? I don't care if it runs at 32, because most of my programs run at both 32 and 64, and it's only my secondary computer.
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08 Nov 2018   #14
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Product key works with either bit version.

Most hardware will support 64 bit.

Alternatively, you can use that product key with 32 bit installation media.
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08 Nov 2018   #15
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I've been waiting for a break in my work, so I actually got started today. I tried opening 17514x86.iso and the 64 one, and Vista says it can't open it. The owners never installed any zip file openers, in fact nothing except a few games. Is there a built-in zip opener in Vista?
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08 Nov 2018   #16
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Why do you want to "open" it?

It can be burned as an image to create a bootable cd/dvd. That requires an image burner
free one:
Free ISO Burner

Or extracted to create a bootable stick using rufus or similar
Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way

17514x86.iso is repair media. It is not installation media.
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08 Nov 2018   #17
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I don't know how to back up the drivers except while in the OS. Won't the bootable CD be working in DOS? I can't figure out how to use these files anyway.

I managed to install WinDriverBackup, my preferred program. I backed up to the flashdrive. Thanks for your help. Ready to boot from the CD, using the tutorial here.
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09 Nov 2018   #18
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Sigh... the BIOS is set to boot first from the CD, but it won't. It was the iso you gave me a month ago, so it should be good.
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10 Nov 2018   #19
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi RoWin7,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoWin7 View Post
Sigh... the BIOS is set to boot first from the CD, but it won't. It was the iso you gave me a month ago, so it should be good.
Are you saying that it boots directly into the OS after you have inserted the CD/DVD and then switched the computer on, even though it is set to boot from the CD/DVD first?

Have you tried inserting the CD/DVD and switching on the computer, pressing F12 [I can't remember what it is for you computer] to get into the boot menu, and then selecting the CD/DVD?

Does it give any errors, like BootMgr is missing?

I hope this helps!
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11 Nov 2018   #20
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

No errors. I already checked the Boot Up Sequence in the BIOS. Someone gave me that computer. They're clueless and usually just throw their computers out if anything goes wrong, so I don't know if it has hardware issues. It eventually got past the boot last night, and Windows started installing, then stopped and said it couldn't install. And I'm leaving the whole thing right there. I don't have the time.
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