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Windows 7: A simple guide to a successful in-place upgrade

24 Jan 2012   #11
gregrocker

 

I'm not sure why an in-place Upgrade or Repair Install is being considered here.

If the only issue is a partition which was deleted that held the Office program you want to recover, then boot into free Partition Wizard bootable CD to run the Partition Recovery Wizard which should recover intact the D partition.

You'll need to clear anything you replaced it with so it can be restored once the Wizard finds and offers to Recover it.


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25 Jan 2012   #12
superdoug4

Win 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 

thank you Gregrocker, unfortunately the problem is slightly bigger.
I deleted all partitions, then I created partitions of different sizes and did a quick format. My original D was 100GB my new D is 25GB. I have 2 Acronis True Image files on that WD drive that I hope to recover with Linux Live Cd, if I can figure out how to get Phtorec to save to an external drive.

In the mean time, since my Win7 is sort of working and Office 2010 is still in the control panel, I assume that I can either Repair both OR I can first repair Office 2010 then Update in Place Win7. But I do not want to re-enter my product key as this counts as another license issued. When update in place Win7 to Win7 do I need to reenter product key.
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25 Jan 2012   #13
gregrocker

 

First you say you deleted D which held Office. Now you say you deleted all partitions but there is still an installation there with Office in the Control Panel? This makes no sense at all. If you deleted all partitions there would be no installation to boot into.

Why don't you try opening Office to see if it works if it is still in the Control Panel, even though you said you deleted it on D partition - and now say you deleted all partitions.

How you would do an in-place Upgrade when you have no partitions is baffling. This is perhaps the least understandable posting I've read here in a long time. Perhaps you can explain it so that it makes sense.

You must reactivate when doing a Repair Install or Reinstalling Windows 7
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25 Jan 2012   #14
superdoug4

Win 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 

I apologize Gregrocker for not supplying enough background.

I just wanted to know if Win7 update-in-place when going Win7 64bit home premium to Win7 64bit home premium will require me to reenter my product code again. From you Link it looks like I will need to enter the product key again.

First I want to try to recover my Acronis backup files with a file recover utility. I tried Ubantu Recover Remix / Photorec but could not get it to work right. So I will try some of the many utilities on Ultimate Boot CD.
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25 Jan 2012   #15
gregrocker

 

Still not clear on what was deleted or not and how there is an OS to Upgrade if you deleted all partitions.

Use Partition Wizard to undelete a partition, Recuva if data remains lost.
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29 Jan 2012   #16
superdoug4

Win 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 

Gregrocker. I am very impressed by what you do for this forum and how you treat people. You post over 20,000 replies and you still have patience when I did not post a clear question.

actually mistake worked out pretty well
1. I had mistakenly deleted my D,E,F partitions where I had office, all of my backups etc.

2. tried to recover my backup files and was successful using Recuva - great free product - than you for the suggestion

3. Acronis did not like my recovered files so I had to go to plan B.

4. I wanted to do a back up of my C drive before proceeding but everytime I used Acronis 2011 I got a read error on my C drive. Turns out Acronis had a bug in it, and when I used Acronis 2009 my back up worked fine

5. was able to reinstall all of my programs (including office) with all of my original settings. All programs that is except for Powerchute which works with my UPS to do a controlled shutdown in a power failure. Powerchute setup wants me to remove the old program first, but I can not. The tech guy had me use Regedit, but we still could not remove Powerchute. Not a big loss.

6. since my C-drive doesn't appear to have any read errors, I will not be trying a Win7 to Win7 install in place
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12 Apr 2012   #17
crashnbuen

WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
MS required manufacturers to provide a clean-copy Win7 Installation DVD in addition to a driver/applications disk for the Upgrade kits. So you have the ability to boot to clean install using the DVD if you want. Clean Install Windows 7

Confirm that there is a Product Key with the Installation media disk. That key should be accepted up front during install on a factory upgrade kit even if you wipe the HD first to get the cleanest install: re-install windows 7

Or follow Kari's steps above to run an in-place Upgrade which keeps files, programs and settings in place but reinstalls the OS only.

Be sure to back up your files first and (if you want) a Vista backup image as there is always a slight risk when installing.
I have a friends machine who is not a techie. It has Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit and we want to Upgrade it to Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit. From what I see this is a VALID in-place upgrade path.

The CRITICAL question here is.. Will her existing Office 2003 & its Product/License/Activation need to be RE-INSTALLED? Or will Windows 7 let it work as it used to?

The thing is she has the CDs etc at home but she is visiting and will be further traveling for few weeks before getting back home. So we cant afford to have her not have the use of all these Programs (Office 2003 Pro) and relevant settings etc.

What kind of Program or App or Settings loss can/ should we expect or be prepared for?

Do share your insights here. Thanks in advance.
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12 Apr 2012   #18
gregrocker

 

The upgrade will run an advisor first to clue you to any issues, or you can run it yourself: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

All programs should hold their settings and remain in place and functional. However Office could well ask to be reactivated so have the key on hand, by auditing it if necessary using Belarc Advisor - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

Since this is a production machine being depended upon I would wait to do the Upgrade until a break, or else back up externally a System image so you can restore Vista if necessary in 20 minutes. Use free Macrium - Image your system or the premium free Acronis imaging software available if you have any WD or Seagate HD's in the mix - an excellent Manual is on the Downloads page found by googling.
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12 Apr 2012   #19
crashnbuen

WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The upgrade will run an advisor first to clue you to any issues, or you can run it yourself: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

All programs should hold their settings and remain in place and functional. However Office could well ask to be reactivated so have the key on hand, by auditing it if necessary using Belarc Advisor - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

Since this is a production machine being depended upon I would wait to do the Upgrade until a break, or else back up externally a System image so you can restore Vista if necessary in 20 minutes. Use free Macrium - Image your system or the premium free Acronis imaging software available if you have any WD or Seagate HD's in the mix - an excellent Manual is on the Downloads page found by googling.
I downloaded and ran the upgrade advisor. I can post the report here if you want and would comment.

In short, it okay-ed & "green checked marked" most things, flagged a few HP 'factory' apps for being out of date/ needing updates from Publisher/ Manufacturer or needing to be uninstalled.

But, it did not even list Office 2003 in its list. Neither was it checked green nor was it listed as a program/ app with some issues, needing update/upgrade or needing to be uninstalled.

Can anyone share their experiences with "in-place" upgrades where they had one or the other version of Office installed ?
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