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Windows 7: upgrading acer vista laptop with sony upgrade dvd

22 Jan 2010   #11


How about if I Make sure the Default Operating System is set to 7 (in My Computer -> Properties-> Advanced system settings -> Uncheck "Time to display list of operating systems")

and then manually delete the vista files from C drive

... I have set Win7 in my D drive partition...

is this kosher????

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jan 2010   #12
Microsoft MVP


No. Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attach file using paper clip in reply box. We will give you the exact steps to delete Vista and recovery the space as you wish.

If you'll include a screenshot of the files you have from the DVD, we'll tell you if they can be made into a bootable DVD for future reinstalls or repairs. Did you try booting the Sony DVD? Boot from CD - How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD - Boot to CD
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jan 2010   #13

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

That should do it, though there are other ways that others might recommend over this one...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

23 Jan 2010   #14


Here is screenshot of my disk management. Vista is in C drive while Win7 is in D drive.

upgrading acer vista laptop with sony upgrade dvd-capture.jpg

And here is the screenie for the DVD. The DVD does not even auto play and the laptop will not boot from DVD. It reads the DVD all right but then in just keeps going into eternal loops and does nothing. Until I move the DVD out and then boot normally.

upgrading acer vista laptop with sony upgrade dvd-capture-disc.jpg

Thanks for the help and assistance.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jan 2010   #15
Microsoft MVP


The first thing you will need is a bootable Win7 repair CD. Type System Repair Disk in Start Search box to make one. Then make sure it will boot: Boot from CD - How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD - Boot to CD

Make your Vista recovery disks if you haven't done that yet, as the recov partition may not work once you remove Vista. Back up your files and a Win7 backup image externally as resizing operations can fail.

Next boot free Partition Wizard bootable CD, select 1 for screen res, rightclick on Vista partition to Delete, OK. Then rightclick Delete recovery partition if you want.

Now rightclick on Win7 partition to Modify>Set Active, OK. Then rightclick>Resize, drag left border over the deleted Vista space, drag right border if you want to make room to Create Logical data partition, OK. Apply all steps.

Now boot Win7 Repair CD, click through to recovery tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times to rewrite the MBR to Win7.

Once you have Win7 setup as you want, save a Win7 Backup image externally so you never have to reinstall again, just reimage the HD or a replacement in 15 minutes.

I would be on the lookout for a bootable Win7 installer. You can unlock all versions in any installer by removing the ei.cfg file from Sources folder, then recompiling ISO to burn to DVD: Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files. What is in the autorun app listed in screenie? Can you run it?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jan 2010   #16


OKAY...wish me luck..i am going to take the plunge today....and thank you very much for your help/advice
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jan 2010   #17


Oh what a disaster.

I followed everything you said except I did not make an image of my existing setup.

After I deleted the Vista partition, I re-sized my Win7 partition. (this is what I should not have done). This messed up my existing Win7 setup. After I booted, my win7 was completely messed up and no files were accessible. Sometime it would not even boot and just sat there with a blinking cursor!!!

I had to borrow a Win7 cd from my friend, used that to boot and install Win7 again. I had to format what I had as it was beyond repair (which meant I lost most of my data....the very very important data was backed up on USB....thanks god).

I used the same Sony key for the fresh installation but have not activated it yet as I do not know what to expect.

I am just happy to be back and not sitting with an Acer brick.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jan 2010   #18
Microsoft MVP


Did you follow the steps as given? If so, you should have not even tried to start Windows 7 after resizing the partition, but booted the Repair CD to run Startup Repair 3 times to repair the MBR which is often damaged by resizing.

If you allowed the resizing to complete, then ran Startup Repair 3 times as given it would have started up.

We help people delete their XP/Vista all the time, then resize Win7 into the space. As long as the Win7 partition is marked active and Startup Repair is run 3 times it will ALWAYS start up.

Too bad you didn't follow the steps given, or come back for help during the problem as we could have walked you through it. These problems are ALWAYS recoverable.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jan 2010   #19
Microsoft MVP


We have now helped with enough of these Sony Upgrade Kits that we know the DVD provided is not bootable, but you can run the files in the Win7 32 bit folder you'll find when browsing the DVD.

It's best to convert those files into an ISO to burn to DVD using this method: Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files You can burn the ISO from the same drop-down menu on the page where the ISO is created.

You can then boot the DVD to use Custom>Drive Tools to format the HD before install. It can also be used for repairs when Win7 will not start.

If you want to just run the files, then be sure to make a Win7 Repair CD, after saving a Backup Image externally so you never have to reinstall Win7 again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jan 2010   #20

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Look inside the win 7 OS 32 and 64 folders. (Assuming you still have it )

You will almost certainly find the windows installation files in there.

Make a bootable .iso of each . That's all you need.

Otherwise make a copy of the dvd you borrowed from your friend.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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