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Windows 7: Error saying I cannot upgrade

18 May 2010   #1
azulitabijou

Vista Home Premium 64bit (Trying to upgrade to 7 Ultimate 64bit)
 
 
Error saying I cannot upgrade

The problem: I get 2 errors, stating that I cannot upgrade a 32 bit to a 64 bit, but also cannot upgrade a 64 bit to a 32 bit. I am guessing it has something to do with my "Program Files(x86)" folder. Is there a fix for this, or will I need to do a clean install? I didn't want it to wipe my computer, I have tons of software loaded on it for school (Animation tools, games, and Adobe master collection). Any information is much appreciated. Thanks!

Current Windows: I am running a 64 bit system (Vista)

PC Specs:
System Manufacturer/Model Number: Home Grown
OS: Vista 64bit (Trying to upgrade to 7 64bit)
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 ATX Intel Motherboard
Memory: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 1066
Graphics Card(s): VisionTek Radeon HD 4870 X2 900250 Video Card
Monitor(s) Displays: ASUS VK266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor
Hard Drives: Seagate Barracuda LP 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W Power Supply
Case: CASE XCLIO|XCLIO 1000 BK/SIL RT


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18 May 2010   #2
gregrocker

 

You cannot upgrade between 32 and 64 bit or vice versa. You have to do the clean install by booting the DVD.

If you have a 64 bit Win7 that is upgradable from your 64 bit Vista, then you can do the in-place Upgrade. But run the Upgrade advisor first to work through any compatibility issues.

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
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19 May 2010   #3
azulitabijou

Vista Home Premium 64bit (Trying to upgrade to 7 Ultimate 64bit)
 
 

That's the thing... My pc is a 64 bit system, and I am upgrading to a 64 bit system.....
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19 May 2010   #4
CassieFWinTeam

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Even if your PC is capable of running 64-bit, if you are currently running Windows Vista 32-bit, you will only be able to upgrade to Window 7 32-bit. In short you can only upgrade from 32-bit to 32-bit, or 64-bit to 64-bit.

If you want to go from Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit, you can still purchase an upgrade version of Windows 7, but you will have to do a clean installation.

FAQs - 32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions

Is this clear?

Cheers,
Cassandra
Microsoft Windows Outreach
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19 May 2010   #5
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by azulitabijou View Post
Current Windows: I am running a 64 bit system (Vista)

PC Specs:
System Manufacturer/Model Number: Home Grown
OS: Vista 64bit (Trying to upgrade to 7 64bit)
What is the version of Vista you are running?

Click Start, right click Computer, click Properties.....

Error saying I cannot upgrade-windows-basic-info.jpg
Notice the red dots.

Sorry for over simplifying this if you already know it

Also have a look at this - Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows


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20 May 2010   #6
azulitabijou

Vista Home Premium 64bit (Trying to upgrade to 7 Ultimate 64bit)
 
 

I am running 64 bit. When I click properties, it says 64 bit, which is why I said 64 bit in my first post. I am running vista 64 bit, and upgrading to 64 bit Windows 7; however, I keep getting this error.

I only have the x86 program files in addition to my real program files folder because some of my programs are 32 bit I am guessing. But if I have 64 bit Vista, shouldnt still upgrade to 64 bit 7, without deleting the 32bit programs (Adobe master collection, etc)
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20 May 2010   #7
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

What edition of vista are you running and what edition of win7 do you want to upgrade to? Not all upgrade scenarios are supported. Check the link below, it'll tell you whether what you are trying to do is possible.

Windows 7 Upgrade Paths
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20 May 2010   #8
azulitabijou

Vista Home Premium 64bit (Trying to upgrade to 7 Ultimate 64bit)
 
 

Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate
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20 May 2010   #9
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Is it Vista SP1 or Vista SP2 or plain Vista?
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20 May 2010   #10
gregrocker

 

What is the exact error message you are getting when you attempt the Upgrade.

Please describe exactly what happens and type the exact wording of the error message, or post a screenshot. Screenshot with Paint

When you run the Win7 Upgrade advisor, what issues does it present? Please post these as well.
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