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Windows 7: Problems "upgrading"

24 May 2010   #1
Mr Grumpy

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Problems "upgrading"

I am using a proper Windows 7 Ultimate disc to reload windows via the upgrade option. This is something I have done in the past without problems. I have tried for the last 2 days and after 5 hours and at the point of booting up into windows gives me the message that the upgrade has been unsuccessful and is reloading the previous version. Can anyone tell me why. The original version on my laptop is a legit copy as is the disc I have which is also the disc the copy on my laptop was originally installed from. This is driving me nuts as well as wasting an awful lot of time.


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24 May 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Rather than give advice on how to upgrade, let me assure you that a clean install is best. I can say that 95% of our membership agrees. I suggest that you use that approach.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips
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24 May 2010   #3
Mr Grumpy

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Whilst I would agree normally, I have used this upgrade process in the past a couple of time with complete success. The Windows 7 disc is the full version not an upgrade disc. This time I was not even asked for the product key which I was previously. My laptop is in constant use so a fresh install at the moment is completely out of the question hence the question.
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24 May 2010   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Have you seen and tried this:

Download details: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
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24 May 2010   #5
gregrocker

 

You are in-place Upgrading Vista to Win7, correc? And are unable to do the superior Clean Install instead settling for the corrupting in-place Upgrade?

Then back up your files and program installers as you are lucky it will roll back correctly, and wtih the hurdles already existing it might not again.

Work through the issues the Upgrade advisor poses, and try a clean boot install: How to Troubleshoot a Problem by Performing a Clean Startup in Windows 7 or Vista

You can also check the logs to see what exactly is failing at the point of last logged item: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927521/en-us

If this fails, contact MS Tech Support as they have the workarounds for failed in-place Upgrades and it is included in the cost of your software.
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24 May 2010   #6
CassieFWinTeam

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I am wondering why you want to reinstall Windows 7? And, why have you have done it a couple times in the past? Why not try one of your system recovery options, rather than reinstalling? What are the system recovery options in Windows 7?

Cassandra
Microsoft Windows Outreach
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24 May 2010   #7
Bill2

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

This seems a more peculiar way of reinstalling. Perhaps you do a lot of software testing or hardware testing?

IMO, the best way to do what you are trying to is to image your system at regular installs, using a program like Macrium Reflect. Restoring from that image will revert you to exactly the system you imaged plus no reactivation is required. Theres a tutorial on this, check the Tutorials section.
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24 May 2010   #8
Mr Grumpy

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

The system restore doesn't want to restore even though it has restore points showing so I wanted to run a repair of windows which as for as I can see is done by running the upgrade option as it's the only other one to the clean install. I have Windows 7 already installed and have used the upgrade option to repair it in the past. It doesn't seem to want to know this time. Yes I would have used a backup but my NAS drive packed up 3 weeks ago and I haven't got round to replacing it yet.
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24 May 2010   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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24 May 2010   #10
gregrocker

 

Then you should say you are doing a Repair Install
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