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Windows 7: Dell OEM upgrade

16 Jun 2010   #11

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10

Yes, what theog said upgrade your BIOS. You should be able to do a clean install and when it get to a screen the option will appear it does not happen straight away.

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16 Jun 2010   #12
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You apparently have a BIOS lock against upgrade from Vista. However since there is a newer BIOS version found by TheoG above, you can install it from Vista and it will likely overcome any BIOS lock and allow you to Upgrade to Win7 as you wish.

Run the Win7 Upgrade Advisor to make sure there are no other programs or drivers which could block install.

If you are able to make a Recovery Disk set off of the Recovery Partition, do so in order to have a path back to factory condition if needed. You can also then consider wiping the entire HD to give you a cleaner slate for install, as one of the unneeded Dell boot or utility partitions might be blocking install, too.

Once you clean any issues from the Upgrade advisor, insert your Win7 DVD and run setup as Admin. Choose to remain connected to internet to get latest updates/drivers into installer, then try the Upgrade install to see what happens.

Always back up your files first when doing any kind of Upgrade or Clean install.
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