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Windows 7: Vista Home Premium Updated to Windows 7 Professional

21 Jul 2010   #11
myzr7

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kinolie View Post
I was running Windows Vista Home Premium. I purchased an upgrade for Windows 7 Professional that I downloaded from a website. Now when I turn my computer on I get a black screen where you choose to open with Windows 7 or Vista. I also keep getting a screen pop up that says D:\ volume only has 66mb of free disk space available. It says I have to restore 300mb or system restore may not be able to undo or track harmful changes.

Basically I have no idea what I did, but I need to remove Vista from my computer and have no idea how to. Can anyone help?
kinolie.. Looks to me like you need to reinstall your windows 7 by doing a clean install. I could be wrong but I think you have installed 7 on your recovery partition. Look at your disk manage pic and you see lots of partitions where you normally would like to have two. One recover and one main os. If do a clean install you can clean that up and for sure be rid of vista. when doing install follow the tutorial and pay paticulal attention to number 7 and 8.Pay attention to the tip.If you have more than one partition on this hard drive and want to get rid them to make one big drive again, then select a partition and click on this will instruct you how to delete all your small partitions and make just one large about 150 gigs looks like. Then windows will create a 100mb recovery partition for you. you will be much happier with your install. Good luck to you.
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21 Jul 2010   #12
kinolie

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I would gladly do what you are suggesting...however I haven't the foggiest idea how to do it. I just got a message that says I now have 0mb... so I definitey need to do something. Is there anyway you could instruct me on how to do it? Or point me in the direction?
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21 Jul 2010   #13
kinolie

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Oh,also, I do not have a dvd or cd to download windows 7 from as I downloaded it from a site. However, every place I go to get help begins with putting in the cd and turning the computer on...however I can't do that... Any ideas?

Also, I just checked and I have


Healthy (oem partition)
Healthy (primary partition)
July 10 (E UDF Healthy (primary partition)
OS (C NTFS Healthy (system,page file, active, primary partition) Recovery (D NTFS Healthy (boot, crash dump, primary partition)

the third one is dated july 20 2010 which Is when I installed 7... Is this the way it is supposed to look?
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21 Jul 2010   #14
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Why can't you do that? Don't you have a DVD burner or blank DVD? Microsoft has a tool available on the same download site that will make the disc image for you.
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21 Jul 2010   #15
myzr7

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kinolie View Post
Oh,also, I do not have a dvd or cd to download windows 7 from as I downloaded it from a site. However, every place I go to get help begins with putting in the cd and turning the computer on...however I can't do that... Any ideas?
try this tutorial for making yourself a dvd from the file that you have downloaded and installed.
Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files
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21 Jul 2010   #16
gregrocker

 

Have you saved Backup(s) to your D partition? This sometimes happens with the Recovery partition. Post up a screenshot showing all of the folders in D and we can help you sort it out.

Surely you saved the Win7 file you downloaded (maybe to D?) since you paid a lot for it. It needs to be burned to a DVD or written to flash stick and kept to be used for reinstalls or emergency repairs.

It is recommended to make the Recovery Disks first before wiping the HD to reinstall, however that will likely not work now that you have overwritten the OS (Vista?). So after sorting out the files in D, we can help you attempt to run the Recovery from boot to see if it will work, then either retrieve the Recov image file to back up or decide if you want to keep the Recovery partition if it will run.

Whether or not you clean reinstall, you'll need to consider a second HD or external for storage, including a Win7 backup image so you never have to reinstall again.
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21 Jul 2010   #17
kinolie

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thank you all sooooo much! I still have no clue what I am doing and am very grateful for your help! Here is the screen shot of D. I hope I did it correctly.


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21 Jul 2010   #18
gregrocker

 

It looks like you did install Win7 to the REcovery Partition. Let's also see a screenshot of the folders in C to be sure.

Have you made Recovery Disks from that Recovery partition before it was corrupted? What disks were supplied by Dell?

In preparation for wiping the HD to clean reinstall, you'll need to determine if you have the ability to recover to factory condition which is sometimes required if you need to service hardware warranty or if you want to sell the computer but keep your Win7.

If you don't Vista Recovery Disks then test the Recov partition: back up your files, reboot and press Cntrl F11 to see if Recovery runs and what options it gives you before bailing out. If it does you might want to keep the Recov partition after removing Win7 files out of it, if you think you might need it for the reasons stated.

You then need to burn the Win7 download to DVD using ImgBurn at 4x speed. Attachment 86707 You can buy a 3 pack of quality DVD's off the rack at Walgreens for $2.

Back up all of your files, boot the Win7 DVD to wipe the HD using this: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation Then Custom install to the partition created, use the drivers given by installer or optional Windows Updates after install, or find any missing drivers on the Drivers/Apps disk or the Dell Support Downloads webpage for your tag number.
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21 Jul 2010   #19
kinolie

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Here is the screenshot of C. I did not make recovery disks before I installed 7.


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21 Jul 2010   #20
gregrocker

 

What disks do you have which are supplied by Dell?

I would back up your files then wipe the HD to clean reinstall Win7: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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