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VISTA Ultimate Upgrade Reboots with Memory Upgrade to 3 GB

Q: VISTA Ultimate Upgrade Reboots with Memory Upgrade to 3 GB

I have a home built ASUS A7N8X2 Deluxe MoBo with an AMD Athlon XP 2800+ CPU. I upgraded Win XP Pro to VISTA Ultimate with no problems other than upgrading a few drivers. It went smoothly. At the time I had 1 GB in one of 3 available slots. I attempted to add 2 GB more to occupy all 3 slots. This produced a reboot after POST as VISTA started. I rotated the the modules through all slots and finally realized that when I went beyond 2 GB it produced a reboot. During post it tests 3 GB and the BIOS displays 3 GB. I have 512MB of RAM on the video card. Any suggestions ?? I am running the latest BIOS and if I remove one GB the machine boots and runs great... ???? Ron

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Hello goldenDragon1,
The best way to install any Windows is a clean install, i would backup all the bits i want to keep to another HDD or disk and do a clean install, there is less chance of encountering any errors. The reason you cant "upgrade" could be because the Ultimate disk, although a better version of Vista, is an older copy than the one it's trying to replace. Hope this helps. Good luck.
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P.S. I bought my windows 7 cd not downloaded it.

A:Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit upgrade from vista ultimate gets stuck on 35%

Bump :( I really need help plz!
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A:upgrade from vista ultimate 64 to win7 ultimate 64 froze

The latest: here it is Geb 20th of 2010 and I have long since abandoned attempting to resolve this failed Win7 upgrade. I have lost too much of my valuable time and lost the use of my primary business PC. It has been sitting in powered down state since mid-december. I even requested a refund from MS but they said no, more than 30 days had passed. To continue the business, I purchased a laptop with XP Pro and rebuilt or reloaded everything from backup storage.

Who has time to monkey around with software that does not work and or won't even install!!!

I was very dissatisfied with the Vista Ultimate OS I had been using for the previous year, but even more disappointed when the Win7 upgrade failed to even complete the install!!!

I plan to stick with the proven XP Pro OS on the new laptop plus the iMac for as long as possible; I'm done with Microsoft and their troublesome faulty software.

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I'm trying to upgrade a computer from Vista Ultimate (32 bit) to 7 Ultimate (32 bit) and I keep receiving this error message:

"This installation disc isn't compatible with your version of Windows. To upgrade, you need the correct installation disc. For more information, check your computer's system information. To install a new copy of Windows, restart (boot) your computer using the installation disc, and then select Custom (advanced)."

Now, I double-checked all the system requirements and the system is compatible with 7.


A:Trouble upgrade from Vista Ultimate(32) - 7 Ultimate 32

TS, welcome to the forums
What is the origin of the disk you are using? Can it be corrupted?
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I've tried to to Ultimate During 7 BSOD Ultimate from Vista upgrade upgrade from Vista Ultimate bit to Ultimate bit numerous times now all with the same result a BSOD during the install process which I get during what I think is the final step called quot Transferring files settings and programs quot The installation compatibility test warns me about my Nvidia drivers which I've attempted to both remove and upgrade to the latest version but that doesn't seem to make a difference I still get the warning during the compatibility check and I still get the blue screen I'm not sure that's even the problem either I can't easily remove replace the video card since my mobo doesn't have BSOD During upgrade from Vista Ultimate to 7 Ultimate onboard video so I'd hopefully be able to avoid having to do that The error in the blue screen is a nebulous quot REFERENCE BY POINTER quot message The technical information is quot STOP x x x x xFFFFFFFF quot As a zip file I've attached the setup log error log compatibility report and what I think BSOD During upgrade from Vista Ultimate to 7 Ultimate is the setup dump file all of which I found in C WINDOWS BT Sources Panther I believe that's the right place to look The logs complain about BthMig problems which I think has something to do with bluetooth but I don't have any bluetooth peripherals I've uninstalled things that I thought might have some bluetooth things in it like MS Intellitype maybe a stretch but again no difference System specs AMD Athlon X on an Asus M N SLI Deluxe with GB of ram and an Nvidia GeForce GT The hard drive I'm installing upgrading on has about GB free If anyone could help point me in the right direction I'd appreciate it a great deal Thanks in advance Moskie

A:BSOD During upgrade from Vista Ultimate to 7 Ultimate

Greetings! Moskie and Welcome to the Se7en Forums!

On one quick look at the "REFERENCE_BY_POINTER" error that seems to go back as far as Win 2000 there. STOP: 0x00000018 (parameter, parameter, parameter, parameter) REFERENCE_BY_

Error Message:
STOP: 0x00000018 (parameter, parameter, parameter, parameter) REFERENCE_BY_POINTER

This is a Windows 2000 Executive character-mode STOP message. This indicates that a failure occurred while referencing an object by what should have been a referenced pointer.
User Action:

If this is the first time you have booted after installing new hardware, remove the hardware and boot again. Check the Microsoft Hardware Compatibility List to verify that the hardware and its drivers are compatible with Windows 2000. For information about the hardware, contact the supplier. If you are installing Windows 2000 for the first time, check the Windows 2000 system requirements, including the amount of RAM and disk space required to load the operating system. Also, check the Hardware Compatibility List to verify that the system can run Windows 2000. If Windows 2000 is loaded and no new hardware has been installed, reboot with recovery options set to create a dump file. If the message continues to appear, select the Last Known Good option when you reboot. If there is no Last Known Good configuration, try using the Emergency Repair Disk. If you do not have an Emergency Repair Disk, contact your technical support group.

Another reference that seems to be unavailble at MSDN is supposed to be at "0x00000018: REFERENCE_BY_POINTER" listed at Troubleshooting Windows STOP Messages

The latest MS information however dated Oct. 1, 2009 is seen on the MSDN page at Bug Check 0x18: REFERENCE_BY_POINTER which refers to an unspecified driver calling a kernel routine as described there.

You may have to deinstall all addon device drivers or perform a full custom install if this can't be resolved for an upgrade. The one thing that seems to stand out in the setuper.log is the "2009-10-11 17:39:22, Warning MIG Failed to retrieve cached user domain name from the blackboard." item as well as the frequent "26, Info MIG No culture names found under folder (C:\Windows\system32\*.*" items that repeat frequently.

One more is "2009-10-11 18:00:42, Warning [0x080386] MIG Failure while instantiating IPostGather for Plugin={ServerPath="Microsoft-Windows-BTH-USER\bthmigplugin.dll", CLSID={e0cbf06c-cd8b-4647-bb8a-263b43f0f974}, ThreadingModel=Apartment}. Error: 0x80004002".

The last seen most is "2009-10-11 18:25:14, Warning [0x080329] MIG Cannot find file: X:\Users\(edited out)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail\Stationery\*.*".
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hi all,, i got third prize in the 1 mil draw (thanks bc),,, now,, i have vista home prem sp1 installed,,, my pc is a HP with a recovery partition on the hdd,,,,
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A:Ultimate upgrade in Vista 64


It sounds like the x64 Ultimate upgrade disc is damaged - get a new one from microsoft here is the link

How to replace Microsoft software or hardware, order service packs and product upgrades, and replace product manuals

Hope this works for you

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A:Vista ultimate upgrade

hi and welcome i dont think you can use an upgrade disc as you need to do a clean install of 32bit
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You cant upgrade from 32 to 64bit
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It is easy, you must format and follow these easy instructions, which include the format procedure
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you can if your motherboard will let you.
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A:Vista Ultimate Upgrade

It's my well-considered guess that there is no going back to 32-bit after the 64-bit installation since you essentially did a compete install of a different OS. I think you're going to need your recovery DVDs or an image of the 32 bit version you may have made in order to go back to 32-bit with a new install.

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A:I was trying to upgrade from Vista Ultimate

Hello and welcome to the forum.

I hope these help you..

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A:Can't upgrade to Vista Ultimate!

So, you manually uninstalled Sp1 from you Home Premium and the upgrade fails?

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A:Uninstalling Vista Ultimate Upgrade

Hi Pizzor2000, and welcome to Vista Forums.

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A:Upgrade from Vista Ultimate 32bit?

Hi Sticker and welcome to the Seven Forums,

Sorry to hear of your problems with the source of your vista, I believe MS do offer assistance to genuine victims of counterfeit copies so you may wish to check that out

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A:How To Install Vista Ultimate Upgrade!

There is actually an easier process that I used and you can try it out. Don't bother installing XP if you want a clean install of Vista. Simply boot from your Vista upgrade disk. Proceed with the installation. When you get to the point where it asks for your code just skip it. After you are finished installing Vista open the DVD and run the install program again. Vista will run the upgrade process but this time use your activation code.

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A:Vista Ultimate Upgrade - no more old files?

This was Microsoft's answer:

All your files have been lost. Re-install the programs.
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A:How much to upgrade vista ultimate to windows 7

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Vista SP1, if not already onboard, should be installed first following the same principles laid out below. The standalone download for that is HERE (x86) and for x64 - HERE. (Change Country at bottom left if necessary)

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If you care to post your email address, disguised as in abc AT xyz DOT com, I can email you the link. You can then come back here and edit out that information once done. For obvious reasons I don't post it in public.
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Thank you,

P.S. the malware is gone but there are services and functions that are inoperable.

A:Ultimate vista upgrade from an unstable XP

Not 100% sure what you are trying to say so this is what I got out of it.

You have XP Pro but you are having problems with it because of a recent malware infection, but the malware is removed. So your wanting to know if the problems from XP will carry over to your Vista installation?

If that's the case then the answer should be no, Vista keeps personal files but as far as I remember program files are not kept. I assume you bought the Vista Ultimate upgrade edition, do you currently have the XP Pro installation disks?

If you have the XP Pro Install disks you could do a new clean full install, wiping everything. Then immediately install Vista over it once the setup is finished.

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A:Upgrade Vista Ultimate to Windows 7

Originally Posted by splabombard

I am attempting to upgrade my system from Vista Ultimate x32 to Windows 7. Can anyone assist me? The problem I am having is a conversion from the Spanish version of the upgrade disk to English. Somehow I received the Spanish Version and because it is over the 90 days I cannot return it for a replacement. The Microsoft store tells me that there is a "languages" program written by Microsoft that will allow me to change it. Does anyone know anything about this? I cannot find it.

3 points I want to make sure I understand correctly ....
1. You want to upgrade from Vista Ultimate 32-bit to Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit.
2. You received a Spanish upgrade disc.
3. You want to know how to switch to English version.

Here is what I know .....
1. Use the Spanish upgrade disc and do the installation.
2. You'll need to install the Windows 7 languiage packs which will enable you to convert from Spanish to English.
Here is the Official Windows 7 Language Packs download links :
Download Windows 7 MUI Language Packs (Official 32-bit and 64-bit Direct Download Links) ? My Digital Life
Note : make sure you pick this link :
English: windows6.1-kb972813-x86-en-us_22ee3397a02372681b375ddabf6ffa33662fd500.exe

Officially, this is what Microsoft Support says: Windows 7 language packs are available for computers that are running Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 7 Enterprise
excerpt .....
Windows 7 language packs are available for computers that are running Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 7 Enterprise. The Windows 7 language packs can be installed only from the Optional Updates section in Windows Update. However, these language packs are not available on the Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server or through the Microsoft Download Center.

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Would you want your old car after being detailed or a brand new 2012 car, it works the same with the OS.
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A:Slipstream Vista SP2 with Ultimate Upgrade Disk?

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A:How to upgrade Vista Home Premium to Ultimate

First of all, is the hardware 64 bit ready?

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A:problems with Windows 7 upgrade from Vista Ultimate

Quote: Originally Posted by Arebeekay

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Try uninstalling SP1 from your current system.

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Hello AlienMenace

I believe it would be becuase he is currently running a 32-bit version.
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A:32-bit Vista Ultimate, ICH6R, and ICH10R Upgrade

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A:Vista SP1 Uptimate upgrade to WIN7 Ultimate

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A:Vista Ultimate to W7 upgrade install problem

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A:[SOLVED] Vista Ultimate Student Upgrade


Originally Posted by David Spackman

Hi All

I've bought a copy of Vista Ultimate Student Edition Upgrade, the DVD is the 32 bit Copy

Am I entitled to the 64bit copy of Vista Ultimate? (Does my CD key work for an 64 bit install?)

So far I haven't been able to speak to any body that can help me!


i think so go to there website or contact them to send you a 64 bit edition you will only have to pay for the shipping cost though like 7 dollars but thats it...
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Hello Herman....

What do you mean by "it will not work" ?

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Originally Posted by fadedrs

or do i have to do a clean install cause of the KERNAL?

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This problem was solved. I will detail the steps in case they may help anyone else who has a problem with installing Office after upgrading their OS.


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P.S.: Don`t think a discussion is necessary, thread could therefore be closed...

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I need to reinstall the Windows 7 Ultimate on my machine because of endless problems I am having after I changed my motherboard.

Currently installed OS is Ultimate 64bit which is an upgrade from Vista Home 64bit. The problem is I lost my both Vista and Ultimate DVDs and need to buy a new one.

If I buy Ultimate upgrade version, will it work? Can I install it over my current Ultimate, or will it require a lower grade of windows installed on the machine (e.g. Vista, W7 Home, Pro etc.)

Thanks for any help.

A:Installing W7 Ultimate upgrade over ummm... W7 Ultimate

Just use Magical jellybean keyfinder (or something similar) to extract the key that you used when installing win7 ultimate. Then just find a win7 ultimate installer (borrow a disk from a friend or download a clean iso off the web), install and use the extracted key to activate.