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Upgrade current XP with old Vista CD

Q: Upgrade current XP with old Vista CD

I purchased a new PC in early 2007 that came with XP. A month or so later I received the Vista upgrade CD which I have never installed. I intend to buy Windows 7 when it becomes available and wish to minimize my system upgrade problems as much as possible. Based on my understanding I would have to do a complete harddrive erase to install Win 7 and then reinstall all my applications. If possible and practical I'd like to upgrade XP to Vista and then Vista to Windows 7.

My question am I likely to have problems going from a current up to date version of XP to a 2+ year old version of Vista which would require many updates to bring up to the current level?.

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A: Upgrade current XP with old Vista CD

You would be better doing that format you were talking about. let me think... back up everything you want backed up ie programs etc. save it to external HDD burn it to dvd etc. before you want to install 7 download virtual box install xp on the virtual box and install your programs into there... Its not worth doing, just backup and format your harddrive and then clean install 7
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A:Windows upgrade starter to premium current key not valid for upgrade

I installed my version of windows starter on my mom's PC which was previously running vista.

You can not use the Windows Starter from your Notebook on your mother PC.
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A:Want to upgrade my current PC

Your CPU will be a problem, since Socket 754 CPUs are a thing of the past now. Otherwise, for a good upgrade, you would get greater performance with another gig of RAM and a new video card (and PSU, if need be). I'd recommend an HD 3850 or an HD 3650 (whichever fits your budget), and an Antec Earthwatts PSU (any of them will do).

If possible, upgrade the entire system, since all the technology you're currently using is almost obsolete. If it's not, no problem, the upgrades above will give you a significant boost in performance as well.

Good luck, and let us know how it goes.
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A:Upgrade without current XP Install

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A:Anniversary Upgrade and current customization

Anything that has changed since the last release is likely to be "reset". This could be just about anything.
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A:Can I upgrade my Graphics with my current computer?

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A:Using current upgrade licence to re-install Windows 7

You want Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit italian version? Borrow it from a friend (even better... make an exact copy)

Then do:

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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A:Upgrade one side of current Dual boot setup

Hi and welcome.

I recommend doing exactly as you have stated, Remove the Windows 7 drive and then do the upgrade. I would also create an image of your Windows 8.1 drive just in case.
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Big question is how much are you looking to spend?
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A:Current model joystick for Vista x64

I'm using a Logitech Extreme 3D Pro, with no problems whatso-ever.
Think its using windows drivers IRC.

But Logitech now do a force feedback model
They support x64 vista with drivers.

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A:Upgrading Vista and HDD's but want my current data.

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A:Upgrading current sys with Vista, to W7 - A history and some questions

Microsoft no longer sells Windows 7, you may find some legit copies on-line, though these are likely to be OEM licenses, and they are often treated as a premium item so prices are set accordingly. The issue with an OEM copy is that these are Tied to the hardware they are first installed with and cannot legally be transferred to new hardware, (Motherboards are considered new hardware so if you do install windows 7 do it after you have your new MB installed).

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A:Can i Transfer current Vista OS to My new Hard drive?

Hiyya and welcome marinechaos mate I think you can just do a straight clone if you want the whole disk as is

Macrium Reflect Free - CNET this will do the trick - be aware of some of the ads for add on bars when you download the app - but just pick the drive you want to clone and away you go!

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

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Shipping/handling fee (less than $10)

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Hi. . .

Welcome to TSF.

Are you upgrading to Vista because of any particular XP Pro software related problems?

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What version of Vista did you purchase?

regards. . .

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What do I do?

A:Vista upgrade

put the disc in and rstart your computer, press the "del" key on yor keyboard, this will take you into the bios. There look for the boot option and make sure your cd/dvd drive is first, save the changes and exit. Your computer will start up and it will say "press any key to boot from cd" do this and the installation programme will start. From there it is all self explanatory
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A:Help me upgrade from vista to win 7

That is not going to work. If you have in fact extracted all the files, all you have to do is locate the setup.exe and double click it to launch the process. There was not need to copy it to an external drive (except as a backup). Realistically, a computer that has problems should never be upgraded, because it is very likely that won't fix any of those issues. In your case what I would recommend is a full backup of all of your data first. Then use the built in recovery from HP to return the laptop to out of box condition like when you first bought it, then proceed to install several years worth of updates. Then just to be sure you should download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, which scans your computer and reports on suitability to run Windows 7. If all checks out, then you can do the upgrade exactly the way I described it.
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A:Upgrade from Vista

The Windows 7 Upgrade disc will know that there is a previous installation of Windows, and will allow you to install Windows 7. There is no need to reinstall Vista or buy the full retail version of Windows 7.You can do a clean install using upgrade media instead of an upgrade (I don't recommend upgrades).Does this answer your question?
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Hey everyone,
A bit back I made the mistake of deleting the SP1 temp files incase I wanted to uninstall, which I didnt so I did it.
Ive recently bought an upgrade from home premium to ultimate, but the installer says I need to upgrade to a version newer than the current one :S
Anyway after researching, I found out that you need to uninstall SP1 and try it.
Obviously I can't do that, and I don't want to start from scratch,
so any workarounds would be greatly appreciated!!!


A:Vista Upgrade Help!

reinstall sp1 may help you may need to go to ms site and download to your drive then install although i cant quite see why an upgrade would need sp1
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A:should i upgrade from vista to 7?

Hi Jasond19
I'm sure many others wi;; contribute to this thread.

But from my part, having recently got a win 7 64bit computer I am finding advantages already.

But I would think a visit to the sister site would give you more insight than I can.

There you will guage the full advantages.

I have not regretted the step th 7.

‘I do not seek to follow in the footsteps
of the men of old,
I seek the things they sought‘

Basho (1644-1694) Japanese Haiku
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My os is vista home basic 32bit. When try to upgrade vista sp1 to sp2, but unsuccessful.
I would like to know if somebody had the same error code WindowsUpdate_8007371C "WindowsUpdate_dt000" by trying to update to Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (KB948465).

I tried update with Windows Update and manually.

I turn off all programs, running system readiness tool, I also tried the clean boot method but Install Windwos Service Pack 2 Installation was not successful. The SMI primitive installer failed setup or servicing.

I tried various manipulations which does have yielded nothing. I start looking too much hassle unanswered.

Your help is very much appreciated.

A:Cannot upgrade vista sp1 to sp2

Have you tried this: How to use the System File Checker tool to troubleshoot missing or corrupted system files on Windows Vista or on Windows 7

It may be quicker to Format and reinstall! I recently spent hours looking for a fix for my OS, in the end I did a fresh install and all works great everything is running much faster.

PS: Just remember to back up everything that you will need again.
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A:Vista Upgrade

Im very sorry, the so called serial numbers are probably the key numbers. Without those numbers you cannot use Windows for more than 90 days. The key is the only proof that MS has that you actually bought the OS and did not just install it.
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A:Upgrade to vista????

I like vista

I've been runnig Vista that shipped with a new Gateway laptop I bought in Februaury of '06. I've had very little trouble with Vista and it has some nice new features. It's been my experiance in th past that it's better to just buy a new system with the new OS loaded already. Vista has some demanding hardware requirements and you could end up spending allot of extra money on upgrading memory and video. New systems are so cheap now it's just allot easier and less hassels.
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Lots of fans.
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A:SHould I Upgrade to Vista!?!

don't upgrade to 64bit, alot of software, especially games don't run on 64bit windows, and not to mention finding 64bit drivers for all your hardware, if they make 64bit drivers for them.
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A:Vista upgrade from xp

System manufacturer and model?

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A:Upgrade to Vista?

Welcome to TSG..

Check with Nero Website.
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A:Can I upgrade to 64-bit Vista?

It is a 64 bit processor. What motherboard do you have? Where are you looking that it says x86?
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A:Vista upgrade to 7

In less then 2 months 7 will be generally available for a 7 upgrade disk where that would allow an upgrade or even a fresh clean install with the upgrade disk having any genuine XP or Vista disk onhand to start with. The best place for good information on how to go about upgrading from Vista to 7 as well as the upgrade options for each edition is seen in the guide for this at Upgrade Install with Windows 7
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A:Vista to W7 upgrade

You may be able to change the liscence key without having to reinstall. If you go to Control Panal > System. If you scroll down you should see a link that says Change Product Key. You can also do a clean install. Personally, I would do a clean install so that who ever inherits the laptop can have a fresh start. For either method I recommend using Option 3 of the tutorial linked below. I can say that I have used it successfully on more than one occasion.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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A:Upgrade from XP to Vista

Hi and welcome to TSF

Where did this Vista program come from?

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A:Vista Upgrade

Insert your Vista DVD in your DVD drive. Vista setup would start running, choose Install now.Click next till you reach on screen to choose Vista editions. Choose Vista Ultimate from the options.When you reach a point when it says ,"Which type of installation do you want?", choose Upgrade. Then click Next and follow onscreen directions.Note : If you get a message that Upgrade has bee disabled, then you are out of luck. Your Vista DVD is not for upgrade.Would I also need a special disk, or would a normal installation disk work?It depends if you have full Vista install DVD which has all flavors of Vista (Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, Business etc) all you need is a different license key. You can upgrade from this kind of DVD. I have seen some DVDs have only a particular edition like Ultimate or Home. They cannot be used.
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Does anyone know if there are any problems when installing this SP2 Vista upgrade?


A:SP2 Vista upgrade

I've had a problem
Haven't got around to checking it out yet
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A:upgrade from vista 32 bit to eight 64 bit

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A:OS Upgrade (Vista to 7)

Why do you feel you need to change. Win7 is a little faster in some areas, but it is till just an operating system. I upgraded my 2007 Acer's HD from 120G to 250G and that will do me for another 3 years. :0