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upgrading from XP PRO SP2 to VISTA

Q: upgrading from XP PRO SP2 to VISTA

hey guys..i have vista ultimate..tried to upgrade..but said can not upgrade..can only in vista home

and so..i want to upgrade to vista home too can not upgrade..why is this..???

so do i need to upgrade sp2 to sp3..??then can upgrade to vista home prem

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Preferred Solution: upgrading from XP PRO SP2 to VISTA

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A: upgrading from XP PRO SP2 to VISTA

Personally, I'd skip Vista and clean install 7. Going from XP to Vista is not really an upgrade, just a huge headache.
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I bought Windows 7 having come from Vista. However, there is a BIOS update for my system. The new BIOS update states: The BIOS updates the fan control algorithm of the system, and turns the fan on at low volume while your notebook PC is operational. If you are currently experiencing any symptoms on your notebook PC, please contact HP for support. It is located here:

I'd love to flash it but not sure if it will ruin my computer as it's more than likely not designed for flash when Windows 7 is on it or do you's know any better?

I also have 2 blue vertical lines going do the right hand side of the screen. I've seen loads of problems but no solutions. Has any fixed this HP problem?

Cheers folks!

A:Upgrading BIOS after Upgrading from Vista to 7

The BIOS is the stuff that happens BEFORE Windows starts to load.
Do you have issues with overheating or with the fan? If so, the BIOS update is for you.
Also, BIOS flashes are dangerous - and you can turn your computer into a paperweight by doing it incorrectly. In short, if it ain't broke - don't fix it!

The type of lines that you describe on your screen are usually caused by hardware issues. Send it in for repair if the system is under warranty. If not, then get an estimate from a local computer store - it may be cheaper to live with it.
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My son has an identical problem. Interesting that Micro$oft choose not to involve themselves with questions of this nature. Too difficult I guess. My son's laptop is a brand new Dell with Vista home and M$ Office. We purchased Vista Business but the upgrade dies with a ""Windows could not prepare the computer to boot into the next phase of installation" error message.

I noted there are dozens of similar problems on the web but M$ is strangely quiet about this problem andthere appears to be no solution.

Micro$oft are prepared to take the cash for the upgrade but not provide the support...

A:Problems upgrading from Vista Home Basic to Vista Business

Are you doing an 'upgrade' installation? Try 'Clean' install, if you are.
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Just bought a new desktop from Dell that was pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Basic, later wanted to upgrade to Windows Vista Business, so I bought the Windows Vista Business separately from the retail store and try to install it.

But halfway during the upgrade installation, an error message popped up and says that some files are corrupted or something, with error 0X80070017, and the upgrade was cancelled.

I have tried many times which included doing a clean install or installing during boot time, all lead to the same error.

The copy of Windows Vista that I bought was a genuine copy and the hardware should meet all requirements, it's a Pentium D 915, 1 GB RAM with 160GB HDD.

Can anyone please help? I need to get the desktop upgraded to Vista Business by this week.

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I was wondering is there anyway i can trick the computer into thinking it has the service pack so it can upgrade? a fresh install is just too much effort

(Note: i MAY have a non-genuine version of vista installed preventing the installation of service pack... dno how y its not genuine but apparently its not)


A:Trouble upgrading to win 7 from vista - can't install vista service pack

Is the copy of Windows 7 genuine? Where did it come from?
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A:Upgrading Vista Home 32bit to Vista Ultimate 64-bit

Hi, im a computer technician in australia Palmerston NT working for and the answer to your question is yes. You have to do a completely new installation of the 64x bit edition of vista as the 32 bit and 64x bit editions are two completely different os platforms.
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A:upgrading to Vista 64 bit from vista 32 geting bsod on install

Hi fitzpatr. . .

Welcome back to TSF - Vista.

To upgrade from Vista x86 to Vista x64, be sure to follow these Microsoft guidelines found in kb932795 (about 3/4 of the way down):


Installing a 64-bit version of Windows Vista on computer that is running a 32-bit version of Windows Vista

If you have purchased an Upgrade license together with a Windows Vista DVD, you must use one of the following methods.

Method 1
Purchase a full version of the 64-bit version of Windows Vista.

Method 2
1. Remove the 32-bit version of Windows Vista.
2. Install Windows XP.
3. Install the 64-bit version of Windows Vista by using an installation method that is listed earlier in this article.
If you have purchased a full license together with a Windows Vista DVD, follow these steps:1. Back up all the data and settings by using Windows Easy Transfer. Windows Easy Transfer is available on the Windows Vista DVD. However, you must use the version that is on the Windows Vista DVD for your currently installed 32-bit version of Windows Vista.
2. Insert the 64-bit version of Windows Vista into the system DVD drive, and then restart the computer.
3. Start Windows Vista Setup from the DVD when you are prompted.

Note You must start Windows Vista Setup by starting the computer from the Windows Vista 64-bit DVD. The installation package will not run on a 32-bit operating system.
4. When you are prompted during Windows Vista Setup, remember to select Custom as your installation choice.
5. When the installation is complete, you can restore the data from its backup location.

Good Luck to you.

Regards. . .


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A:Upgrading my 32 bit vista home premium to 64 bit vista ultimate

its unlikely to be honest mate , the reason being alot of the hardware in yuor laptop will/may be specific to sony. so the only place you will be able to get drivers for their hardware is through sony (i know that people have particular trouble with the sony graphics chip) , if they dont do a 64 bit driver chances are you wont find one anywhere else.

thats the problem with shop bought especially laptops , they can be a very specific to the manufacturer , id email them see if you get any joy that way , as technically there is no reason why there would/should be a problem
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A:Upgrading from 32 bit Vista to 64 bit 7?

It's my understanding that the retail versions come with both 32 & 64 bit. If your computer will run it use the 64bit. It just works better.

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A:Upgrading To Vista

Is your laptop 64bit capable first? 64 bit, I understand, is faster, if you have 64 bit software. 32 bit software are, I am told, just as compatible, but you will find they run slower than on the 32 bit machine. Perhaps if you are gazing into the future, and planning to upgrade you software, then 64 is the better choice. Maybe a reader with a 64 bit edition can confirm the speed loss??
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A:Upgrading Vista 32-64 Bit

I don't believe that you can upgrade directly. You either need to remove 32 and buy a full, 64-bit installation, or revert to XP and use the 64-bit Vista upgrade.
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A:upgrading from vista to 7

Hi and welcome to Seven Forums.

I would, like anyone else, recommend that you backup your files and format the HDD anyway. Many people choose to upgrade instead of doing a clean install of Windows 7, and I can assure you that if you go with just an upgrade, you will have a lot of difficulty and problems.

Have a fresh start. Clean install
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A:Upgrading from Vista

Welcome to the forums and I hope this helps, download the upgrade path document from MS

The layout doesn't show up on the forum, copy and paste made it hard to figuer out.
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A:Upgrading from Vista to 7

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A:Upgrading vista

make model & specs of the laptop
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A:Upgrading Vista

Yes of course. The Vista licence is unchanged which means if it is a full retail copy you are free to reinstall it again on your present PC or as a fresh install on another (not on two at the same time though). If the Vista license is an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) then it is tied to the PC its on now. That doesn't stop you reinstalling it at any future time no matter what you do on that PC in the meantime.

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Once you have a disk image of Vista then you can return to it at any time as if nothing had happened.
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Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows

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A:upgrading from vista to 7

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I know running a clean install is the best option but i have 25 games installed and dont want to have to reinstall them.

Thoughts and experiences please....

Thanks in advance.

A:Upgrading Vista to 7

Hello badjz and welcome to SevenForums.

I am one of those happy upgraders, though majority of forum members recommend clean install. Read about pros and cons here, about my experience here.

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A:Upgrading from Vista

Where did you get the Windows 7 Upgrade disc from.
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A:Upgrading to Vista

As always with a different OS, you would be better to get the drivers from Acer and re-install from scratch
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A:Upgrading Vista

There isn't that much difference between the two What Is the Difference Between Vista Premium & Ultimate? |
A better jump would be from Vista to Windows 7 if you have a choice. You do not need to install any drivers if you are upgrading Vista to Vista, An probably not with Windows 7 either.
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A:Upgrading from XP to Vista

What I would like to know is if it is possible to use the Vista installation disk that came with the HP and install it o the Dell.Assuming, the DVD is called "Operating system installation disk", or something to that meaning, then no. It's designed for that HP computer.
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A:Upgrading from XP to Vista

Hi Sam,
First, I've moved your post to a new thread as threads are user-based and not topic-based.
In answer to your question, you don't have to reformat your hard drive and do a clean install. If you want to keep programs and settings from XP, you can do this one of two ways. You can perform an upgrade installation of Vista over your existing XP and delete the version on D:\ or with the Vista you have on D:\ you can copy files and settings from XP then reformat C:\. Vista will then become C:\ by default. Whichever you do, upgrading is likely to cause you more problems than a clean install. If you don't mind the hassle of reinstalling programs, you would be better to make a clean installation of Vista on to your C;\ drive. If you decide to go this way, don't forget to backup all your documents etc before reformatting.
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A:Upgrading from Vista to 7


Where are you planning on downloading Windows from? Please be aware that it is illegal to use any pirated version of Windows.
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A:Upgrading from Vista (32 bit) to Win 7 (64 bit)

Quote: Originally Posted by roosterwes

I have purchased the upgrade designed for Windows Vista to move my daughter's computer to Windows 7.

It has Vista Home Premium SP2 on it now. It has a lot of junk, and all she wants is the pics and videos, which I've backed up. Would it be better to make a clean re-install of Vista with the original Dell disks, and then upgrade to Win 7 (32 bit) followed by Win7 (64bit)? Can it work that way?
Or, should I just clean up the installed Vista as best as possible and then upgrade. I took a 1gb RAM out and installed a 2gb RAM for a total of 4 already, in anticipation of the (64 bit) Win 7 OS.
So basically, I need to know the best way possible to go from 32bit WinVista to 64bit Win7 with a 7 upgrtade from Vista disc.

Thanks in advance.

Hi roosterwes and welcome

When upgrading from 32 bit to 64 bit you must do a clean install (with HD format) as the two Operating systems are very different.

That being said, I think your vista is probably 32 bit and therefore you cant do vista32>win32>win64.

Your best bet and most efficient install is the clean 64 bit. There are many tutorials here on SF should you want some reading on the subject.

There is a way to go clean install with upgrade disk, you should google that.

Good Luck

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A:Upgrading from Vista to Win 7

You most certainly can use the WIN7 upgrade disk to do a clean install.  In your case, I would rest easy as you are technically upgrading Vista.
Not sure of the legality of laying out the link with the instructions in an open forum.  Don't want the forum to get into trouble.
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A:Upgrading Vista HP to W7

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A:Upgrading from Vista

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A:upgrading vista

Hi Hopeless,

Welcome to Vista Forums.

Since Ultimate is a higher edition then Premium, you should be able to run the Vista installation from within your Vista Home Premium and run the Upgrade option to Ultimate. As always, make backups of anything you do not want to lose to be safe.

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A:when upgrading from Vista to 7

OEM Recovery will reinstall Vista.

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Quote: Originally Posted by friendlygiraffe


I have the windows 7 upgrade CD and a laptop with Vista on it.

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Have read of this:

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Hello yuyu, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since you currently own a legal copy of Vista, you will be able to do a clean install with an upgrade copy of Windows 7 like in the tutorial below. There's no need to have Vista running or installed first to do so.

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Welcome to the forums!

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Hi -

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you can use dban to format the hdd.

good luck

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Click to expand...

Tons of issues if your computer is not vista compatible. Go here for starters:
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Are you planning on doing a clean install that generates a Windows.old folder?

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Of course this may not happen on your machine. But it may be worth making a backup image of your current system to an external drive. Then download a Windows 7 ISO install disc. You can install for evaluation with no product ID. This should tell you if your WiFi will work when you upgrade.

If everything works out you can activate the new OS. If not you can restore the image to get things back to normal.
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