Windows Support Forum

Vista Starter SP1 upgrade?

Q: Vista Starter SP1 upgrade?

can vista starter sp1 upgrade to starter sp2?

Relevancy 100%
Preferred Solution: Vista Starter SP1 upgrade?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Vista Starter SP1 upgrade?

There is no service pack (SP) 2 yet out for Vista. But if you're asking can it be upgraded when it is released then the answer is yes.
Relevancy 70.09%

Hi, first post so please be nice!

I have a desktop pc running Vista & a netbook running Windows 7 Starter. Is there an upgrade option that will allow me to upgrade both machines to Windows 7 Home Premium in a single purchse, or will I need to purchase separate licenses for each required upgrade?

Thanks in advance,


A:Upgrade Vista AND Win 7 Starter?

Hello Dave,

If you could find one, you could get a Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack Upgrade that will allow you to install and activate on up to 3 computers at the same time. This can save you a litte bit.

Here's a Google search of some retailers showing that they still have it:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack - 3 PC in one household

If not, then yes you will need to have a separate license for each computer that you install it on.

Hope this helps,
Relevancy 64.07%

I have 2 netbooks with windows7 starter edition on them, I reently purchased an upgrade family pack from Ebay and mistakenly didn't releaze it was software to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows7 Home Premium edition. Before I break the seal, I was wondering if this would work, can I use this upgrade software(Vista to Windows7 Home Premium), to upgrade my windows7 starter edition to full Home Premium or will it not work correctly.
I appreciate any help offered.

A:Upgrade Win7 starter using win7 upgrade software for Vista?

Hello there, wil.

There's no problem at all. follow this tutorial and you'll be able to install them without problems.

Clean Install Windows 7

EDIT: sorry, is this one:

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Although you may need an external USB DVD-Drive or installing your Windows 7 from a USB

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

And that'll be it
Relevancy 58.91%

I have got myself into a bit of a mess.

I installed my version of windows starter on my mom's PC which was previously running vista. To see if it improved the performance or if the laptop itself was rubbish. It did so I purchased an upgrade to windows home premium. When I enter the upgrade key it says I need the current key is invalid for upgrade and that I need to phone a number. Does this mean the software I brought is useless. I didn't want to buy a disc as I had read that using a upgrade key meant everything was kept. Is there anyway I can use the software I've brought. The computer recognises the key as an upgrade one.

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.
Doing so would be a invalid upgrade.
Relevancy 57.19%

I want to upgrade my wifes netbook to Home Edition Its running Windows Starter I know how edition Home a using from upgrade starter Upgrade to use the Anytime Upgrade but I have a Family Pack Windows Home Edition Upgrade Retail box disc I have only used one of the upgrades of the family pack Can I use another to upgrade the Starter netbook or do i have to by an Anytime upgrade Seems like i should be able to but it also seems like the upgrade is meant to be from just xp or vista not a lower end window version Also how would i do it if i can Can i simply change the product key or do i have to insert a disk and run the whole upgrade If i do Upgrade from starter using a Home edition upgrade have to insert disk and run the upgrade will i have to do a clean install Plus while typing this i just realized her netbook doesnt have an optical drive so what about that too Just want to get these questions answered Upgrade from starter using a Home edition upgrade before i even bother attempting it I Upgrade from starter using a Home edition upgrade would hate to think i could just change the product key and go about my business cause thats never the case and everything always turns into a few hours of work thanks for the help and i just registered here because im getting back into windows im mainly a mac but i think im both now so hello

A:Upgrade from starter using a Home edition upgrade

Welcome to the forum,

You can just use one of the upgrade keys you have in Anytime Upgrade, no need for the disk.

It will just unlock all the features, reboot once or twice and you're there.

Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to
Relevancy 57.19%

Hi there, i have the upgrade for windows 7 home premium, a member of the household has recently brought a netbook which has windows 7 starter. I am wondering if i connect an external dvd drive to the netbook, if i can do an easy upgrade to home premium on this netbook?


A:Upgrade from Starter to Home Premium with Upgrade DVD?

You can do any Anytime Upgrade for which you just need a key, you dont need any disk or external dvd drive.

How to Upgrade Your Netbook to Windows 7 Home Premium - How-To Geek

Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to
Relevancy 54.61%

I was thinking about upgrading my daughter's laptop from Vista to Windows 7.

Newegg has a price of 75.99.

This is what they call the upgrade:

"Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Anytime Upgrade from W7 Starter - Retail"

Is this the version that I need. Wasn't sure what a W7 Starter was referring to Vista, etc.

A:Win 7 Upgrade from Starter?

It is the bottom of then line and a lot is stripped out of it.

I would not waste my money on it.
Relevancy 53.75%

I'm buying an acer netbook with windows 7 starter,and an upgrade copy of windows 7 premium,can I do a clean install and avoid all the crapware?

A:upgrade starter to premium

Yes you should be able to do a clean install from upgrade.

More info: Clean Install Windows 7
Relevancy 53.75%

I recently bought a HP Notebook with Windows 7 starter installed. What will be the best cost effective way to upgrade to either Windows 7 Home or Premium. I have heard so many stories about problems experience during upgrades especially on HP, with pre-installed software.

Your advice will be appreciated.


A:Upgrade Windows 7 Starter

Take a look at this:
Windows Anytime Upgrade - Upgrade your Windows 7 edition - Microsoft Windows

No install files needed.
Only the Upgrade key is need.
Anytime upgrade only adds-on the Programs & Features from version to version.
Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to
Relevancy 53.75%

Well basically I bought a netbook last week and naturally it came with Windows Starter Edition I find it to be a pretty basic and fast version without any clutter and unnecessary programs ie I don't use MC I do like netbook Pro Starter my Should to ? 7 upgrade on I Win my it but unfortunately I'm someone who sometimes wants quot more quot just for the heck of it P I checked the Windows Anytime Upgrade and it's giving me the option Should I upgrade my Win 7 Starter on my netbook to Pro ? to upgrade to Win Professional for I realize that I don't need all the features offered in it but I would like to be able to change my background without having to use Oceanis and I wouldn't mind Aero The thing is I'm over my Credit Limit on my credit card and I dunno If I should try to see If I could purchase it anyway I'm not going to download a pirated version of Windows because Should I upgrade my Win 7 Starter on my netbook to Pro ? I don't do that Anyway should I try and go ahead and see what will happen lol Now that I have a job I feel a little more confident when I spend LOL Knowing that money will be easily available down the road

A:Should I upgrade my Win 7 Starter on my netbook to Pro ?

Have looked at cost of Windows 7 HP?
Relevancy 53.75%

Let's assume that I have upgraded my netbook from Win7 Starter to Home Premium using the Anytime Upgrade license (i.e. no CD). Later, say a year from now, my netbook has a serious virus infection and the remedy is to completely reformat the hard drive. How do I now recover my netbook to Win7 Home Premium?

A:Win7 Starter Upgrade - What If...?

Do you have the Recovery DVD for starter? If yes
Reinstall starter, than use anytime upgrade.
Relevancy 53.75%

How much will it cost and where do I upgrade to Windows Home Edition? Also, will I be able to run programs like Skype on Starter? What about other popular programs?

A:How do I upgrade from Windows Starter 7?

See this tutorial:
Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to
Make sure that the hardware can handle more than the Starter edition.

I don't know for sure about running Skype on the Starter edition... but I don't see why you would not be able to do so.
Relevancy 53.32%

Can we use a retail windows 7 premium upgrade key or are we restricted to the WAU (windows anytime upgrade) key to unlock the windows 7 Premium features of the 7 Starter edition?

A:windows 7 starter upgrade options

You will need the WAU key to do what you are describing......
Relevancy 53.32%

i keep getting a prompt to upgrade my microsoft ten starter. because of hacking concerns i want to know if this is from microsoft. i thought updates were automatic

Relevancy 53.32%

HI all,
I have an EEE pc 1015b 5 months old and have already upgraded the RAM to 2 gigs because it ran soooo slowly when I got it. It came with wondows 7 starter - can I upgrade to the proper windows 7 (would like the media player options) without losing even more performance. It's still pretty slow and freezes if it has to do too much - like use our 32" tv as a monitor to show pictures or videos.
Any advice about the upgrade - or about why it freezes and what I can do about that would be great.

A:Can I upgrade Windows 7 Starter on EEE PC1015b?

Here's a how-to article:
Relevancy 52.89%

So I am trying to do the upgrade as I 10 upgrade - to Win 2010 HELP!!!! Microsoft won't due Office Starter have had some issues with my desktop for a while Simply will not open Malwarebytes except in safe mode Other programs wouldn't open either So I began mainly using my laptop Needless to say I now HAVE to use my desktop for a few days and decided to upgrade to WIN I have it on laptop and its fine I have tried dozens of times to upgrade only to keep encountering an error Win 10 - won't upgrade due to Microsoft Office Starter 2010 HELP!!!! that Microsoft Office Starter needs to be uninstalled but it is NO WHERE on my computer that I can find I have tried uninstalling everything that has to do with Office including version No clcik-to-run items listed in program files Did a search of C drive and came across two items marked Microsoft office starter Deleted them no option to uninstall Restarted Searched the same way nothing Try upgrade Win 10 - won't upgrade due to Microsoft Office Starter 2010 HELP!!!! Failed again Same error message About to toss this old Win 10 - won't upgrade due to Microsoft Office Starter 2010 HELP!!!! beast out the window suggestions

A:Win 10 - won't upgrade due to Microsoft Office Starter 2010 HELP!!!!

Hi Dolar,
You could follow these instructions for a clean install of W10.
Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums

note Office starter is an APP in W10.

Relevancy 52.89%

I'm quite sure this is not illegal since the upgrade is automatic and happens without a choice.

I had starter on my netbook and tried upgrading it by using the app on the OS itself but failed.

One day I was searching for TV tuners and came across Media Portal. During the course of the installation it tells you it is better to have windows aero enabled for "tear" effects. I dismissed the dialog and installed it.

I check the OS later and voila it's upgraded, apps such as windows media center and all games like chess titans etc came out of nowhere. Also all the themes etc. I checked SYSTEM and found the OS name changed to home premium from starter.
Try it !
Relevancy 52.89%

I bought an Acer Aspire One netbook with Windows 7 Starter on it, and I have a Windows 7 Ultimate installation DVD that I want to use to upgrade my netbook's OS. I put the DVD into an external DVD drive connected to my netbook with a USB cable and started the installation wizard. I chose the "Upgrade" option and the installer said that I need to use Windows Anytime Upgrade for that. The problem with that is that I don't want to buy a new license, since I already have this DVD. How can I upgrade my netbook's OS from Windows 7 Starter to Ultimate with the DVD I already have?
Thanks in advance.

A:Upgrade from Windows 7 Starter to Ultimate with regular DVD

Use Anytime Upgrade: Type "Anytime" in Start Search box to start the Process, insert your Ultimate Product Key, the extra features will be unlocked in just a few minutes.

Be sure to make your Acer Recovery Disks first, or save a Win7 backup image so you have a path back to the licensed OS on that machine. You may decide you want to move your retail Win7 Ultimate to another machine. You may also find a cheaper Ultimate Anytime Upgrade key.
Relevancy 52.89%

I upgraded this lunchtime from Windows 7 Starter to home premium via the Windows Upgrade Advisor which said my netbook was compatible, I carried out the upgrade via the windows upgrade advisor. It worked fine for a while but I was having trouble trying to set up my LAN and wireless connection to work together in order to get onto xbox live via BT Openzone. After a while the advice from the microsoft website was to carry out a system restore, so I did and used the recommended date, however on trying to restore the ugrade failed and reverted back to windows 7 starter. Tried again and had the same issue. Please help.

A:Upgrade from starter to home premium failed.

Quote: Originally Posted by Chris1982

After a while the advice from the microsoft website was to carry out a system restore,

A System Restore or a System Reinstall?
Relevancy 52.89%

I have a Samsung Netbook which came with Windows 7 Starter and I am finding that I miss the extras of Home Premium Retail which installed on my Desktop PC. I have the Home Premium installation disk which I used, but as far as I am aware it is a single use licence.

The Anytime Upgrade is available on the Samsung, but at a cost of ?70 from M$.
Is anyone aware of a more cost effective (legitimate) method?

Having Googled for it, I come up with this:
Microsoft Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade, Starter to Home Premium (Licence only): Software.
Anyone know of anywhere better?

A:Upgrade Windows 7 Starter to Home Premium

Yes, buy the home premium family family pack- you'll spend more initially but you'll get 3 retail licenses @ about $50 each.

If you do decide to do that, save an image of your starter install first.
Relevancy 52.89%

Hello forum.

On my way to downgrade Win10 back to 7, on my Satellite Toshiba U840, found out that my serial number for windows 7 was for Starter Retail version.
That is odd because i remember that my windows 7 was 64bit and supported all of the windows features,
in comparison to what Starter Retail provides. I ran alot of graphic programs on 3 years ago...

Is it possible to upgrade the retail version to any Win 7 64 bit version?

Thank you for your time!

A:How to upgrade Win Next Starter Retail 32bit To any Win 7 64bit ver

Windows 7 Starter was only available in 32bit.

Most people will be happy with Windows 7/64 Home Premium.
To go from a 32 bit Windows 7 to a 64 bit Windows 7 you will need to do a Clean Install.

We need your system spec to get a idea whether a 32 or 64 bit would be best.

Please use this tutorial by Brink to help you fill in your specs.

System Info - See Your System Specs
Relevancy 52.89%

Hi This problem started a week ago when the Acer Aspire One h would not boot Eventually even restoring it using the partition failed I have ordered the Acer recovery discs which will restore it to Win starter But yesterday just on a whim I turned on the netbook and was able to restore it successfully I then installed Webroot SecureAnywhere Essentials and have run numerous scans that found no threat - so this does not appear to be malware The unit had avast netbook; Starter 7?? crashing should on upgrade Acer to Win Win 7 I free AV before this trouble started I then spent hours installing Win updates using the Windows Update utility on the Acer However near the end of the Win updates Windows crashed and the screen went black again When this happens the unit's power stays on this is not a fan overheating problem I don't think This a m the Acer booted successfully and Win 7 Starter crashing on Acer netbook; should I upgrade to Win 7?? I then uninstalled Office Win 7 Starter crashing on Acer netbook; should I upgrade to Win 7?? and installed Open Office The unit then quot blacked out quot again During this time I also tried to install Java since I had been getting a pop-up that it needed to be updated Java would not install successfully and the Acer then started quot blacking out quot several more times I was finally able to boot it in Safe Mode to turn it off But it took several attempts Rather than running the recovery discs from Acer for Windows Starter I am considering upgrading to Win Can anyone tell me if this might solve this problem Or should I just proceed to order an external drive to run the recovery discs I would appreciate your advice THANKS

A:Win 7 Starter crashing on Acer netbook; should I upgrade to Win 7??

I would Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

Manual how to use Acer eRecovery Management here:'s%20guide/Acer%20eRecovery%20Management%20English.pdf

Attachment 190275
Relevancy 52.89%

My laptop has windows7 starter installed. i have purchased anytime upgrade to home premium but it won't install. The product key is recognised. Microsoft doesn't seem to offer any support without payment. can anyone help ?

A:windows 7 anytime upgrade from starter to home

Do you get any type of error messages?
Relevancy 52.03%

I just got an Acer Aspire netbook with w7 starter. Although I plan on using it for just the basics, Im told that 7 Starter doesn't different backgrounds, DVD playback (via an external DVD drive, which I'd have to buy), and Windows media layer.

My question: What do I need to run Windows 7 home? OR can I achieve what I mentioned above without upgrading?

what I got:
OS:32bit win 7 starter
intel atom N270
1gb memory
storage: 160GB HDD

-I don't know much about this little computer, but I got a day or two to take it back of it wont do the job. Any advice would be great.

A:windows 7 starter upgrade?? missing features question

Going to give this a bump. No one is willing to give me even a little help? that's cold :P

-I got more feedback in the Auto thread over what I drove, than actual computer related tech advice lol

I'll admit to being computer dumb, but show me some love. Who knows, your car might break and you'll need tech advice..?? (and it just so happens Im a tech). Help me and I'll return the favor
Relevancy 52.03%

Can anybody figure out what you get here:
Microsoft Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade, Starter to Home Premium GBP 61.-
Is it fully functioning OS. why such a weird product title?
Is it crippleware you have to pay extra to upgrade to the cheapest Home Premium?

A:Microsoft Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade, Starter to Home Pr

I think the link is messed up (if it was a link)...
Relevancy 51.6%

So I recently bought a product key for Windows Anytime Upgrade, so I can get rid of Win7 Starter on my netbook and get Windows 7 Home Premium. I start the Anytime Upgrade software and it works great, but fails as the upgrade gets around 90%, at which the upgrade process "fails" and restores the OS to Windows 7 Starter. I've looked at a few guides that gave solutions, but I've had no luck. Anyone have any ideas on how I can get this working?

The only thing I can find in the upgrade log that looks suspicious is:

Error: WAU | Failed to create WAU event due to error 0x5

Anyone have any ideas on how I can get this to work? Thanks.

(I will give more infos if needed)

A:Windows Anytime Upgrade Failure; Starter to Home Premium (32 bit)

Try rebooting to run it again to see if it corrects itself.

Next try a clean boot: In msconfig>Startup uncheck everything (add AV back later), then do the same in msconfig>Services after Hiding all MS services. Reboot several times to make sure nothing sneaks back in, or turn it off in its Program Preferences or Uninstall it. One more reboot, try AU.
Relevancy 51.17%

I've been wanting to upgrade to windows 8 but after running the windows 8 advisor it says office 2010 starter is not compatible. I updated the required files for office according to windows but after updating them i ran the advisor again & yet the same problem proceeds. I won't update to windows 8 unless starter works. Need help & or options to resolve this problem.

A:Office 2010 starter not compatible for windows 8 upgrade even after updating files

Google Data On SituationLouis
Relevancy 51.17%
A:Windows 7 Starter to Ultimate.Upgrade/Clean Install Error or stocked.

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

You can only upgrade from Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Ultimate by the Windows Anytime Upgrade method.

Windows 7 Upgrade Paths

If your computer is running Win 7 Starter it shouldn't have any problem with Win 7 Ultimate.
Relevancy 50.74%

Hi Guys! I'll be buying a brand new pc this weekend and it comes with a bundled vista starter OS. What can you say about this OS? Can I install games and other stuffs without problems? Is this OS ok when downloading torrents?

A:Vista Starter

Please read through the forun rules VaynardX.
Relevancy 49.88%

I hope this was not discussed before. How do I run screensaver in Vista Starter.

A:Vista Starter screensaver

Hello Premaks, and welcome to Vista Forums.

The tutorial below can help show you how to.

Screen Saver

Hope this helps,
Relevancy 49.88%

I just got vista starter and im wondering if there is any way to get rid of the logo that is in the bottom right hand corner, as it covers up notifications from IMs and such. thanks

A:vista starter logo

Take a look at this
Relevancy 49.88%

is vista starter really like this? i mean all the important program im using is being closed and stopped by data execution prevention(DEP)... even i cant use windows explorer it is being stopped by DEP! this is a really big problem! please kindly help me!
Relevancy 49.45%

Well I didn't have my activation key so I just hit next wothout entering it and then it asks you to choose the edition you purchased. I notice Windows Vista STARTER being one of the choices. What is this edition?I have never heard of it.

A:Windows vista STARTER edition????

it's the cheap limited edition available to 3rd world countries and the like where they have a big piracy problem
Relevancy 49.45%


I have a Dell laptop running Vista and just purchased a netbook with Windows 7 starter. I want to share files between the two, however, I cannot see the other computer on the Network Map. Both computers are on the same network with same Workgroup name. I have both set as "Turn on network discovery", "Turn on file and printer sharing", "Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public folders".

Please let me know what I have missed. Shouldn't I be able to see both computers on the network at the same time even though they are running different version of Windows? I don't want to pay anymore to upgrade. Please help!

A:network with Vista and Windows 7 Starter

let's try this, find the ip of one of the machines on the network.
In the system tray, click the network connection icon and select Open Network and Sharing Center.
To view the IP address of a wired connection, click Local Area Connection. To view the IP address of a wireless adapter, click Wireless Network Connection (Network Name).
Click Details... . Your IP address will appear next to "IPv4 Address".
once you have that address you should be able to make a desktop shortcut on the other machine that points too // (or whatever the ip turns out to be)
that shortcut should manage to discover the other machine.
Relevancy 49.45%

I got a laptop with windows vista starter edition and well here at my university we have a network and use the softperfect network scanner to scan different systems and access the files they have for sharing, but my computer doesn't access the files whilst the others running xp can, mine doesn't even give any options it just displays the sytems and nothing else. please help me

A:Windows Vista starter edition help

Hi khankhagan, certain network features are not available in the starter edition of Vista:

Hope that helps.
Relevancy 49.45%

I need help. In my home I have an HP Desktop Running Windows Vista Home Premium and an Acer netbook running Windows 7 Starter. For some reason, when I try to connect to the desktop from the netbook, I get a message that says: You do not have permission to access \\HOME-PC. Contact your network administrator to get permission. Before, I could use file and printer sharing without a hitch, I do not know what the problem is. Could someone please help me. BTW, I have a Netgear WPN824 V.4 Router.

A:Windows 7 Starter to Vista Sharing


Try going into Advanced Sharing Settings (search for it in the start menu). Make sure sharing is enabled. I can't really give you any definite settings to change, but just use your intuition, whatever makes sense to change.

Hope this helps,
Relevancy 49.45%

I bought a netbook a while back with Windows 7 Starter.

I had an extra upgrade key of 7 Home Premium from one of those 3 pack family upgrades so I upgraded the netbook and put the key in.

I want to reformat the netbook back to Windows 7 Starter and just use it's original Starter key it came with. Home Premium bogged it down too much.

My question is...

Is there a way I can reuse the upgrade key of 7 Home Premium on another computer or did I waste the license by putting it on the netbook?

Thank you in advance for your help,
Relevancy 49.02%

I recently installed Windows Vista Starter on my old PC just for an upgrade, i wanna know how to remove the icon/picture on the bottom right of the screen, it's not really an icon it's more like a logo or a permanant picture fixed onto the desktop, i tried changing the wallpaper it doesn't work and i tried to move it or delete it and doesn't work. It's annoying cuz it's always on top of my applications, if i open my browser it's on top, if i open windows media player it's on top, everything i open is on top except for games and it's really annoying me somehow.

A:How to remove the icon for Windows Vista Starter??

chaoscreater said:

I recently installed Windows Vista Starter on my old PC just for an upgrade, i wanna know how to remove the icon/picture on the bottom right of the screen, it's not really an icon it's more like a logo or a permanant picture fixed onto the desktop, i tried changing the wallpaper it doesn't work and i tried to move it or delete it and doesn't work. It's annoying cuz it's always on top of my applications, if i open my browser it's on top, if i open windows media player it's on top, everything i open is on top except for games and it's really annoying me somehow.

Click to expand...

Have you tried looking in the properties for the taskbar? If I remember correctly, Windows XP had an option to display the Windows version on the desktop. Maybe this program installed a switch that can take this logo off your screen. It's a thought...
Relevancy 49.02%

hi all,
i have windows vista starter edition. i'm so surprised to find out that this edition only allows max of 3 programs to be opened at any one time.
when i tried to open the 4th program, vista pops up telling me i'm restricted and i should upgrade to other versions if i need to open more.
anyone have a fix for this without having to upgrade to other versions?

A:vista starter edition only starts 3 programs

No, there are no hacks to do that and if there were, they would be prohibited from discussion here.

As Vista Starter is only for sale in "developed technology markets" it is made for a specific purpose, as the name implies. It is stripped down to the minimum.

As the MS website says it is "ideal for beginner computer users".
Relevancy 49.02%

Dear everybody Im vista install XP, starter and overwrite Solved: installing XP with pre-installed vista and im done with reading forums here on about installing Solved: install XP, and overwrite vista starter xp over vista problems My case is my monitor gets blue and telling me to check for viruses the hard drives and newly installed hardware Please see the attached picture of the error i take And i cant find any solution so i ask help Solved: install XP, and overwrite vista starter from Solved: install XP, and overwrite vista starter hp This what they reply This document describes potential compatibility issues you may encounter if you are considering downgrading a computer that came with Windows Vista to the XP operating system Early adopters of Windows Vista operating system experienced some compatibility issues when using certain XP programs with Vista These compatibility issues led some people to consider downgrading the operating system from Vista to XP Also many users were familiar with Windows XP and did not want to adopt to the new look and feel of Vista Most of the technical issues are resolved by installing the Vista Service Pack HP strongly recommends against the process of downgrading a computer that came with Vista to XP When attempting to install XP on a computer that was designed with Vista-compatible parts the first issue you may encounter is that the installation disc may not recognize the hard drive The installation will report an ATA error that it cannot find a hard drive on the computer Vista uses a technology called Serial ATA SATA to control the hard drive while XP and older operating systems use ATI-native technology The BIOS which controls all of the hardware components is using native-SATA drivers but the XP installation disc cannot recognize this newer technology Depending on the brand of CPU processor and the version of BIOS installed it may be possible to disable the native SATA settings and allow XP to continue with the installation However some BIOS versions do not allow you to easily change the SATA settings Issues when BIOS cannot disable SATA If the BIOS does not have a setting to disable the native-SATA settings you may have to use a procedure called slipstreaming to install XP This procedure involves using third-party tools that are not supported by HP and may cause unexpected problems You should search the web for instructions and tools before attempting to change the Vista operating system For a brief overview of the slipstream process see HP Notebook PCs - How to Add Serial ATA SATA Drives to a Windows Vista Installation Please see this site to read choices to disable enable SATA settings to let you see if this is a good solution to my problem http h www hp com ewfr c AND IM ASKING A FAVOR to please help me look for SATA AHCI DRIVER for my processor Pentium R Dual-Core Cpu T GHZ if the recommendation from hp is good My laptop is compaq presario CQ - TU Thanks in advance xhanex nbsp

Relevancy 48.59%

I am trying to implement a network among a few computers:

1. Windows 7 64 bit desktop
2. Windows 7 Starter netbook
3. Windows Vista laptop

I can see and get access between the 7 and Vista machines without being asked for a password. The two Win 7 machines each ask for network passwords when I try to go to the other. Why do the Win 7 machines need passwords? Is there some compatibility issue between Win 7 Home Premium and Starter? All are in the same workgroup. As far as I can tell I have password requirements turned off.

A:Networking Win 7 64 desktop, Win 7 Starter netbook, Win Vista laptop

Are the Windows 7 machines in homegroups? Put them in a common homegroup & try that
What firewall are you running? Have you any settings in firewall or other security software that would prevent access?
Relevancy 47.3%

I'd like to ask if the windows vista starter edition has limited capabilities on dual monitor especially extended desktop I just bought my laptop last month and I observed that I can only enable cloning but not extended desktop I have ATI Radeon HD for my graphics hardware i already tried reinstalling my graphics driver update my bios and reinstall my OS but to no avail When I checked my display settings It only shows one monitor labeled Monitor Independent Windows Vista Dual and Starter Edition Support with number I Windows Vista Starter Edition and Dual Independent Monitor Support tried to checked the capabilities of my graphics and it can really Windows Vista Starter Edition and Dual Independent Monitor Support support dual independent monitors extended desktop I tried to check some colleagues' laptop who also have windows vista starter as their OS Upon checking their display settings they also have only one monitor displayed despite that they have Intel's X graphics card Because of this I came to a conclusion that there must be something wrong with starter edition in terms of installing the internal monitors which should always be two labeled with and I tried to ask our university's ICT people and they said that the monitors should always be two even before installing the drivers Please help
Relevancy 46.87%

is it possible? will my license key be the same? or my future OS will be fake or pirated?

i bought a new netbook with windows 7 starter OS. but im not satisfied with this OS.

thanks for the help!

A:upgrade my windows 7 starter to windows 7 ultimate/professional/home

Stop making double threads, you already asked and got answered in the other subforum.
Relevancy 46.87%

Hi guys, I can't seem to find an answer for this anywhere...

Am I able to use the windows 7 family upgrade pack to upgrade Windows 7 starter on my netbook?

I know it will work for my XP desktop and Vista laptop, just unsure about my Windows 7 Netbook.

Any help appreciated

Ayupmiduck ^^

A:Windows 7 family pack upgrade on Windows starter netbook.

The family pack allows for three installations, so if this Netbook meets the system requirements, and you have only installed it on two other machines, then you should be fine.
Relevancy 46.44%

I have a small notebook. It does have a malware that I can't get did of.
Therefore I want to do a clean upgrade. I saw it somewhere on the net
but I can't find it now.
There were 3 methods one with a change in the registry and
another where you do a double upgrade
I do have the win 7 home premium CD

A:upgrade win7 starter to win7 home premium

Hello Mogens, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Here you go.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
Relevancy 45.58%

is it possible? any guides here?

i have a new acer aspire one D250 netbook. it's OS is win7 starter. i want to upgrade it to win7 ultimate.

will my new OS (if ever) be still genuine/licensed?

A:upgrade win7 starter to win7 ultimate

Do have enough RAM? A lot of the netbooks only have 1GB of RAM and for most versions of Win 7, 2GB is MINIMUM.
Relevancy 45.58%

Hello everybody,
please help to upgrade my win7 starter to higher win7 with upgrade key and all.


A:upgrade from win7 starter to higher win7

Windows Anytime Upgrade - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows
Relevancy 43.43%

AIM 6.5 Upgrade causes media to no longer play on versions of Vista DO NOT UPGRADE...the cause of media no longer playing on Windows Media Player and iTunes and all other media players was linked on my PC to the download and installation of AIM 6.5. It also caused my network icon in my system tray show i was no longer connected to a network, and it was an unknown network.

To fix these problems use the system restore program that Vista comes with and restore your PC to a saved version before your installation of AIM 6.5.

Hopefully this helps everyone having these problems.

Note: Aim will no longer work after doing system restore, so you have to re-install in, and if you dont have the install package for 6.0 saved somewhere on your computer do not re-install 6.5, go to the aim site and look for the classic version 5.9.

A:AIM 6.5 Upgrade causes media to no longer play on versions of Vista DO NOT UPGRADE
Relevancy 43%

Hi All I have a lot of programs and data so I recently upgraded my Windows XP SP setup to Windows Vista for Business with the intent of upgrading all the way up to Win and Win but I cannot get Windows Vista SP to upgrade nbsp I have tried many ways including all of the fixits through Windows update and through the stand alone nbsp I have also tried all of these steps all to Upgrade continue Vista Business upgrade SP1 so can not to will I Windows to no avail You can't install updates in Windows Vista Windows Windows Server or Windows Server R KB You receive a quot x quot error code when you use the Windows Update or Microsoft Update Web sites to install updates KB Error message when you try to install updates from the Windows Update or Microsoft Update Web site quot x B quot KB Error message when you try to upgrade Windows Vista to a more advanced version of Windows Vista quot Windows could not configure one or more system components To install Windows restart the computer and then restart the installation quot KB In Windows Update it says successful installation sometimes but then just keeps offering the Vista SP update nbsp Please help Thanks very much Windows Vista Business will not upgrade to SP1 so I can continue to Upgrade nbsp I have my CBS log and Windowsupdate log and I can post but don't see how to do that nbsp nbsp Barry
Relevancy 43%

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

Relevancy 41.28%

According to Premium (cant to Vista to reinstall Home software upgrade) Vista Business afford cant Windows You are not able to upgrade from Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows Vista Business I wanted to join one of our developers to our domain unfortunately this developer has a machine running Windows Vista Home Premium We have a license to Vista Home Premium to Vista Business (cant upgrade) cant afford to reinstall software Windows Vista Home Premium to Vista Business (cant upgrade) cant afford to reinstall software Vista Business After reading the website above it is not possible to upgrade only to do a clean install This is not an option for the company since we have some serious deadlines to meet I started doing research online for cloning solutions but the question is rather complex to put in a search query In essence this is what I am trying to do Install a cloning software to make a copy of the hard drive Do a clean install from Home Premium to Windows Business Use cloning software to put all applications user s settings etc exactly the way it was before installing Windows Business without any conflicts Will there be any conflicts i e with the registry or anything else since the applications where installed in Windows Vista Home and now they are running in Windows Vista Business What is the best if possible free cloning software that I could use to clone the developer s stuff Is this even possible I appreciate any help I can get I just started this job and don t want to let my bosses down S Thank you very much CarlitosTSU nbsp

A:Vista Home Premium to Vista Business (cant upgrade) cant afford to reinstall software
Relevancy 41.28%

Want to see if your Windows XP-based PC can run Windows Vista Just download install and run the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor This small software tool will scan your computer and create an easy-to-understand report of all known system device and program compatibility issues and recommend ways to resolve them Upgrade Advisor can also help you choose the edition of Windows Vista that best fits the way you want to use your computer Before you begin Before you run the Upgrade Advisor be sure to plug in any USB or other attachable peripheral devices such as printers external hard drives or PC Vista run Upgrade your out Can the Information: Vista? Windows Advi Check sticky: scanners that are regularly used with the PC that you re evaluating Download Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor Additional information The Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor works with -bit versions of Windows XP and Windows Vista It will not work with Windows Windows or Windows XP Professional x Edition Here are answers to some common questions about the Windows Vista sticky: Information: Can your PC run Vista? Check out the Windows Vista Upgrade Advi Upgrade Advisor The Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor does not collect or send any personal identifiable data to Microsoft Corporation or third parties See sticky: Information: Can your PC run Vista? Check out the Windows Vista Upgrade Advi the Upgrade Advisor privacy statement for details once again i did not do this i did a lil search nbsp
Relevancy 41.28%

As many Vista Key Vista Upgrade A To Using How Install Clean Perform A Product of you are now finding out in order to upgrade your copy of XP to Vista you need to have XP currently installed on the computer and the setup program must be run from withing XP No longer can you boot off of the setup DVD and just insert How To Perform A Clean Vista Install Using A Vista Upgrade Product Key the media of older versions that you are upgrading from What this means is that there is no true way of doing a clean install from a formatted hard drive as when you enter the Vista product key it will How To Perform A Clean Vista Install Using A Vista Upgrade Product Key tell you the setup must be run from within the previous operating system Another issue that occurs is that you will invalidate the XP product key that you are upgrading from Paul Thurott has discovered from internal Microsoft documents another method that you can use to perform a full install To do this follow the steps below Boot your computer form the Windows Vista Upgrade DVD When you get to the setup screen start a new setup of Vista When prompted to enter your product key Do not enter it Instead click on the Next button and continue with the setup This will install Vista as a -day trial When prompted select the edition of Vista which you had purchased So if you purchase Home Premium select Home Premium This is important so do not pick a version that you did not purchase as it will affect later steps Once the setup has completed and you are back at your new Vista desktop run the setup program from the Vista DVD again from within the new Vista -day trial Go through the setup but this time when it asks for your product key enter in the product key that came with your upgrade When asked whether to perform an Upgrade or a Custom advanced install choose the Custom advanced option to perform a clean install of Vista Yes you are performing a second installation of Vista Once setup has completed for the second time you will be able to activate Windows Vista as normal You are now left with a fresh clean install of Vista and your original Vista install has been renamed C Windows old You can now delete the Windows old folder as it is not necessary to be on your computer Why does this work It works because Microsoft let the Vista -day trial act as a valid upgrade path for Vista and because you can install the trial to a empty drive This keeps the process as clean as possible for those who do not own a Full install version of Vista

A:How To Perform A Clean Vista Install Using A Vista Upgrade Product Key

Paul Thurott has discovered from internal Microsoft documents another method that you can use to perform a full install.That link doesn't work and has anyone done this to see if it actually works?
Relevancy 40.85%

Do I Uninstall Vista Premium to Upgrade to Vista Ultimate?
And if so how?

A:Do I Uninstall Vista Premium to Upgrade to Vista Ultimate?

No, you don't have to, just pop in the upgrade DVD, follow the prompts to upgrade it to Ultimate.

Back up Important data before upgrading.
Relevancy 40.85%

In Computer Properties, there is an option allow upgrading Vista Home Premium to Vista Ultimate. Could any body give me ideas about this? Is it free? Does it influence installed softwares? I mean, will we lose all of them when we do upgrade?

A:Upgrade Vista Home Premium to Vista Ultimate


Windows Anytime Upgrade is just a way to order and pay for just a license (Product key number) for a version of Vista that is higher than yours. You install it from the Vista DVD you already have, but you use the new product key number you ordered instead. Yes, it can have a affect on the software and you could loose your data. I would recommend backing up anything you do not want to loose. See number 1 and 3 (which versions you can upgrage to) at this link for more information.

See this link to compare the different versions to what you already have.

Relevancy 40.85%

Hello people I am having quite the time over upgrade issues Business - Vista x32 Vista Ultimate x64 here with a Vista machine Vista Business x32 - Vista Ultimate x64 upgrade issues of mine and I honestly think it's out to get me My job is computer support for my college campus and I would like to think that I am fairly good with computers With that said let me give Vista Business x32 - Vista Ultimate x64 upgrade issues you a rundown of the situation The computer is an Optiplex with standard core features that has a BFG w power source gb RAM and a nice Nvidia GTX card I am running Vista Business x on it and finally decided to take advantage of all of my RAM so I bought Vista Ultimate x Red Edition if that helps and popped it in It said that it could not read the media and I read the MS article on why that was so and then decided to boot from the disk I did so and got fairly far up until I had to select the drive I selected C and then next to the quot Next quot button I got a funny message that read To use the product key you entered start the installation on a computer that is running a genuine version of windows For the record I purchased this computer OS is the most legit way possible through my college I am stuck in what would appear to be a Catch It's asking me to install it via a method that just brought me to what I am staring at now This situation quite honestly is beyond me I have already taken out all my RAM save GB and all the PCI cards save the GTX like other guides suggested and that doesn't seem to be working If you need any more information other than what I have supplied do tell and I will give it to you Thanks for the help

A:Vista Business x32 - Vista Ultimate x64 upgrade issues

Isn't the red edition a cracked copy?

Either way, go out and purchase a standard 64 bit Full version of Vista, wipe everything and do a clean install. Then back up the registry with Erunt, and do a complete disk image with Macrium Reflect Free once the updates and drivers are installed, as a backup, if those installs go smoothly.
Relevancy 40.85%

Good evening,

I have Vista Home Basic 32-bit running which I have done for a few years.
I have a genuine Vista Ultimate 32-bit disc which includes Service Pack 1 and also includes Windows Anytime Upgrade.
My question is, how easy is it to upgrade my laptop and will I lose all my documents and settings and programs that I have downloaded etc.
Thanks very much in advance.

A:Upgrade from Vista Home Basic 32-bit to Vista Ultimate 32-bit

Although this is for Win 7- Windows Anytime Upgrade - Microsoft Windows - I think it answers all your questions.

On the other hand, this applies to Vista- Windows Anytime Upgrade: frequently asked questions. As a result, I don't know if you can still use the anytime upgrade.
Relevancy 40.42%

Hi Vista Will UPGRADE UPGRADE ULTIMATE New NOT Am New Vista ULTIMATE UPGRADE Will NOT UPGRADE trying to install AN UPGRADE TO ULTIMATE on a Bit System running Vista Premium amp SP My brand new UPGRADE is REFUSING to UPGRADE IN PLACE It says quot New Vista ULTIMATE UPGRADE Will NOT UPGRADE Upgrade has been disabled The upgrade cannot be started To upgrade cancel the installation then choose to upgrade to a version of Windows that is more recent than the version you are currently running quot HUH This pc is months old amp running Windows Home Premium I am SURE I MADE NO MISTAKES The Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor has confirmed ULTIMATE for this pc BOTH Anti-Virus Programs were disabled etc BECAUSE I could NOT INSTALL I am NOT ELIGIBLE for the FREE Day Support Feature This is a BRAND NEW SOFTWARE PURCHASE amp WAS EXPENSIVE I HOPE SOMEONE AT WINDOWS CAN HELP ME WITH THIS PROBLEM Thank-You p s I do not know if the quot Clean Install quot works or not ONLY THAT THE UPGRADE INSTALL WILL NOT I NEED the UPGRADE INSTALLATION amp according to the package amp all other data- MY PC IS ELIGIBLE TO THE UPGRADE So I am very concerned- to say the least


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.
Relevancy 40.42%

I ordered this copy of Vista Ultimate Upgrade:

As stated on this page, it is supposed to upgrade from Windows 2000 Professional provided it is a clean install.

I started the installation from within the Windows 2000 GUI; but, the Vista setup halted with a message that upgrade is disabled and I must be running Windows XP or Windows Vista to upgrade.

I started the Vista setup by booting from the Vista setup disk and it has now halted with this message: "To use the product key you entered, start the installation from your existing version of Windows."

Catch 22

What should I do now?

Relevancy 39.99%

To order 64-bit Vista media dvd:
Windows Vista Alternate Media

64-bit DVD
If your system features a 64-bit processor, you can take advantage of its advanced design by ordering 64-bit software media. You'll get the same interface, features, and functions, but you'll get them in an operating system that takes advantage of access to vastly more memory. All installation files are on a single disc. Please note that 64-bit media is included in the box with the purchase of Windows Vista Ultimate.

Shipping/handling fee (less than $10)

note- this free Vista media upgrade is just for retail versions of Vista (i.e., store purchased. If your version came pre-installed on your computer it is called OEM, and 64-bit (x64) media must be obtained from them.
Relevancy 39.99%

Do I Need To Erase My Old Vista Home Premuim After Upgrade To Vista Ultimate?
When I Did Upgrade I Choose To Keep It On C Drive ,now I See It Take A Lot Of Space Under Old Window Do I Still Need ? Or I Have To Keep In Order For My System To Work.
Thanks In Advance.

A:Do I Need To Erase My Old Vista After Upgrade To Vista Ultimate?

If you are using the "Upgrade" Option not a complete install than yes you must leave the premium on the hard drive.
Relevancy 39.99%

Hi. I have Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit OEM (with free Windows 7 upgrade). I want to reformat the computer. After installing Vista, do I need to download Vista updates, before installing Windows 7?

Or just immediately install Windows 7 after Vista?

Also, how often do you do a fresh install (reformat)?

Thank you

A:Vista to 7 upgrade (download Vista updates?)

I never heard of anyone having to update Vista first.

Assuming you have the Windows 7 disk, you don't even need to have Vista installed at all.

If you are lucky, you will never have to do another fresh install. Good maintenance is the way to avoid having to do that.
Relevancy 39.99%

hey peps is there any way i can upgrade my wifes laptop from Vista HP X86 to Vista Ultimate X64 with out doing a clean install?

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

would really not want to do a clean install if i do not have to to much crap on here laptop to re-install would take 8+ hours to do.

i know i can upgrade to X86 version of Vista Ultimate but would like to have it be a X64 version if i could.

A:Upgrade Vista HP X86 to Vista Ultimate X64 Question.

Originally Posted by fadedrs

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

Relevancy 38.27%

I upgraded from Vista Home Premium to Vista Ultimate. Since I already was running Vista I didn't think it was a big deal but....
It boots ok but then will freeze or be very, very slow very quickly. I did all the required updates prior to upgrading. Where do I start?

A:Vista to Vista upgrade problems

The is supposed to be trick to do a clean install with an upgrade disk.I would do a clean install.
Relevancy 38.27%

I have a Vista 32 Proffesional installed on my Pc . The Pc I have can run 64 bit. do anyone know if I can upgrade to Vista 64 bit Proffesional on the same lisence? And where do I get the 64 bit version?

Thanks for the help

A:Vista 32 professional upgrade to vista 64?

A key for professional, permits 64 or 32 bit use. You should have received a 32 and 64 bit DVD with your purchase of Vista. If Vista came preinstalled on your computer, you can get a DVD for free or for cost (about $25.00) from the computer manufacturer. Alternatively, you can borrow from a friend and then use your key when asked.
If your key number has the letters OEM in the body, you can use it only on the computer that the OS was installed on originally. If it does not have OEM, you can only have Vista installed on one computer at a time.

Good luck.
Relevancy 36.55%


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
Relevancy 36.55%

I have a Dell E520 that came with Vista. After a year or two, I had had enough with Vista and bought the Windows7 upgrade. However the upgrade didn't go well and I got on the phone with Microsoft. They walked me through doing a clean install using the upgrade version that I bought.

Windows 7 has been and still is working fine. My question has to do with my "Recovery D" drive. I'm assuming that what is on there is a Vista recovery, unless the upgrade changed that drive too(?). Since I never want to go back to Vista, is it OK to use that drive space? How can I make it a recovery drive for Windows 7?

Relevancy 36.55%

Hi i have a pc that is fairly powerful (rough specs below) and it use it for work and low key gaming. I currently have Windows Xp Proffesinal installed and a mate of mine has recently downgraded from Vista Ultimate 64bit and has offered me the copy of it. I was wondering if it is worth it as i have little experience with vista and am an Xp man at heart. Does anyone have any ideas? Hints or warnings?

Specs: (roughly will confirm when i get it back!)

intel pentium 3.0ghz dual core
4gb corsair ram
750+gb harddrive space (2 drives with one extra partion)
Lots of fans.
Big power supply
Nvidia 8600 GTS graphics card
Along with other things...

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.
Relevancy 36.55%

My Vista OS is 3 yrs old(or at least that's when I bought my pc) and I am wondering should I go ahead and upgrade to WINDOWS 7. I ran an upgrade check and overall it said I could but, there were some concerns to address. I can't afford a new pc so should I just stay with what I have or change now while I can? If you need to know what the concerns are, I will run another check and report them to you so an informed decision can be come to.

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

Relevancy 36.55%

I might need to upgrade to Vista Ultimate in the near future (something about compatibility with programs at my college??), but it would really be a pain since I would have to install all my programs again. It would not normally be a problem except that I'm not exactly close to home, and don't want to have to get all the disks sent to me. Is it possible to upgrade Vista Home Premium to Vista Ultimate without doing a clean install? Would I also need a special disk, or would a normal installation disk work?

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.
Relevancy 36.55%

I have vista home premiun 32 bit and was considering windows 7.
I have a HP, amd dual core. 2gig of ram.
Can someone give me some advice and some things I need to consider before purchasing the windows 7 os.
should i get an upgrade or a full blown version?
And any thing else I may need to do,
Thanks Dave

A:upgrade from vista to 7

Hi -

Run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor -->

If you upgrade, Vista must be installed 1st. So if you need to reinstall Windows 7, you'll need to reinstall Vista, then upgrade to Windows 7. When that particular system dies, so does your copy of Windows 7.

If you purchase full retail version Windows 7 - it is yours for life and can be installed on any system, one at a time, of course.

Regards. . .


Relevancy 36.55%

OK, I'm all about new and exciting things and such, and maybe a bit gullable too. lol. I have a Dell 4600 pc running XP home edition SP2. Intel Pentium 4 cpu 2.80GHz, 512 RAM, 80GB hard drive. Is it worth it? Can my system handle it? Any input appreciated. Thanks in advance!

A:Upgrade To Vista?

Can it handle it? Probably. Will you like it? NO!!!Try running the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor to see what it advises:'ll need more RAM definitely, maybe a new video card, maybe a new/additional hard drive, a Vista upgrade, etc - and when you finish buying all of that you'll have less of a computer than if you had purchased a new one that has Vista already installed.Finally, do you have any other hardware/peripherals that you like to use? Does it have Vista compatible drivers? It'd really suck if you got a new Vista system and couldn't use your printer, TV card, camera, etc. Check to ensure there are Vista drivers for your hardware before upgrading - otherwise you'll end up having to buy all new peripherals.Oops! I forgot about your programs - do they all have Vista versions or can they be made to work with Vista? Having to buy new, expensive software will also impact your decision to upgrade.After having said all of the above - I love Vista and have been using it for a couple of years now. Once you're all setup and working it's great (and less trouble than XP).
Relevancy 36.55%

I have an opportunity to get Vista on the cheap, so even though I probably won't use it for a long time, think I'll go ahead and buy Home Premium and just keep it for awhile. I have two copies of XP Pro right now, but I'll be installing Home Premium on a new PC. What's required for the upgrade? Do you just have to enter one of my XP keys during the installation, or do I have to have an XP disc? I take it it installs a new copy like XP's upgrades. I can get the full version for just a little more, so I might just go ahead and get that, especially if I'd have to hassle with XP discs and all that to use the upgrade...

Relevancy 36.55%


I had a chance to test Vista's final version (Build 6000) that is put into mass production now and will be shipped to customers.

I wrote an article about what I found which you can find here:

If you wonder whether you should upgrade your system when Vista comes out then you should read this first.


Relevancy 36.55%

Am trying again on the post...Desktop Aspire x1200...everytime I try to install Win 7 64 bit, compatibility wizard tells me that NVIDIA nForce System Management Controller is not compatible.  Win 7 install goes 3/4 through, blue screens with physical memory dump, then rolls back to Vista & takes my network down with it.  Does anyone have any suggestions, I have updated every driver, done all the service pack updates, and every other update...have disabled the System Management Controller, uninstalled it, but every reboot, it comes back.  I have no idea what to try next...Driver Update we4bsite tells me there is a 2015 upgrade available if I wish to pay them $40 for it, but I cannot find this supposed update anywhere from NVIDIA or ACER...& I'm not too keen on trusting unsigned patches... anyone have this issue upgrading????

A:Upgrade from Vista to Win 7

This might work: I would do a complete backup and then when the install starts choose custom and delete the partitions and install.
Relevancy 36.55%

Sorry if this is posted already but I have read for hours and can't find my exact issue.

Bought a new retail HP back in 2008 that had Vista pre-installed. Did NOT come with a windows cd/dvd.

I'm wanting to upgrade to Windows7 which is easy enough, just buy the upgrade dvd and install. I have no issues buying the upgrade.
But what I'm wanting to do is buy a new SSD AND upgrade to Win7. Then wipe the orig. hdd in the machine as a storage drive only.

I also know I can buy the Full Ver of win7, but I don't want to spend an xtra 100$ and don't think I should have to just because I want to upgrade my hdd.

So the question is, is there a workaround to achieve this?
Or must I spend the extra 100$ just to get the full version?

Thanks in advance for any input

A:Upgrade Vista to 7 New hdd ??

Welcome to the Seven Forums

You can do a clean reinstall using the upgrade disk as long as you own a qualifying version of Windows which it looks like you do with Vista.
Have a look at this tutorial and see if it will help Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Relevancy 36.55%

Hi I am new to the forum and would very much appreciate some advice and help with installing upgrade on my HP computer that currently has Vista and has crashed with the following indications Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically Problem signature - - Auto Failover This occurred after uploading some photos to my computer which seems to be a common problem that causes this After reading some of the threads regarding this on this forum Upgrade Vista 7 to from Help this seems to be the only and best option since I Do Not have a Vista disk - did not come with one Being a novice at these things may I ask a few questions First can this be done Does the disk walk you through the re-formatting of the hard drive as it installs Will I lose quot My Documents quot and if so is Upgrade from Vista to 7 Help there ANY WAY to save them ANY HELP you could give this novice would be GREATLY APPRECIATED MIKEYMIKE

A:Upgrade from Vista to 7 Help

Try to reset bios to boot from CD
Then follow this tut
Please ask any questions that you deem necessary.
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version - Windows 7 Forums[2]=General Tips

This is how to change boot priority
Boot Priority - Change
If problems try in safe mode.
Relevancy 36.55%

i downloaded vista advisor and it said that i cannot upgrade vista but can install it on my new drive. (this is maybe because i got more space on my new one) Anyway, can i buy the upgrade and install it on my new drive, which windows xp isnt on? Or do i have to get the retail version to install on it?

A:Vista upgrade

List your system specs and I'll let you know if you can upgrade to Vista....irregardless however you do need an appropriate anount of disk space (more tha XP's requires). If your system does meet the requirement, I would reccomend you do install it on the other HD, and have a dual boot scenario untill you are comfortable with it and bugs worked out. Also if you are going to install Vista (beta) do not install it over XP
Relevancy 36.55%

These questions concern this Vista Ultimate Full Retail upgrade product http www royaldiscount com miwiviulup html What does it upgrade from actually what? Vista Upgrade--from I have XP Pro OEM here I also Vista Upgrade--from what? have Windows Pro OEM I have registered neither with Microsoft According to the ad at the above link it will Vista Upgrade--from what? upgrade from Windows only on a clean installation Does that mean a Vista Upgrade--from what? clean new install of Windows or does it mean Vista will go into the Pro system as a Vista clean install With Windows XP upgrade from Win all I had to do was use my old Windows CD as a validation disk I didn t have to install or furnish the product key Does it work the same with Vista In other words when installing Vista do I simply put in my Windows Pro CD or my Windows XP Pro CD and then Vista installation proceeds And lastly will the above-referenced Vista Ultimate Full Retail Upgrade upgrade from OEM editions of the previous OS All I have here are OEM editions nbsp

A:Vista Upgrade--from what?

1. I think it means the latter, an install of Vista on a blank HD (see 2).

2.No, Vista does not work like that, what you do is do a clean install of Vista onto HD but do NOT activate it. Then once Vista is installed, run the ugprade again to complete the upgrade then you can activate it (see

3. Yes, a previous OS can be OEM, Retail or even another Upgrade (eg 98 to XP).
Relevancy 36.55%

I'd read that a direct upgrade from XP to W7 is not feasible without loss of data so it all has to be backed up.
However I came a across a video on youtube which showed upgrading from XP to Vista Business edition and then to W7 Professional is possible without loss of data.

This has work on two PC towers I have but since the upgrade to W7 they seem to be prone to freezing.

Has anyone done an XP - Vista - W7 upgrade with success ?

A:XP - Vista - Win 7 upgrade

You upgraded 2 PC towers from Windows XP to Windows Vista and then to Windows 7?

If that's correct, do the following in BOTH of them.


Download and save the TSG System Information Utility (SysInfo.exe) to the desktop.

After it's been downloaded and saved, double-click it to run it.

Information about your computer will appear.

Return here to your thread, then copy-and-paste the ENTIRE text here.

Relevancy 36.55%

Is a Win 10 / vista 64 bit dual boot upgrade on  a 15" Pavilion DV7-1232NR possible/feasable/a good idea ? I have a Plathora of photo editors that will Not work with win 10 unless upgraded for lots of $$$$$
Relevancy 36.55%

Hello everyone I to XP Upgrade Vista from recently bought a hp pavilion dv us laptop and want to upgrade to windows xp from my pre-installed vista machine I did make a backup Upgrade to XP from Vista install CD just in case There are a couple problems which I haven t been able to fix First of all windows xp does not recognize my serial ATA hard drive and I cannot get past the beginning steps I don t want to dual boot because I m just too sick Upgrade to XP from Vista of vista I contacted HP but they won t help me because it quot voids my warranty quot and they do not support windows xp for this computer Well that Upgrade to XP from Vista left me to find my own solution so I got some drivers or something on a flash drive to try and see if that would help The problem is that xp specifically asks for a floppy disk drive which I do not have Does anyone know how to get this to work Here are some machine specs ACPI x based PC Toshiba MK GSS hard drive NVIDIA GeForce M GS TSST corp CD DVDW TS-L M ATA device HP quick Launch Buttons ATA channel Ata Channel Intel HEM HBM SATA AHCI Controller Intel ICH m Ultra ATA storage controllers Intel Wireless WiFi link AGN Realtek RT Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet NIC NDIS AuthenTec Inc AES A fingerprint scanner Intel Core Duo CPU t GHZ The list goes on I just copied most of this from the Device Manager nbsp

A:Upgrade to XP from Vista

You can use nLite to make a copy of your XP installation disk, and in the nLite build procedure there is an area to include TEXTMODE drivers, where you can put your SATA drivers. That will bypass the need for the floppy disk. Check this link:
Relevancy 36.55%

Was wondering if I could do a straight upgrade from Vista Home Premium 32 bit to the Win 7 "Home" 64 bit or am I stuck on the 32 bit path?

A:Upgrade Vista 32 bit to Win 7 64 bit?

You can't upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit.
It must be clean installation.
Relevancy 36.55%

I have seen many posts mention upgrading the ios to 7 or 8, but never mention Vista. Why not? Wouldn't Vista be a cheaper option? I am looking to keep my old PC running XP but don't want it vulnerable so of course I need to do something to secure it. However, shelling out $200 for Windows 7 would suck, plus I am not even sure if my PC would support 7. What are my cost effective options to keeping my PC?

Relevancy 36.55%

I have Vista Ultimate which has problems which I think require re-format and start over. Question - W7 - can I just buy 'upgrade' and insert old Vista disc as proof of ownership as we were able to do in past years? Or do I have to re-install Vista and then install W7? Or should I bite the MS bullet and buy full version of W7?

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?
Relevancy 36.55%

So i am not really familure with pcs this old, i mean its not supper old but, compared to mine, anyhow, p.s. this is a family members pc lol

Windows xp Home edition
Intel Celeron M 1.50Ghz
446 mb Ram! EEEPPP!!! lol thats bad
laptop gateway

So, i just cleaned the heck out of it, with a few tweaks, and it runs waaaay better than it did, but my question,

will upgrading this 32bit system to vista help with performance any? I need a realistic oppinion, i know its very cheap to upgrade and ram is cheap, but with a pc like this for family, i wanna know if it will help at all. Thanks in advance

Relevancy 36.55%

I'm thinking of trying Vista on my notebook -- should I upgrade, or start from scratch? If I do the upgrade, can I revert back to XP in the future?

Relevancy 36.55%

I have a copy of Vista OEM for a system I built a few years ago. Are OEM versions valid for the Windows 8 $39.99 upgrade? And if it is, is there a way for me to go through the upgrade process without using Windows8-UpgradeAssistant.exe since I don't have that copy of Vista installed?

A:Vista OEM Upgrade?

It is valid but you have to have it installed for the Upgrade Assistant to work. If you don't want to install Vista first you'll haw to buy the slightly more expensive physical copy.
Relevancy 36.55%

i have bought a new computer with a free vista upgrade, i am awaiting shipment for vista but would like to know if it is possible to also upgrade my old computer(xp home) with it too, when it arrives. does the licence allow this? i dont want to upgrade and then not be able to get the updates!!

A:vista upgrade

No the licence is only good for 1 computer you have to purchase vista to install it on another.

You should run the vista advisor on your old computer to see if its compatible before you purchase.
Relevancy 36.55%

is it possible for me to up grade my vista machine with this specs in the screen shot with out any problems 2011-04-29_1529 - wcossie's library

A:upgrade from vista to 7

Run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor -
Relevancy 36.55%

My sister has a vista updgade anytime disc would i be able to use this to get vista on my xp computer ??

A:Vista Upgrade

No. That it is ONLY to change from one version of Vista to another Version of Vista.
You need one of these:

But run this first to make sure it is ok.. It is off but should run on all computers.

For performance reasons, do not install with under 1 GB ram (slow but functional),(2gb or more recommended). If your computer is from 2003 or earlier and you have never upgraded parts, don't upgrade to Vista.