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Q: HPa6600f Desktop Windows Upgrade from Vista to Windows 8 and...

Is it possible to upgrade on this PC, from Vista to Windows 8 and then to Windows 10 or is the PC too old for these upgrades? Thanks!

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Preferred Solution: HPa6600f Desktop Windows Upgrade from Vista to Windows 8 and...

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 http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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Windows Vista x86 and Windows 7 x86 users in Catch 22 situation trying to restore systems!
During Factory Restore of Vista x86, upgrade of Vista x86 to Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1, or install of Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 and validating install online, Windows Update fails after mandated update.
Unable to manually download requisite updates due to "Browser our of date" error from Microsoft Support website!
Downloads only available from Support.Microsoft.com website

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Hi,I have been looking for a solution to upgrade my Inspiron 1525 laptop, preinstalled with Vista Home Premium 32 bits when I bought it.The target is to prepare path to upgrade to Windows 10.I need Windows 7 or 8 to start with.I could not find a way on Dell website.
Many thanks in advance !Isabelle

A:Upgrade for my Inspiron 1525 Laptop from Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bits to Windows 7 or 8 and then to Windows 10

Hi,
Thank you for writing to us!
We would like to inform you that the Inspiron 1525 is not tested for windows 10 and we would not suggest that you upgrade the version of windows 
Kindly private message the service tag and email address.
Thanks
Robin

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Since I upgraded to Windows 8, I am no longer able to save individual Remote Desktop Connection files as .rdp files. I am talking about the traditional Remote Desktop Connection application on the Desktop that was in previous Windows versions, not the
Remote Desktop App from the Windows 8 store.
When I try to click on the Save button I get "An error occurred while saving to file"
When I try to click on the Save As button I get "Unable to open connection file" with the file address being where I tried to save it with the file name at the end.
Also when I upgraded to Windows 8, my .rdp files disappeared from my Documents folder.
 I need to create different .rdp files for different programs that my employees get into on my server. Now I have to hand type all the info each time into the Programs tap on the Remote Desktop Connection window, because I can't save to an
.rdp file.
 I like the Remote Desktop App from the Windows store but it won't let me designate specific programs to use using standard dos notation (ie c:\program files\ etc..). It just goes to my server desktop.
 I want to promote Windows 8 to my employees but I need either .rdp files for the traditional Remote Desktop Connection or the ability to open specific programs using dos notation in the Windows Store Remote Desktop App.

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Ok so I have a 4 year old laptop that had Windows 7 Ultimate on it. It is a Intel dual core computer with 4GB of RAM.
I left it over night to download and install the SP1 patch. I wake up this morning and sign in, it shows a black screen and in the upper left it has "Setting up personalized settings for: Windows Desktop Update"
I thought that this might take some time so I left for about an hour, now I am back and this screen is still there. I fear that it has broken itself and that it is broken. Is there a way to fix this issue?
 

A:Windows 7 SP1 Upgrade - Stuck at Windows Desktop Update

Can you open Task Manager while in that "Setting up personalized settings" Window appears? (Shortcut for Task Manager: Shift + Ctrl + Esc)
Then, you can terminate some processes that stuck Windows from continuing its work."Everything we do is dictated by motive."

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I am attempting to do either an upgrade or clean install of Windows 7.  The HP laptop I have is currently running Windows Vista.  
The error message is:
Windows cannot copy files required for installation.  The files may be corrupt or missing.  Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation.

I bought the .ISO file from eKey Market for about $55.  

I've tried resetting the laptop to factory settings, and still get this error. 
I've made 2 different DVDs with the .ISO files on them.
I am using an external USB CD/DVD drive.
What is the problem?

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Hey everyone, just registered ? this is my first posting.

My family just ordered a new computer from Dell recently (through a monthly payment deal with our ISP), and it's still in transit to be delivered. I just recently discovered that the OS is Windows Vista Home Basic, which apparently is non-upgradable to Windows 7. What a rip-off.

I just had some questions. What would be the best path for me to take to get Windows 7 installed on this computer? I would probably need to delete the Home Basic OS and do a clean install, right?

I'm thinking about contacting Dell and having this order canceled or refused and waiting until I can order a model with Windows 7 preinstalled, but I'm quite impatient so I'd be willing to do something that wouldn't create such a delay.

Damn, I didn't think any PCs were still being shipped with Home Basic! This sucks royally!

A:Windows Vista Home Basic → Windows 7 (upgrade ripoff?)

  
Quote: Originally Posted by CIS


Hey everyone, just registered — this is my first posting.

My family just ordered a new computer from Dell recently (through a monthly payment deal with our ISP), and it's still in transit to be delivered. I just recently discovered that the OS is Windows Vista Home Basic, which apparently is non-upgradable to Windows 7. What a rip-off.

I just had some questions. What would be the best path for me to take to get Windows 7 installed on this computer? I would probably need to delete the Home Basic OS and do a clean install, right?

I'm thinking about contacting Dell and having this order canceled or refused and waiting until I can order a model with Windows 7 preinstalled, but I'm quite impatient so I'd be willing to do something that wouldn't create such a delay.

Damn, I didn't think any PCs were still being shipped with Home Basic! This sucks royally!


Welcome...glad you found us
You could buy an upgrade copy of windows 7 and perform a fresh install with that

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I am in a bit of a pickle. I shall start to tell you my tale, and you can see if you can help me. About a month or so ago I dug out an older pc running Windows XP. This computer is loaded with old software that I neither have the time, nor gumption to track down and reinstall. This install works just fine. So I made a ghost image of it, and backed it up. Fast forward to today, I am trying to use a piece of software that requires Vista, and will not run on Windows xp. I thought "I have that ghost image, why not try to see if I can upgrade this pc to Vista (as foolish as that sounds), a weekend project, one might think." Well, I am running into some issues (surprise, surprise), I start the Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit (either 32 or 64 bit, does the same thing), it says checking system, etc, then when I starts the installer it freezes and the installer.exe goes into not responding. (I checked this with Task Manager), and no matter if I load it off of a DVD, a USB thumbdrive, or off a partition on the hard drive (fastest read/write time), it always freezes. Now, on a lark I threw in a blank drive into the computer, and I am able to install a fresh copy of Vista no issues. So it isn't the hardware, isn't the installation media, it isn't the phase of the moon. Something about the Windows xp install isn't letting it continue. Now, since Vista is coming up on twelve years old, certain documentation on the Microsoft website as been phased out, 404d and etc. I am trying to track down a... Read more

A:Not urgent - Trying to upgrade Windows xp home 32bit to Windows Vista 64bit

I would surmise you need to wipe the existing XP partitions before installing Vista. Replace your XP drive. Boot Vista and at the screen that asks for language press Shift + F10. This will open a command prompt. Type the following commands.
 
list disk
select disk X     Where X is the number associated with the disk you will be installing Vista to. If you only have one drive it will be 0.
clean                 This will delete all existing partitions and set the drive for a clean install so perhaps you should be sure your ghost image is good. 
exit                    Exits diskpart
exit                    Exits command prompt
 
continue with the install

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Hi all,

I've got lots of photos on my Vista machine & would like to know if they'd still be there after upgrading. I've previously upgraded a Win7 machine using the auto upgrade feature which was impressive but I read that it won't work for Win8. Is there anything in particular I should watch out for?

A:[SOLVED] Upgrade from Windows Vista Enterprise x86 to Windows 8 Professional

If you do the upgrade ( versus a custom installation ) your data should be fine . . but you are taking a risk not haveing any data you cherish backed up . .

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Hello Everyone,

After upgrading my motherboard, processor and memory on my PC, I've noticed lots of BSOD on my system, even after many re-installations of the OS.

This is mine PC configuration:
Intel i7 2600k v1.240
Asus P8P67 Pro - Bios 1204
6GB of Corasir CMX6GX3M3A1333C9
ATI Radeon HD 5770
Enermax EG565P-VE
1x Raptor 150GB
2x 1.5GB Raid 1
1x Liteon DVD
Windows 7 64

Attached to this post you will find the minidump files and my system information. Appreciate all the help and thanks again!

A:BSOD on windows 7 after upgrade to SandyBridge [moved from Vista/ Windows 7]

Hello,

Start by removing your webcam, if possible; also, uninstall the drivers in Device Manager. If you can't remove the cam, disable it in Device Manager. One crash seemed to be caused by that.

The other crashes may or may not have been caused by the webcam. Just to make sure you are not affected by the Intel storage controller defect, see here: How to dodge the Intel Sandy Bridge recall | PC Pro blog

Also, run driver verifier: Driver Verifier - Windows 7 & Vista (BSOD-related) - Tech Support Forum

Since you did a hardware upgrade, it is a good idea to run some hardware diagnostics, in case a component is faulty.

Run Memtest86: RAM - Test with Memtest86+ - Windows 7 Forums

Run the Blend and Small FFTs Prime95 tests: CPU - Stress Test with Prime95 - Windows 7 Forums

...Summary of the dumps:

Code:

Built by: 7600.16617.amd64fre.win7_gdr.100618-1621
Debug session time: Mon Feb 14 09:22:36.098 2011 (UTC - 5:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 1:41:09.019
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for usbccgp.sys
Probably caused by : usbccgp.sys
DEFAULT_BUCKET_ID: VISTA_DRIVER_FAULT
BUGCHECK_STR: 0x9F
PROCESS_NAME: System
FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x9F_3_lvuvc64_IMAGE_usbccgp.sys
SystemProductName = System Product Name
??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????``
Built by: 7600.16617.amd64fre.win7_gdr.100618-1621
Debug session time: Fri Feb 11 19:22:11.447 2011 (UTC - 5:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 10:02:17... Read more

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MICROSOFT HAS CONFIRMED that being a Windows 10 Insider does not guarantee a free copy of the operating system.
 
The company is using the Windows Insider programme as its biggest ever beta test for what is being billed as the final or definitive version of Windows, or Windows-as-a-service.
 
But Microsoft has made it clear that its generosity stretches only so far, and that being a beta tester is an honour in itself.
 
Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users when it launches later this year.
 
Windows 8 has reached end of life, and customers will need to take the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 first, which is still subject to holdouts totalling 5.88 percent of the OS market, according to this month's Netmarketshare figures.
 

 
Article

A:Microsoft: Insiders using Windows XP or Vista won't get free Windows 10 upgrade

It has been announced months ago, and it took another declaration to confirm it? Some people really lives on their own little cloud don't they?

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Hi, I'm currently running Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit on my computer and think that it's time to upgrade to the next level of Windows software.  As I mentioned, I'm running Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit and need to upgrade to an equivalent
Window 7 operating system.  Will this require a complete install of Windows 7 or is there an easy upgrade.  Also how do I get the get or purchase the Windows 7 operating system software?

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Is it possible to set up a dual-boot system with Windows Vista OEM on one hard drive and install Windows 7 Upgrade on another hard drive? Windows 7 would be the primary and Windows Vista would be the secondary.

A:Set Up Dual-Boot System with Windows Vista OEM & Windows 7 Upgrade?

Easiest is to install each with the other HD unplugged, then set preferred as first HD to boot in BIOS setup, trigger other using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. This keeps each independent to come and go as you please.

If you don't like that method then you can install EasyBCD to Win7 to add Vista to a Win7 Dual Boot menu which will leave them independent.

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Hi,

I have a windows XP home edition desktop computer which has a BT Voyager 2091-15 wireless router connected to it. I also have a windows vista home premium laptop which is wireless and I want to create a wireless connection with it.

The workgroup names on both computers are the same and on the network map on the windows vista machine I can see the name of the desktop computer. (I take it this means that the are connected in some way???).

I would like to be able to file share and share the printer which is pluged into the desktop pc.

Please can you help??

Thanks
 

A:Can't create a wireless network between a Windows Vista Laptop and Windows XP Desktop

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Hello,
I have windows Vista business with SP1 installed on a Dell Latitude laptop D830. I have run Windows upgrade advisor , it is giving me clear signal to upgrade to windows 7 professional or ultimate. Now with so much news about upgrade problems occurring. Should I upgrade or do clean install? Also I want to know , if there is a difference between windows 7 upgrade and windows 7 full version? With windows 7 full version, Can I get the upgrade option also?

Thank you
Regards
Anoop

A:Windows Vista to Windows 7 - Upgrade or clean install ?

If I were you, I'd backup your files and do a clean install. This will ensure you don't take any little problems into your new installation and you will be pleased with the results. The difference between an upgrade version and a full version is that the full version doesn't require a previous version of windows to install. You can of course choose to upgrade from the full version but I don't suggest you do

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:: Old Computer Basic Specs ::

- Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 3
- Intel Pentium III Processor
- 731 MHz, 256 MB of RAM
- 18.6 GB of Hard Drive

**BYE SUCKA!!**

:: New Computer Specs ::

HP Pavilion Slimline Desktop with Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor E5200

EDIT: Best Buy link doesn't work for some reason so here's a mirror: link

So with those done, here are some questions:

- Can I install the hard drive from my XP PC to the new one with keeping the files & programs in it?

- IF the question above is possible, will the programs would able to work on that 64-Bit Windows Vista? ..or do I need a special installer for those programs?

ie: Guitar Pro 5.2, Aimersoft Video Converter 1.1.53, Samsung Media Studio 5, etc.. etc..

- IF question #1 is NOT possible, is there an alternative way of copying the files over to the new PC rather than reinstalling all of them? (because some of my CD installers are too old that CD/DVD-ROMs don't even bother reading them.)

..also I got a couple more questions depending on your response. So thats it for now.

Regards,
NoobHunterD

A:[SOLVED] From Windows XP to Windows Vista 64-Bit Upgrade Questions

most likely not, if xp came with that computer then it can never be transfer to any other computer for any reason.

If it is a legal version, then you will need to do a repair install using the legal xp cd. different computers, different motherboard, different drivers.

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Hello,

I recently chose to upgrade my system from the current Windows Vista x64 to Windows 7 x64. upon running the instillation it claimed that :
The following issues are preventing Windows from upgrading. Cancel the upgrade, complete each task, and then restart the upgrade to continue.
Windows needs to be restarted so necessary changes to system files can be made before continuing.
Upgrading Windows will affect the following devices and/or programs:
These devices might not work properly after the upgrade. Before upgrading, we recommend updating the drivers for these devices. Cancel the upgrade, open Control Panel and search for "update device drivers", or go to the device manufacturer's website to search for updated drivers.
Storage controllers: AFPFPI8W IDE Controller
These programs might not work properly after the upgrade. We recommend uninstalling these programs before upgrading. Cancel the upgrade, open Control Panel, and search for "uninstall a program". (Note: Programs marked as * can be safely reinstalled after the upgrade.)
Remote Access Application
iTunes (Please deauthorize computer prior to upgrade)
ATI CATALYST Install Manager *
ATI Catalyst Control Center *
how should i go about upgrading? Should I uninstall those programs mentioned? I attempted to update the AFPFPI8W IDE Controller but the update wizard could not find the appropriate update online or in my computer. Is there a way for me to get this update? If not,... Read more

A:Problems while attempting to upgrade from windows vista to windows 7

Im not sure about the IDE controller, I think it will work with Windows 7 but i cant be sure. I would clone the hard disk as it is now onto another hard disk of the same size, make sure thats bootable and working, then install windows 7 on Hard disk 1 (The original one) incase theres problems and you need to revert back.

For the programs:
I dont think theres a need to uninstall them, but if you want, make sure you have a copy of the installation files for those programs, save them to a external HDD and then uninstall them.
If their not uninstalled, whats the worst that can happen? If they dont launch in the new OS, then they can be uninstalled from there and then reinstalled if needed.
 

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Hello.

This topic has been discussed to death but still..
I have some major problems with upgrading Windows Vista, that I could not find any discussion about.

Here is the deal - I have a customer, that had Windows Vista (Slovenian, Home Premium) and bought Windows 7 for upgrade (also Slovenian, Ultimate). Naturally we ran the upgrade adviser and it checked out just fine - it did complain about some Power DVD program but I ignored that since I have upgraded before by others without problem. So the upgrade process began, it ran almost to the end when it suddenly, just before the end, resulted in error that said something about "unspecified or unknown error" and the installation should be ran again (and can not be continued). We tried to reboot without any luck - installation just keeps resuming - ending with the same error, also, it is impossible to run the upgrade again - because another one is in progress, I guess.

So I ask - how to finish the upgrade or, if able, to revert back to Vista - my customer NEEDS working system - he has many programs that are vital for his business and/or business continual. I know that he should back up his important files and such, but there are some accounting databases that could not be backed up so easily by him - and we are past that point now.
So please, any advice or suggestion on the proceedings would be welcomed and appreciated. Thank you!

A:Windows VISTA upgrade to Windows 7 problem - failure

  
Quote: Originally Posted by DarkMaster


Hello.

This topic has been discussed to death but still..
I have some major problems with upgrading Windows Vista, that I could not find any discussion about.

Here is the deal - I have a customer, that had Windows Vista (Slovenian, Home Premium) and bought Windows 7 for upgrade (also Slovenian, Ultimate). Naturally we ran the upgrade adviser and it checked out just fine - it did complain about some Power DVD program but I ignored that since I have upgraded before by others without problem. So the upgrade process began, it ran almost to the end when it suddenly, just before the end, resulted in error that said something about "unspecified or unknown error" and the installation should be ran again (and can not be continued). We tried to reboot without any luck - installation just keeps resuming - ending with the same error, also, it is impossible to run the upgrade again - because another one is in progress, I guess.

So I ask - how to finish the upgrade or, if able, to revert back to Vista - my customer NEEDS working system - he has many programs that are vital for his business and/or business continual. I know that he should back up his important files and such, but there are some accounting databases that could not be backed up so easily by him - and we are past that point now.
So please, any advice or suggestion on the proceedings would be welcomed and appreciated. Thank you! ... Read more

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I am trying to upgrade the operating system on my Toshiba L505-S6946 laptop from 32-bit Windows Vista Home Premium to 32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium. I've followed every step recommended by Toshiba, including first running the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to check for compatibility and then running the Toshiba Upgrade Assistant (with Toshiba-supplied update CD). After many components were uninstalled by the Assistant, including my wireless internet connection, the software would not allow continuation because a "Cyberlink Power Cinema for Toshiba Patch" installation failed. What a crock! So now I've lost several components, including wireless internet connection for my laptop. I am not happy. Anyone have any suggestions (other than contacting Toshiba support, which seems to be of little use). Dogg, where are you? I really need your help this time. Anybody, please help! By the way, I did realize that I needed to be connected to the internet for the update process, so I connected my laptop via an ethernet cable to my wired/wireless modem/router/ethernet switch combination gateway. Still no cigar.

A:[SOLVED] Windows Vista to Windows 7 upgrade problem

Hi -

Re-format the hard drive entirely with KillDisk, insert the Windows 7 DVD and install the new OS. Select the option to allow Windows Updates and either attach your Ethernet cable or make sure wifi is on prior to the commencement of the Windows 7 installation itself.

KillDisk - http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

Make bootable KillDisk ISO CD w/ ImgBurn -
ImgBurn - http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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Hello Gurus:

I had a friend call me today with a problem. I am unfamiliar with it so I thought I would ask everyone here for ideas before a wipe and reload.

Background:
? Dell desktop computer about 3 years old.
? Originally loaded with Windows Vista Ultimate (x86)
? 4 GB Ram

The machine has been running perfectly until 2 weeks ago, when he decided to run the Windows 7 upgrade check on the machine. It came back with a list of software that would have to be removed before installing Windows 7 Professional. He was not ready to uninstall the software and needed to make a back of the machine so he decided to wait. About 2 days after he ran the Windows 7 Upgrade check the machine BSOD when he logged into the computer (right after typing the password). He figured it was just a fluke and powered off the machine, then unplugged it from the wall and waited about 5 minutes. Plugged it back in and booted the machine up. Machine booted correctly and waited at the logon screen. He paused for a few minutes to let the machine recover from the BSOD, after waiting about 2 minutes he logged on to the machine and just after typing in the password the machine BSOD. He tried many other things and gave up. A few days later he figured he would work on fixing the machine, but this day the machine let him logon without any problems. He made a backup and then cleaned up the machine, virus scan, malware, etc. etc. He rebooted several times and the machine works fine. He made... Read more

A:Windows Vista upgrade to Windows 7 Pro - BSOD (Sort of)

You didn't mention - has he tried Safe Mode?

If Safe Mode works then get him to run the http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...tructions.html

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Hi All,
I have a lot of programs and data so I recently upgraded my Windows XP SP3 setup to Windows Vista for Business with the intent of upgrading all the way up to Win 7 and Win 10, but I cannot get Windows Vista SP1 to upgrade.  I have tried many ways including
all of the fixits, through Windows update and through the stand alone.  I have also tried all of these steps, all to no avail:
You can't install updates in Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2: KB 2509997
You receive a "0x80246002" error code when you use the Windows Update or Microsoft Update Web sites to install updates: KB958056

Error message when you try to install updates from the Windows Update or Microsoft Update Web site: "0x8024000B": KB958040
Error message when you try to upgrade Windows Vista to a more advanced version of Windows Vista: "Windows could not configure one or more system components To install Windows, restart the computer and then restart the installation": KB 946078
In Windows Update, it says successful installation sometimes, but then just keeps offering the Vista SP1 update.  Please help!
Thanks very much.  I have my CBS.log and Windowsupdate.log and I can post, but don't see how to do that.   Barry

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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 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 32-bit versions of Windows XP and Windows Vista. It will not work with Windows 98, Windows 2000, or Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.
Here are answers to some common questions about the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor.
The Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor does not collect or send any personal, identifiable data to Microsoft Corporation or third parties. See the Upgrade Advisor privacy statement for details.
once again i did not do this i did a lil search
 

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I have a retail copy of Windows Vista Ultimate, and I recently preordered the Windows 7 home upgrade. I have Vista installed on my computer now, but I'm wondering if the upgrade to 7 will make my product key invalid for it? Will Microsoft give me a hard time if I have to call them to get a new code if I wanted to install Vista on a system again? What about if I did a clean install of it? Thanks!

A:Will the windows 7 upgrade invalidate my windows vista key?

Sterling14: Your Vista key will not become invalid.

LOTWHUT: Changing HARD DRIVE doesn't matter, in fact changing whole PC configuration doesn't matter as long as the version is used on ONE PC only. i.e. if you are going to change PC, remove it totally from old and install it on new PC. The activation will not happen automatically in such a case, but a call to Microsoft will solve activation problem if any.

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I have followed the instructions on Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor but I can not find the actual Windows 7 to download.  
I do not have a Windows 7 CD and the only reason I am updating is because Microsoft is no longer supporting updates for Vista.
Any direction would be sincerely appreciated.
Thank you.  

Debbie

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I am debating making the upgrade to windows 7...the main reason is that I am concerned my documents, pictures, videos, etc...could potentially be lost. Google yielded nothing of use as usual.. can anyone tell me if switching OS's will remove any files? thanks!

A:windows vista to windows 7 upgrade queries

i would back everything up before you even try to upgade to 7 to be on the safe side.

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Hello, I am trying to perform an upgrade from Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate. But I get this error when I press upgrade.

Windows Vista? Ultimate cannot be upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate. You can choose to install a new copy of Windows 7 Ultimate instead, but this is different from an upgrade, and does not keep your files, settings, and programs. You?ll need to reinstall any programs using the original installation discs or files. To save your files before installing Windows, back them up to an external location such as a CD, DVD, or external hard drive. To install a new copy of Windows 7 Ultimate, click the Back button in the upper left-hand corner, and select ?Custom (advanced)?.

A:Unable to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 7

Are you trying to upgrade from Vista 32 bit OS to Win 7 64 bit OS? You can't upgrade from 32 to 64 bit, that must be a complete new install.

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I recently bought a DELL STUDIO 1555 on June 12.
Since Free windows upgrade is for the systems purchased after June 26 i am not getting a upgrade.

I am from INDIA. I contacted Dell Customer Service here. They said i cannot purchase it from them also. Actually they had very less information about Windows 7. All they just said is that since my system is bought before June 26 i am not eligible. They had no further information about it.

I have Two Questions
Q1. Why Can't i purchase OEM version of windows 7 from DELL?

Q2.Since my laptop is shipped with OEM version of WINDOWS VISTA HOME PREMIUM 32 BIT SP1, if i purchase a WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM UPGRADE PACK from Microsoft / Amazon etc,.
Can i install it on my machine ??

Can i install WINDOWS 7 by formatting C Drive or should it be installed over Vista ??

A:Dell Windows Vista OEM to Windows 7 Upgrade

Windows 7 OEM is not available yet, so they probably cant comment on it yet. Not sure if you can upgrade from an OEM using an upgrade pack, unless it comes from the OEM itself.

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

A:Upgrade Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows 7

This will help you a lot ....

Upgrade Install with Windows 7

EDIT : This will work for changing the language option : http://www.froggie.sk/

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hey is there a software or a link so i can upgrade to windows vista for free

A:[SOLVED] Windows XP SP2 Upgrade To Windows Vista

Yes, you will find a free Vista cd in the glovebox of your free Mercedes.

No, seriously, do you really think you can get Vista for free? I doubt it, unless your name is Gates.

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About halfway through my Windows 7 upgrade (32 bit), I get this error:

Windows cannot install required files. The file does not exist. Make sure
all files required for installation are available, and restart the
installation. Error code: 0x80070002

I'm running the upgrade through the Vista partition on my mac. Does anyone have any solutions? I don't want a clean install, since I've got way too many important applications installed on my partition, I don't have to spend days reinstalling everything.

A:Windows 7 upgrade from Windows Vista in Bootcamp

nasman, that error code says exactly what is described, a file is missing or corrupted. Are you running the upgrade from the original DVD or have you tried to copy the files to the HD?

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I've been trying on and off for a good few weeks in vain to upgrade my OS. I'm running 'OEM' Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit Edition, and I'm trying to upgrade it to 'Retail' Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit edition. Now, the fact that Vista is 'OEM' and W7 is 'Retail' shouldn't make a blind bit of difference, so I'm told off various different friends and acquaintences. I've tried 7 times to upgrade, I've even thrown in an extra 2Gb of RAM - NOTHING!!! It goes right through the upgrade then just as it restarts itself for the 1st time, it rolls back to Vista and displays a message which reads 'Windows Cannot be Upgraded at this time..." What now?

Thanx in advance

Tim

A:Can't Upgrade From Windows Vista Ult 'OEM' to Windows 7 Ult 'retail'!!!

Instead of upgrading, you can do a clean install of Win7. Also, run the Windows Upgrade Advisorto make sure your system is ready for Win7.

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Sounds silly, I know.

Here's the deal. I just bought a new machine that came with an unactivated version of Windows Vista Home Premium. I'm wondering if I need to activate vista first before I upgrade to 7, or no?

Will Win7 Upgrade come with it's own activation Key?

A:Windows Vista (unactivated) to Windows 7 Via Upgrade?

Based upon, what discovered by other members of this forum, it is not necessary to up grade on an activated copy of Vista. Merely follow the instructions for a clean (the best and recommened method for upgrade) install. Just be sure, when they ask for your key number during the installation, do not give it. Just leave that information blank and move to the next step of the installation. After you have installed, use it for a while, you have 30 days to activate (you can actually get two more 30 day extensions after that, but that is really not necessary). Once you are sure that you are happy with the OS, activate and then make a system image, and put it away. If you ever have a problem with your OS you can just replace it with your system image and you will have a brand new OS again. I hope you enjoy, I had mine installed for just about a week now and I think it is fab.

PS Yes you will get your own key.

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I have a curiosity question that I can't find a google answer for. Why can't I do an "In Place" upgrade from Vista Home Basic and Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional?
 

A:Windows vista to windows 7 upgrade path

It falls more under what MS deems upgrade worthy. Microsoft (IMO) feels you didn't pay enough for an upgrade to professional status. Which is why you have the option for Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade, and then again with the Anytime Upgrade to Windows 7 professional. I suppose you could upgrade Vista to Vista Business, and then you would have the upgrade option for Window 7 Professional.
 

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Hello Everyone,

I am attempting to upgrade my Dell Studio 1555 laptop, which currently has 32 bit Windows Vista on it, to 64 bit Windows 7.

My problem is that after purchasing the Windows 7 Professional 64 bit version from Microsoft, not some other site, burning the .ISO file to a DVD-R and attempting to run the setup.exe file I keep getting an error message that states that this version of Windows is not compatible with the current version of Windows. I did some searching about this and discovered that I needed to change the BIOS order to have the CD/DVD drive checked first when booting up and then restart my computer and look for a "press any key" message to appear. I proceeded to do this and restart my computer, however no "press any key" message appeared and my laptop simply booted up like it has always done.

I know that the paragraph may be TLR so basically what is going on is that my computer is not booting from the CD and so I can not do the custom install that I would like.

I tried disabling the hard drive and forcing it to recognize the CD. However when doing this a message popped up that there was no OS recognized and therefore didn't boot.

I have checked and my laptop is able to run 64 bit on it so that is not the problem. I'm guessing that something was not burned correctly when I burned the CD or that the .ISO file is missing some key file that it needs to boot from the CD. Any help would be appreciated. Also if more info is needed ple... Read more

A:Windows Vista 32 bit to Windows 7 64 bit upgrade problem

Probably your DVD drive doesn't recognize DVD-R. Try a DVD+R.

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If Ihave windows 2000 sp3 and want to upgrate to windows vista, can I upgrade from windows 2000 sp3 to windows vista or do I need to upgrade to windows xp first and then can I upgrade to windows vista ?

Thanks

A:Upgrade from windows 2000 sp3 to windows vista

You can't do an in-place upgrade to Vista, meaning you have to do a clean install requiring you re-install your applications and back up your data. You can use the Upgrade version though, which is cheaper.

If you have to do an in-place upgrade, you would have to upgrade to XP Pro as Win2K can't be upgraded to XP Home, and from P Pro you can only upgrade to Vista Business or Vista Ultimate, you can't upgrade to Vista Home Basic or Premium.

I'd recommend doing a clean install rather than trying to upgrade through two version of Windows, especially considering how big a change Vista is from Win2K/XP

You'll want to make sure your system meets the minimum requirements as well. If your PC is more than 5 years old, you might consider a new PC. Even a low end PC today will out perform most older PCs

System requirements for Windows Vista

Windows Vista: Upgrade options

Installation choices for 32-bit consumer versions of Windows Vista

Installation choices for 64-bit consumer versions of Windows Vista

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Do you have a recommendation regarding whether it would be better to upgrade from Windows Vista (32) to Win 7 (32), or do a new installation to Win 7(64).  Laptop currently has 4 GB RAM installed.  Should i expect any noticeable performance improvement with the additional hassle of installing Win 7 (64)?  I assume I need to pay money to MS either way (?)

A:Windows Vista (32-bit) Upgrade to Windows 7 (32-bit) or Inst...

 A clean install would likely give a much snappier OS. And yes it is going to require some cash.A clean install will also allow 32bit or 64bit installation. 32bit is a little harder to find,btw. Example:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 OR:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832416803

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When I upgrade my Windows 7 to Windows 8 is the desktop I see in Windows 8 my Windows 7 desktop or a blank Windows 8 desktop?

A:Windows 7 desktop after Windows 8 upgrade

Found my answer. The Win 7 desktop is replaced with a blank Win 8 desktop.

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I work as a janitor at a church and they have asked me if I could upgrade one of their desktop computers from Windows 7 to Windows 10. I told them I would get back to them about that. I don't have the computer yet so I can't offer any specs on it, but I do have a little bit of info on it - see paragraph below.
My question is this: the computer came with Windows 7 and still currently running Windows 7. I would like to do a clean install of Windows 10 on the machine and I do have a Windows 10 ISO fill on a USB flash drive (1803) version that I could use to do the upgrade. The computer does have a Windows 7 product key on the case, so if I was to do this I could enter that product key at the time of installation but was wondering if that product key would be accepted for activation of the Windows 10 upgrade? I want to be sure I am not committing any piracy stuff here and want to be perfectly legal. I am not interested in doing this unless it is perfectly legal. Your help would be appreciated.
 

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Hi, my computer (windows Vista) has recently been having a very annoying problem. I boot up the computer normally, then when it loads the desktop, halfway through, a message comes up saying: Windows Explorer is not responding...then it says: windows explorer is restarting..then it doesnt actually restart but instead it clears the desktop and loads it again..sort of like when you refresh the desktop except it takes a longer time..as though you just logged on to Windows. Its really annoying because i cant try to solve it because it "restarts" automatically after about 5 seconds. The only way i can shut it down again is by doing ctrl+alt+delete and then selecting shutdown..or as soon as the desktop loads, shutting it down from the start menu. I can open folders but theres no point because it closes after about 5 seconds due to the restarting problem. I have tried using safe mode as well as the other modes but it stilll gives the same result..Please note again, by restarting, I mean that it simply takes away the icons on the desktop and loads the desktop again slowly, and i have to wait for the icons on the stray to appear again. I tried running spyweep and it detected trojan horse and some adware which i immediately quarantined. However, even after getting rid of the viruses it still has the same problem. If anyone has an answer to this problem, or similar, could you please post.thanks
 

A:Windows Vista restarts before I can even get to Windows desktop

i have the exact same problem, if anyone does know how to get rid of this, please help. Thank You x
 

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First off - Newbie here so please forgive me if this has already been answered

Anyhow, I seem to be having a problem with gwetting the two to talk to one another beyond Windows Media Player

What I'm trying to do is get the two to basically share ENTIRE DRIVES whereas files from one computer are accessible from the other (And Vice Versa) via Windows Explorer (Which would in essence make them available to other applications since they use the Windows Explorer interface to find & open files anyway)

I've tried connecting the two using Homegroup on Windows 8 (My Laptop not surprisingly doesn't even recognize that) as well as from its Windows Vista counterpart. No dice

I thought I had something going when the two seemed to talk to one another via Windows Media Player but all that led to was a sharing to playlists & other media files (I don't keep my media in those folders. I have NO CLUE why Microsoft thinks ANYBODY does)

What am I doing wrong? Is what I'm trying to do even possible? I didn't have NEARLY as much difficulty a few years ago when my Laptop was new & I wanted to tie in my old (And now JUNKED) Windows XP Desktop PC (The Laptop was the PC I was working from of course)

Any ideas?

Cheers

PC

A:Windows 8 (Desktop) & Windows Vista 32 Bit (Laptop)

Originally Posted by PC Bigboy


First off - Newbie here so please forgive me if this has already been answered

Anyhow, I seem to be having a problem with gwetting the two to talk to one another beyond Windows Media Player

What I'm trying to do is get the two to basically share ENTIRE DRIVES whereas files from one computer are accessible from the other (And Vice Versa) via Windows Explorer (Which would in essence make them available to other applications since they use the Windows Explorer interface to find & open files anyway)

I've tried connecting the two using Homegroup on Windows 8 (My Laptop not surprisingly doesn't even recognize that) as well as from its Windows Vista counterpart. No dice

I thought I had something going when the two seemed to talk to one another via Windows Media Player but all that led to was a sharing to playlists & other media files (I don't keep my media in those folders. I have NO CLUE why Microsoft thinks ANYBODY does)

What am I doing wrong? Is what I'm trying to do even possible? I didn't have NEARLY as much difficulty a few years ago when my Laptop was new & I wanted to tie in my old (And now JUNKED) Windows XP Desktop PC (The Laptop was the PC I was working from of course)

Any ideas?

Cheers

PC



Homegroups won't work for this.

If you require full access to the drives on both machines then you would need to add "Everyone" to the NTFS Security Permissions per the link below.

In ... Read more

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Hello my name is Matt. I am about to take my A+ Certification exam

I have a Sony Viao Laptop running windows vista which shares a printer with a Dell windows xp desktop.

I was able to print from my laptop to the printer when the network was setup. However after a short time the laptop stopped seeing the desktop. I reimported the settings for the desktop to the laptop with my flash drive. But the laptop still does not see the network even when network discovery and file and printer sharing are on.

Looking for ideas and suggestions.
 

A:Windows Vista Laptop Not Seeing Windows XP Desktop

Can you ping both ways by IP address and by Computer name? If not, it's usually a firewall issue.
 

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can I just upgrade my desktop only change the motherboard, CPU, memory only. I want to keep the case and harddrive and DVD rom. Also, can I keep using the exiting windows OS and all file in my old harddrive ? will the old window XP in my old harddrive find the new hardward ?
Hope someone can help
 

A:upgrade my windows XP desktop PC question ?

Maybe, depends on the upgrade. Backup your files however. It won't delete anything if you upgrade, but it may not work correctly cause you will have different motherboard drivers to deal with. It will most likely work, but with old drivers still in the system cluttering up your hard drive.
 

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Upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 My HP Pavilion was purchased with Windows 8.0 and updated to 8.1. I started the windows 10 upgrade and now my desktop will not boot: The upgrade seemed to be working fine until it started placing my software application icons on a blacked out screen.The upgrade process placed all of the software icons on the screen.The screen would then go black and the process of placing icons on the screen would start over.I allowed the placing of the icons on the screen to loop for about an hour before I tried to stop the upgrade process.I had to turn the computer off by pressing and holding the on/off button.When I turned the computer back on the screen came up with recovery options.I chose the option that would allow me to go back to Windows 8.1.I clicked restore Windows 8.1 and the computer screen went black and did not boot up.I turned the computer off by pressing and holding the on/off button. My desktop has never booted up again. The computer powers up, the fans are running but there is no Hard Drive, DVD Drive and USB drive activity and nothing shows up on the screen (black). Purchased a new Joshua motherboard: After replacing the motherboard and its component parts from the old motherboard, I crossed my fingers and started the computer. To my surprise, the computer booted up and completed the windows 10 upgrade I had started previously. After some tweaking, the computer seemed to be working fine. However, I notic... Read more

A:Windows 10 upgrade killed my desktop

Hi, Thank you for posting in the HP Support forum. Welcome ! To be honest, it is really hard for me to believe that any software installation (even Windows installation) can break your motherboard and it is hard for me to realize how replacing the board fixes booting issues. Any kind of BIOS upgrades that happened in the meantime ? Anyway, I hope your HP recovery partitions are intact and working fine, as well as your BIOS. Actually, I am not 100% sure if this will work after the board replacement since it is not the original one but you may try to recover your computer to factory default condition. Here are more details how this may be achieved:>> http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03489643>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvVv8G1tzGY

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can I just upgrade my desktop only change the motherboard, CPU, memory only. I want to keep the case and harddrive and DVD rom. Also, can I keep using the exiting windows OS and all file in my old harddrive ? will the old window XP in my old harddrive find the new hardward ?


Hope someone can help
thanks everybody.

A:upgrade my windows XP desktop PC question ?

Hi and welcome to TSF.
First, I've removed the link in your post as advertising is not allowed.
Yes you can replace those parts, although you will almost certainly have to revalidate your Windows but this is a fairly straightforward process and can be done over the 'phone.

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I got a flashing desktop (goes black and desktop) after upgrading to Windows 10.  After logging in, it is fine for about 10-15 seconds, then it will start flashing. I couldn't do anything - click on anything except CTRL-ALT-DELETE to go to Task Manager. I did the upgrade 2x already. Before my first attempt, I did not do anything with my PC - I did not do any driver updates. When I got the flashing desktop after ugrading, I panicked and immediately rolled back to Windows 7. I was able to get to the Recovery window during the 10-15 seconds time frame right after logging in. Thankfully, it went back to Windows 7. After the first try, I read a little bit about the similar issue and so I tried some of suggested solutions - to update drivers on my PC, to disable Windows reporting services (While on Win 10), to try to go to Safe Mode. So I tried again. I updated all the things I can update (drivers mostly) before the upgrade. Did PC Clean up. I got the flashing desktop again. It's the same. So while, it's flashing, I tried to disable the Windows reporting services which is very difficult to do with the flashing desktop. It did not do anything obviously. So I went to Safe Mode. After booting to safe mode, I got the normal desktop screen for about 5 seconds but a blue window quickly flashed then the desktop on Safe Mode just turned black, with only the mouse pointer visible. So, I rolled back to Windows 7 again. I don't have a lot of stuff/programs on my ... Read more

A:Flashing Desktop after Windows 10 upgrade

The only thing that solved the issue is resetting my machine while keeping my personal files. I never figured out what really caused it. So, after the upgrade while the screen is flashing, I was able to reset the PC. 

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Hi, I spent countless hours and download allowance trying to upgrade my Inspiron 580 desktop from Windows 7  to Windows 10 - this after the initial checks told me that is was compatible (last year).
After going over my data allowance three times, I had to stop the automated Windows updates (Win 10) and contacted Microsoft Support - they tried various time to assist via remote control, without success - and only yesterday the ninth differend MS Customer Support agent checked if the Inspiron 580 is in fact (still?) compatible for a Windows 10 upgrade.
Imagine my surprise and frustration, when she sent me a link that my desktop PC was not compatible - hence my note here now: Anybody can give me hints and tips how to successful upgrade to Win 10, which drivers to look out for (which I might need to change) and what else I need to be careful of.
Thanks for any help and advice!

A:Can anybody help me how to upgrade Inspiron 580 desktop to Windows 10?

Press [Windows] and [ r ] and type in msinfo32 and press [Enter]. Ensure your Legacy BIOS revision is A07. If not update it to A07:
http://downloads.dell.com/bios/I580-A07.EXE 
Once your Legacy is up to date. Clean Install Windows 10 RS1:
http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/download-windows-10-oem-and-retail-iso/ 

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