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Unable to Factory Restore Windows Vista x86, Upgrade to Windows 7 SP1 x86 or Install Windows SP1 x86 after mandated Windows Upgrade update

Q: Unable to Factory Restore Windows Vista x86, Upgrade to Windows 7 SP1 x86 or Install Windows SP1 x86 after mandated Windows Upgrade update

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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Preferred Solution: Unable to Factory Restore Windows Vista x86, Upgrade to Windows 7 SP1 x86 or Install Windows SP1 x86 after mandated Windows Upgrade update

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I have a windows stream notebook that I had upgraded to windows 10 from 8.1 on. i am giving the computer away and so I was going to reset to factory conditions, and at 65% it failed. at that point I chose to exit and go back to the startup screen, but when it tried to restart it wont go past the hp window on start up. it no longer loads to the windows start page. I can hit escape and get in the backdoor to settings but dont know what to do. please help!!!!!!!!!

A:restore to factory failure on windows 10 upgrade

Yes, restoring from the recovery partition no longer works if Windows 8.1 was upgraded to Windows 10.  You could restore by booting from a recovery USB, if you did not create one previously you could order one from HP.  You could also do a fresh install of Windows 10 using the downloadable image from Microsoft.

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Hi, I'm supposed to be getting a free upgrade disk to windows 7 64-bit in october and i was wondering if i could do a could do a clean install of windows 7 off the upgrade disk. if i cant i was also wondering if i could restore back to vista, the only problem is vista home premium 64-bit came preinstalled and i dont have any disks with me.

any help appreciated =D

thanks

btw i did make recovery disks right after setting up the pc
 

A:Need help windows 7 upgrade disk and restore to factory settings

Full

Just get the Windows 7 Full disc.
 

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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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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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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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hello
I have dell 7520 laptop with windows 8
I would like to install 8.1 
should I upgrade or fresh install ?? ( I could go to factory image and restore it and then upgrade)
one question I didnt find answer is : lets say I do a freash install iwth usb ' can I still use he factory image partition dell sent when IO got the pc ?

A:UPGRADE OR FREASH INSTALL WINDOWS 8.1 + FACTORY IMAGE

Hi,
Thank you for writing the Dell Community Forum.
The upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1 is recommended as it would preserve your files on the computer. You can also perform a clean installation if you have the Windows 8.1 media. 
If you perform a clean installation with the USB media, that would erase the factory image that came pre-installed with the computer.
Please check the following link for instructions and other support topics relating to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1: 
http://dell.to/1itKDJ0

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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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HP touchsmart TX2 which I have carried out upgrade from vista to windows 7 Pro, eventually every thing works except cannot play dvd's, windows Mediasmart DVD comes up saying DVD in drive press play to proceed, but operating the play button on screen or on the remote has no effect. Any ideas, cheers Iantohx

A:unable to run DVD's after windows 7 upgrade/install

Hi and welcome to TSF try the hp support site for your model and see if there is any fimware needed for win 7 http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport...586&taskId=135 choose your model

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Hi guys

I have inherited my daughters old lap top which runs Vista and I'm hoping to use it for running my online shop and nothing else. The internet is amazingly slow to load. I have removed some malware with the ADW cleaner but have noticed I have been unable to complete the below security update. It always fails with error 66a.

Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 x86 (KB2416472)

I have also been directed to upgrade to IE 9 when logging on to outlook, but the upgrade also fails.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Regards
 

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I have a Windows XP Pro installed with a software that has known issues installing with windows Vista but runs on windows Vista if it is installed on XP and then is upgraded. The problem I have is the Windows Vista Business DVD I have does not let me upgrade the option is greyed out and says it has been disabled.

The OS right now is Xp pro 32 bit running on a single 80 gig HDD formatted NTFS. Why can't I do an Upgrade with a 32 bit version of Vista business?
 

A:Unable to upgrade Windows XP Pro to Vista Business

Is this "Vista business" a upgrade copy or "For new Computer" copy?
 

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Recently received this notebook from my daughter and her fiance fro my birthday, and am greatly impressed. Wanted to download/install August 2016 Windows 10 upgrade, but "Settings" search said computer is up to date. Went on Microsoft site and downloaded update, but it will not install. I get a message that the program needs 20gb to install, and only 2gb are free. SSD is only 32gb to begin with. Is there a separate download for notebooks, or will I not be able to install update unless I uninstall programs?

A:Unable to install August 2016 Windows 10 upgrade

Hi: When you have a situation like that, you can normally insert a 16 GB usb flash drive for windows to store temporary installation files. http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/SLN298780/EN?c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04#Need-more-space

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Upgraded my HP Pavilion 500 PC from Windows 7 to Windows 10 without a problem and have been running updates without issues. Now trying to run 1607 anniversary update keep getting "Unable to update reserved partition".  Whe I check using "diskmgmt.msc", check properties, right click on Disk 0, I see 100 MB and 100% free. I would have thought there would be a better solution than to go to a web site that wished to sell you software and provide a complex set of instructions. Any ideas??

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I am trying to upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 ultimate RTM version but it doesn't complete the installation. It starts and when i click on the "Upgrade Version" it keeps doing a compatibility check and throws out an htm report (i can't see anything on the report) and ultimately stops the installation.
I didn't choose to do custom install (clean) since windows compatability advisor shows i should be able to upgrade from 32 bit vista home basic to 32 bit windows 7 ultimate.
Anybody saw this? Any suggestions/recommendations?

Thanks.

A:Unable to upgrade to Windows 7 from Vista home basic

Could you post some screenshots of the installation? That would help

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As has been my practice for many years, back to Windows 3.1, about every six months I wipe my hard drive and reinstall everything. Up to and including version 7, this process usually completed in 2-3 hours.

Six months ago I installed 8 on my laptop and upgraded to 8.1. Today I wiped my SSD and reinstalled the original version 8. The subsequent update process and upgrade to 8.1 involved 202 downloads for 2.1GB and took 10 hours. After installing application software I went to restart my machine and noticed the desktop "Shutdown" now has no simple "Restart" option only "Update and restart". As I tried to restart my machine, a screen missive appeared: "9 downloads installing. Do not turn off your computer". I did, turn off. This in spite of the fact I have automatic updates switched off. There was no explanation or description regarding the subject downloads.

Is my experience unique? Is this MS's vision of progress?

A:Windows 8 install: 10 hours to update and upgrade to 8.1

I always do what you did but differently and it saves me all those hours. Honestly, I would not blame MS for this. Each month or whenever necessary they come out with a new build of Windows 8/8.1 and they will include all new updates, that would cut down the time to re-install your Windows. It is just you own an old Version of Windows that was built 6 months or earlier ago. In addition, the online updates take a long time depending on the speed of your Internet, yours is just up to 10 MB/s and also depend on how busy their server is then you are not getting 10MB/s download speed. Further more, It also depend on how fast your laptop is etc...

For future reference, here's what I suggest you to do:
After installation of Windows 8 + 8.1 Updates + Activation.Defrag and shrink your SSD to 80 GB for Windows and the rest for data storage to keep them separated. From the elevated command prompt, run:
- dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
- sfc /scannowUsing Macrium Reflect Free to make a backup image of the 80GB partition to an external HD. For a freshly installation of Windows, it would take about 10GB. Macrium is a good free backup software and never once fails me. The user manual is also here: Macrium User Manual
Note: make sure to use a USB stick to create a Macrium Rescue disk.Go ahead and install the rest of your application programs. Clean, tweak, turn off all unnecessary services, registry etc..
Again, run the 2 commands in step 2 and make another backup.Repeat... Read more

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I got windows Vista Upgrade for christmas. Now I want to put it on the new computer im building, but that won't be for at least another month or 2. So is it at all possible to put it on the computer im using NOW, then somehow transfer it to a SATA drive on a new computer later? Or should I just wait till its built
 

A:Windows Vista Upgrade install

download and run the microsoft windows vista upgrade advisor

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/upgradeadvisor.mspx
 

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Unable to download Windows Media Player upgrade 2.0.1.5 on Windows 7 system.

I d/l Overdrive Media Console to read eBooks; it tells me to go to URL

drmlicense.one.microsoft.com/​Indivsite/en/​indivit.asp

On that site I cannot activate the upgrade button.
 

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I think 've tried everything. Upgrade advisor says all is fine, all drivers report as updated, no camera etc connected, virus scanner removed, possiblely tricky software removed etc. PC meets specs. I specify upgrade, it goes through all the motions right through to the final steps of installing apps etc then part way through (and i cant say when) it restarts back to Vista, with a message that it was not possible to install. No error message that I have seen.

I suspect I need to try a clean install but before I do...any ideas welcome.

Intel QuadCore 2.4, 4MG RAM; GF2400 GT, tons of disk space

A:Windows 7 fails to install - upgrade over Vista

Welcome Dodgie, Have a look here,
Doing a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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Hello everyone,
My new hard drive should arrive soon, and I'm wondering if it's possible to install Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Upgrade Edition without installing Vista first.
I have the Vista DVD.
It's just that I don't want to spend time installing Vista, then 7. Also, last time I tried this it resulted in an undeletable windows.old folder, but that's not an issue anymore.

Will I simply insert the Windows 7 disc, install it, and then some time during the installation insert the Vista disc and enter the product key? That would be the best scenario.

And, on the side, my new hard drive is solid-state, so is there anything special I should know? I will enable NHCI in BIOS prior to installation.

Thank you very much for your time

A:Clean install of Windows 7 Upgrade - Without Vista first

How to Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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Hello,

I'm currently running Windows Vista 64 bit. I purchased the Windows 7 Home Premium "Upgrade" version.

My question is, can I expect this to be a fresh install and wipe all my data or just a simple update? Basically, I'm trying to figure out if I need to backup all of my data before proceeding.

Thanks!
 

A:Windows 7 Upgrade. Do I need to do a backup before install from Vista?

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After having endless installer problem and and using the upgrade option of my Vista a few times, and still having these issues,
I discovered I could purchase for free Windows 7 Ultimate student version from the college,

Since my issues with Vista, is it better to do a clean install of Windows 7?

And is the "student" version of Windows 7 different or limiting from the original Windows 7 Ultimate?
 

A:Upgrade from Vista to Windows or clean install?

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Hi, I was wondering if anyone know when microsoft will put a stop into the clean install using Vista upgrade disc. I heard it will be included in Windows Vista SP1, but wondering from other sources for a better accurate answer. Will Microsoft put a stop to this walk-around. If so, will the millions of copies already sold be affected by the patch, or only recent ones after SP1. I want to do the walk-around as I have a upgrade disc in March of 2008, but wanna make sure that would be possible at that time. Thanks!

A:Windows Vista Upgrade Clean Install Over?

Today at work we tried the workaround with a Windows Anytime Upgrade disk - and it wouldn't work until Vista Home Premium was activated - then we were able to complete the upgrade to Ultimate. It didn't work within Windows or when booting from the DVD. We ended up doing the upgrade (rather than the clean install) to preserve the Windows.old directory on his hard drive - but the option to do the Custom install was available after activation.

OTOH - one of the techs still uses this method to install Vista at home (he reformats rather than removing the malware he gets) and doesn't have any issues with it.

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Hi all, 

I have tried a number of times now to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. It always fails and puts out an error WindowsUpdate_C0000005. 

I did a search on this error which recommended using the Windows Updater Repair which I have done. However at the end of this it states it is unable to fix Windows Updater Error 0x80070057. 
Another search done led me to https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/53a1f2ab-037b-438e-a690-00a0e745730d/windows-7-update-error-0x80070057?forum=w7itprogeneral which suggests using RegEdit to fix the problem however the keys that
are referenced in this don't exist for me. 
Any thoughts here?

A:Unable to upgrade to Windows 10 - Windows updater error 0x80070057

Hey, this may help you. Change the following for 0x80070057 error on your system:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WindowsUpdate\UX]
?IsConvergedUpdateStackEnabled?=dword: 00000000
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings]
"UxOption"=dword:00000000

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I am running Windows XP Home Edition SP3 right now and I finally decided that it is time to upgrade to Windows Vista. Due to my lack of money right now I was planning on doing the "upgrade" version to Windows Vista Home Premium. Before I bought it though I was told by some friends that it is not the wisest thing to do because it leaves some old files behind....

I really don't want to do a clean install due to all the important files that I would have to move and then move back and I didn't want to risk it....

Any advice for what to do?

Thanks in advance,

Jackles2012

A:[SOLVED] Upgrade or clean install to Windows Vista?

go to win 7

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win.../download.aspx

clean install is the best option,do the upgrade it can take a few hours,it is usually quicker to save what you need and reinstall as the clean install only takes approx half an hour

it will save having to buy win 7 until it is released and having to buy vista

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How to Clean Install Windows Vista with Upgrade Media

Nice workaround.
 

A:How to Clean Install Windows Vista with Upgrade Media

I have bookmarked this for future reference
 

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Hello. I have a question that I have seen posted by Microsoft MVPs and computer experts on how to do a "Windows Vista Upgrade/Repair Install".?One of many websites?that states this can be done:http://vistasupport.mvps.org/repair_a_vist...e_vista_dvd.htm?Yes, read the first two paragraphs at the top. Yes, it is important to what I have to say. Let me add to John's statement that if you remove the SP1 add-on from the Windows Vista SP1 you already have on system (bringing it back to Windows Vista SP0 -- the original release of Windows Vista), and attempt to do a Windows Vista Upgrade/Repair Install with your original Windows Vista SP0 installation disc, the "Upgrade" option during the installation process is TOO grayed-out... ...and you?CANNOT do a Windows Vista Upgrade/Repair Install EITHER!??So, how exactly do you do a?"Windows Vista Upgrade/Repair Install"??????...cannot seem to get the "Upgrade" option to be active in order to repair Windows Vista operating system?!?!? ...ANYWAY AROUND THIS??????????????? Please reply.?Thanks!

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Hello. I have a question that I have seen posted by Microsoft MVPs and computer experts on how to do a "Windows Vista Upgrade/Repair Install". One of many websites that states this can be done:
http://vistasupport.mvps.org/repair_a_vista_installation_using_the_upgrade_option_of_the_vista_dvd.htm

Yes, read the first two paragraphs at the top. Yes, it is important to what I have to say. Let me add to John's statement that if you remove the SP1 add-on from the Windows Vista SP1 you already have on system (bringing it back to Windows Vista SP0 -- the original release of Windows Vista), and attempt to do a Windows Vista Upgrade/Repair Install with your original Windows Vista SP0 installation disc, the "Upgrade" option during the installation process is TOO grayed-out... ...and you CANNOT do a Windows Vista Upgrade/Repair Install EITHER!

So, how exactly do you do a "Windows Vista Upgrade/Repair Install"????? ...cannot seem to get the "Upgrade" option to be active in order to repair Windows Vista operating system?!?!? ...ANYWAY AROUND THIS??????????????? Please reply.

Thanks!

A:Can't Perform Windows Vista Repair-Upgrade Install Even Though MVPs Say Yes?!

Hi MonteCarlo1987,

If you have a Full version of Vista then you may not be able to do a Repair (Upgrade) install. Some people have had problems with a Full retail version letting them be able to do a upgrade install, but a Upgrade version can though. Did you run the installation from within your current Vista and not from booting from the installation DVD?

Also see:
Repair Install For Vista

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hello. I have a question that I have seen posted by Microsoft MVPs and computer experts on how to do a "Windows Vista Upgrade/Repair Install".*One of many websites*that states this can be done:
http://vistasupport.mvps.org/repair_..._vista_dvd.htm
*
Yes, read the first two paragraphs at the top. Yes, it is important to what I have to say. Let me add to John's statement that if you remove the SP1 add-on from the Windows Vista SP1 you already have on system (bringing it back to Windows Vista SP0 -- the original release of Windows Vista), and attempt to do a Windows Vista Upgrade/Repair Install with your original Windows Vista SP0 installation disc, the "Upgrade" option during the installation process is TOO grayed-out... ...and you*CANNOT do a Windows Vista Upgrade/Repair Install EITHER!*
*
So, how exactly do you do a*"Windows Vista Upgrade/Repair Install"?????*...cannot seem to get the "Upgrade" option to be active in order to repair Windows Vista operating system?!?!? ...ANYWAY AROUND THIS??????????????? Please reply.
*
Thanks!***
*

A:RE: Can't Perform Windows Vista Repair-Upgrade Install Even Though MVPs Say Yes?!

Hi,
Are you running the upgrade/install from inside Windows?

Paul

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Well i am currently running Vista Home Premium sp2 and Windows 7 Ultimate (build 7100) in a dual boot config for about 2-3months and loving it. I was wondering if i could upgrade my Win7 install to RTM without affecting my Vista install? Do you get a choice which OS you want to upgrade or does it go by what OS you load the upgrade disc from?

A:Windows 7 upgrade install on Win7/Vista dual boot

You can upgrade, but you will need to repair your MBR with BartPE or a similar program.

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I purchased my HP Pavilion a6532f in 2009 and it came preloaded with Windows Vista. It has an AMD Athlon X2 CPU, 3gb RAM, and shows that it supports 64bit OS. I plan on upgrading to 8gb of RAM, I can get this working. Since Microsoft will no longer support Vista soon, I installed Windows 7 64bit (did not upgrade since you can't do an upgrade from 32-64bit). The install completed with no glitches and installed all my drivers. My problem is with Windows Update. It never stops seaching, even after 8 hrs.  I start the "Windows update" as normal, but it never finishes searching. I have already tried the 3 methods listed here - Windows Update Never Stops Looking for Updates. I have installed KB3102810 and KB3135445. All this to no avail.  Any help is appreciated. 

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I've been just running windows 8, due to errors I can't upgrade to windows 8.1, so I want to ask that can I directly upgrade to windows 10 (from windows 8) ?

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I attempted to upgrade my tablet running 8.1 to Windows 10. I couldn't clear enough space for the install without wiping everything I had stored, so, as instructed, I added a media card for the update. Everything installed and went through the update, but
when it began to boot with Windows 10, it failed and immediately attempted to restore 8.1. It could not find a restore point and now will not boot windows at all.  It tells me to use a recovery disc/drive, but I do not have one and cannot make one since
it won't boot up. How can I re-install windows 8.1 (or 8 or 10) without having to acquire a new key for my tablet that is less than 1 year old?  I have an installation USB made for 10, but I don't know if it will work without having to input a key, and
honestly I am not sure if the tablet will boot from usb.

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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,

I am a tech idiot and I need help. I appreciate anything anyone can do.

For several months I have been getting messages that our windows may not be genuine. It came installed on our Dell and we bought directly from Dell so I basically ignored it. Recently we got a message that it is not genuine in the bottom right corner of the screen and windows things on the screen started to look clumsy and not run right.

I tried many times to follow the validation processes to fix this but it would never complete. I had my stepson try to fix it and he is a computer pro. He tried remotely and came back saying that the windows version itself was apparently too corrupt and I needed to reinstall it from the original disk - which seems to have got lost in a move. Ugghhh. Oh yeah, several times in my efforts I was told to run chkdsk - did so and it identified different issues, seemed to fix them but made no difference in my ability to fix the validation issue.

So, I bit the bullet and went out to BestBuy and got a Windows 7 Builders Pack. I tried to update windows several times using it - no go. It got to the same point every time and quit. It basically said there was a file that was not correct and install could not be completed. So, I decided to back up and do a full install. Same result. I am at my wit's end. I ran the diagnostic below. Before I try more dramatic moves like hard drive replacement - or new computer, I thought I would give it a last go here.

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A:Windows 7 - Genuine Issues Leading to Unable to Update/Install Windows

So, you`ve reinstalled windows 7, you`ve downloaded the network drivers from dell.com and installed them, and you`ve tried to activate windows with the key on your COA or the key from the system builder pack, and it will not activate ?

And you`re saying you went to BestBuy and they had a Windows 7 builder pack ????????

Amazing How much was that, if you don`t mind me asking ?

If you used that license it should say OEM System Builder, but yours says OEM SLP which means System Locked Pre-Installation. Are you sure you`re trying the right key from BestBuy ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_...e-installation

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Hello,

A couple of months ago, my computer was infected by malware. I can't remember the details, but it was one where it appeared to be notifying me my computer was vulnerable and I needed to run the recommended scan. When I did, I couldn't even navigate though Internet Explorer due to all of the false "Virus" notifications.

I did some homework and found how to use "Safe Mode" and get into the regestry and delete the problem files, which I did (or at least thought I did).

Now, I've realized that my computer must still be somewhat infected because Windows Update doesn't work... it just slows my computer down to snail's pace to the point it is unusable. And also, my System Restore isn't working. It says that I have never saved a backup point to revert to (which I'm sure I have; it's set to do so automatically). I haven't tried to manually create a restore point, because I'm afraid to have that as my backup since I have these problems.

I've ran the MalwareBytes software and also my McAfee Antivirus Plus, but neither detect the problem. I don't have 100% confidence my antivirus software is truly protecting me.

Any help you can give me in gettting my computer clean would be much apprecaited.

Thanks for your time,
John Thomas

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HiI recently had HP replace my hardrive under the warranty.  HP had installed windows 8 back on.  Since then I was not able to run the update to windows 8.1 or windows 10.  The error I'm receiving "0XC1900101-0x40017 The install failed in the second_Boot phase with an error during Boot operation.  I think the new replacement hardrive is the issue?Please help how to resolve this issue.  Thank youXay

A:Unable to perform any windows upgrade from windows 8

xi123 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about problems with your DV6 and wanted to help. I seriously doubt that the drive is the issue, as that would generate a very different error code. That error code indicates faulty drivers that are interfering with the Win10 Upgrade. Here's a link to an MS thread that describes what to do when you get that error code.  However, I would NOT convert the drive to GPT unless is it already formatted that way:  http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/wiki/insider_wintp-insider_install/how-to-troubleshoot-co... Good Luck========================================================================I am a volunteer and I do not work for, nor do I represent, HP.---------------------------------------------------------------If my posts helped you, please click the Thumbs-Up symbol to say thanks.If my posts solved your problem please click "Accept As Solution".========================================================================

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Working on a client's computer that was blue screening with Vista 32 bit HP desktop gl309aa. She cannot find the original Vista install CD. I determined that the culprit was probably the wifi driver, and hoped to install updated drivers for that, plus video card and sound card drivers. After much fiddling with the system, I finally got it started through Startup Repair long enough to install the video driver. I had to go through 2 sets of memory diagnostics to start it at all, since even safe mode was not working. When I went to do the sound card driver, it required an uninstall first, so I did that, and foolishly went along with the restart to finish the process. Lacking a sound card driver, it blue screened all over again. Tried everything, including many times with HP Recovery, but every time it blue screens before any process can complete. On top of this, while working on it, she had a power "flash" for a second, and now the system is missing BOOTMGR so it won't even try to boot into safe mode or anything else. I have the drivers on flash but cannot install them. I've decided to forget Vista (awful system anyway) and give her Windows 7 instead. Much more stable, and her data is backed up in case she loses it.

My question: am I going to have any problems installing the Windows 7 if the computer still thinks it has no driver for the sound card? And is there a way to install the file before or during the Windows 7 installation so it will go smoothl... Read more

A:Install Windows 7 upgrade from Vista with sound card driver missing

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Hi,

My Acer Laptop had pre-loaded Windows Vista Home Premium and I also received Windows Vista Anytime Upgrade DVD along with it.

I need to format an existing version and want to do a clean / fresh installation of the same version (Windows Vista Home Premium) of the OS.
Can I do that with this DVD?
Do this DVD have all the required installation files to do a fresh and complete OS install?
Can someone guide me on how can I do that?
I have been looking around online to find some information, but didn't get a clear idea. Any help is highly appreciated.

Thanks,
Vishal

P.S: I dont want to upgrade the OS

A:Can Windows Vista Anytime Upgrade DVD do fresh install of an existing version?

>> My Acer Laptop had pre-loaded Windows Vista Home Premium

I think that laptops with no OS DVD have a "recovery partition" that allows you to restore your laptop to the state that was supplied by your dealer. (The dealer's applications will be restored, but anything that you installed will not be available.)

>> Do this DVD have all the required installation files to do a fresh and complete OS install?

A quick google shows that Anytime Upgrade costs $160, and Vista HP costs $260. I don't think Bill will give you all the files for $100 less

BTW: My first WinXP was an upgrade from Win98. When my OS became corrupt, I had to (a) re-install Win98, and (b) re-install the WinXP upgrade. In other words, you must follow the same chain

Contact Acer for info.
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This is just bizarre...I have a laptop with Windows 8.1 Pro. I had confirmed that I wanted to upgrade it to Windows 10 Pro using the system tray "Get Windows 10" update, but changed my mind. So when I was told that the Windows 10 update was ready, I told the "Get Windows 10" update that I didn't want to reserve an update anymore. I thought that would be the end of it.
So when I went to get updates today, Windows Update showed on the opening page that it was ready to install Windows 10, and of course none of the Windows 8.1 updates were preselected, why would I need those if I'm upgrading to Windows 10? Since I'd already indicated that I didn't want the Windows 10 update, this was strange.
So I uninstalled the "Get Windows 10" system tray update and hid it, and deselected the optional Windows 10 update, and hid it, too. That should have taken care of business, since the Windows 10 optional update was clearly not selected for download.
But now, every time I go to Windows update to try to get updates for Windows 8.1, even though Windows 8.1 updates are the only ones selected, and the number of optional updates selected indicates that the Windows 10 upgrade is not selected, the first thing that it says that it is doing is downloading the unselected Windows 10 update. I have no idea why this is happening and really need to fix it so that I can just get Windows 8.1 updates.
The only thing that I can think of is re-installing Windows 8.1 and starting o... Read more

A:Stop Windows Update from installing Windows 10 Upgrade!!??

Brink has a registry mod that has blocked GWX (so far) It has stopped the windows update download and GWX
even after doing a clean install of windows 8.1 - I applied the .reg file and downloaded all the windows updates..
GWX was download as the files and folders are there - but never ran and I never was shown the windows 10 update through windows update.

Get Windows 10 Icon - Remove from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1 - Windows 10 Forums > Option 3

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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 registered for Windows 10 upgrade some time ago but have decided that I do not want to install it until the problems have been ironed out. Unfortunately my turn has come up and now, when I open Windows Update, it is dominated by Upgrade to Windows 10 and I can find no way to remove this and allow me to install Windows7 updates. Is there an answer to this nuisance?

Problem solved! After rebooting the PC I opened Windows Update and Windows 10 Upgrade appeared in the list of optional updates. Hiding the update seems to have solved the problem.

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Earlier this week I did an upgrade on my laptop from home premium to professional and now I have 4 updates which continually fail. I've been searching around for a solution and there appear to be several other folks who have reported similar problems on this forum and received good results. I tried to infer the solution from previous posts by copying some missing files into the winxsx and packages directories, but they did not seem to help.

I've run sfc and uploaded the log - no errors.

A:After upgrade to Windows 7 Pro multiple windows update failures

Hello mmertel and welcome to the forums

You copied one file that you shouldn't have, and you also copied it into the wrong folder, but fortunately the SURT has corrected the mistake:


Code:
(f) CBS MUM Corrupt 0x00000000 servicing\Packages\update.mum Expected file name Package_for_KB976932~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.1.1.17514.mum does not match the actual file name
(fix) CBS MUM Corrupt CBS File Replaced update.mum from Cabinet: C:\Windows\CheckSur\v1.0\windows6.1-7601-x64-clientcab4.cab.
(fix) CBS Paired File CBS File also Replaced update.cat from Cabinet: C:\Windows\CheckSur\v1.0\windows6.1-7601-x64-clientcab4.cab.
Aside from that, you have fairly substantial damage on your computer which we will need to fix. The two files that the SURT has picked up as having an incorrect name can be safely ignored, this is merely a bug in the SURT.


Code:
Summary:
Seconds executed: 456
Found 51 errors
Fixed 1 errors
CSI Manifest All Zeros Total count: 38
CBS MUM Corrupt Total count: 8
Fixed: CBS MUM Corrupt. Total count: 1
CBS Catalog Corrupt Total count: 5
Fixed: CBS Paired File. Total count: 1

Unavailable repair files:
winsxs\manifests\msil_system_b77a5c561934e089_6.1.7601.22126_none_981f568e32422d66.manifest
winsxs\manifests\msil_system.drawing_b03f5f7f11d50a3a_6.1.7601.22126_none_4d22bb3ec71e9066.manifest
winsxs\manifests\msil_system.security_b03f5f7f11d50a3a_6.1.7601.17966_none_70683dd88ae037ac.manifest
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Ever since Windows 10 came out, I keep getting a notification that a Windows Update failed.

It's always an update called "Upgrade to Windows 10 Home"

I already uninstalled the KB3035583 Windows Update but the problem is still occurring.

I don't want Windows 10. I don't like Windows 8.1 but I've learned how to use it and I'm going to just deal with it until I can buy a desktop computer myself.

Can someone here please help me fix this issue? I want to stop this from happening because even though my 8.1 is still working I don't like this constantly happening every day I turn the computer on.

Like I said, I don't want Windows 10 so it needs to be a way to stop this altogether.

If someone could please help me out with this, I'd really appreciate it.

Thank you.
 

A:Upgrade to Windows 10 Home Failed Windows Update (I don't want it; please help)

The "obvious" solution would seem to be to Hide that update. But the Hide is not working?
 

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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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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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