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Unable to boot from my Windows 7 upgrade disc

Q: Unable to boot from my Windows 7 upgrade disc

I am trying to perform a clean/custom install of Windows 7 Professional 32-bit on my VAIO SZ-650N. I have the upgrade disc and though its primary purpose is to upgrade from Vista to Windows 7, it is confirmed to work with clean installs as well. Since I want to perform a clean install, I must boot the installation from the disc and not within the OS. The problem is that when I insert the disc into the drive and start up the computer, it'll pause for a moment longer than usual, as if it detects that the CD is there, like I can hear the disc spinning in the drive, and this little gray underscore will blink on the screen, but it will never give me the "Press any key to boot from CD" message and it'll eventually just load up my OS. The disc is in perfect condition and I can view its contents and run it from within the operating system...I just can't boot from it. Even the directions for clean/custom installs that come with this disc say that it must be done from the disc, not when the OS is loaded. The problem can't possibly be my BIOS startup order, because first of all the disc drive is selected to load first thing and when I insert other bootable CD's such as my beta copy of Windows 7, I can boot from it fine. Does anyone know a fix to this? Or a workaround that doesn't require me to boot from the disc? Thanks.

Edit: It will not let me do a custom install from within the OS regardless because it is unable to detect any drives/partitions to install Windows 7 onto. And the "advanced" option isn't there...I'm guessing because it's impossible to wipe the drive clean when the OS is already loaded.

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A: Unable to boot from my Windows 7 upgrade disc

Hello omgitsrichie, welcome to Seven Forums!





Where did you get the upgrade disk from, is it one you created from an ISO file you downloaded?

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Well, my computer will not load thanks to the fix executable for smitfraud screwing up my machine(would have had to reinstall anyways with how integrated it was)

Well, this is what happens:

I put the disc in.
I press "any key" to boot from the CD.
It gives me a message that it is checking my hardware configuration.. and thats it.
It just sits with a black/blank screen doing nothing...



Want to help? Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.




OR- if you know how to fix without being able to get into safe mode... something is wrong with AUTOCHK....

A:Unable to boot to Windows XP Home SP2 disc

I would recommend formatting the drive with nuke and boot, or killdisk
prior to loading windows. If you still have a issue booting to the cd
after this you will need to create some xp boot floppies. You will need
a xp cd and some floppies. You can use any xp disk as long it is the same
as your os. If your running pro you must use the pro disk, and the same
for home addition.

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Hey all,

A friend asked me to fix his Acer desktop with Vista on it. I'm pretty sure the hard drive he had was no good, the old one was making a racket and the computer would not boot up. I have replaced the hard drive with a spare from a parts computer. I changed the bios so that the computer will boot only from the cd drive. Booting from the new hard drive is disabled. I had to create an ISO dvd version of Vista because he doesnt have the disc but the case does have a valid cd key so I plan to use that. I have confirmed that the disc works by booting another computer from the disc.

The problem I am having is that when my friends computer tries to boot from the iso dvd I get a black screen (bios?) that says something like: Failure to boot, please enter a valid boot disc and press enter (I cant recall the exact message). I tried hooking up a spare dvd drive and sill get the same message.

Any suggestions as to how I might make this work? Could there be another hardware issue with the computer like the mobo or ram?
 

A:Unable to install windows from boot disc

You may need to set the hard drive up to boot after the cd in order for the cd to install Vista. You say you disable the hard drive in the bios, You should have just made it to boot up after the cdrom booted.
 

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Alright.. I have two computers that I'm dealing with here. The first is my laptop, which is obviously running fine. Recently when I was doing a system cleanup, I defragged, cleaned the registry, uninstalled unwanted programs and such.. I do this at least once a month; I'm quite compulsive about keeping my PC running at decent speed.

I went to compare my new disk space to the previous and noticed I have 65 GB free of 144 GB; the problem is that my drive is supposed to be a 218 gigabyte drive. I checked in the partition managing and the disk was reported to have 218, but "Computer" shows only 144.

I am also unable to create a System Repair Disk. The error I receive is "The Parameter is incorrect (0x80070057)". Any help with these are greatly appreciated.
Now, as for the other computer. It is a desktop PC, about 700 GB disk space. I recently created a partition and new volume, and upon rebooting Windows 7 is no longer booting, instead it seems to be booting under the new drive; which only has compressed data for Ubuntu 12. So all it does is freeze after the BIOS loads, showing a flashing underscore.. I have no Installation Disk, and the BIOS seems to be running quite well; (Also no hint of recovery options there as far as I can tell.)
The laptop I am using is a Compaq Presario CQ57; running Home Premuim.

The desktop is a Dell.. Unsure of the model or what Version of Windows 7 it is running however.

A:Windows 7: Lost disc space; unable to boot OS?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Kaoruko



I went to compare my new disk space to the previous and noticed I have 65 GB free of 144 GB; the problem is that my drive is supposed to be a 218 gigabyte drive. I checked in the partition managing and the disk was reported to have 218, but "Computer" shows only 144.


Hello

Let us deal with the issues one by one. Can you post a screenshot of your full screen disk management window ?

To get the disk management window, right click on the computer icon > manage. It will open the computer management window. Click the "disk management" on the left pane. Then upload it Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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Hi,
I burned a system repair disc in Windows 7 from an iso file but it won't boot the Windows Systems recovery options.
I've tried booting this cd from the cd drive in both legacy and UEFI mode.
When I boot from legacy I get an error message saying that there is a system file error and to replace the disc and try again. When I boot using UEFI mode, it says press any key to continue, the windows bar starts loading but instead of going to the windows boot loader screen and giving me Windows Setup [EMS Enabled] option to boot into the System Recovery options, a command screen pops up and it then redirects me to the Asus Preload Wizard instead. This wizard wants to do 1 of 3 things only:
Recover Windows to first partition only
Recover Windows to entire HD
Recover Windows to entire HD with two partitions.
I don't want to do any of the above - I just want to access the command prompt in the recovery tool and run 2 prompts to remove the grub bootloader from the MBR.
Help!

A:Unable to boot Windows System Repair Disc from CD Drive ASUS N56VM

Hello Staarlite and welcome to Seven Forums.

Two thoughts come to mind.
1. You had a bad burn of the ISO. Try burning another disk using a different burning app. I prefer the free ImgBurn and try burning at no more than 4x speed.
2. Is BIOS set to boot from CD/DVD optical drive as first boot option?

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Unable to access the computer in question to send information or I do not know how under these conditions.

An uninstalling to reinstall Norton 360 never completed. After 12 hours I rebooted only to find that I as no longer able to boot into Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update. I am trying to lose as little as possible. All of the Library is backed up onto a USB external MyBook drive.

Booting from USB the Repair function said it could not repair it. The restore points all three of them are unsuccessful.

I have rescue USB thumb drives, and thumb drive and CDs using the Media Creation Windows 10 strategy. I never see the option of refreshing Windows 10. I only see Reset that keeps files (not programs I installed) and not keeping my files.

When I try to use the thumb drive or CD created with the Media Creation Tool it starts to get ready to install. Then I get the message that I booted from the other than the hard drive and it requires that I remove the external boot source and reboot to do the windows 10 update install from another computer but my problem is that I can only boot from one of those sources. Any way I can override that request and continue or would that be helpful? Otherwise I keep getting the light blue screen saying that it must reboot due to ?IRQL not less or equal?.

Is using the Safe Mode helpful in any way?

Any help or guidance is appreciated. Thanks.

.
 

A:Unable to boot into Windows 10 to diagnose, upgrade, etc.

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Dear HP community, i am am currently having an issue with my computer of 5 years. I have been rejecting the Windows 10 update for as long as I could but ultimately it did a self update and shortly after updating, I was unable to even start up my computer as I kept getting stuck at the loading page with two errors "error with FAT32 hard drive" and "error with NTFS hard drive". To which, the subsequent message would be "we are attempting to resolve this issue by restarting your computer" and I would be stuck in the infinite loop where my computer cannot start upi would appreciate any and all forms of help as this is highly frustrating, given that my school term has started and I am suddenly without a computer. Please help! Thank you. RegardsYi Xiang 

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So I was having problems getting to the boot menu of my Lenovo G580 laptop earlier.

I figured out how to get the boot menu - But my only options are hard drive, LAN v4 and LAN v6 boot - Nothing about a disc. So I went into the BIOS boot priority menu and set disk to #1 - It still booted to my hard drive! Anyone know why?

A:Unable to boot to disc

Are you booting a DVD with uEFI mode support.

Like Windows 8 install DVD?

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Greetings!

I've a Dell Latitude D530

This laptop has a DVD drive.

I've set the bios to boot from the DVD first and the the hard drives.

I've also pressed F12 to do a one time boot preference and tried to boot from a DVD.

The problem: I am trying to install Win 7, 64bit, but I cannot get my machine to boot from the DVD/CD drive.

I've replaced the DVD Drive and the motherboard.

Also, as mentioned, I've tried numerous things to get the laptop to recognize the DVD drive as a bootable drive.

Is there something quirky about the Win 7 installation DVD?

Anyway, I sure could use some suggestions.

Thanks for your assistance.

A:Unable to boot Win 7 OS disc

If the OS you're replacing was 32-bit, then you will have to format the drive before installing the 64-bit OS.

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Hi
I've written a disc so that I can install windows XP and dual boot it with windows 7 which is already installed. I've slipped the drivers for the hard drive (sata) into the installation disc, but when I try to boot from the disc, I get the screen in the attached photo. Is there anyway I can get the CD to boot?
Thanks

A:Unable to boot from disc

Try again using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key by tapping HP ESC key at boot.

If this fails you likely have a bad burn or slipstream so you may need to do it over. Burn the disk using ImgBurn.

Have you considered virtualizing XP within Win7 which is a preferred option now that XP is XPired?

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I have two HD drives, one SATA and one IDE, plus one SATA CD/DVD drive. Firstly I used to have XP on the SATA and Win7 on the IDE, but the IDE drive is smaller and slower and I wanted to essentially swap them over. The boot devices are set in the bios as CD/DVD first, SATA second, IDE third.

So I have installed XP first on the IDE and now Win7 on the SATA, but after I removed the Win7 DVD and restarted it is refusing to boot saying NO BOOT DEVICE DETECTED, INSERT SYSTEM DISK. Now if I place the Win7 dvd in the drive and ignore the PRESS ANY KEY TO BOOT FROM CD/DVD...., it will book fine.

This will surely fustrate non-technical users no end and some may not even think to try and replace the OS disk and try again.

I think I know what has happened, but more importantly how do I go and fix it to just boot without needing a damn boot disk everytime!?

Any sugguestions would be greatly appreciated.

A:Unable to Boot without a Bootable Disc in the Drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Okran


I have two HD drives, one SATA and one IDE, plus one SATA CD/DVD drive. Firstly I used to have XP on the SATA and Win7 on the IDE, but the IDE drive is smaller and slower and I wanted to essentially swap them over. The boot devices are set in the bios as CD/DVD first, SATA second, IDE third.

So I have installed XP first on the IDE and now Win7 on the SATA, but after I removed the Win7 DVD and restarted it is refusing to boot saying NO BOOT DEVICE DETECTED, INSERT SYSTEM DISK. Now if I place the Win7 dvd in the drive and ignore the PRESS ANY KEY TO BOOT FROM CD/DVD...., it will book fine.

This will surely fustrate non-technical users no end and some may not even think to try and replace the OS disk and try again.

I think I know what has happened, but more importantly how do I go and fix it to just boot without needing a damn boot disk everytime!?

Any sugguestions would be greatly appreciated.


Check you BIOS and make sure that it is set to boot from the Win7 Drive first

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Hi folks..
I screwed up and ordered W7 Pro before I realized I couldn't do an upgrade from Vista Home Premium. I really don't want to resintall all my programs. So I'm thinking about installing a new drive, and doing a dual boot setup with W7 on the new "D" drive. Question is, can I do this with an upgrade version of W7, or do I need the full version?

Thanks...
Ted

A:Dual boot using W7 Upgrade disc?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by tcomo


Hi folks..
I screwed up and ordered W7 Pro before I realized I couldn't do an upgrade from Vista Home Premium. I really don't want to resintall all my programs. So I'm thinking about installing a new drive, and doing a dual boot setup with W7 on the new "D" drive. Question is, can I do this with an upgrade version of W7, or do I need the full version?

Thanks...
Ted


Yes you can CLEAN INSTALL, when ask DO NOT INSERT THE KEY.
READ THE POPUP CAREFULLY, AND YES YOU ARE SURE.
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After your dual booting is working FINE. then use the EASY TRANSFER.
move all Home Premium to Pro.

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Purchased just under 2 years ago. Came with Windows 8.0 Upgrade DVD.
I now wish to upgrade to Win 8 (then onto Win 8.1).

No matter what I try (BIOS changes) can?t get the DVD to boot. Under CSM boot (default for the laptop) it returns a ?non system disc? error.

I have tried the DVD in other PC drives which also results in the same error message.
Other disks eg Windows repair & Tosh recovery disks all boot OK.

So I think the disk must be faulty.

My question is has anyone else had this problem or even successfully upgraded using the Toshiba supplied DVD?. Getting hold of Toshiba to get replacement DVD seems an impossible task especially 2 years down the line.

Any suggestions?

A:Satellite Pro L850-1L4 - Can't boot from Win 8 Upgrade Disc

Hi

First of all please go to BIOS and set it to default (load default) settings.

Then you should switch OFF the secure boot in order to be able to boot from external media like Disk or USB flash memory stick.

Here is an very interesting thread which provides an solution to similar booting issue using the Win 8 image.
http://forums.computers.toshiba-europe.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=73667

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I ordered a Vista Ultimate Upgrade disc to get rid of the Windows 7 RC 32-bit. Since 7 is newer, they say it won't work, but I've heard from two sources that booting from BIOS would overwrite 7. Is this true? I don't care if it cleans my HD, I already backed up.
 

A:Will a Vista Ultimate Upgrade disc overwrite 7 if I boot from BIOS?

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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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Like the topic says, trying to upgrade to windows xp - abit with a "full install" disc. So far I've not figured out how to do this, or if it's even possible. I tried inserting the disc while in windows 98, but it didn't give me an option to upgrade.
 

A:Windows XP: Can I upgrade from 98 with full (not upgrade) disc?

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Ok, ongoing problem with my Nec Optiarc DVD multi recorder. Windows unable to format this disc, just exactly what does that mean ? Every DVD disc I have put in the drive so far, I have had that report. Every disc, I have tried DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD+RW, windows fails to format the disc. Now the discs I have, are Verbatim discs, a very large quantity of, bought because of them having a good reputation and I need something I can generally put some trust in, although I accept there can be problems sometimes.

Now, when the disc is in the drive for formatting, it is ok, doing it's stuff for a minute or two, then problems start, some pretty weird noises come from it, I can only attribute to an almost 'hunting' situation, the laser diode tracking back and forwards quickly, and the turntable doing short bursts of turning, sort of '' cluck, whirr, cluck, cluck'' etc, but very noisy and the buzzing noise of the laser diode on it's track, the sound almost like a stalled motor.

I cannot burn files to DVD, nor can I play a DVD on the machine, it sees prerecorded DVD's as in need of formatting, I hardly want to format a movie I have just bought. The drivers are up to date, I have uninstalled the drive, and re installed it, and the problem is the same everytime.

But this cannot go on, therefore I need to know, is this an indication of a faulty DVD drive, as I am loathe to seek out and buy a replacement drive only to find windows is the f... Read more

A:Windows unable to format this disc ?

Umm...I can only assume that Windows "Default Task" when a disc is inserted has been changed to "Format CD". Access your CD-Drive from My Computer and try right-clicking and click "Launch". =\
 

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Hi i have windows 7 64 bit (upgraee,, .I installed it but how do i factory restore it.on my vista i used a option on task bar .but with this im lost .Any help would be great thanks?

A:windows 7 upgrade disc help

  
Quote: Originally Posted by sinbin


Hi i have windows 7 64 bit (upgraee,, .I installed it but how do i factory restore it.on my vista i used a option on task bar .but with this im lost .Any help would be great thanks?



You can only do a factory restore if you have saved a backup from win 7. The restore partition contains vista restore files.

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I'm looking to upgrade my windows XP to windows 7 shortly however, i don't have the XP disc, it was lost about 2 years ago, (in my endless disc pile in my moving boxes). However I still have the original box and key it came with. Can I still upgrade to windows 7 using the "windows 7 upgrade" disc and the old XP key or do I need to buy the full version? Please and thank you for any and all help =]

A:XP > Windows 7 upgrade disc

Hi -

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wipe the entire hard drive with KillDisk, then install Windows 7.

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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I bought upgrade disc to ultimate...
is it the same as the installation windows 7 disc?

can I use it to install from XP? or from an OEM windows 7?
for example how do i reinstall windows 7(using the upgrade disc) on my OEM windows 7 laptop?? I have recovery parition here.
I am confused...

i dont want to use the revocery partition...
but on the other hand if I can make a clean-install(or whatever) I do not need that recovery partition...
my question is: will i be able to use my OEM windows 7 key for as many as I want?

please help!!

A:windows 7 upgrade disc

If you want to keep everything - all your programs and data - put the upgrade disc in and run it from within Windows.

If you want to wipe everything, including the ability to wipe the recovery partition - boot the computer from the upgrade disc.

You should be using the product key that came with the upgrade disc instead of the OEM product key that came with the computer.

Ooops - you cannot upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 - you will use your upgrade disc to perform a clean install and you will lose your programs/data.

You can use the upgrade disc to do a clean install by booting the computer from the upgrade disc.

Also it is impossible to do is upgrade from a 32bit operating system to a 64bit operating system - that will always require a clean install.

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Now this question has been in my mind for a while but here it goes. Is that disc only suppose to be used once for just one PC or is it possible to use it with another PC to install XP over a previous windows (98) if this is possible then it would save me a good chunk of cash for the upgrade. Or will I just need to buy another disc ?
 

A:Windows XP SP2 upgrade disc

the SP2 upgrade disc is just that. an upgrade, it is not windows xp.

the SP2 upgrade can be used on multiple computers. after i used mine, i passed it to a friend.
what you want to do is upgrade windows 98 to XP with the SP2 upgrade disc. which cannot be done. you will need to buy another xp operating system.
 

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Hi, I have just recently gotten a new computer which came with Vista. Previously what I have done with any new operating system I got was installed it into my old computer. However, I came to find out you can only have one computer assigned to each cd, unless I wanna buy another one, which is unecessary.

I wanted to get rid of Vista and return to XP but the XP disc would not install because of multiple errors, such as missing ntldr.

So I decided to use deriks boot and nuke to clear the hard drive, and that went smoothly.

Now, here is my problem... When I insert the XP cd it spins for a while and eventually comes to an error screen with:

"no boot sector on hard disk"
"CARDBUS NIC boot failed"

30 seconds or so later I also get this message

"No bootable devices"
Also, when I just start the computer normally, it does go to a screen that says no operating system found, which makes sense.

The weird thing is that the Windows Vista CD still starts up and goes to the installation area when I boot from CD drive, So I know my CD drive is working properly.

I have tried the XP CD in another computer and it works fine.

The computer with the problems is a Dell Inspiron 8500.

Sorry if this has been answered somewhere but I grew tired of reading through threads only to come to a very general solution of booting from the XP disc, which wont work.

Since I used deriks boot and nuke, I have not formatted and repartitioned the drive ( I don't know i... Read more

A:Solved: Windows XP Disc won't boot - no boot sector on hard disk..

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I recently bought windows 7 home premium upgrade to upgrade my XP machine, but the computer will not read the disc. When putting in the disc all I see on it is a single text file with "This disc contains a "UDF" file system and requires an operating system that supports the ISO-13346 "UDF" file system specification." I have tried 2 Different drives including an external which has loaded windows 7 discs just fine in the past. I have tried both the 32 bit and 64 bit discs. The XP machine has SP3 and says that it is completely up to date. The disc came still wrapped in its packaging from staples. Anyone have any ideas??
 

A:Solved: Unable to read Windows 7 disc

If that's the case, then this is probably the cause> Usually comes when someone is trying to open an .ISO file to run, but can also happen with a DVD disk.....

http://www.sharkyforums.com/showthread.php?t=283832

http://forums.techarena.in/vista-help/541405.htm
http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/vssetup/thread/3995833f-196f-4f8b-b57f-f8a7756559b1

Basically, it could be that the disk was made with some newer type of software that your drive cannot handle.

Maybe your DVD software needs Updates, especially if you have reinstalled the operating system and programs but not yet updated.....Nero, Roxio, etc have Updates you can add to the program, for free, you may have to make a simple account at their website.

Or........if nothing works,

Can you return that DVD and buy a different one somplace else?
 

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Hi mates,

I have a PC Fujitsu Esprimo desktop and I went to install windows 8 after formatting only the primary drive C:

Windows 8 wasn't what I expected so I decided to go back to windows 7. When I tried to rest the PC to factory settings using the repair disc I made before on windows 7, it shows an error that prevent from using the CD " there are no drives installed". so I went to use the USB boot and also got similar error "disk error, please restart your PC".

I got my Desktop from Japan and tried to contact the support for this issue, but it seems that I have to pay around $20 bucks to ask a specialist for help. so I decided to discuss this issue here before doing that...

Now I could install windows 7, but using Microsoft ISO home premium version and activating it with my product key. The issue is still there and being unable to rest things back as original. If you want to ask me why I want to do that!! Then the answer is: I want windows 7 to run correctly since there are a lot of incompatibility issues with the hardware; sounds, network adapter, Audio system, and etc,...

Any help is appreciated!

Thanks a lot, and sorry for my bad English

Cheers

P.S: I believe I have deleted the recovery partition on my hard disk by mistake which didn't have a letter...

A:unable to use Windows 7 System repair Disc

You should have made a disk image of 7 before you started. You don`t use a repair disc to get back to where you were, you would use your Recovery discs. Did you make them before you started ? A repair disc only repairs your Windows 7 install, hence the name repair disc.

Did you try to run factory restore from the manufacturers bios screen ? Does it still show up ?

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Working on a spiffy e-machine with Windows Vista Home Basic that runs pretty well.
After reading multiple posts where the advice usually begins with suggesting a 'boot disc' or a 'recovery disc', I guess what I'm looking to find out is:
1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?
2) How do I go about making one on this machine (or if I even can)? << I did read through Grinler's tutorials regarding System Restore points and all that seems to in good order. But I guess I'm not sure on the relationship between that and my post (or if there even is one).
3) a best practice regarding these type of discs
I don't have any pressing issues at this time, but I also don't want to wait until I do.
Everything I've learned here at BC has been so great & helpful, I would like to stay on that path, so any links/apps/ideas/suggestions and/or insights would be greatly appreciated.
Winterland

A:Boot Disc, Recovery Disc, Frisbee Disc

1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?

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Working on a spiffy e-machine with Windows Vista Home Basic that runs pretty well.

After reading multiple posts where the advice usually begins with suggesting a 'boot disc' or a 'recovery disc', I guess what I'm looking to find out is:
1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?
2) How do I go about making one on this machine (or if I even can)? << I did read through Grinler's tutorials regarding System Restore points and all that seems to in good order. But I guess I'm not sure on the relationship between that and my post (or if there even is one).
3) a best practice regarding these type of discs
I don't have any pressing issues at this time, but I also don't want to wait until I do.

Everything I've learned here at BC has been so great & helpful, I would like to stay on that path, so any links/apps/ideas/suggestions and/or insights would be greatly appreciated.
Winterland

A:Boot Disc, Recovery Disc, Frisbee Disc

1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?Boot disk vs recovery disk. Let me see if I can phrase that in a way that makes some sense.A recovery disc is a generic term for the disk or media containing a backup of the original factory condition or a specified condition of a computer as configured by the original equipment manufacturer or an end-user. OEM supplied recovery media is sometimes shipped with some computers to allow the user to reformat the hard drive and reinstall the operating system and pre-loaded software as it was when it was shipped. This is not as common a practice today as it was in the past. I won't confuse the issue, but google recovery partition for more information.A boot disk is a removable data storage medium, i.e. DVD or flash drive from which a computer can load and run 'boot' an operating system or utility program. The computer must have an installed program or application which will load and execute a program or application from the boot disk. This will enable you to boot an otherwise unusable machine to be able to troubleshoot the OS or non-working application as necessary.Hope that gives you a better idea of the difference.As to how to create a boot disk? I will let more knowledgeable staff or members assist you.

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I bought a laptop several years ago with Windows Vista installed on it, and opted to buy the upgrade disc to Windows 7 from Dell when it was released. The laptop is still functioning - just - and I would like to clean reinstall Windows 7 on it, restoring it to how it was when it was first installed. Can I do this with an upgrade disc?

I've attached an image of the disc so you can see which one I'm talking about.

A:Can I REinstall Windows 7 using an upgrade disc?

Use the latest official installation media from Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
which would be Win7 Home Premium x86 SP1 English Official ISO download
burned to new DVD with the tool also provided. Then follow the tutorial to get and keep a perfect install.

If you've upgraded your RAM beyond 4gb you'd want to switch to 64 bit same version to utilize all RAM.

Full and Upgrade version disks are the same, it is the key which determines which will activate. With reinstall of Upgrade version, when booted the installer will see another OS on the drive to allow use of Upgrade key during install. If a new or wiped hard drive it requires special adjustment after install to Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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Very frustrated

Bought an Windows 7 home premium upgrade disc for my Vista home premium pc, duly went and downloaded the upgrade advisor program before opening the package and it told me that my computer was a-ok to run windows 7 and upgrade, so I opened the package and put the dvd in my laptop's drive.

Nothing.

It makes a whirring noise, then sticks, if I click on the drive it tells me to insert a disc and ejects the windows 7 dvd.

This is the first and only DVD that has ever behaved like this, all others work.

I went back to the shop and the DVD ran on the computers there.

Why won't it run on mine?

Have an optiarc 5540a dvd drive. In a Dell inspiron 1720 running Vista 32 home premium. The drivers are up to date according to windows.

also, if the shop won't refund my money because I've opened the package (BECAUSE THE STUPID MICROSOFT WINDOWS 7 UPGRADE ADVISOR TOLD ME EVERYTHING WOULD WORK) How do I get my money back from microsoft for selling me a dud?

Also, where's a good place to buy a macbook as I have had enough of this ****

First Vista and now this.

A:Windows 7 upgrade disc not recognized by DVD

Try another DVD drive since it is clear from your tests that it is your DVD drive and not Win7.

You can load it to a flash stick using another computer to boot isntall instead of from DVD: Extract ISO using ImgBurn, Download UltraISO trial, load ISO file, Write Disk Image to flash stick from Bootable tab, click Format button first.

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Trying to upgrade a Win 7 to Win 10 using HP supplied System Recovery DVD. After booting from the dvd I get an error message :- "This computer is not supported by the System Recovery Media Error 0130-ABU-ABB" On a popup window the following information was provided:- "Version 1.1610.5.0Recovery Media Product Number Y63SKU3#ABA1System Product Number N1A78EAABU" After clicking on OK the system shuts down. The discs have the number 856414-021

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Hi, I am having problems with windows unable to format blank dvd+r discs... it will play my cds and dvds but when I try to format the blank disc for use I get that error saying that it can't complete the format... I have windows vista, package 1... a few months ago the dvd rom refused to work and it had vanish off the control panel, so I didn't worry about it because I didn't use it... but I recently restored my laptop pc from the manufactured reboot and again it appeared... and I checked it and it was working... but now that I try to download to a DVD+R blank disc... windows error say "WINDOWS UNABLE TO COMPLETE FORMAT" AFTER IT STARTS...can anyone tell me what is wrong and how to fix this? I had downloaded a nero burner, but get the same response that it can't complete the format or the disc is unreadable or invalid... HELP???!!!!
 

A:windows unable to complete format on blank dvd+r disc...

First of all, please tell me why are you trying to format a blank DVD R+ ?
DVD R+ means that this DVD is recordable only once and cannot be erased.
Try buying a new one. That might solve your problem.

Kind Regards,
Zero-Cool
 

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I have found several posts from 2009 that have mentioned the possibility of installing Windows 7 on a new/empty/formatted HDD with an Upgrade edition. I have not, however, found anything recent on this. I have an unused, full retail version of Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Upgrade handy and am going to be building a friend a new PC, custom built. My question is, can someone verify that it is still possible to do a full and new installation of Windows 7 using an Upgrade disc on a brand new HDD?

Any help on this would be appreciated, and I do not mind telling him that he needs to purchase a new OEM or retail version if it comes down to it, being that it is his money ;-)

A:Verification: Windows 7 Upgrade Retail Disc on new HDD

Yes:

Clean Install Windows 7 with Upgrade Media | Windows 7 content from Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

I've done this myself about a half a dozen times, and I've recommended it dozens and dozens of times and it always works. There are 3 methods discussed, and Method #3 is usually the one that needs to be done.

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I have a windows 7 home premium x64 Toshiba upgrade disc laying around and has not been used as i have a copy of windows 7 ultimate x64 installed on my laptop instead. so i was wondering if there was anyway i could install this on a another computer and do a full install and if it is possible how do i go about doing it? Thanks in advance!
-Raffy

A:Windows 7 Toshiba Upgrade Disc Question

  
Quote: Originally Posted by raffy


I have a windows 7 home premium x64 Toshiba upgrade disc laying around and has not been used as i have a copy of windows 7 ultimate x64 installed on my laptop instead. so i was wondering if there was anyway i could install this on a another computer and do a full install and if it is possible how do i go about doing it? Thanks in advance!
-Raffy


My Toshiba upgrade disc checked to see if it was being installed on my Toshiba Laptop .

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I'm making my first gaming pc build. I'm going to use my hard drive that came with my hp computer. It originally had Vista on it, now has 7 (pretty sure it's Ultimate). Windows 7 was installed on it by my friend, who I no longer live close to, so I'm gonna install windows myself. I've been told that it is best to do a clean install of Windows on new systems. I want to save money and buy the upgrade disc instead of the full version. My question is that could I create a clean partition on my hard drive, and use that to upgrade windows on? Going from ultimate on one partition to clean new version of home premium? Or is it only possible to go from XP & Vista to 7, and not from one edition of 7 to a different edition of 7. I don't really mind the loss, especially with Windows 8 releasing later.

If this doesn't work, I'll probably just do the Clean install Windows 7 with Upgrade Disk method instead, but I haven't really looked that far into it.

Edit- Forgot to mention that the Windows 7 Ultimate was 64bit, and so is the Home Premium Upgrade Disc I plan on buying.
Thank you for your time .
 

A:Windows 7 Upgrade disc install questions

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Hello, I'm new, I hope I'm posting in the right section. Please forgive me if this is in the wrong place.

Anyway, I want to know how to get a upgrade disc so I can upgrade my computer to Vista Ultimate x64, I got an anytime upgrade pack some time ago and forgot about it until yesterday, I found the case & key but the CD/DVD is missing. I need a replacement and so far Microsoft is of no help.

Can someone help me?

A:How do I get a windows vista anytime upgrade disc?

Hello, go to start, all programs. accessories, click on the Welcome Center, then open up the Upgrade window .

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Hi,

I've had enough of Windows 8 now. I can't put up with the lack of start menu (3rd party programs are buggy, inc. classic shell).
Programs stock working randomly.
Desktop does not properly boot sometimes requiring a restart.
Core applications are placed in obscure places. eg. system restore is buried behind a plethora of links and not searchable within start.

I just want to know if I can sell my Windows 8 Pro Upgrade?
If so, how do I deactivate my current serial?

I plan on buying Windows 7.
This is what I have bought:

From here:
Thanks,

A:Can I sell my Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade) disc + serial?

Hello Killer Hornet, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Yes, you may sell it if you like to another person. Be sure to let them know that it has been used since they may need to activate by phone if it will not activate online normally since the product key had already been activated on your PC.
Windows 8 EULA





Can I transfer the software to another computer or user?

You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. To make that transfer, you must transfer the original media, the certificate of authenticity, the product key and the proof of purchase directly to that other person, without retaining any copies of the software. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Anytime you transfer the software to a new computer, you must remove the software from the prior computer. You may not transfer the software to share licenses between computers. You may transfer Get Genuine Windows software, Pro Pack or Media Center Pack software only together with the licensed computer.



Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi all I've been having a few issues for a while with my onboard GFX. If you are interested see the link.

http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...-crashing.html

Anyway I have been asked to reinstall the operating system by asus to see if it rectifies the problem.
While I?m doing this I ideally want to perform a clean install and delete the partition that was left on there by Mesh computers who I bought I from. Vista was initially pre installed on the PC but I bought it with the windows 7 Upgrade option.

What I would like to know is will the windows 7 upgrade disc have the same options as a normal windows 7 operating system disc?

If so how do I delete the partition and perform a clean wipe/install? Have we got an idiot guide.


Cheers for the help

Jacka

A:Clean Install with Windows 7 Upgrade disc.

Quote:
If so how do I delete the partition and perform a clean wipe/install? Have we got an idiot guide.


Take a look here:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Partition the Hard Drive in a Windows 7 Install

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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So way, way, way back when... when Microsoft was offering presale Windows 7 disks to university students I purchased mine online.

I recently had to reinstall the OS due to a failing hard drive but I just now noticed, on the original disk (OE from MS, complete with hologram, etc) it says, "Includes Windows Anytime Upgrade".
Also I just noticed in the System information window under Windows Edition it says, "Get more features with a new edition of Windows 7". From there it takes me to another window to enter the key. This is a different key than the original installer key.

My question is, how do I get this key? When they say "Includes Windows Anytime Upgrade", do they just mean Microsoft just gives you a handy link to purchase a key???

A:Help retrieving Windows Anytime Upgrade Key from OE disc

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

If you have not use your upgrade, you will find your key in the email from the university students purchased.

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On the Microsoft Community forums, they convinced me that I need to do a clean install of Windows 8/8.1.
I decided that if I have to do a clean install, I will replace the C hard drive with a SSD. I got the SSD yesterday. I've installed drives 15-20 times and I've installed Windows upgrades, but never a clean install of Windows.
Some of the people were warning me not to do it myself, and to get a computer store to do it. The told me about how changing the ATA setting to AHCI (as needed for the SSD) will make Windows 8 get into a reboot loop. I checked my BIOS, and it is already set to AHCI (the only other choice was RAID), so that shouldn't be a problem.
This computer came with Windows 7. I bought the retail Windows 8 upgrade disc when it was new and installed it. When the 8.1 free download came out, I downloaded it from the Windows store and installed it. I have the license keys for all three of these.
My plan (after backing up files, of course) is to:
1. replace the C: HD with the SSD.
2. use the Window 8 upgrade disc to do a clean install (this can be done, right?)
3. do Windows Update, do all updates, and keep rebooting until there are no more updates
4. download and install the 8.1 update
I read that there can be a problem activating Windows, but there is a change you can make to the registry to allow it to activate (I've done regedits before).
Do you see any problems with me doing this myself?
 
ADDED:
Since I wrote this, I looked at this video about doing a clean ... Read more

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When I purchased my Dell xps 8900 with windows 7 a couple of weeks ago i was sold a windows 10 upgrade disc with the package. I was told it was for an upgrade and no current software will be lost. I started looking into doing the upgrade and on the back of the disc wrapper it said to ensure that the BIOS setting is set to UEFI. My BIOS is currently set to legacy. The information i am seeing states that all current software and settings will be lost if i do this and i will be installing the windows 10 "upgrade" from scratch. Also is there any information on the upgrade fom the dell windows 10 disc. The information provided by the website on the wrapper is about "Windows 7 Downgrade systems fail to boot to Windows 10 recovery media". www.dell.com/.../SLN300634

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I have successfully created a Windows 7 Repair Disc using the "Create a system repair disc" from Control_Panel->Backup_and_Restore

When I attempt to reboot, using the Repair Disc I have just created, everything appears to work - Loads files, Windows wavy flag, etc. however; just as I am about to get into the real stuff I receive the following message:

This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair.

This is exactly the ssame message I get if I boot from the original Window 7 DVD and elect Repair option

Anyone any ideas what is going on and where can I go next

This is really important to me as when I use F8 during Post I do not have the options to repair the system here either and it freaks me a bit to be unable to repair the system should anything happen

A:Windows 7 Home x64 SP1 Repair disc - unable to start recovery

Did you burn a 64 bit Repair disk?

Are you running RAID1 by any chance?

I'm not getting much traction googling the error text. Perhaps you should take over.

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Hi guys,

I currently have windows 7 home premium 64 bit edition on my desktop. I get a copy of windows 7 professional 64 bit disc with legal key from my university for a student special. How can I upgrade? I was redirected to windows anytime upgrade during the installation. But my windows 7 professional x64 product key was not accepted there. I already have lots applications installed so I don't want to do a clean install. Any suggestion? Thanks!

A:Upgrade from windows 7 home premium to professional from disc

  
Quote: Originally Posted by apexapex


Hi guys,

I currently have windows 7 home premium 64 bit edition on my desktop. I get a copy of windows 7 professional 64 bit disc with legal key from my university for a student special. How can I upgrade? I was redirected to windows anytime upgrade during the installation. But my windows 7 professional x64 product key was not accepted there. I already have lots applications installed so I don't want to do a clean install. Any suggestion? Thanks!


Your original installation may have an "OEM" license and your pro license may be retail.

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was wondering if you guys recommend I simply upgrade or do a clean install?

I know the benefits of a clean install but the problem is that it would take quite awhile to back up everything as I don't have an external HD. Doing the disc swapping thingy is just too cumbersome since I have around 140 gb of stuff to save.

I would prefer a clean install and was wondering if it's really worth it over upgrading. I've read online that there's not thatmuch difference in performance. Yes, boot times and programs will launch faster but is it worth my saving all my stuff to dvd-r's? Is there a free program anyone knows about that could just save my settings? I don't really want to go looking for installation discs around the home because God knows where they are!

I've see a program online called "NikSaver". Is it worth the money or is there something similar that will do the same thing for free?

Worse case scenario, I'll only copy the important stuff and write down all of my bookmarks from Firefox etc.

Which route should I take?

A:[SOLVED] Received a Windows 7 upgrade disc for Xmas and.....

Clean install. There may be some bad/ extraneous baggage you don't want following you from Vista.

You can only back up personal profile folder files -
- Music
- Docs
- Pics
- Favorites
- etc...

You'll need to reinstall apps.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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Does anyone have experience using the Windows 10 Pro upgrade disc that comes with this desktop?
www.dell.com/.../pd
I ordered this specific model a week ago I'm now sitting here using it as I type this. I popped the included disc in, rebooted, and then hit F12 to boot from the disc. The disc ran and I attempted to select the option to install Windows 10 and keep my files that are on the drive. It told me the drive is locked so it can't install. So instead I then tried another option which was to wipe the entire drive clean and install Windows 10. That didn't work either because there was a "partition missing". There is an astonishingly low amount of search results related to my problem on the internet. So I was hoping someone here had some experience or advice to offer me.

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Hi,

I bought long time ago Windows 7 Home edition (FPP license) - non english and afterwards when I realized that it does not support more than 16GB RAM, I decided to buy WAU upgrade to Ultimate version.
I need to know, if it is possible to create or download legally just the Ultimate version with english language and use my KEY.

When I reinstall windows, then I have to do upgrade to Ultimate and then add english language package which is not translating everything. I don't like this. I would prefer just one instalation of Ultimate with english language and use my key.

Thanks for any help.

A:Windows 7 Home to Ultimate with WAU upgrade - new installation disc

Hi,
Yes
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Problem is still you need new full installation media,
You might quote this nice fellow,
Win7 ISO image

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Just got my Z10T and decided to upgrade to Win10. Problem is the Win10 upgrade hung and now I can't fix Win10.

Nor can I restore Win 8.1 from SSD recovery partition or from USB recovery image I made before trying Win10 upgrade.

So, I am hoping that someone can throw me a lifeline, otherwise I have a very expensive ultrabook that I can't use at all.

Cheers

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One of my computers has Windows 7 Home which is showing that it is not genuine.  I purchased a Windows 7 Pro upgrade disc to make the system genuine.  If I try to use the disc to upgrade, it tells me to use the windows anytime update.  I
used that, entered the key from the pro disc and the system now tells me I must activate win 7 HOME BEFORE I upgrade.  This is an unending loop that should not occur.  Guess I should have just purchased a win 7 home key, but I wanted to go to win
7 pro at the same time.  How can I fix this without having to do a clean install?

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