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Q: Upgrading laptop from vista to windows 10

I have been trying without success to get a simple yes or no answer from many sources. I want to know if I can install Windows 10 on my dv7 1130us laptop which is now running Vista 64bit. I cannot find anything more than basic system requirements for Windows 10. It would have been nice if Microsoft would have created a Windows 10 Upgrade Advisor like they did for 7 and 8. So can anybody tell me if this laptop would be compatible with Windows 10.

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I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Upgrading laptop from vista to windows 10

@ammess Windows 10 will run on almost anything. Microsoft is doing an exemplary job providing drivers and software to allow Windows 10 to run on all sorts of old and new computers (not just HP). System:HP Pavilion dv7-1130us Entertainment Notebook PC Short Answer: No, your system has served you well -- it is time to invest in some new hardware. HP and other vendors build lots of computers in every price range that happily run Windows 10. Commentary Problems and Challenges migrating Vintage systems to Windows 10 includes (and is certainly not limited to) the following: Your hardware (computer) does not support / provide HP Drivers for anything newer than Windows 7. Vendor drivers provide the computer with the specific software support for your hardware: Audio, Network, Graphics, Chipset, specialty programs and drivers for your fingerprint reader.Even assuming someone could help with some driver support so things like your Network (Internet) would function, there is NO support to update the BIOS. Eventually, if not right away, this lack of BIOS update is likely to cause issues. How bad? Maybe tolerable, maybe downright "show stopping".Operating a migrated system on an unsupported Operating System version can be challenging. How? Programs may not work as expected, the system may be slow, sluggish, and fail to provide the kind of diagnostic information necessary to know what to do when something goes wrong.In general, if you have to ask the question, you may not have the necessary skill level to put up with the hassle. If you do have the skill level, you may (at some point) run out of patience with your nice old computer. This response is a personal opinion and the message is delivered with the utmost respect. Click the Thumbs Up to say Thanks!Click Post that answers your question "Accept as Solution" to help others find it. Thank you for participating in the HP Community Forum.We are a community of HP enthusiasts dedicated to supporting HP devices and technology.

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so i did something pretty stupid....
a buddy of mine sold me a HP Pavilion dv2000 laptop.

It came with vista on it, but i wanted to reformat the drive and start new by installing windows XP. it goes through the whole installation but then once it boots up it goes the HP screen and then flashes and reboots. It won't stop rebooting unless you have the XP disk in on the boot and in which case it just starts the installation over again.

I figured maybe i could partition the drive and boot from that and check out if there was something wrong with the windows file.

I've never done this on a laptop and i was pretty excited when i got it so i just kinda did it on impulse thinking it would be a breeze like a desktop.

I did some research, I know i messed up cause these laptops are set up to run Vista outta the factory, but i dunno what to do to fix it.

so what do I need to do to get it up and working with XP?


A:Upgrading From Vista To Windows Xp Sp2 (laptop)

Rerun setup from the CD. Make sure that you DELETE the existing partition, then create and format a new partition.
Obviously you'll lose the existing data (but I get the impression that that isn't a problem).

That might solve your problems.

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I ran the Windows 7 Upgrade 7 Advisor for upgrading from Vista.  Advisor recommends getting updates to following programs: Windows 7 Upgrade AdvisorHP MediaSmart DVDversion 2.1.2328Hewlett-Packard Windows 7 Upgrade AdvisorHP Total Care Setupversion 1.1.2413.2876 Windows 7 Upgrade AdvisorProtectSmart Hard Drive Protectionversion I am having difficulties determine what is the updated versions of these programs.  Please advise. Thank you 


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A:Upgrading laptop HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook with Windows Vista...

Hi: Here is the W7 version of the HP MediaSmart DVD software... 4.2.4701 http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp50501-51000/sp50935.exe ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection for W7... Rev. A http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp45501-46000/sp45501.exe I believe this software supercedes the total care advisor software...suggest you uninstall the previous version first. IMO, this software is not necessary for your PC to function correctly. This package provides an updated version of the HP Advisor Software for the supported PC models and operating systems. The HP Advisor Software provides easy-to-use one-stop-access to software, services, solutions, and support from HP and its partners. 3.4.12850.3526 Rev. E http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp50001-50500/sp50046.exe

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I have a Sony Vaio VGN-N250N/B, I already managed to Put XP Pro on it, but I'm unable to get Modem Drivers and a "Mass Storage Device" - I've already tried the Sony website, but the only drivers for my Model are for Vista Business and I even tried to use XP drivers from other Sony Models - but they don't install, they come back with a message that the drivers on not intended for this Model. I found another posting similar to mine but I think its to far past for people to take an interest in, but I'm sure some people have had success with this model. I'm more interested in drivers for the Modem at this point.

The Modem is a "HDAUDIO SoftV92 Data Fax Modem with SmartCP" from conexint, but if I go to the site thier drivers don't seem to work on the laptop. Thanks in advance.

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Hi all.

I was wondering if I could upgrade to Win7 from vista HP on my Acer 5720z with an upgrade DVD I have from sony.

Actually I bought a Sony VAIO and I do not want to upgrade it to Win7. But I did want to use the upgrade DVD that came with it on my Acer.

Me thinks there should not be a problem and I will need to hunt for Acer drivers but I just wanted to confirm if Win7 would activate okay using Sony Win7 key on an Acer laptop????


A:upgrading acer vista laptop with sony upgrade dvd

I think that varies case by case, from manufacturer to manufacturer. It could be that the Sony disc expects to see a Sony BIOS and if it doesn't, you are out of luck.

I'd guess you would just have to try it. I would further guess that if it will install, it will activate.

But as a safeguard, I would make sure I could restore the Acer to Vista if you can't upgrade to Windows 7 and things went in the toilet midway through.

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I know I will loose all my data on my hard drive when I do this but I have an additional 500 GB internal hard drive in my PC which I use to save some of my large files but not the operating system or any program. So my question is can I save all my programs and files I want to keep on this hard drive without them being affected when I upgrade? Also, is there any thing I need to be aware of if this is possible? Appreciate your help in advance

A:Upgrading from 32 Bit Vista to Windows 7 64 Bit

All applications will have to be installed in the new OS. There is really no practical alternative to this.

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Hi folks,

A while back I was working on home Vista PC....and all of a sudden it strook me that I really hated Vista.

Sooo... I replaced Vista with XP... However I could not find XP drivers for my PC.

The PC in question is ; http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/p...roduct=3356491

Anyway, seeing as XP was a no go I decided to put Vista back on. It was on the recovery drive... However.. this was no corrupted (even though I had installed XP on a different drive). So I borrowed a Vista disc from a mate assuming that I could use my original key to activate it, but it didn't work.

Please note that I only use original discs and legal product keys.

Which leaves me now thinking whether I should put Windows 7 on the PC? A friend of mine (who works in IT) says that Windows 7 will use the correct drivers needed for my pc. So... is it just a matter of inserting the disc, formatting the disc drive when promted and the putting 7 on?

Hope you can help!

A:Upgrading from Vista to Windows 7

Hi you cannot guarantee win 7 will have all the drivers but vista drivers may work, I had a quick look on the site and they don't have any drivers for win 7

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This is a duplicate post because I thought it belonged in hardware but I'm not getting any responses so I added it here.

Hi, I am in the process of upgrading my computer software to windows 7 64. While I am upgrading my operating system software, I plan to change out my 2 sticks of 2G ram with 2 sticks of 4G ram. My current RAM is 1067 and I would like to use 1333. I am unsure if this is possible.

My idea is to shut dowm my PC, replace my hard drive, ram and sound card with:

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Audio Card
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770

Start my computer with the installation disk from Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Will that work? From everything I read, the RAM is my only concern. Thanks for any advice.

A:Upgrading from Windows Vista 32 to 7 64

It depends on RAM and processor, if you don't have the 64-bit processor, you can do nothing

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I just cannot seem to get this to work. I currently have the windows 10 .ISO Disk in the DVD drive of my vista machine, have set the BIOS to look there for a bootup but it isn't working. It shows "booting from CD rom"on the screen but just loads vista as usual. Please tell me what else I can try.

A:Upgrading vista to windows 10

You need to change the boot order in the BIOS screen to make sure that the DVD drive is used first, before the hard disk.
Also, when it says booting from CD, the you usually have to press a key to tell it to boot from the disk. Also, the disk itself must be bootable as well.

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I just bought the windows vista home edition from best buy. I am currently running XP Professional, and I don't want to lose any files on my computer. Is it possible to upgrade from XP Pro to Vista Home basic and not lose your data? And is Vista Home more powerful then XP Pro?

A:Upgrading to Windows Vista

just put the disk in while in windows see if it will allow an upgrade install.it should my vista business edition did,and i have no problems with it.if you have any programs that are not compatible with vista,and wont uninstall later.use the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility this will allow you to get rid of any stuck programs.

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Hi I hope someone here can give me some advice. I purchased an Acer aspire laptop for my daughter a year or so ago and on the box it said 60 GB HD, but in reality it is a dual HD with 30 GB each, one marked "Acer" :C and a second marked "Data" :D Now one prob is that within a short time the C drive was pretty full and the thing is running pretty slow. I moved as much stuff as I felt comfortable with to the D drive and C is still 80% full!!! I can't upgrade to Windows 7 right now because I don't have the 16 GB I need to do this on the C drive. If I do a custom install of Windows 7 on the D drive will it still work?? Oh I did upgrade the original RAM volume from 500 MB to 1.5 GB this helped the speed at first, but as the HD got fiuller and fuller it slowed again.

A:Upgrading Vista to Windows 7

why not just back all data to the D drive and then do a clean/custom install to the C drive.

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My previous post said Windows 7, but it was actually Windows Vista that my brother bought for me. Again, i was wondering how to get the info for you to decide whether i can run it, and if it will delete all my files/programs

A:Help Upgrading to Windows Vista

Run what on what for what?

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Hi there everyone! :D

I'm building a new system this week, and i have a question.

The system build is as follows:

Intel Pentium Dual Core E5800 3.2Ghz
2 gigs of ram.
Ati Radeon 3650 1Gb
500 Watt PSU

I'm currently running windows XP. However, i want to play Just Cause 2. I need Pixel Shader 4, and Directx 10.1.

Xp doesn't have those. I would need Vista, or Windows 7.

So, my question is this. I have 6 or 7 games currently on my computer, but i no longer have the disks as i just moved halfway across the country. I know that if i upgrade to vista(Eww), my programs and games will still play without having to reinstall them, as long as i use the x86 version. My question is, if i upgrade to vista, and then upgrade to windows 7, will my games still work?

I know that going from vista to 7, and from xp to vista will do what i want, i just want to make sure that doing XP, to Vista, to 7, will allow the same thing. Please get back to me as soon as you can. Thanks for your help. :D

A:Upgrading to Vista, and windows 7.

You might be disappointed in the game's performance even if you could play it on your system. You will be spending a couple hundred dollars to upgrade to Windows 7 from XP via the 32-bit upgrade path yet will still only have a system that just meets the minimum requirements for the game.

Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista/7
Processor: Dual-Core CPU (Athlon 64 X2 4200/Pentium D @ 3 GHz)
Memory: 2 GB
Hard Drive: 10 GB Free
Video Memory: 256 MB (NVIDIA GeForce 8800/ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro)
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
DirectX: 10
Keyboard & Mouse
DVD Rom Drive

Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista/7
Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.6 GHz/AMD Phenom X3 @ 2.4 GHz
Memory: 3 GB
Hard Drive: 10 GB Free
Video Memory: 512 MB (NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250/ATI Radeon HD 5750)
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
DirectX: 10.1
Keyboard & Mouse
DVD Rom Drive

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i just "downgraded" to windows vista, and its incompatible with all my 3d software that i payed alot of money for, so i pop in my windows xp disc and try to run the installer but its incompatible with vista so i boot from my windows xp disc and for some reason it doesnt start the windows installer it goes straight to DR-DOS? and i have no clue how to get to the installer cuz i want vista gone! "until they fix it"

A:upgrading to Windows XP! (from Vista)

Is the XP cd a full install cd? Original disk?

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I currently have windows vista laptop and am unable to install ITunes due to needing windows 7 and above. Was wondering if it's more cost efficient to just buy a new laptop instead of upgrading the system.

A:Upgrading Windows Vista

Is your laptop (no description given) running Windows Vista SP2 32-bit or 64-bit?

iTunes 12.1.3 is the latest version that's supposedly supported by Windows Vista.

You can download the 32-bit version from here.

You can download the 64-bit version from here.


Even if you want to upgrade that laptop from Windows Vista SP2 to Windows 7 SP1, it may not support all of its devices, so you need to research that first and make sure all the needed drivers are available.

It's also very difficult now to find a legitimate copy of Windows 7 - which will probably cost over $100.00.


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I hope this question is easy to answer and uncomplicated in the telling. I am looking to buy a new PC with Vista installed. The computer I have now is an Acer T120c, CPU-AMD Sempron 2800 with 2.0Ghz with A Windows XP operating system. I was looking at a much better Acer preinstalled with Vista. Now my question is this: I have three fairly new, healthy, partially filled, formatted 320GB WD IDE hard drives (all used for storge on my old XP) which I want to put into the new Vista computer. The hard drive with the XP operating system on it will be discarded (it is dying slowly). Now I have found on-line many people who claim that Vista will not recognize hard drives that it did not format. First, is this a common problem, and second, are there ways around this problem. Any recommendations, insights or warnings would be greatly appreciated. Thanks...and Happy New Year :)

A:Upgrading from Windows XP to Vista

for what it is worth i have never heard of this and if it were true people using external hd would be in trouble if you look in some of the posts you will see many people working with both os and dont appear to have issues however having had a look on google it would appear there may be some issues so all i can say is i have a small server which is running win 2000 and it works fine and is recognised on the network by vista so this could be an option

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I recently bought a new laptop (Dell) and it doesn't have a dual core processor. I would like to get ready for Windows Vista. Can I swap out my current Intel processor for a dual core processor? What other considerations do I need to look at?

A:Upgrading for Windows Vista

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My processor is 64-bit. I currently have 32-bit Windows Vista. I just ordered Windows 7 for $42 from Digital River (they are sending me the backup DVD) using the student discount.

Due to a very busy semester, I will not have the time to do a clean install, and will have to settle for an upgrade and do the clean install later on when I have time next semester.

I was wondering, what precautions will I have to take in order to make sure that I don't screw something up? Will my Vista motherboard drivers still work with Windows 7?

A:Upgrading from Vista to Windows 7 (32-Bit)

Have you ran the Window 7 Compatibility Program from the Windows 7 website? I found it very useful and it tell you what you might have trouble with.


I did a clean install from Vista 32-bit to 7 64-bit and it took me less then 2 hours.

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I'm hoping someone can advise me on upgrading from Vista to Windows 7.

I have a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Li 1818 laptop, which i bought in 2007. It's in good working order and i like the 17 inch screen. I am running Vista 64 bit.

I checked the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and everything is ok, except for one crucial element - that being my Network Adapter.

This is a Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC. Basically it says the driver needs updating, which i've tried to do, but it still won't let me connect wirelessly to the internet. I can however connect using an ethernet cable. Basically my laptop is near enough to the Sky Hub Router to use a cable.

When i go into the Fujitsu download site, it doesn't give any options for Windows 7. Only XP and Vista.

Before i go and buy an OEM Windows 7 licence, i want to be 100% sure that i can do the following: -

Will i still be able to install Windows 7 even though there is not a Windows 7 network adapter?I'm hoping i can, because at present i am connecting to the internet just fine with an ethernet cable as my network adapter just won't work.I have no problem connecting using ethernet, as long as Windows 7 installs and works.

Many thanks.


A:Upgrading from Vista to Windows 7

Are you planning on doing a clean install that generates a Windows.old folder?

I'm asking because I did that both with Windows 7 32 bit and 64 bit. The 32 bit went fine. My 64 bit Vista SP1 Home Premium I got flaky behavior. It was bad enough I restored the image of Vista x64 and just kept using it.

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

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

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I'm about to build a new computer and I am not 100% sure what O/S I should install. I originally thought I'll just stick with XP since it works, but then I thought Vista is a lot better now so I might go with that instead. I have a Vista Ultimate (upgrade) but I heard there's a way you can get around that and use it as a full version.

How much drive space does Vista Ultimate require? I'm getting a 30 GB SSD to run my O/S and some programs, so I don't have tons of room for an operating system. Would you recommend Vista Ultimate over Windows XP?

The last issue is I am really interested in Windows 7 when it comes out, but I'm not sure how the upgrading works. If I have Windows Vista Ultimate installed, can I buy the Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade disc and it should work? Is it okay to use the upgrading feature or is it recommended to do a clean format and get a full version...or does the upgrade disc format your computer anyway?

A:Upgrading from Vista to Windows 7?

the vista installer will ask you to insert your windows xp disc if it isnt on the HDD already. I do use vista over XP unless im on a really old computer. with the updates it works fine. I had vista on my Pentuim 3 thinkpad, and ran it great.

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Hi forum,
I am just about to upgrade to 7 (64 bit) from Vista but would like an answer to a matter puzzling me.
I have a two- HD system ....C /D and a recovery partition E. The E has the recovery files for Vista on it.
I am not very technical so the question might appear stupid but should I remove the contents of E with a Format?. I shall never have to avail of this again. In any event, I am always receiving notifications in System Health Reports that there is less than 13% available on this section. My reason in asking this is so that I can go over to 7 without any unneccessary "baggage" in tow.

A:Upgrading to 7 from Windows Vista.

It's a good and valid question. I understand that drive C and D are separate drives with E as a recovery partition on which drive.....I would think it's the C drive. I'm I understanding this correctly?

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We're a couple of weeks away from 2018 and I know this should have been done years ago....  Is there a way to upgrade from Windows Vista to 7, 8 or 10?  I want to get security updates and be able to access contacts etc. in Office 2003,  that
also needs an upgrade.

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What is the best , legal, and most cost effective way, to get a single licence upgrade path of the operating sytem.
On my Toshiba Satelite laptop?


A:Upgrading Vista To Windows 7

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I purchased a new PC Sept. 2008 with Vista Home Premium 64bit installed.

I have had nothing but problems....I call my PC "HAL" or the DEVIL.
It is certainly possessed...and not being Catholic, I don't know any priests that I can call on to exorcise this beast!

My previous PC ran Windows XP Home Premium 32bit, and it was WONDERFUL!

My mental health is suffering with "HAL"

Long story short, I did not think going back to XP was a good choice, because it was a 32bit system, and now with 64bit...I felt I should go forward not backward.

So I have purchased and downloaded Windows Home Premium 7 upgrade, BUT have not installed it yet.

I am not quite comfortable or trusting of my program and data files not being affected or corrupted while I upgrade to Windows 7, and I am not sure just how to backup or save my programs and data before I install the upgrade.

I have a 500GB external hard drive that I can backup or save to, but I need help with step by step instructions on how to do this. If I just save or backup will I not be keeping Vista in that backup.

I would appreciate anyone who knows what I need to do, helping me to do this upgrade.

Thanks, Freshair

A:Upgrading Vista (&#*@(&$) to Windows 7

Welcome to the forums!

Do you want to keep all your programs, or do you mind starting over with a fresh copy of 7?

See these tutorials: Clean Install Windows 7

Upgrade Install with Windows 7

Let us know if you need any help.

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i lost my disk to upgrade windows vista home premium to vista ultimate thank god i wrote the key down on my laptop i need to know how to download the upgrade without having to buy or pay for a new disk or product key

A:help upgrading windows vista

Call Microsoft and explain situation to them.

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I'm trying to determine if I need to purchase Win 7 upgrade or full version. I would like to be able to get the upgrade since it's cheaper.

The computer will not boot to the Vista OS. I'm sure it's a system file but I don't want to jack around with Vista anymore plus I can't find my install disk. Does the upgrade require the current OS to be completely functional? I would like to be able to delete the existing data. Can I do this with the upgrade?


A:Upgrading from Vista to Windows 7

Hello yuyu, and welcome to Seven Forums.

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

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Hope this helps,

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I use a HP dv7-1247 x64 laptop with the current version of VISTA Home Premium.

I just purchased the new Windows 7 Home Premium at a reduced rate from Microsoft which will be released 22 OCT.

My question is when I receive the CD from Microsoft and load it offline, will the upgrade to my OS completely remove Vista and all components.

The reason I want to upgrade offline is that I use the ATT Mercury USB 885 Air Card and downloading online uses to much of my allowable air time.


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I would like to purchase the Windows 7 Ultimate upgrade, but what I would like to know is if I can install it more than one time? I am concerned that my laptop may crash and then I will be out $219.00 if I need to buy a new laptop. I know I can simply buy a new laptop with Windows 7, but I would imagine that would also cost more than $219.00. I only plan on installing it on the machine I currently have, but I do have an older laptop with XP on it which will take the upgrade as well in the event of a hardware failure.

Thank you.

A:Upgrading to Windows 7 from Vista Business.

You can reinstall the upgrade version as necessary and it can do clean installs too.

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I am getting a Windows 7 upgrade for Christmas and i want it to be a "fresh" install but i have read that you cant do this. I have been told that if i want to do this i will have to reformat the disk . If i do reformat the disk, will it go back to be as fast as it was when i first got it?

Also, there is a few files like some pictures and microsoft word 2007 that i would want to keep. Is there any way to backup these before i reformat the disk?

also, any tips before upgrading? thanks


I have windows vista home premium 64bit
toshiba satellite a500
500gb memory
4gb ram

A:Things before upgrading from vista to windows 7 please help!

Hello Johnny, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, you can do a clean install with a upgrade copy of Windows 7. The tutorial below can help show you how to if you like.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

You could just manually copy and paste the files to say a USB flash drive to back them up, and copy them back after installing Windows 7. All of your programs and Windows 7 drivers will have to be reinstalled though.

Hope this helps,

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My brother just bought a windows 7 ultimate x64 from a near by retail store and he wanted to upgrade his currently installed vista x64. So the problem is that he wanted to install windows 7 by formatting the HD without needing to backup/delete his documents, videos, movies, music. It will be highly appreciated if some one can help out with the situation!!

Thank you

A:Vista x64 upgrading to Windows 7, few questions!

Quote: Originally Posted by Ufokrazy

My brother just bought a windows 7 ultimate x64 from a near by retail store and he wanted to upgrade his currently installed vista x64. So the problem is that he wanted to install windows 7 by formatting the HD without needing to backup/delete his documents, videos, movies, music. It will be highly appreciated if some one can help out with the situation!!

Thank you

Hi and welcome

so he wants to format and not back up data. Does he not want the data, or does not want back it up?

Ken J+

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Hello, I have a Dell Vostro 1510 which I received with Windows Vista pre-installed. Now because of support issues I want to upgrade to Windows 7. I want to download Windows 7 straight onto the Laptop and not onto a DVD or USB stick. I'm not confident that I can do this without creating any problems. My question is , if I manage to download Windows 7 will it completely overwrite Windows Vista or will I end up with Windows 7 and Windows Vista still taking up memory space ?

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My friend wanted an upgrade to Windows 7 but he doesn't know how so I went to help him. After inserting the disc and chosen the upgrade option to Windows 7 everything was going smoothly. However as soon as the upgrade completed I started seeing a black screen whenever I boot the laptop on. On the screen there was only 2 options. "Recovery Mode" and "Normal Boot" (I don't know the exact phrase but it's about the meaning). First, if you choose normal boot you'll get a blue screen 80% of the time. Then, if you choose recovery mode it'll take 30mins to hours and just to expect a crash at the end and then automatically restart.- - - - - - - - - -Toshiba Laptop Satellite xxxxxxx (will edit and add the model number ASAP)Previous OS = Vista (I don't know the edition but definitely but starter or ultimate)*I don't think drivers were updated to latest version- - - - - - - - - -IN SUMMARY- The laptop is unable to boot into OS- The laptop is unable to get into recovery mode- The laptop is unable to upgrade/downgrade (not sure about downgrade but if I can get into command then yeah)- The laptop's 1st boot works without problem- The data on my friend's laptop is important but fixing it is the first priority- The laptop can still re-install OS- Reformatting/Clean install should be the last option- Windows Upgrade Advisor reported that the laptop was fine to upgrade

A:BSOD after upgrading to Windows 7 from Vista

- Reformatting/Clean install should be the last optionWhy?Personally, I'd try clean installation.

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I upgraded from Vista 64 to Windows 7 64 and even since windows is locking up. Typically a couple minutes after I boot up. After restarting I can use it for a while then 20 minutes later it locks up again and I have to reboot.

Is there a fix for this?

A:Windows 7 always locking up after upgrading from Vista


Try in safe mode. If it works do a clean boot to find the cause.

There is probably some sort of conflict.

If that does not work, in search, type memory diagnostic and see what you find.

YOu can also type event viewer in search and look for errors.

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Hey guys
For the last couple of days i've been trying to upgrade to Windows 7 since i bought the ultra cheap student deal. I checked the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor just to make sure i could upgrade it, and sure enough with the exception of a few programs the only thing i had to was to upgrade to SP1.

I've downloaded it through the stand-alone program as well as installing it through windows update, however NOTHING has worked so far. Every time i try to install it, it works fine right until it restarts and goes into Step 3/3 and then somehow goes fail on me and reverts back all the changes. Been trying to figure out what the problem is and some small googling suggested i download and install the System Update Readiness program or something along those lines.Did that, restarted the computer then tried to re-install SP1 for the 11ty billionth time. Did not work.

What did however happen is when it reverted the changes my computer was extremely sluggish and non-cooperative. I tried to restart it again and then to my surprise was greeted by a black and white Windows Vista screen that was tring to "correct error"'s and "resetting orphaned file" or something like that. It went on for almost an hour with what i think is almost every file in the computer.

Ever since then i can't even update certain other things from Windows Update like the "Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1 Security Update for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows... Read more

A:Vista SP1 errors and upgrading to Windows 7

Just got back from upgrade frozen laptop, back to Vista...
Then install clean Win 7 is totally fine...sigh

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I'm thinking about upgrading my laptop from Vista to Windows 7, and I was wondering if it's possible to do the upgrade to Windows 7 64bit from Vista 32bit?

Any help you can give me will be appreciated!

A:[SOLVED] Upgrading to Windows Vista

Going from 32 bit to 64 bit will require a full install and a upgrade cant be done.
You will have to also reload all of your programs.

Before you do this I would reccommend a couple of things.
Check to be certain that your system can run W7. with the compatibilitytester.
Be sure to get any drivers that your system will require and put on a cd first.
Get a anti virus prog that works with 64 bit and put on a cd so that it can be installed prior to getting on the internet.

Depending on your setup you could also create a extra small partition to place these items and anything else that you want to keep before you do the change over.

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Hi there,
I'm just needing help regarding upgrading my Notebook.

HP Pavilion DV6500 Notebook Limited Edition, OS: Windows Vista 32-bit, Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 1.67GHz 667MHz FSB, 2.00GB L2 cache MEM DDR2, 160GB 5,400 rpm SATA hard disk drive, Nvidia Geforce 8400M Graphics.

I want to change to Windows 7 64-bit from my Windows Vista 32-bit. I want to do a complete clean install and wipe everything - files, programs, settings etc and start from scratch. How do I know if I can go from 32-bit Vista to 64-bit Windows 7? I downloaded and ran the Windows 7 advisor and it said it was fine to upgrade to the 32-bit Windows 7, does this mean I cannot go up to the 64-bit, or does it mean I need to upgrade ram etc to do so? My OEM back up disks are located in my D drive - they didn't come with the Notebook on actual CD's, I have to burn them off, however I get error after error when I try to do so.

Do I need to create these OEM back-up disks if I am doing a clean install with Windows 7 64-bit? I have Office 2007 and I am buying 2010, if I do a complete clean install, apart from personal programs like antivirus etc etc, do I need anything else? I think I'd like to partion the drives so in the future I can do a clean restore on my main drive but still have my personal files on my computer.

I love my computer and don't want to buy another at this point, I just want to upgrade a few of the internals like ram, I have 2GB but want to upgrade to 4GB, how can I find o... Read more

A:Vista to Windows 7 & Upgrading Computer

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yesterday I upgraded my Operating System From Windows Vista To Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit. After That I Found Out That All My Drivers Are Gone And My Laptop ( DELL INspiron 1420) Is Not Producing Any Sound. I Checked Out In Internet To Resolve All These Solutions. I Probably Somehow Got The Solution Of The Sound Problem. After That When I wanted Play My Game Fifa 07 It Showed An Eror telling That " FIFA 07 requires Hardware Graphics Acceleration". My Game Worked Fine In Vista But After Upgrading I Dont Know What Is Wrong With It. I Tried To Install New Drivers Of NVIDIA But My Drivers Are Not Getting Updated. Here Is My dxdiag Information Please Help ME Out

System Information
Time of this report: 6/16/2012, 15:00:00
Machine name: BISMILLAH-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120330-1504)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Inspiron 1420
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A10
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T6400 @ 2.00GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.0GHz
Memory: 2048MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 894MB used, 3197MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 9... Read more

A:Problem After Upgrading to Windows 7 from Vista.

On the Dell forum, we find that Dell supplied drivers work best or in some cases only the Dell driver will work or work properly. Usually the Dell sound driver is needed for proper sound operation, too.

The Dell Vista 32 bit drivers (which will work for Win 7 32 bit) can be accessed from this link should be installed and then see how it works. There is an NVIDIA driver listed in the downloads.
Drivers and Downloads | Dell [United States]

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Hi folks. Five years ago, an IT tech at work installed on my new Dell Inspiron 519, what was then a licensed XP Pro for work-at-home over the Vista my Dell came with. It took him about a week, maybe because he had to also install dozens of programs and apps my job at a large institution required, and various data and media from years past, which I still have. I'm now retired and my Dell is only for personal use - online business/health/pension, etc. accounts, web surfing, email, Windows Office 7.  I'm definitely NOT a techie, although I maintain my own computer, with many failures and a somewhat acceptable (to me) number of successes. I'm thinking it's very likely the whole shebang will come crashing down when upgrading the os, and although I could buy a new computer with Win 7 loaded if necessary, I'm scared I'll lose years worth of stuff.  And would prefer not to incur the cost of a new computer.
Should I even attempt to install Windows 7 over Windows XP Pro over Windows Vista? If so, hard installation or online upgrade?
A reply to a similar question someone posted said to back up an image or clone first.  I've never been able to find a clear answer to what an image of an entire operation system is, much less a clone. When I bought my WD MyBook external hard drive I thought it would back up my whole system, but it only backs up some data files. How can I back up an image or clone, and to what? I currently don't have any cloud backup, but I'm ... Read more

A:upgrading to Windows 7 over XP that was installed over Vista

Quite honestly, I would do keep the data backs ups and forget about everything. You can re-install your programs and stuff you want that is related to you and your personal use such as Office for typing and excel for accounting if you use it.Then see if you still have the recovery partition for Vista of see if you can get Windows 7 Installation media.

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Good Morning everyone,
I was refered by a friend to this website to seek advice and help with my issues
Our company has a few hundred pc's that need to be upgraded to windows 7 from currently Windows Xp Sp3.
We need to perform the upgrade process as there is just too many applications and drivers for the different departments and thier needs
We formulated the plan to upgrade to Vista Buisness --> Windows 7 Pro. (This can be done according to microsoft)
Last week we have been trying to install Vista Buisness (32bit) on these machines but we have encountered an issue where the process stops at 64% on compleating installation, at this time the pc restarts and rolls back to XP. It doesnt necessarily state why the upgrade failed but rather to check with the upgrade advisor(which are not that great btw).
- We know these machines are capable to upgrade to windows 7 as they are windows 7 ready to begin with but were imaged with XP.
After removing applications and drivers one by one which includded some of the core applications we needed and our anti virus program, the upgrade still failed at 64%
- Then on Friday i took a 'STOCK IMAGE' pc out of a box brand new and performed the upgrade and i was able to upgrade it to vista without any problem.

So i am not so what is causing the issue with the other pcs, i suspect it may be with one of the windows updates that were installed on the other machines, if so i need to find out which one ... Read more

A:Upgrading from Windows Xp to Vista Issues - Need help

Bumping this thread, still looking for some help.
Thank You

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I have an acer aspirex3200 desktop which is running windows vista home premium service pack 2 its a tripple core processor with 4gigs of memory with option to go to 8 gigs of memory, it has a 360gig hard drive , it has a 8400 AMD processor. the problem is when installing windows 7 home premium or windows 7 ultimate it begins to install as if everything will work until it come to point where it cannot not read a file or something on my motherboard at that point it dosen't installing. will some body help me ASAP.


A:having problems upgrading from vista to windows 7 home premium or windows 7 ultimate

Are you selecting the Custom Install option or the Upgrade option? Also, is your current OS (Vista) 32bit or 64bit? What service pack do you have? You will need to know this. To check, simply right click on Computer, and click properties and you can find out there.

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As the title suggests, I want to upgrade to my machine to Windows 64 bit doing a clean install. I was wondering though, since I have two physical drives installed, (one for the os and the other for media) will it just erase the contents of the drive I install it on or will it erase the contents of both drives? Thanks for any help on this.

A:Solved: Upgrading from Windows Vista 32 bit Home Premium to Windows Ultimate 64 bit

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I have an IBM Thinkpad 2625 which is operating under Windows 95. How can I determine if I can upgrade to Windows 98? What do I need to check and what requirement do I need?


A:Upgrading to Windows 98 on Laptop


Minimum requirements for installing Windows 98


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I have an IBM ThinkPad I believe at 2625 that is using Windows 95. If I wanted to upgrade to Windows 98, what do I need to check in order to see if the laptop can operate under Windows 98?


A:upgrading laptop to Windows 98


Minimum requirements for installing Windows 98


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If I want to upgrade my HP laptop to Win7, is there a way to get the software that came with the laptop orginally? I went to the HP website and went to the software and drivers section for my laptop but didn't see anything other than drivers and hardware specific software...

A:Upgrading HP Laptop to Windows 7

Quote: Originally Posted by kreesdqban

If I want to upgrade my HP laptop to Win7, is there a way to get the software that came with the laptop orginally? I went to the HP website and went to the software and drivers section for my laptop but didn't see anything other than drivers and hardware specific software...

You could upgrade it directly to windows 7, from Windows Vista. That'd mean anything you currently have installed/saved would be added to the Windows 7 install (basically just pop the DVD in while running vista, do an upgrade, wait, and it'll be easy).

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I had a worm in my computer. I think its gone now. I used Trend Micro System Cleaner. I think its gone because I can open up my C drive now and I can install anti-virus applications which I couldn’t do before. However there seems to be some residual damage. IE8 Still doesn’t work (but FF does) and every time I click a link in Google I get redirected to somewhere else. Also HiJack-This closes down every time I try to run a system scan.
My question is:

Is my worm still active, or is this just damaged registry entries or something else? I have run Trend Micro and Avast and I haven’t found anything.

I don’t have a Vista disk. It didn’t come with my laptop, so I can’t reinstall VISTA to fix the registry. Can I install Windows 7 Beta to fix the registry? I’m scheduled to receive my own copy in late October or early November.

I have downloaded IE8 and tried to reinstall but no joy.

A:Solved: Would Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 Solve My Problem?

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I downloaded Windows & Home Premium 32 it from repuatbale company and preared from ISO to DVD. After installing it , it allows me to activate, I choose online dwonloading, theh just runs on and on, without updating. What is wrong here? SHould I dlete my hard drives (C;and Recovery D) ????? What other advice. I ran Windows Upgrade Advisor and updated drivers. Compatiblity checker again just kept running.

A:Problmes Upgrading Windows 7 Home Prem from Windows Vista Ho...

It might be helpful to investigate what Windows 7 is installed.  If prior to SP1, download that directly.  Also the more convenience roll up might helphttps://www.howtogeek.com/255435/how-to-update-windows-7-all-at-once-with-microsofts-convenience-rol...

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