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Vista Upgrade Or Custom Install


I'm trying to decide whether to do a vista upgrade or custom install to windows 7. I have a lot of programs/files that came originally with my vista computer or were downloaded through updates to my computer. I am not sure if they are necessary for my computer to run or not. My question is if the windows 7 upgrade is smart enough to only keep the necessary programs/filesor will my computer keep all of the vista files and use up unnecessary disc space? I hope my question makes sense.

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Custom Upgrade From Vista Wont Start

I am currently running windows vista home premium 6. 0. 6002 service pack 2 build 6002 (32 bit). It is regularly updated by windows update and has passed the windows genuine test.

I have bought a windows 7 home premium upgrade pack and as i want to access the full machine memory i want to install the 64-bit version. I am carefully following the "upgrading from windows vista to windows 7 (custom installation)" instructions. Upgrade advisor says i can do it. However, when i insert the 64-bit disk it says that this version is not compatible with my current operating system and does nothing and does not offer me the "custom install" option.

The 32-bit disk does work, but its not what i want.
Can anyone assist?


Posted On: 2010-03-13 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Upgrade Or Custom Install

I had my hard drive crash a few days ago and dell is sending a replacement. The system came with vista home premium installed and i upgraded it to windows 7 in oct. I know i have to reinstall vista first. My question is twofold. Will i need to download all the vista updates before upgrading to windows 7? And, since i'm basically starting from scratch (no worry about files, settings, etc. ), Would it be better to opt for the upgrade option or use the custom option for a clean install? Any and all advice is appreciated.

Posted On: 2010-05-09 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Custom Installation Vs Upgrade Install

I'm planning on upgrading my vista 64 bit to windows 7 using my upgrade discs i got from hp. I'd like to make a clean installation rather than an upgrade install but there is a warning in the manual that if i choose to custom install, i may need to reinstall drivers that are not included in my discs. What does this mean? Does this mean that if i custom install windows 7, i may need to download programs in order to run my mouse, keyboard etc? (Sorry i'm an no computer techie).

Also just in general, is there a big performance difference between custom install and upgrade install?


Posted On: 2010-01-07 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

In-place Upgrade Vs Custom Install

I have three ways to upgrade my copy of home premium to professional: windows anytime upgrade, in-place upgrade (install windows over windows) and custom install.

I have two goals: a resulting win 7 professional installation with maximum stability and reliability; and no 'left-over' folders and files. By 'left-overs' i mean any folders and files from home premium now rendered unnecessary by upgrading to professional as well as uninstall folders (to revert to home premium).

A custom install achieves both goals, but it means i have to reinstall, update and setup all my software all over again.

An upgrade installation leaves left-overs behind. (And the conventional wisdom is that a clean install offers the possibility of improved stability and reliability vs. An upgrade. )

How about windows anytime upgrade - does it achieve both my goals?


Posted On: 2010-02-18 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Can I Install Win 7 As An Upgrade Over Vista?

I have windows vista home premium 64 bit. Can i install windows 7 as an upgrade over my current vista, or or do i have to do a clean install (wiping out all my settings)?

Will i loose the current boot loader? Wil i loose my current partitions? Currently i have 2 primary partitions, 1st is for windows, 2nd is for data (both ntfs). Also, a 3rd is an extended partition with 2 logical drives, 1 ext and 1 swap (both used by ubuntu linux 9).

My final question is, for vista there were 32 bit and 64 bit versions, which had to be purchased individually. I don't see this while trying to reserve windows 7 home premium, will the setup allow me to select the version i want?


Posted On: 2009-06-26 . View Related Posts . . View 11 Replies .

Unable To Upgrade Install Win 7 Over Vista

Multiple attempts to install win7 ultimate over vista ultimate sp2 have failed. After several hours, install displays "windows could not prepare the computer to boot into the next phase of installation. " I uninstalled all of the programs that the compatibility check suggested. I ran chkdsk /r /f and it found no errors. When i reboot, there is an option to start either setup or vista, but setup fails almost immediately. The end of setuperr. Log is below. I'd appreciate any ideas. I've already wasted the entire weekend on this (each failed attempt takes ~4 hours).

Posted On: 2010-05-09 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Vista Upgrade To Win 7 Ultimate Won't Install

I am on my third attempt to upgrade vista ultimate to windows 7 ultimate. I get through most of the install process (transferring files, settings, and programs) and then it fails and says my system cannot be upgraded. The system advisor does not find any issues before i start the install. The upgrade takes nearly 2 hours to complete before it fails which seems unusual based on all the other install times i have read about. I purchased the windows 7 ultimate upgrade as it was the only upgrade option for windows vista ultimate. I realize i could do a clean install but i would prefer to do the upgrade. The software is sold as being able to do this.system specifications dell laptop gen 2, 320 gb hd (200gb free), 2 gig ram. Thanks in advance for any ideas.

Posted On: 2009-10-26 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

Pre-installed Vista - In-place Upgrade Or Clean Install

I have a laptop, which came pre-installed with windows vista. I'm looking to upgrade this to windows 7, but would like to know one thing before i purchase the upgrade license.
 
If i was to purchase the upgrade license, would i need to first reinstall windows vista, then do an in-place upgrade to windows 7, or could i do a completely clean install of windows 7 using the vista oem key as proof that the laptop was/still is licensed for windows vista?
 
I've just read the post at http://social. Answers.microsoft.com/forums/en-us/w7install/thread/6719ae72-7187-45cd-80f7-55e66f3ec686 which seems to suggest initially that you must perform an upgrade, then in the instructions says that you can do a "custom(advanced)" install, which is the normal option to perform a fresh reinstall.
 
So from this, i gather that i must install windows vista, and activate the license etc, then insert the windows 7 disc, at which point i can either perform an in-place upgrade, or a full clean install?


Posted On: 2010-05-17 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Upgrade Vs Custom

I haven't seen this question anywhere so i figured i'd come straight to the source. I just saw on one of the information pages for upgrading to windows 7 if i already own a legitimate copy of window xp or vista that i can buy and use any package which states "upgrade". Is this true? I understand that upgrading my winxp machines will mean a custom install but if you tell me i can do it from an "upgrade" package why would the sales people in the stores tell me i cannot do this? Obviously they want me to get the higher priced product but why contradict something that's easily found on your pages? Also, can i do an upgrade from a "full" product purchase?

Posted On: 2010-05-10 . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

Programs Left Over After Custom Install

I did a custom install thinking it would wipe everything from my computer like windows said it would, but it did not. Of course, there is the old windows file, which was a really cool thing for microsoft to do. The problem is now when i go to uninstall or change a program it only lists programs installed after the upgrade.

But all of my old programs are still in my program files. What was the point of a custom install if nothing was deleted? Are those programs no longer in my registry or installed, and now i can just delete them from my program files? If not, how can i get what windows told me it would do, and clean my computer up by doing a true fresh install?


Posted On: 2009-10-26 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Custom Install Of Win 7 Fails

I have a full (not upgrade) copy of windows 7. The boot disk on my windows xp computer is in a removable tray, so i just removed the xp drive and put a new empty drive in the tray without having to open the case.

I proceeded to installing 64-bit windows 7 on the empty drive, including a pre-install of the disk controller drivers which allowed setup to see the drive. Everything went fine until the process got to "completing installation" and the computer hung. No keyboard or mouse activity was accepted. Both are wired, not usb, if that matters.

I reset the computer and tried to boot into windows 7, but it complained that the setup had failed and to try it again. I tried restarting the install 3 times and each time the "old" windows was saved to a windows. Old file, with incremented extensions. Each "old" folder is around 36 gb. I found this information by attaching the drive via usb to another computer so i could investigate what was on it.

I can't understand what could be causing the failure. I have recently done extensive testing of hard drive and memory with no apparent errors. Are there any logs of the setup on that drive that might explain the cause of the failed install?


Posted On: 2010-01-29 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Ms Mail Custom Upgrade

I am running vista, and have used ms mail for the last couple of years. I am trying to do an upgrade to win 7, and want to do a clean (custom) install. I just bought a copy of office 2007 with outlook, that i will install as soon as win 7 is installed.

When i try to export my mail from ms mail via ms exchange, so that i can move a . Pst to a memory stick and import it into outlook, i get a "the export could not be performed. An error occurred while initializing mapi" error. I'm stuck. I can't upgrade windows, because i'll lose my emails. I can't install ms outlook and do it, because i'll just lose it when i upgrade. Thoughts?


Posted On: 2010-04-23 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Will Custom Install Format Hard Drive ?

Just need to know if windows 7 "custom" install will reformat my hard drive, or simply install a clean version of windows? I have xp right now and i want to do a clean windows 7 install, but i want to leave my data on the hard drive, like my pictures, mp3's, documents, etc. I don't care if it deletes all my installed programs because i want to re-install my programs anyway. I just want to know if the "custom" install option reformats the entire drive, that's all. Anyone?

Posted On: 2009-11-04 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Could Custom Program Files Location Be Specified Before Install ?

Could a custom "program files" location be specified before windows vista is install on a computer?

I'm a fan of running the windows operating system on low capacity high speed disks and off loading my programs and documents/data to other disks. This is a simple enough operation for the documents/data but there aren't a lot of options for the program files.

A popular windows "tweak" idea that gets close to what i want to do (if it actually worked) is tweaking the default program files location stored in registry so, as new programs are installed the default location given reflects the custom location specified.

The problem with this is the program file location values in registry do more then provide a default location for installing software. The programs that vista installs on the "c drive" during a normal installation need these keys unchanged if they're to be referred to correctly later on. So like many keys in the windows registry, they provide an answer to multiple versions of an inquiry and changing the answer tends to have further reaching effects then one might think.

So, as for solving this problem around separating programs from os, i see only two possible choices (neither of which i know how to pull off currently):

1. Make the change to the default program location before windows vista is installed (with a custom install disk or the like) so my custom program location is address from the get go, making every thing (windows programs included) install accordingly and insuring that there aren't multiple program locations to be confused over.

2. Some how, do some crafty registry work that would operate as follows: if a program asks for a default location to install a program, provide the custom location i specified, leaving the "programfilespath" and "programfilesdir" keys unaffected for the sake of the windows programs that by default exist on the c drive.


Posted On: 2009-11-01 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Custom Install - Cd/dvd Device Driver Is Missing

I am doing a custom install in windows 7. After clicking on install i get a message, a required cd/dvd device driver is missing. How can i resolve this problem?

Posted On: 2009-11-18 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Cannot Upgrade From Vista Home As Straight Upgrade

Just obtain windows 7 professional and it states it is an upgrade for windows vista. When i start the upgrade the program states that because i have vista home i cannot do a straight upgrade. The box does not say so. Installing the windows 7 professional as an upgrade i find i cannot do it from windows vista home as a straight upgrade. It must be a full clean installation. The documentation does not say so.

Posted On: 2009-10-27 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Clean Install From Vista To 7

I've upgraded my vista to win7 using the upgrade dvd i've got from hp. Today, i restored it to vista because i was not happy with the performance. I heard that clean install is better than upgrading, so can anyone please tell me if it is possible with just an upgrade dvd of win7? Also, will i be able to have the hp programs after the clean install?

I've also read several threads on errors while installing and product key errors. How likely that this will happen to me? "Windows. Old folder" can i just erase this folder after the installation? Lastly, will i still be able to factory default my os and have it back to vista if i'm still not happy with win7?


Posted On: 2010-01-19 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Trying To Install Win 7 Over Vista

It was almost finished when the laptop rebooted and said it was starting services. It then rebooted again and said the computer unexpectedly rebooted and must reboot again to re-start installation. It reboots again and says the install was unsuccessful and has to reinstall the older version of windows. It then reboots over and over again and keeps cycling through the reboot process. If while it is in the process of rebooting i manually highlight it to start windows 7 it again tries to "start services" then crashes again. What am i doing wrong?  

Posted On: 2010-01-04 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Custom Install - Program-files And Program Files X86

Custom install from windows vista hp 32 bit to windows 7 hp 64 bit leave 2 program files - "program files" and "program files (x86). Mostly same files in either folder. If x86 is needed, i don't mind but why duplicate entries with items like windows mail. I tried to to delete program files x86 without any success, and i would like to delete system-32 files in the windows folder plus any other 32 bit related items, if possible.

I do not want a system with duplicate and redundant files. Because two items that i downloaded and installed appear in both program files, i'm suspending any further actions on the installation until i'm fortunate enough to receive some help and/or advice from this forum.


Posted On: 2009-10-30 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Upgrade From Vista

I just ran the windows 7 upgrade advisor beta and it says this : you can do an in-place upgrade to the 32 bit windows 7 home premium or ultimate. If you choose to upgrade to a different edition you will need to preform a clean installation. Does this mean i could not do a in-place install to windows 7 professional 32-bit ? And why cant i ? Is there anyway i can? I would like to find a way since my school is part of the msdnaa and windows 7 professional is available for free to me as a student. Please don't be to technical in any replies, i am only a little above an average computer user.

Posted On: 2009-09-20 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Upgrade As Clean Install Using Upgrade Media Using One Hard Drive

I need help with planning my upgrade to windows 7 from windows xp pro. Can i do this upgrade as a clean install using upgrade media if i've only got one hard drive? I'm currently running 32-bit windows xp professional and want to upgrade to 64-bit windows 7 professional.

My laptop only has one hard drive on it, so installing "fresh" to a separate hd isn't possible. Since i already back up all my data to an external hd, i'd like to just format the internal hd and install windows 7 onto that. Will that be possible though using upgrade media? How does it verify my existing xp pro license?


Posted On: 2009-10-05 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Upgrade From Vista Getting Stuck At 87%

Windows 7 home premium (x32) upgrade from vista hp (x32) is consistently getting stuck at 87% in the "gathering files, settings, and programs" stage. The compatibility tool indicates no conflicts. I've uninstalled virus protection, tv tonic, itunes, and logitech quickcam (as previously indicated by the compatibility tester. ) It does say i should download an updated realtek rtl8187 wireless driver to install *after* win 7 is installed.

I've left it running up to 14 hours, stops at the same place (87%) every time. (Though the file count is different everytime, so the actual absolute number varies. (e.g. This time it's 503490 of 592438. ) C:windowssetupact. Log hasn't been written to since the install first began, and indicates no errors. Setuperr. Log is empty. Any ideas?


Posted On: 2009-10-24 . View Related Posts . . View 14 Replies .

Upgrade From Vista In Turkish

I am currently using vista home premium 32bit on my laptop. I bought my laptop from turkey, it has the vista in turkish and the laptop has turkish keyboard. Heres my question: i currently live in the us. If i buy any kind of windows 7 upgrade (buy from somewhere in the us), will i be able to upgrade my os since my old os will be turkish and the one i will buy will be english? If there wont be any problems while upgrading; am i going to have any problems with using the current turkish keyboard i use or will i be able to use all the turkish characters as i am using now?

Posted On: 2010-03-12 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Vista To Win7 Upgrade

Last year i purchased a pc with vista home premium 64-bit installed by the manufacturer, no os disk included in the box. I want to upgrade to windows 7 professional 64-bit. I am looking to purchase an oem copy from a local retailer. It doesn't seem financially necessary for me to pay $70 more for the cardboard, plastic and extra paper that retail version includes. I do understand that an oem copy can only be installed on one pc, however, this is not a concern to me. My only concern is if i can successfully install the oem software onto my system.

Posted On: 2010-05-01 . View Related Posts . . View 10 Replies .

Free Upgrade From Vista

I bought a new dell laptop with vista installation disks with the promise from dell.com that i get a free upgrade to windows 7 when it was released. Now that windows 7 is released i would like to upgrade because my desktop program keeps breaking and my 3 month computer is being slowed to a crawl which is completely unacceptable . Theres so much clutter on the website that id sit here ours trying to find the upgrade link. So please if someone could go about explaining where this link is, i would be very much appreciated since i really don't have to go on dell.com and chew them out on their lies.

The whole reason why i didn't decide to pay the extra $150 to go to my favorite os, windows xp, is because of the hope to going to windows 7. The computer is the new studio 1555 so dont try to tell me that it was not out when the windows 7 free upgrade from vista was being incorporated into new laptops.


Posted On: 2010-04-04 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Vista Refusing To Upgrade

I just spent 28 hours downloading my student copy of windows 7 from microsoft it's not cheating (i'm also getting a dvd version in the mail in a couple of weeks but couldn't wait)

Now when it comes to installing, it will not let me upgrade from vista home premium to windows 7, despite the fact that the upgrade advisor said i can upgrade. It gave me the option but then said i cannot and need to do a clean installation.

I don't understand? I cannot do a clean installation either until my dvd arrives and would prefer  to do the upgrade instead.

Windows vista home premium cannot be upgraded to windows 7 professional. You can choose to install a new copy of windows 7 professional instead, but this is different from an upgrade, and does not keep your files, settings, and programs. You’ll need to reinstall any programs using the original installation discs or files. To save your files before installing windows, back them up to an external location such as a cd, dvd, or external hard drive. To install a new copy of windows 7 professional, click the back button in the upper left-hand corner, and select "custom (advanced)".


Posted On: 2010-02-22 . View Related Posts . . View 8 Replies .

In Place Upgrade From Vista

I performed an upgrade to windows 7 and the upgrade advisor failed the hp printer that was attached, everything else passed. I allowed the upgrade to go ahead and run without disconnecting the printer. Basically forgot to do it. At the end of the upgrade, all went well , no errors. When upgrade was done, i was able to login but not able to do any thing else as for typing. The mouse works fine, i can click and open things up , but no typing of data at all.

Keyboard replacement didn't solve this, but in safe mode i am able to type. Everything appears fine in safe mode. I am assuming the printer driver is the cause but not sure. Any ideas to resolving this would be appreciated. What do i need to do in safe mode to correct this?


Posted On: 2010-06-26 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Cannot Upgrade From Vista To Win7

I am trying to upgrade from windows vista to windows 7, but a message saying "d:sources win setup.dll is either not designed to run on windows or it contains an error. Try installing the program again using the original installation media or contact your system administrator or the vendor for support" after i click ok another message says "windows could not update the installation files. To install windows close setup and restart the installation. Error code 0xc1.

Posted On: 2010-07-02 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Upgrade From Vista Fails At 20%

I purchased the win 7 upgrade (home premium). I'm running vista on my 2 years old hp laptop.

I have opted for the custom install to clean up. I've saved all the docs/pics/mp3 etc and i have the programs i need to reinstall. I've uninstalled my anti-virus as it seemed reluctant to turn off.

I then ran the installation. When i reached the second stage of expanding windows files it throws up the following

"Windows could not prepare the computer to boot into the next phase of installation. To install windows, restart the installation"

I've tried this 3 times and same thing happens at 20% of the same stage every time.

I think i need to post an error log but i searched for and could not find what i needed.

I would appreciate any help.


Posted On: 2010-03-06 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .