Anyway, the W7 disc kept complaining that it couldn't run on this version of Windows Vista 32-bit. The portable drive can serve as a backup drive after you get Windows 7 up and running. In your case, since you have a Vista license, you should be fine. So, if you remove it, you could have issues down the road. If I install Vista 32 bit on the 1. The best thing you can do is buy imaging software.
Thanks again for all the posts. I have a copy of Vista, and I also have an Upgrade Edition of Windows 7 Ultimate. It will rename your old Windows-related stuff into a folder called Windows. This article has also been viewed 83,218 times. Later, apparently when someone realized Windows 2000 did have any form of online activation, it was pulled from the list. Can I do this with my specs? Not like we had to do anything with it once installed. We installed it and activated it fine.
It would be a pity to waste the Vista license just so I can use Windows 7 in Bootcamp, and I want to avoid it if necessary. I haven't decided yet whether to just install Vista clean on that new disk then install W7. I have, however, read about double install. The ultimate goal is to be within the license, and to have your install activated. It's a freeware disk defragmenter that I've had slightly better luck with compared to the built-in one.
Answers to most asked questions by users regarding Windows 7 Upgrade: Q: Can I use Windows Update to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 7 for free like Windows 7 is upgraded to? This is a new build with a Quad core and 4gb ram and a 320G drive so I installed the 64bit os. I freshly installed 7 a month before my key was due and when it came it activated fine without me doing anything What was on the drive you installed W7 to? It will rename your old Windows-related stuff into a folder called Windows. A minute or two longer than using the internet, but faster than doing two installations. If you have not backed up everything you want to keep, select Cancel, end the Windows 7 clean install process, restart your computer to boot back into whatever operating system you have installed, and back up everything you want to keep. Doing a clean install should be done by booting the disc and independent from being in Windows.
I believe that a full retail license can be used to perform an upgrade when an upgrade is possible. Ask more if you are facing any problem while you upgrade Vista to Windows 7, and I am eager to help you out! Next Steps Do not format your drive using anything other than the Windows installer. If you want to format your hard drive when installing Windows 7, you will need the full version. Once the upgrade is complete, attempt activation. In fact, it asks for very little.
Others have reported that simply installing Windows 7 using Upgrade Media and then activating just works. After trying all of the things I found recommended on line, none of which. I wiped out all partitions and let it run. I immediately had problems with various touch screen related software as well as. This also allows us to do a clean install for the upgrade as a clean install is preferable for stability and performance.
If you do not press a key, your computer will attempt to boot to the next device in the , which is probably your. When the Windows Easy Transfer program runs, transfer the files and settings from each of your User Accounts to a portable hard drive. We'll keep the old Maxtor in the system for dumping files and random storage. Anyone who tried to install their upgrade version of Windows 7 to a fresh drive was treated to a cruel wake up call. This article has also been viewed 83,218 times.
Apparently another method involves not entering a product key, and then installing Windows on top of itself again with a product key, then it upgrades from itself? I bought a new 1. That is all it is meant for, black and white. Give it a try, and see what happens. Many thanks in advance, Ian You can always skip entering the product key and complete the installation. As long as the system passes activation, it's good. And yes, run the defragmenter because you probably have a regular hard drive.