Monday, January 14, 2013 3:36 PM
First I read the 'related topics' none of them are the same as my experience.
Dell Inspiron computer about 5 years old, came with Vista Basic. Decided to upgrade to Windows 7 Sp1, bought the upgrade package.
Ran the Windows 7 Upgrade checker downloaded from MS and confirmed I had no blocking issues for W7 upgrade.
Have now tried the following:
1. straight upgrade with my files and settings intact but backed up
2. custom upgrade with formatting selected
3. delete the partition and then recreate it followed by clean install of Vista to SP1 and the custom upgrade to W7
Same result everytime: the install proceeds to the reboot after W7 upgrade and then gets to the bios and attempts to start windows and then nothing but the black screen - no indication that any part of W7 starts. Run the 'fix my startup' off the W7 disk and there is an indication of a boot corruption. Only recourse to get the machine running again is to repeat #3 above and not upgrade to windows 7. Wow Microsoft, you actually sell this stuff?
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 2:38 PM
Are the both versions x86 or x64?
Have a look at this Link http://windows.microsoft.com/de-DE/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-vista-to-windows-7
Verify the Version you have
Windows Vista (SP1, SP2) Upgrade to Windows 7
Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate
Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate
Home Premium, Ultimate
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 10:23 PM
Hi Holger vielen dank.
I verified that I was using Vista x86 and 32-bit and also Windows Sp1 x86 32-bit upgrade disk. And the upgrade is from Vista Premium to 7 Home Premium.
Thursday, January 17, 2013 3:22 AMModerator
Please download and run the free Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to check if the computer can run Windows 7.
It scans your PC for potential issues with your hardware, devices, and installed programs, and recommends what to do before you upgrade.
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Friday, January 18, 2013 12:06 AM
Tracy, thanks for your repsonse.
From my first post, I already did: "Ran the Windows 7 Upgrade checker downloaded from MS and confirmed I had no blocking issues for W7 upgrade"
From my first post, I note that I am already at Vista SP1 which was the only pre-requisite noted for Windows 7 Sp1 upgrade: "clean install of Vista to SP1 "
If you can come up wityh some I have not tried, I'm interested. But the case now is that the upgrade of a clean install of Vista Sp1 followed immediately by an upgrade to Windows 7 Sp1 simply fails to boot during the reboot after install.
Saturday, January 19, 2013 6:48 PM
Hmm so I tried some other threads and discovered a handful which recommended a series of command line functions to fix the bootrec. That and running the 'fix startup services' option on the 'repair my computer' choice off the windows 7 upgrade DVD.
Now I am at 'Setup is starting services'...... 3 weeks and that is the furthest I have reached. It hangs there blue background, dove and olive branch, the disk is being hit periodically on the same, unchanging beat.
Saturday, January 19, 2013 6:48 PMAnd I mean ' running the 'fix startup services' option on the 'repair my computer' choice off the windows 7 upgrade DVD.' four or five times in a row before restarting.... seems odd to me that someone would recommend that.