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Upgrade for my Inspiron 1525 Laptop from Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bits to Windows 7 or 8 and then to Windows 10

Question: Upgrade for my Inspiron 1525 Laptop from Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bits to Windows 7 or 8 and then to Windows 10

Hi,I have been looking for a solution to upgrade my Inspiron 1525 laptop, preinstalled with Vista Home Premium 32 bits when I bought it.The target is to prepare path to upgrade to Windows 10.I need Windows 7 or 8 to start with.I could not find a way on Dell website.
Many thanks in advance !Isabelle

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Preferred Solution: Upgrade for my Inspiron 1525 Laptop from Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bits to Windows 7 or 8 and then to Windows 10

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I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

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Answer: Upgrade for my Inspiron 1525 Laptop from Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bits to Windows 7 or 8 and then to Windows 10

Thank you for writing to us!
We would like to inform you that the Inspiron 1525 is not tested for windows 10 and we would not suggest that you upgrade the version of windows
Kindly private message the service tag and email address.

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Hello there,

I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 that I am looking at for a friend. I'm just going through the READ ME First steps on her behalf, before being able to post logs as I believe there to be some malware on there slowing the machine down.

However, everytime I boot it up, it sees different memory.

It's got 4GB installed, but it will sometimes see 2GB, sometimes see 4GB.

I've run MemTest86 on it but it says the memory is ok.

I've booted with each of the memory in the first slot and it boots up fine and stays stable.

I've never seen this before, and so am a bit stumped.

It was used by her ex-husband as a developer laptop, so I'm uninstalling a load of the programs he had on there in the hope it might have some effect, but I can't imagine that being the problem.

I'm just about to take it apart once again to clean the contacts once again and see if there's anything else on there that's not quite right. I haven't checked whether there's something in the slots themselves. I know my first ever computer had memory with dirty contacts and it caused me endless problems, but that was more with it constantly rebooting. That was eventually fixed by my University Lecturer who rubbed the contacts clean with an eraser and all was well (after the machine had gone back to DOS only due to it crashing when I tried to install Windows 95, then Windows 3.11).

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Answer:2GB / 4GB Memory Seen - Dell Inspiron 1525 - Windows Vista Home Premium - 32-Bit

It's got 4GB installed, but it will sometimes see 2GB, sometimes see 4GBClick to expand...

Since the memory tests fine and each stick works in the first slot, the problem seems to be with slot #2. It sounds like it works sometimes and other times it does not.
Use a magnifying glass and clean the slot out; see if that makes a difference.

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my desktop is Dell XPS 730. it currently using Vista 32 bits. Everything runs very slow and none of games are runnable due frames dropping, skipping, and freezing even after I installed new Hard Drive. I decided upgrade to Windows 7 64 bits would help with running minecraft game without issue.

I downloaded Windows 7 USB DVD download tool and Windows 7 64 bits ISO. it installed into flash drive successful but it came with bootsect error. So I looked around for it and found here 32-Bit BootSect

I downloaded "". I right clicked and clicked on Properties and clicked unblock then applied and clicked ok. Then opened and I only find Bootsect exe file, nothing else. so I clicked that and command prompts came up and disappeared really instant and nothing ever happened. What am I missing? I also need Window 7 64 bits for my laptop after new HDD arrive. Just needed to make USB bootable somehow.

EDIT: I did right clicked on that exe file and did not see "run as admin"

EDIT2: Forgot to add, do I need to have product key code? Im upgrading my desktop from vista 32 bit to windows 7 64 bit

Answer:Upgrade to Windows 7 home perm 64 bits from Vista 32 bits

The term is bit, not bits

Use WintoBootic to put the iso on the flash drive, it works perfectly everytime.

WiNToBootic bootable usb drive windows vista/7/8 - Bootable USB | Bootable USB

Where are you downloading the iso from, I would download it again and check the size when you`re done.

Home Premium and Professional 64 Bit are both 3.09 GBs

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Two months ago, I bougth a HP Pavilion with preinstalled Windows Vista Home Premium-64 bits.

Last week, I installed Panda antivirus. The next day, the antivirus displayed a message saying that it had found a malware in the "urlmon.dll" file and that it was deleted and that the computer had to be reseted. When Windows restarted, it displayed several error messages, one said that the Side Bar couldn't be opened because it didn't find the "urlmon.dll" file. Some other applications stoped working, like: Windows Explorer, Control Panel, Bluetooth, and others.

I called Microsoft and they told me that the only way to restore the file without having to restore the computer to the factory settings, was to obtain a Windows Vista Home Premium installation disc, but I won't pay for the whole operating system just use the first disk to restore one file. They also told me that since the operating system was preinstalled in the computer, the manufacturer has to give me technical support, that in this case is HP.

I also called HP and they gave me instructions, but they were for Windows XP. Later, they told me that I have to resotore the computer to the factory settings.

I also called my ISP technical support (Prodigy), because the antivirus that I installed, they give it for free for their subscribers. They told me that HP has to give me technical support.

I have been searching in the internet for a solution, but most of the information is for XP and is about 3 ... Read more

Answer:Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bits - urlmon.dll

can you boot into Vista anymore? If so you can download URLman.dll and add it to the system 32 folderAnother way is to uninstall Internet explorer and reinstall it through add/remove programs..Remove windows components.

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Hello everyone!

I always come here for help and I always find it so here I am again... although under very different circumstances. My cousin really needed a laptop 2 months ago so i loaned him mine for a while. Unfortunately I just got it back and something is totally wrong. Here is a list of problems I can identify:

The window edges and home bar are not vista like (more like the old 1995)but background is normal
The wireless card cannot be detected
The audio card cannot be detected
Security center is not working... says cannot be started
Roxio not working
Updater is not working
System Restore disabled
Thinking that perhaps i need to reinstall the drivers, i tried to put the disk that came with the computer for the drivers but the preparing to install flashes 3 times and nothing happens

I thought that my 16 year old cousin could handle the responsibility, however, it seems not. So I questioned him and managed to get out what he did or was trying to do. Apparently he torrented one of those Dragon Speech Recognition Softwares and was trying to use the directopms to "crack it". (thank god he had printed the directions so I can give you a little idea what he did).
So after installation and putting in the fake serial, the directions ask you to:

-In msconfig: Disable boottime loading of any following (look in 'Services' tab also): 'Ereg', 'SSBkgdudate', 'issch', 'ISdM', 'ISUSPM',and 'agent'
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Answer:Inspiron 1525 Vista Home Premium Really Need Help!

When I see so many issues....I suggest, you back up your data and you reinstall Windows. If you need your laptop NOW, that is probably the fastest way.

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Dell Inspiron 1525 with Vista. Bought Windows 7 and followed all the online and book instructions to install.
Now when I turn the computer on, the pretty Windows 7 screen opens and asks for my password then immediately turns to a black screen where all this information is scrolling so fast I can barely read it.
I can see something about Windows did not shut down properly...and crash dump files...


I can get into Safe mode but "run windows normally" takes me through the same loop as above over and over.

What am I missing here!?!!??


Answer:Dell Inspiron 1525 Vista upgrade to Windows 7 = crash dump

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My PC gives a very long beep when it starts up. But it does start up. More over, it automaticall types the / character in the password field sometimes.
sometimes behaves upnormally by not letting to type any character....
Y is it so?

Answer:Beep Sound while Booting Dell Inspiron 1525 windows vista home basic

Try running the Dell Diagnostics Test (the full version) to see if it detects any problems. Here's how: How to Run the Dell. If it does, contact Dell Support for assistance (there's a link near the bottom of the above article).

I hope this helps. If the test comes back completely clean, then post back and we'll try something else (or if your computer is still under warranty, contact Dell Support anyway as they should be happy to assist you and know more about your computer than we do).

Good luck!

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I ran the windows 7 advisor and it says everything is a go, but how do I proceed from here? Do I need a cd or is there a free download available from Microsoft?

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i recently got windows vista home premium and decided to upgrade my windows xp home edition SP3. It was going great until it needed to complete the upgrade. Up ntil 64% all was well. But once it hit 64% for awhile the computer shut down. After it shut down on its own i rebooted it and it said "upgrade unsuccessful. restoring your previous windows and settings. Do not turn off or restart your computer." I really want to know how to install it without any problems and i need help. Anything will be good and appreciated!
I have a Compaq Presario C301NR whit 2gigs of ram and 320gig HD. I still have the disc and everything and the computer was not harmed. After it shut down on its own

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I have really found that the Windows Ten Forums users really know how to help others and here is my question.

Some years ago I wanted to purchases a family pack 3X of Windows 7, and I purchased (sealed package) the one I have in my hand but it was never used. Since it says "upgrade designed Windows Vista" I was told later that it would not upgrade anything other than Windows Vista. and I did not have an OS running Vista at the time.... because I was running UNIX and Windows X at home on other systems. I had opened it and the store said I could not return it... so I have kept it all these years,.

It has the upgrade DVD for Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit and a upgrade DVD for Windows 7Home Premium 64-bit inside the package. I do not remember what I paid for it at the time. Each DVD says "Includes Windows Anytime Upgrade" and "The program will search your system to confirm your eligibility for this upgrade." and this package still has the original Microsoft Yellow sticker with the Product Key.

So my questions now is. what is this purchase good for at this time, and is it possible to start and load a Windows 7 MS with what I have without upgrading a Vista OS? Can this be used by someone who has a computer to start and load OS 7 and then later upgrade to Windows 10?

Thanks for your time, and all you assistance in the past. I do appreciate it. be safe. Cliff M.

Answer:Family Pack 3X Windows 7 Home Premium, Upgrade Windows Vista

All the Information you need is Here ... Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version - Windows 7 Help Forums

as far as I remember there were not any Vista only upgrades in the retail channel, and not many of the OEM, (free upgrade for copies of vista on hardware sold as windows 7 went live)

You may find that a valid XP key will be acceptable

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Hi, I'm currently running Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit on my computer and think that it's time to upgrade to the next level of Windows software.  As I mentioned, I'm running Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit and need to upgrade to an equivalent
Window 7 operating system.  Will this require a complete install of Windows 7 or is there an easy upgrade.  Also how do I get the get or purchase the Windows 7 operating system software?

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Hey guys,

I want to upgrade my OS from Vista Home Premium to 7 Home Premium and I have the Anytime upgrade DVD (provided at the time when I bought my laptop which came pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium). Since this is the first time I will ever try to upgrade my OS and I will be paying for it (lol) I wanted to clear a few doubts before I went about it. My current OS is a Deutsch (German) version. I want my new OS to be in English. So my question is -

Will the upgrade process provide me with the option to choose an installation language?

I researched a bit about language packs and if I'm not very wrong, Multiple language packs work only for Business and Ultimate versions but not for Basic and Home premium. Third party language packs like Vistalizator has been reported to work fine but Microsoft doesn't recommend it and some users have reported to have problems where it pops the message " your windows is not genuine".

So should I do an upgrade or just do a clean install with an original Windows 7 Home Premium DVD?

Answer:Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade

I am not sure about the answer regarding the language pack, but I am sure about the upgrade or the clean install. Do the clean install. A clean install is always preferred over an upgrade. With an upgrade all the old problems that may exist with the OS are just carried to the new installation.
Upgrades often fail, either because of third party software that is not compatible, or malicious software that breaks in the new install.
There are some members that back up their stuff and do a clean install on a regular basis to have the OS run smoothly as the first day. Trust me go with the clean install and enjoy your new OS

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? OS - Vista/ Windows 7 ?
Vista home premium sp2

? x86 (32-bit) or x64 ?

? What was original installed OS on system?

? Is the OS an OEM version (came pre-installed on system) or full retail version (YOU purchased it from retailer)?

? Age of system (hardware)

? Age of OS installation - have you re-installed the OS?
Never re-installed


AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4400+
Windows Vista Home Premium SP2
2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM 800 MHz
250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
ATI X1300
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
19-1 Media Card Reader
PSU Dell/Asus 300 Watts

? MotherBoard
A Dell version of ASUS M2N61-AX


Around 2 week ago my computer started getting bsod once a day in random situations. But from the last 3 days it's getting the blue screen several times a day, specially when it boots. The Windows loads, then the bsod comes. After 3 or 4 reboots, the system finally gets stable and I'm not having that random bsod during the day.

All requested files are attached.


Answer:BSOD Windows Vista Home Premium 32bits sp2 - Dell Inspiron 531

Hi -

33 BSOD kernel memory dumps processed.

As you mentioned, they suddently started just 11 days ago. All dumps have the same probable cause listed -


gbpkm.sys Wed Mar 24 17:11:10 2010 (4BAA7FEE) - GAS Tecnologies GbpKm GbPlugin Device Driver
Remove the offending app.

Update NVIDIA nForce drivers -

nvraid.sys Tue Oct 03 20:25:15 2006 (4522FF6B)
nvstor32.sys Fri Oct 26 14:50:16 2007 (472236E8)
nvmfdx32.sys Mon Aug 27 15:46:06 2007 (46D329FE)

Update ATI video and Realtek HD audio driveers -

atikmdag.sys Mon Jan 08 12:16:47 2007 (45A27C7F)

RTKVHDA.sys Mon May 14 05:01:07 2007 (46482553)
Realtek -

Update your Primax USB mosue drivers -

pmxusblf.sys Sun Oct 15 03:58:28 2006 (4531EA24) - Primax USB Mouse driver - Fri Jun 01 01:41:01 2007 (465FB16D) - Primax USB Mouse driver -

If BSODs persist, run the Driver Verifier --

Windbg Logs

Regards. . .





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I have no idea why my computer is extremely slow. Takes forever to open a webpage, to download attachments, videos, Youtube and keeps constantly loosing the wireless conection. I am using a EXTERNAL LINKSYS CISCO WIRELESS DEVICE. Being so slow is already driving me crazy. Please help me to find a solution, Thanks!!!
Here are the specs:​DELL INSPIRON 531S​​​​4.00 gb RAM​​64 Bit Operation​​Processor: AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core 5000+ 2.60 GHz​​ Windows Vista Home Premium SP 2​​

Answer:Solved: DELL INSPIRON 531S-Windows Vista Home Premium SP 2 64 Bit

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I have an ASuS notebook and I would like to reinstall windows 7 64 bits home premium. The rescue partition is corrupted. Where can I download the OS for which I own a license? I have seen that there are tutorials to install the image into a pendrive and install it from there. For short I want to download the OS image to use my license.

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Windows 7 home premium 64 bits image

You should be able to order the Recovery DVD from ASuS. Check their web site.

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Hi could please someone point me out a trusted page where I can download an ISo for Windows 7 home premium 64 bits SP1, I have tried already in many pages but it seems I always get the wrong file.

I own a laptop with serial code but no cds at all and I am plannig to reinstall.


Answer:Link to ISO for Windows 7 home premium 64 bits SP1

We're not allowed to link to ISO downloads for Win7, but you can search Google for Official Win7 ISO downloads to find a safe one.

Follow these steps to get a Perfect OEM reinstall: Reinstalling Windows 7

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I am having a devil of a job upgrading from Windows Vista Home Premium SP2 to Windows 7 Home Premium. The installation procedure runs all the way through without a hitch. However, when the PC boots back up, I get a message saying the upgrade was unsuccessful and that the previous Vista O/S will be reinstated. Also, if I restart the PC manually, I get a Dos screen up asking me to choose between 'Setup' and 'Vista'. The PC will only boot up if I choose the 'Vista' option. Can anyone offer any advice on how to resolve this annoying problem?

Answer:Windows 7 upgrade from Vista Home Premium

Are you using an OEM Windows 7 DVD? Or, MS blue-disk DVD? OEMs are often installed & "married" to a specific computer.

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I had to use Recovery Manager and reset laptop to factory settings which means Vista. Can someone please help me in finding a good link to upgrade to Windows 7 please?

Answer:Can I still upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7, or...

lrq018 wrote:.... Can someone please help me in finding a good link to upgrade to Windows 7 please?Hi, Do you mean for free ? I don't think you can get this option. Please try the following tool first to check your computer: then try the following steps: Note: I think you pay Microsoft (directly or indirectly) to get Windows 7 Regards.

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I just bought an upgrade version of Windows 7 which I intend to use to upgrade my Vista laptop. I just want to be sure I do not make mistake in this upgrade.

I have a 32 bit Vista, and I want to upgrade to 64 bit Windows 7. Is it possible? Or do I have to use a custom installation? I presume I can do a custom installtion, since though the windows 7 cover says "upgrade from Vista", it also says that one would have to perform a clean install if it was XP that was being upgraded. Am I correct in this assumption?

I know one or two of my programmes (freewares) would not work with 64 bit. Is there any way to run them in an environment which would allow them to run (may be in a compatibility version)?

In case I want to go back to Vista (unlikely, but always possible), would the installation of Windows 7 keep the Vista backup option on my HP laptop drive D?

Finally, why should I use a 64 bit version (except that it is the most advanced?)?

Many thanks for your help. I can back up all my programmes and data on a hard disk, which I would before upgrading.

Answer:Upgrade from Windows Vista (home premium)

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I have just purchased via ebay the Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade to upgrade my system currently running XP Pro. I have just been told I can not do this is this correct and if so is there any way around it?

Answer:XP Pro to Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade

That's right, you cannot. XP Pro can only upgrade to the Business or Ultimate versions of Vista. XP Home upgrades to the Basic or Home Premium versions. You're stuck I'm afraid.All Vista DVD's contain all the versions of Vista. What gets installed depends on the Product Key you enter. Your DVD will have the wrong key sequence.

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Hello people, as I've been researching online that there is ONLY one way of going to from version to version when upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7. For example, Vista Home Premium to 7 Home Premium. You technically (In Microsoft's eyes) can't go from Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional. People bought the $30 Student 7 Professional from DR when it was available, and had Vista Home Premium on their laptop. Mistake? I don't think so. We are also assuming that you have a legitimate copy of Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional Upgrade. We also assume no liability for any damages or data loss this may occur from doing my tutorial..

First off we need things done before we can do the upgrades. (Yes Upgrades).

1. Backup everything you need saved (Make an image with Acronis or any backup program)
2. Have a copy of Windows 7 (Any edition works, I'll tell you why later)
3. Have a quite some time to do this (Upgrades took a total of probably half a day)

Assuming you did the first 3 steps continue....

So you have a DVD copy or image of Windows 7. Extract the image or copy the disc to a folder on the HD of the computer you are upgrading. We are going to be going from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium as this is the only way we can do it (THANKS MICROSOFT).

View the extracted dvd/image on your HD. You will see a Sources folder, and you will see a ei.cfg. This can be edited with Wordpad or notepad, either one will do fine.
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Answer:Upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Pro

It works also because an Upgrade only needs to see an OS when first scanning the HD to allow upgrade key.

If you don't put the key in upfront and it continues the install, it is allowing you 30 days to input the key at Computer>Properties.

I figured someone would put this together when I saw this popular workaround which worked for me on RTM > 7 Home Premium: UNAWAVE - Downgrade Ultimate to Home Premium or Professional

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Ok here is the problem I have. I have a laptop with vista home premium 32 bit.. (OEM)..No install disk But can make one.I was going to install it on pc. I have ordered an upgrade disk for windows 7 x64 professional.. I was wanting to put it on my pc. It is running Windows 7600-16384 at the moment. From what I see it seems I won't be able to upgrade because:
1. Vista home premium to Windows professional won't work.
2. You can't upgrade with windows 7600-16384 to RTM
3. Not sure about going from 32 bit to 64 bit.

I am correct in my thinking??? If so I may have to cancel my upgrade buy from Newegg..Or change it somehow.

Would I be able to do clean install (RTM) on the pc with 7600-16384 on there????

Answer:Vista Home Premium 32 bit upgrade to Windows 7 x64

Hi buckman, welcome to the forums.

Firstly, the upgrade paths have been set out HERE

Secondly if your hardware is x64 compatible then there's no reason not to install x64. You will, however, need to 'clean' install as upgrades from x86 to x64 do not work.

Hope this helps in some way


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hi,my pc is eligable for a free upgrade to windows vista home basic. Now i really want windows vista home premium. Now will i just get home basic or will i get the choice of which one to have and how much will it cost.ThanksBen

Answer:Windows Vista upgrade can i get Home premium?

The short answer is it all depends. This thread, particularly the Forum Editor's post clarifies things. click here

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Have installed this twice using the different options and the OS seems to drag considerably. The optical drive is not very responsive and the shutting down takes ages. I have installed enditall with no effect. Really need some help here Windows Advisor never threw up any issues. Plenty of HHD space and 4GB RAM. The laptop is only one year old.
Any help would be appreciated.


Answer:Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit upgrade from Vista

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I was going to install vista ultimate, but i didn't need all the glamor so im getting Home Premium, before it said my Nvidia drivers (Forceware 93.71) Wouldn't be compatible. Im using a nvidia geforce FX 5200 (yes i know its old im upgrading to a 6200! wow. lol) Anyway. Is there a way to resolve this issue before i upgrade the graphics card? The funny thing is that upgrade advisor said everything was fine and that the 5200 would be recognized

Answer:Windows XP to Vista Home Premium Upgrade

Quote from: halokid33 on June 14, 2007, 03:10:47 PMI was going to install vista ultimate, but i didn't need all the glamor so im getting Home Premium, before it said my Nvidia drivers (Forceware 93.71) Wouldn't be compatible.Ummm, what is "it"?  Whatever "it" is, "it" seems to contradict upgrade adviser, doesn't it?  Did upgrade adviser say anything else about the video part of your system? Did it specifically mention your video drivers?

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I currently have an AUSUS G60VX Notebook with Microsoft Window Vista Home Premium 64bit and would like to upgrade my windows.  With all the available sources on the internet to download from, I'm unsure of which would be legitimate and whether I will
get what I'm looking for without compromising and damaging my system.

I am looking for a reliable legitimate source to upgrade from Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit to Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
Thank you

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hi im thinking of changing from vista home basic to win 7 home premium-ultimate(windows adviser)i know i cant upgrade, but would it be the same as reboot with vista installation it straight forward as to what win adviser is advising,?any help welcome,thanks

Answer:vista home basic to windows home premium upgrade

I would move all my personal stuff into its own partition if not already done, not forgetting any email client folders you may have.
I'd then reformat and install Windows 7 on a nice clean C: partition.
(I haven't got a "manufacturers" PC though, your situation may be different).
You'll find that once the Windows 7 install disk starts up it is a very quick, in comparison to XP or Vista, installation. Make sure your removable media drive is set to boot first in your BIOS. If you've never changed this boot order then it should be set to first anyways.

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Hi Sirs.I'm looking how to upgrade my hp Hp Entertainment PC Hp Pavilion dv8700 from Vista to windows 7 or 8.(all this just because Microsoft Corporation stops supporting XP and Vista)I need to know if my laptop is abkle to manage windows 7 or 8 ...would be better if 8 will run easy wthout giving me hard times, freezings and other problems.And the best of all..., if there is a FREE downloading and installation link for windows 7 or 8. Thanks  Awaiting for a fast and effective rersponse I remain,Yours friendly.   -Simsmart- 

Answer:Free windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit upgrade to 7 or 8

@ramdalg There are ten different models of the Pavilion 8700 -- we need to know which is yours. There will be a sticker on it, probably on the bottom or in the batter compartment, that looks like one of these below: Once we have the product number, I can check for HP Win7 drivers for it.We can proceed when you provide the information.Thanks

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Do you believe i can sell the upgrade disk unopened for about $130 when it comes out since i bought a laptop and will the free dvd-albeit shipping/handling cost.

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This might be a silly question, but I need some advice. I have Vista Home Premium 32 bit, and since the release of windows 7, the price of Vista Ultimate has dropped dramatically. My questions are these. What would be the benefit of upgrading to vista ultimate on a home PC or should I just upgrade to Windows 7?

Answer:Upgrade Vista Home Premium to Ultimate or Windows 7

I would go with 7.

Vista was never very popular. It would be my guess that support for the OS is ended as soon as possible, without any extensions.

7 has better security

Although mostly eye candy, 7 does have a lot of nice features.

Of course a question like this is very subjective, there is no right or wrong.

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Hi members.

I thought I should ask may be someone know
I had purchased the present Dell Laptop almost one year ago with Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit pre-installed. If I upgrade to Windows 7 will there be any discount? (I am in Japan and OS is in Japanese.)

Thank in advance.


Answer:Discount for upgrade Vista Home Premium 32 to WIndows 7? dont have a chance of getting a discount. It doesnt work that way.

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What are the "upgrade" rules? I don't need Windows 7 Professional but sometimes upgrades don't work if you are moving to a package lower on the feature tree. Please let me know if you have a definitive answer or give me a pointer to the correct place to ask.

Answer:Upgrade Vista Business to Windows 7 Home Premium?

Hello RadioShackModel3, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but the supported upgrade paths are: Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 or SP2 -> Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows Vista Business SP1 or SP2 -> Windows 7 Professional
Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 or SP2 -> Windows 7 Ultimate
Upgrade Install with Windows 7

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Have been upgraded for 9 months but get compatibility error windows appearing for various toshiba drivers. On opening toshiba assist/protect&fix/preinstalled drivers/tools&utilities it lists everything as my old xp media centre. Can this page be upgraded to vista.

Thanks for help


Answer:Equium 100-147 upgrade to windows vista home premium

Did you already updated your drivers and tools? I mean, did you downloaded the tools and drivers for Vista and installed them?

If not already did I would highly recommend you to do this, just click [here|], choose your model and download the appropriate drivers for your machine.

Thats all. Otherwise I would appreciate some feedback from you. ;)


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Copied title here for ease of reading. ~ OBI have a Dell Inspiron 530 running Windows Vista Home Premium and am having all kinds of problems. I can not install SP1 slow computer IE7 stops Help, Here is HJT log as well as dds log which I was instructed to use.End of title.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 2:18:08 PM, on 12/5/2008Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Windows\RtHDVCpl.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exeC:\Windows\System32\mobsync.exec:\PROGRA~1\\agent\mcagent.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEUser.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WLLoginProxy.exec:\PROGRA~1\mcafee\msc\mcuimgr.exeC:\Users\Steve\Downloads\HiJackThis\HijackThis.exeR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = Read more

Answer:I have a Dell Inspiron 530 running Windows Vista Home Premium and am having all kinds of problems. I can not install SP1 slow...

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a description of your problem, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below a staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.comDDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explanation about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results, click no to the Optional_ScanFollow the instructions that pop up for posting the results.Close the program window, and delete the program from your desktop.Please note: You may have to disable a... Read more

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Ok, about 2 weeks ago my laptop would lose internet after it went into sleep mode. I could only get internet back if I re-started laptop. Suffice it to say this is getting very annoying.

Do not know if this is related but I have been requested to update to Windows 2 service pack. I have tried repeatedly but it always comes back as a failed attempt (no error message) Is this because I am eventually losing internet?

Anyway, help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Inspiron 1525 Windows Vista

Try going to the manufacture of your machine's website update the Wifi adapter drivers.

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I am trying to upgrade from 2GB to 4BG at 1GB sticks. I recently got 2 Transcend 1gb sticks #TS128MLQ64V6J   (2 x 1GB = 2GB) 240-pin DIMM DDR2 PC-5300 RAM memory module for desktop PC
240-pin DIMM, unbuffered Non-ECC memory.
and they don't work, the 2 in my cpu now that work are Hynix 1GB 2rx8 pc2-5300u-555-12. I am trying to figure out why they don't work?

Answer:Windows Vista Home Premium (Memory Upgrade Problem)

Looks to me as if those modules should work.  Remove the old modules, replace them with the new in the same slots.
Does system boot?

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Hi, - I used the process outlined in this link:
to make a clean install from Windows XP Home Media Edition to Windows Vista Home Premium. <<ACER 5100 notebook, 1G ram, 1.6Ghz, 110G HDD>> Until I found Paul Thurrott's web site, it looked like I was going to have to actually upgrade and bring along all that mess from 3 years of using XP. But, following the instructions Paul gave, I actually did get a clean install. The software was 10% off too from Circuit City. Too bad about them, huh ?

Well, the clean went well, but afterwards when I repeated the process inputting the product key, right near the end, maybe the 3rd or 4th restart, the ACER froze up. I did it again after first deleting the partition and recreating it (BootIt NG). 2nd time it installed fine. Took about 30 min for the clean install, and 1 hour 5 min for the upgrade. The only thing I did differently the 2nd time was to change the boot sequence back to HDD, CDROM.

Anyway, the PC is fine. Wireless works and I've done some Internet browsing. But, in device manager, I have 3 instances of PCI Flash mem alarm, and 1 instance of a USB2.0 camera alarm. Minor but Vista keeps reminding me to install drivers. I don't have the hardware, so I don't know why this has happened. Anyone know ? What to do at this point ?

Thanks !

Answer:Drivers Missing After Upgrade to Windows Vista Home Premium

Solved by getting two drivers from ACER's web site. It wasn't obvious which ones I needed by the description in Device Manager but after Googling found several folks who had the same thing happen to them and also found which drivers were needed.


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Hi, Computer novice here.   Accidently ordered x64bit and need the x32.  Best case scenario:Anyone in the Cumming GA area who could let me borrow their upgrade disc?   Spoke to Lenovo help and they said can't send me the correct disk becuse the upgrade program has ended.  OK to use someone elses upgrade disc though as it's based on the serial number (?) in computer. 2nd best case scenario:Would someone be willing to mail me the disc to borrow? Thanks in advance, CJ P.S.  I have an A600 if that matters with Vista x32.P.S.S.  Oops!  I need the Windows 7 Home Premium update disc x32.  Thanks 

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I tried using VISTA home premium but evidently this is not one that works. I have WinXp Pro and I want to get to win7 home premium as an in place installation. What version of VISTA do I need?

Answer:What Version of VISTA Do I need For an Inplace Upgrade to Windows & Home Premium?

Any version will work, I suggest Home Premium ($119.99), but you need to run the W7 upgrade advisor first, to see if your PC can handle the upgrade.

Once you are satisfied your PC will run W7, see this article/video on moving from XP to W7


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I have a Windows Vista Home Premium Laptop. This computer will freeze when two program are running. I have run a registry cleaner and it still does not work. I found a lot of virus but have been clean since. What suggestions do you have? To mention I have misplace my Windows Vista Home Premium CD.

Answer:Windows Vista Home Premium Laptop

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I bought a new Sony Vaio laptop (Model: VPCF12A4E) from Germany. It installed windows 7 home premium on it when I first turned it on without any CD. Something went wrong after a year or so and the only way out was to re-install the operating system. I did get it re-installed but the new one is 32 bits and they dont have the original 64 bits one.

Is there any way the original windows 7 home premium can be installed? Because if it installed initially without any CD, then it must be stored somewhere inside the pc.

Answer:Help: Re-installing factory supplied windows 7 home premium 64 bits in Sony Vaio

When you first turn on a new laptop , Windows is already installed effectively. All that's left to do is for the owner to enter a few details, choose an account name and a few other configurations. That's not the same as installing Windows, the actual installation is done at the factory.

However, most new laptops are supplied with a Factory Recovery Partition (instead of a recovery disc) which is usually hidden but can be seen (though you can't browse through it's content) in
Control Panel > Admin Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management.

This Recovery can usually be invoked in Windows (have a look in Start >> All Programs, and look for Vaio Recovery Center.

Alternatively, ifWindows is badly screwed up, you can usually invoke Recovery by pressing a specific key when the Sony splash-screen appears. Read the user manual for info on how to do this as I've never owned a Vaio and all makes are different in this respect.

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When I got my HP laptop it had a trial Office 2007 which expired yesterday. I want to purchase Office Standard 2007, which would give me Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, but do I also have to upgrade my Windows Vista Home Premium to run Office Standard 2007?


Answer:Do I have to upgrade Windows Vista Home Premium to run Office Standard 2007?

compused said:


When I got my HP laptop it had a trial Office 2007 which expired yesterday. I want to purchase Office Standard 2007, which would give me Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, but do I also have to upgrade my Windows Vista Home Premium to run Office Standard 2007?

CompusedClick to expand...

No! Just get the Office 2007 and you'll be set..

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I have a brand new A200 - TH1 that came with Vista Home Premium editon installed. I needed to install Vista Ultimate in order to get Sql Server 2005 SSRS working. The Windows Anytime upgrade succeeded without any problems or errors. The problem is that my system now gets BSOD about 20 times a day. Its extremely unstable. I restored back to Home Premium using recovery disks, everything is stable until I apply the vista ultimate upgrade. I have tried upgrading without installing any other software, shortly after my system crashes with BSOD 0X00008086. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Vista Business Edition would surfice, but there is no upgrade for this. I am very confused as to why a bare bones system upgrade from vista home premium to vista ultimate would cause my sysytem to become so unstable.. IF I run the windows upgrade advisor it says the following: ( I have installed the lastest 4965AGN driver and the Bluetooth that came with the system is the lastest available (5.0.1023.0)

Bluetooth ACPI
After installing Windows Vista, this device will require an updated driver. To obtain the latest driver, go to the device manufacturer's website or contact you retailer.

Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
Before installing Windows Vista, go to the device manufacturer's website to download the latest driver for this device. After installing Windows Vista, install the saved driver.

Any help would be greatly appreciated..

Answer:BSOD after windows anytime upgrade from Home Premium to Vista Ultimate

Hello Jack

I can imagine that you have those problems because few months ago I have read interesting article about this upgrade and there was written about possible problems after upgrade procedure. I have installed Few times Ultimate on my A200 but as ?clean? installation.

What you can try is to install OS using recovery media, remove all stuff designed by Toshiba including all additional software as Norton. After doing this make upgrade.

When upgrade is finished install all Toshiba stuff following installations order described in ?Installations instructions?. I have A200 with Vista Home Premium but I do not have Anytime upgrade media and can not test it with my Satellite.

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I'm in a similar situation as this guy:

except when I boot up my disk, I only get to the 2nd step:

2) Progress Bar:
The next screen is a more graphical progress bar indicating Windows 7 is still working in the background.

it wont go past this screen.

The same thing happens when I boot it up normally(without the disk for windows 7 home premium), only with the disk in it has the windows 7 rather than the vista look.

Does anyone know what is causing this problem?

Answer:Solved: Replacing windows vista home premium with windows 7 home premium

You've got this thread started too

Is that one now solved too? You've marked this one solved, could you explain how you solved it in case others need to solve the same problem sometime in the future?



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Hi here,

First, very sorry for my english... this is not my native language!

So, I've buy this mornong a SSD to replace the one into my laptop (Dell Inspiron 1525). I've buy a Kingston 120Gb, the drive is see in the BIOS but when I try to install windows, the installation process don't see the drive. I've try the ATA and the AHCI, nothing working. My BIOS got the last firmware (version A17)

I don't know why the SSD drive is see by the Bios, but not a the Windows installation. In the box of the drive, there are a external case to plus the drive in usb. The drive is good and working great. So it's not the SSD...

So, why the BIOS see the drive but not at the installation?

Thanks alot! (i've return the drive because I only have 5 days to return... so until i've found a solution, I will buy another one when I will get few solution)

Thanks alot!

Answer:Cannot install Windows 7 on my SSD (Laptop Inspiron 1525)

Is there any error message?

You are saying that during Clean Install Windows 7 it reaches the drive selection screen but the window is empty? If not describe exactly what happens and at which step.

Try booting into installer System Recovery Options Command Line to create an Active partition as shown in Step 2 of SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation.'

Try resetting the BIOS to defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI first, then try all other SATA modes.

Is this by chance a BIOS with UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums ?

Try installing the SSD on another PC to see if it is seen so you can partition it in Disk Mgmt or using Partition Wizard Create Partition - Video Help . If not put it in the external case to see if it's detected to partition it.

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does anyone know if Dell will be releasing drivers for Wndows 7 64 bit for the Inspiron 1525 laptop and if so when wil they be released? thanks

Answer:drivers for windows 7 64 bit on inspiron 1525 laptop

Welcome to the forums
They don't even offer Vista 64bit drivers for it (which often
work if Windows 7 doesn't install certain default drivers), so it's unlikely they'll be releasing Windows 7 drivers at all for the Inspiron 1525?
It'll be hit and miss therefore, whether Windows 7 installs drivers for everything (unlikely tbh), and you'll be on your own I'm afraid, in regards to finding suitable drivers if it doesn't

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I have a dell inspiron 1525 with 2gb ran dual core and i downloaded the upgrade advisor for windows 7 and it said that it has all the requirements to run windows 7 but I just want to make sure...

Answer:Can my dell inspiron 1525 laptop run windows 7 rc?

of course windows 7 could run on a toaster

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Just as the title says, I removed the hard drive on my laptop which ran Vista and replaced with a SSD drive I then purchased an OEM Windows 7 Home Premium and proceeded to install. Now I'm not able to activate Windows with provided Product Key.

Here is my MGADiag:

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-9TX87-36WFV-7PD37
Windows Product Key Hash: Z8KjlmQEi6hBZk43KNDsWdeYDtI=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-9828852-88136
Windows Product ID Type: 8
Windows License Type: COA SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7600.2.00010300.0.0.003
ID: {36855FE4-DE5F-4E05-9AF6-2689C7D1DD48}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7600.win7_gdr.100618-1621
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
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After upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7, the internal microphone on my DELL Inspiron 1525 does not work. When checking in the Control Panel > Sounds, the only device options are for the external microphone connection to the jack... Please help!

Answer:DELL Inspiron 1525 Internal Microphone Not Working After Windows 7 Upgrade

Hi vinnyspice,
According to Dell's website, this laptop's drivers are only for Windows Vista. You contact Dell and see if there is any update available.
In the meantime, try downloading and installing the chipset driver and the sound card driver for Windows Vista and see if the issue can be resolved. You can download
Also, run Windows Update to see if it helps.

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I have an error code 80080005 with Windows Update.
My pc is a Dell E-521, Windows Vista ed. fam. premium, 32 bits.
«Fix-it», «Winupdatefix», «Cleanup-tool», «Errorend», «Free Window registry repair«, «CCleaner» and the others solutions of Microsoft (and friends!) are not the good solutions... I tried these!
And my pc is not infected, I checked it.
Thans for your new idea to help me...

Answer:Error 80080005 in Windows Update (Vista ed. fam. premium 32 bits)

Are there any entries in the event logs related to Windows Update. If there are can you post example details.

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turn computer on and it says BOOTMGR image is corrupt. The system cannot boot.

I went into f2 and made cd/dvd drive first bootable option and placed Dell Operating System Reinstallation DVD into cd drive and restart.

I wait for press any key to to boot from cd/dvd and hit any key as instructed and get: The file is possibly corrupt. The file header cheksum does not match the computed checksum.

I have stuff on this computer that I need to get access to....please help me someone!!!! =)

Answer:dell inspiron 1525 with vista premium

You can take the Hard drive out and use an 2.5 to USB adapter and hook it up to another PC and hopefully access the data

Have you checked the Boot disk for dirt or scratches

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Thank you for taking the time to read this thread..
I have a Toshiba Qossmio G50 laptop
64 bit O.S. Vista Home premium -
CPU Intel core duo CPU P7350 @2.00 GHz
Memory 4 .0 GB (RAM)
Norton 360

It is running like thick molasses moving downhill.
I have tried registry cleaners, speed boosters etc. all junk.

If the laptop sits idle for around 8 minutes it will locked up ... the mouse pointer moves but I can not close any windows or shut the system down.
All I can do is hit the big off button over and over again. I get like a ghost like background with a blue "O" spinning around and around endlessly.

I have checked out my power settings thinking there was something wrong there, but everything seems to be the way it should be.

I had a feeling I should have built my own machine, but i got lazy.

Do you have any idea of what the problem might be?
Any information will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,

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I have genuine windows vista home premium in my Laptop.However it takes nearly five minutes to come up to full performance after i logged(Stucks for 3 minuts after loading the Desktop and takes another 2 minutes to come to full performance).It takes so many time to load the Windows Side bar so i removed it from the start up.

But for my wonder now it starts to load even slower.This problem never occured as soon as i created a new user account and logged from that.However after some days it becomes slow again. Any suggestions...?

My Laptop is HPdv5-1104TX. 3 GB Ram and 512MB Nvidia 9600 GTZ. Processor is 2.24 GHz(Centrino Processor)

Answer:My Laptop Stucks For 5 Minutes...Windows Vista Home Premium Help..!

Perhaps its all of the programs you have set to run at startup / login? Did you disable any or is this a brand new laptop and you haven't done anything?

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Hi All,

I bought a new Dell Inspiron 1525 with Windows Vista Home Premium just before two months (Sept 2008) and facing a problem of Black Screen only mouse is active since last three days I just asked Technical support guy to help me out the same but he asks for charge though I have three years warranty even for Physical damage (complete cover).

I have tried to diagnose it and found the following error&#8230;

Error Code 0F00:137B
Msg: DVDW_4-Disk is missing/blank, insert data disk (Examle:RCD)
The given Error code and message can be used by Dell Technology Support to help diagnose the problem.
I don&#8217;t want to reinstall the OS as I have some important Data on C Drive.

Speedy help will be appreciated.

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Hello Folks, Firstly i would like to appologize if i've post in wrong section or there's a similiar problem posted already, i already search for similiar question but didnt found any. I did some google search, also with no luck.

Here's my story.

I've purchased an Acer Laptop last year, it came shipped with Windows 7 Home Premium and i've been using this OS until now.

I really like this OS, this is the best OS i've ever tried but now i feel like upgrading to Windows 7 Professional x64.

So lets say if i have already purchased a copy of genuine Windows 7 Professional x64, how do i install it? Just insert the Installation Disc, and it shall prompt me with upgrade menu? Or Do i need to boot from CD-ROM and run installation from there?

Lets say if i can just run installation by inserting Installation Disc, and click "Upgrade To Windows 7 Professional", will it 'overwrite' my current documents/User Settings/Themes/Gadgets ?? These settings are important for me, i wish to keep them untouched if possible. This is question 1.

Question 2
What will happen to my previous Windows 7 Home Premium x64 licence if i decided to upgrade? When i bought this laptop, they dont give me any installation disc, so i cant re-install this OS.

Question 3
What will happen to my Ms Office 2010 licence ? As far as i know, once we activate the copy and register at Microsoft, which i already did, It cannot be activated twice.

Question 4
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Answer:[SOLVED] How to upgrade Windows 7 Home Premium x64 to Windows 7 Premium x64

Hi and welcome to TSF the info on upgrading should be here

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I have just purchased Windows 7 Pro 32bit for my Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop and booted from the Windows 7 DVD. After a considerable time, the initial language selection screen opens but there's no mouse pointer to allow me to continue from this point. I tried re-booting from the DVD several times in case a driver had failed to load into ram, however the installation stops at that point as I cannot select anything. I tried every key on the keyboard and also tried plugging in a USB mouse to one of the USB ports and re-booting. Still not way to proceed without a mouse pointer.

I upgraded the ram to 4Gb and tested this on the previous OS (XP) and it was working fine. I have installed a new hard drive and was intending to let windows format and partition it for me, however I cannot proceed with the installation. I can only think that my Windows 7 DVD doesn't contain a mouse driver for this model, however I did check on various sites that Win 7 would install on my model and many people seem to have managed to do this. The disc and key cost ?50 so I don't want to have to buy another one. So I installed from this disc onto my desktop PC and it installed with no problems, so the DVD must be OK (for my desktop at least).

I have installed many operating systems but this is a new one on me, I don't know how else I can get this OS onto my laptop, can anybody advise me please?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:How to install Windows 7 pro (32bit) on Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

I was able to tab to the button named Next on that language selection screen. I was also able to change other items via the arrow keys once tab put the list in focus.

Do you see the focus change when tab is pressed? If not, then maybe the keyboard is not being recognized either.

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Hi Guys,
Have anyone tried upgrading their G460? I tried mine but I got issues with sound, graphics, connection problem especially with the online features requiring microsoft account like cortana, constant slowing of programs and most of the time programs won't even start.
I haven't tried  a fresh install yet but I'm a little skeptical if I want to upgrade or just stay with windows 7 for a time being.
Mod's Edit:  Added model number to beginning of Subject line for visibility

Answer:(G460 laptop) Question about Upgrading Windows pre-installed 7 Home Premium to Windows 10 Home.

have you upgrade your sound and graphics drivers ? and when you play with your win10, don't forget to keep up your installation disk.i recommended you have more than 15% free space of your installation disk. and if you intend to keep using win10, don't hesitate to clean up your disk with Disk Cleanup.

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This computer has always run slow, I recently installed Malaware Byes Anti Malware, Super Anti Spy, HouseCall, RUBotted & HiJack This. Each did find potential threats, but now I cannot even get on my computer unless I am in safe mode. Please help!!!

Answer:Severe problems with my Toshiba laptop, running Windows Vista Home Premium

Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<==.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it ==>HERE<== Please include the link to this topic in your new topic and a description of your computer issues and what you have done to resolve them.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the new topic and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.Once you have created the new topic, please reply back here with a link to the new topic.

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Hi, I am new to this forum and not a computer expert. My 6-month old Dell Inspiron laptop is currently stuck on the Welcome screen (with spinning icon). When turned on, it brings me to my sign in screen, I enter my password and then it goes to the Welcome screen and just stays there and the little icon keeps spinning. I tried holding down the power button to force it to turn off, then turning it back on but the same thing happens. It has been sitting, "spinning/stuck" for over an hour now.

Any suggestions on what to do? Thank you!

Answer:Dell Inspiron Laptop Windows 7 Home Premium Stuck on "Welcome" Screen

Hi aphelocoma,

Please try the following steps to see if they help:

Try to run 'hardware diagnostics' to check 'hardware functionality':
- Power off the laptop > Power it back on; at Dell splash screen repeatedly tap 'F12' > Use 'arrow keys' on the keyboard to highlight 'Diagnostics' and tap 'Enter' > Capture 'error message' if any.
You may refer to the following 'web article' for detailed steps: Run Built-In Diagnostics for Your System

If you still experience issues, try to 'Load BIOS defaults' to see if that works:
- Power off the laptop > Power it back on and at 'Dell splash screen' repeatedly tap 'F2 key' > Tap 'F9' to 'load BIOS defaults' > Tap 'F10' to 'Save and Exit'
Note: Also check the 'hard drive status' in the 'BIOS' (Check if detected)

Please share the exact system model, if no conclusive results show up.

Do reply with the findings; would be glad to assist.

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I currently have Windows Vista Home premium installed on my computer and need to upgrade to windows 7.
I understand I will  have to purchase it, that is fine, it has been suggested to look on amazon, etc. I just want to make sure of a product code or ID number specifically before i make any purchase.

As I said i currently have windows vista sp2, build 6002, and am wanting to upgrade to windows 7 sp1.

please advise.

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I have a laptop that is running Windows XP and have confirmed with the laptop manufacturer that I can upgrade it to Windows 7 Home Premium. I searched online for purchasing Windows 7 Home Premium and found some sites that offer a Product Key, Download Link,
and License key. Is this an option I can use? If so, can it just simply be downloaded onto the laptop that has Windows XP running? 
Thank you.

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Hello everyone, I've been stuck on trying to upgrade to Windows 10. I am currently using a OEM Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, HP Pavilion dv6 laptop.

Problem started when I notified Microsoft that I wanted to upgrade to Windows 10. I upgraded with my wife's laptop first. She also has the same laptop, but its a newer version. Windows 10 installed fine, so I decided to do mine. So I repeated the steps I did when I upgraded my wife's laptop. I clicked on the Windows icon in my task bar. It told me Windows upgrade was ready, so I clicked on continue. I let the update take its course. After 8 hours of seeing the words "working on it" I decided to exit out of the program, thinking something is wrong. I restarted my laptop and clicked on the Windows icon again. This time I did this before I went to bed. When I woke up it still had the words "working on it." So I did some research and I came across a thread that stated to use Windows update. I ran the Windows update and to my surprise Windows 10 was there (it was the only update). I clicked on update and it started to download, so I figured life was good. Windows 10 downloaded and installed. It went through the three phases (Baking up files, installing software and drivers, and then validation)<--if those are not the exact three phases I forgot, but there are three phases-->as soon as the third phase finished it states that something goes wrong and reverts back to Windows 7 Home Premium. So I commence my r... Read more

Answer:Windows 10 upgrade reverts back to Windows 7 Home Premium (previous OS

Did you begin this extravaganza with Windows 7 Home Premium?

Or Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1?

What's an "SUR"?

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I have owned my dell inspiron 1525 for about a mounth now,the first 3 weeks the disc burner worked wonderfuly.but resently it wont burn any media to any disc.first i thot the discs i was using might have been bad but i tested them in my desctop computer and they worked fine.i have tryed using different software as well as different discs but nothing has worked.i get two errors messages "the disc was not burned succsessfully.make sure that you have the latest firmware for your cd or dvd burner installed, and then try again"and"there is no recordable disc in your disc burner.insert a black recordable disc,and then try again". somebody please help

Answer:dell inspiron 1525 laptop with windows 7 wont burn discs anymore

You may need to buy a new disk burner. They are not expensive.

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if its not possible, how can i make it possible?

if its possible, how to do it?

Answer:is it possible to upgrade Windows 7 Home Premium(Trial) to Windows 7 Ultimate?

It's not possible, neither can it be made possible as the upgrade wouldn't install from a trial version, and even if it did, it would cause persistent problems.

You have to install the non-trial version as a "clean" installation on to an empty partition.
Back up all your important data first to another drive or to DVDs.
Applications will have to be re-installed once the non-trial version is up and running.

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Hi all,

Just wondering if i need to do a clean install if upgrading from 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional 64 bits? Or am i able to just upgrade? Will it affect the current softwares on my PC and do i need to reinstall them? Thanks all!

Answer:Upgrade from Win 7 Home Premium to Professional 64 bits

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

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Sometimes when I wake my laptop up from sleep or hibernation than the screen is so dim I cant even see it to be readable, and when I go to use the function brightness keys to increase the brightness, there is no effect.

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Hello Guys

First of all, Please move this to right section if this doesn't belongs here Thanks.

I would like to ask about my HP G62-340US with Pre-Installed with Windows 7 Home Premium and
I also have a Windows 7 Professional Legit Key installed on other machine.
Now, my other machine with Win7Pro is, I didn't use it anymore, and formatted the drive few months back.

Is it Okay If I upgrade my HP G62-340US with Win7 Home Premium to Windows 7 PRO using the same key that I used before on my OLD machine that was not available anymore?

any help would be appreciated. thank you.

Answer:Upgrade Windows 7 Home Premium with Windows 7 Professional from OLD PC

Hi netbox,

The answer to your question is "it depends" (helpful I know)

Basically, if your old machine came with Windows 7 Professional pre-installed then it is probably an OEM copy. This means that the license is locked to that machine and that machine only and can't be transferred.

However, if it is a retail copy. That is, you went out and bought the disk, and it didn't come pre-installed then it should be fine. Although Windows may ask you to call Microsoft for activation, just so you can tell them that it isn't in use any more. Here's a tutorial: Upgrade Install with Windows 7

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Can I not go to a site and do a simple upgrade from home premium to professional and pay accordingly?
It appears I cannot unless I pay approx. ?330 for a new OS.

The problem I have got I recently upgraded my RAM from 12gb to 32gb, apparently the Home premium will only use 16gb. Is this correct? professional will run 32gb!!!!!

Help would be appreciated. Thank you

Answer:upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium to windows 7 professional

The Microsoft "anytime upgrade" for Windows 7 has been discontinued. You will, apparently, have to buy a new version. However, there may still be "OEM" versions available and they are less than the full versions. The only difference is the OEM can only be used on the PC it is first installed, just like the original "OEM" version that came with your Dell.

What are doing or going to do that will require that much memory? I have 16GB installed on my recording studio PC and have never used over 7GB of RAM.

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Hello recently I upgraded from XP to Windows Premium Home 7 64 bit.
Right after that my Brother hl-3070cw told me the factory original toner was low and refuses to print.
I replaced the old toner with a new one.
The printer says that it it READY.

But It Refuses to Print.

The printer will not even print the default Test Print.

Anybody have a solution?

Answer:Windows upgrade from XP to Windows Premium Home 7 64 bit, Problem.

Stupid question:

Have you installed the drivers for the HL-3070CW?

I have one, and it has a full driver suite for Win7 X64, available for download from Brother. The interface that I use is an Ethernet connection from the printer to a router. My main desktop is hardwired to the router, but I also have a laptop and secondary desktop that connect using WiFi. All three can print directly to the 3070.

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I am looking for the best available option to upgrade the OS of my HP Pavillion dv7 Notebook from (factory installed) Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1 to Windows 7 Professional.  Unfortunately it's no longer available from Microsoft on my "Windows Anytime Upgrade" program installed on my system; including the "upgrade key" option.It is frustrating to see how Microsoft  "support" for windows 7 is now limited on a good product that  lots of us like and still has big demand. The sometimes  (confusing) upgrade option is available from many on line stores.Please advise  

Answer:Upgrade Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Proffessional

Interesting that your Windows 7 Home Premium does not allow the upgrade.  I am using Windows 7 Pro on several PC's and it still allows the "upgrade".  Perhaps you are looking in the wrong place.  Go to Control Panel>System and Security>System.  Does the "Get more features with a new edition of Windows 7" (in blue) show up?  Click on that and then the choice "Enter an upgrade key".  Of course you need the key for Windows 7 Pro at that point.That is how I have done a few for friends in the past but not recently.

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I recently bought two 8GB RAM sticks to add to the 8 GB of RAM I already had. But when I installed them, I found that Windows 7 Home Premium was loading past the 16 GB mark and I needed Windows 7 Professional. I had recently set up a computer at my workplace,
so I had a copy of Windows 7 Professional lying around, so I decided to use that. Except when I went to install it, it told me to use Windows Anytime Upgrade. But there, it went and said that Windows Home Premium cannot be upgraded. I went back to the standard
installation, and was told that Windows 7 Professional can only be installed with a clean install, and I'd have to format my drive, which I can't afford to do.
Is there a way to upgrade my PC to Windows 7 Professional WITHOUT losing all my data, or should I return one of my RAM sticks and get some of my money back?

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I have a new laptop that came with Windows 7 Home Premium. I bought Windows 7 Professional Upgrade from download and the backup disc. Please point me to the appropriate installation instructions for this scenario. Need and appreciate help

Addendum: Unfortunately, the Windows 7 Professional Upgrade I purchased is not the Anytime Upgrade and it can't be returned since it was obtained through the student program. So do I need to reformat this hard drive and install my upgrade version from boot?? If so, how is the reformat accomplished?

Answer:How to Upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional

Press windows and pause/break keys together.

In the new window that pops up, select change product key.

Put your new Professional key in.

Then Activate.

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I have a copy of Windows Vista Home Premium x86 and I want to DualBoot!!! Tell me: can I do this?? If I can, tell me how!!!

Answer:Can I DualBoot Windows Vista Home Premium with Windows Vista Home Premium??

Well to do this you would need two product keys. Since you can only use one key on one installed system, to dual boot two vista OS you would need a seperate product key for each one, if you have two keys all you need are two seperate partitions to install them on.

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Please advice me whether this is a wise move or should I keep vista

Answer:I have vista 64 bits and would like to upgrade to windows 8

Hard to say.

If you are happy with Vista - you might not like win8.

It is very different - not just the UI , but the whole push to online services.

You might be better trying the Preview - as a trial and see what you think.

The preview isn't identical to the released version - released version is worse imo.

I have Win8 - I don't like it.

I spend most of my time in Win7 - a little time in Vista - and have no particular desire to boot into Win8.

EDIT - i am not sure the preview is available now they are selling the thing.

There are a handful of fanbois on the site who act like it is the second coming.

I expect they will pitch in.

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I recently performed a system recovery because I was unable to back up to earlier time before we started having computer issues. Anyway I performed a recovery. Stumbled accross this by accident that windows has 3 days before it wall automatically activate. So I clicked activate. It gave me this message header. "The Windows Vista Home Premium product key you typed is invalid for windows activation". There are 3 options. 1 is to Buy a new product key online. 2 is to type a different product key. 3 is to contact Hewlett-Packard Company to resolve this issue. I contacted Hewlett-Packard Company and they had me call Microsoft. Microsoft wants to charge me $100 for something I already own. Very confused. Anyway does anyone have a fix for this. Thank you

Answer:Windows Vista Home Premium product key you typed is invalid for windows activation

You have two choices:
You may either reinstall using the recovery partition, if you have one.
You could look for the key on the computer. It can be anywhere, including the battery compartment, if you have a lappy.
As a last restort you can try to use magic jelly bean, but I have doubts since you reinstalled.
Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder

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How to add domain names in Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit?

I am being asked to add domain name in the white list to get e-mail without any problem. Actually there was a suspension in e-mail news letter when I contacted the company I was told to add their domain name in the e-mail.

If it is e-mail I can add but I do not know how to add domain name. Please share your thought and oblige.

Thank you

PS* I am not asking about Windows Live mail

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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.

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

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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.


Answer: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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The Laptop model number is Gateway MT6916, I partition the drive using windows vista, then proceed to install windows 7. Windows 7 finished installing then rebooted, the odd thing about was that there was no bootloader (for dual booting). The laptop booted into the gateway recovery instead. I check the Bcdedit just using the command prompt from the gateway recovery and everything seem to listed fine with the exception that windows 7 identifier is <default>. I tried repairing the startup for vista and windows 7 but it still keeps booting to the gateway recovery? Windows Vista Home Premium is under C: and Windows 7 is under D:
Laptop Specs:
Processor Intel® Core 2 Duo processor T5250
1.5 GHz | 1 MB L2 cache | 667 MHz FSB
Chipset Intel® GM965
Display panel 15.4-inch WXGA (1280 × 800)
Memory 2048 MB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (2 × 1024)
Operates at 667 MHz
Total slots: 2 DDR2 slots | Available slots: 0 DDR2 slots
Video controller Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Up to 384 MB of Dynamic Video Memory



Answer:Solved: Having Trouble Dual Booting Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows 7 ultimate

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I want to put Windows 7 Home Premium on my daughters computer which has Vista Ultimate at the moment on a HHD. I plan to put windows 7 on an SSD drive in my computer(to save time) and then put the SSD drive in my daughters computer. Can I do this from a licensing point of view or can I only load Windows 7 onto the SSD once it is in my daughters computer?
Any help greatly appreciated.

Answer:Changing Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Home premium.

Windows 7 configures itself (installs drivers) according to what is connected.
So it has to be in the correct machine.
The licensing is only an issue in that you need a W7 license key that is not being used on another machine.
ie you can't just use your license key.
Her Vista key is not valid for W7 either.

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I just purchased a Dell Inspiron Laptop for my daughters for Christmas, they've got facebook, iTunes and MSN messenger etc installed on it. Everything seems to work fine then all of a sudden when they click on internet explorer their homepage keeps popping up over and over again until their is a total of 30 or 40 windows and it freezes. The only way to stop it is to push the power button then turn of the computer. Upon restart I start in safe mode then do a restore to a date arounf Christmas when they first got the computer. This seems to work fine for a few days then it happens again and I go through the whole process again. Does anyone know what can be causing this and what I should do? It's a brand new computer, I haven't installed any antivirus as it came with a trial mcafee, after that expires I was going to install AVG or some other free antivirus software. I'm not used to the windows system having used Mac for the past few years.Any help is appreciated.

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Windows SP2 will not install on Windows Vista Home Premium x64 based system; I have tried a stand-alone install and an install through windows update both give me the error code 0x800f0900. Any help in resolving this issue would be greatly appreciated, I cannot play the Diablo 3 game I bought because of this issue!

Answer:Windows SP2 will not install on Windows Vista Home Premium x64 based

I'm moving this to Am I Infected where the more knowledgeable can have a look.


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Windows SP2 will not install on Windows Vista Home Premium x64 based system; I have tried a stand-alone install and an install through windows update both give me the error code 0x800f0900. Any help in resolving this issue would be greatly appreciated, I cannot play the Diablo 3 game I bought because of this issue! I have already gone through the Am I infected? and the malware removal forums on this website and have removed the viruses on my computer I was told to post in the Vista forum for help with this

Answer:Windows SP2 will not install on Windows Vista Home Premium x64 based

You did not complete the process of neutralizing malware in your topic at . You were requested to run a malware log and you failed to respond/resply to said request...and your topic was subsequently closed for lack of response.

That topic reflected symptoms that you now complain about.

I suggest that you send a PM to Gringo, asking for that topic to be reopened...and finish that topic...before making assumptions that your system is clean and devoid of problems previously existing.


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I received this message:
Windows Vista? Ultimate cannot be upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium. You can choose to install a new copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 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 Home Premium, click the Back button in the upper left-hand corner, and select ?Custom (advanced)?.

The problem is my laptop is 3 years old - it came with preinstalled programs so I have no discs and no recovery discs either. I tried to create recovery discs and the one shot was already run so it won't let me. This was supposed to be a new computer when I bought it. I did back up my files to an external drive. So what do I do now? And do I need to get a different version of windows 7?

Answer:Windows Vista™ Ultimate cannot be upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium.

What is the exact problem causing you to want to do this?

You might be able to Run HP Factory Recovery by tapping the F11 key at bootup. This will return the computer to factory condition.

You need to backup your files first, or if you cannot boot your computer we can help you copy your files out using the Repair Disk you can download to burn from here: System Repair Disc - Create

If Recovery doesn't work or you prefer to clean reinstall, then you can unlock all versions in the Home Premium DVD to install your licensed version of Win7, using the Product Key on the COA sticker on machine. Use ImgBurn to extract the ISO image file from DVD then follow the steps here: Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create
Clean Install Windows 7

Let us know more about what is wrong and exactly what you would like to accomplish and we'll give you more steps.

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Just purchased my first laptop and am attempting to connect to the internet via a DSL GNET Modem using PPPoE. When I attempt to connect to the internet I get Error Code 651: The modem (or other connecting device) has reported an error. Any ideas on a fix for this. Odd to get a new system and an error code so soon.

System Overview:

Toshiba Satellite Notebook
AMD Phenom (tm) II N870 Triple Core Processor
2.30 GHZ
64 Bit OS

Sent via IPAD

Answer:Re: Windows Vista and 7 / Error Code in Windows 7 Home Premium

I?m 100% sure this error is not caused by your new notebook. I?m also 100% sure that all ports on your notebook work properly. You can check this in device manager. Is some problem there?

This modem is not known to me but, generally speaking, using LAN cable there should not be any problem if your modem is configured properly. With WLAN is the same.

Have you tested functionality on some other LAN or WLAN network (different DSL router)?

By the way: which notebook model do you have exactly?

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Hello:Just purchased new Y730.. right out of the box .. When trying to use Windows Update get error 80004002.  Tried MS regsvr32(reg all 7 files) still gets error. Have not found any help via Lenovo. If possible please advise. If can not resolve, will box it up and send back.Thanks,Ken 

Answer:Y730 windows vista home premium no windows update

1) Install BITS 2.02)  Turn off firewall3) Try registering again  regsvr32 wuapi.dllregsvr32 wuaueng.dllregsvr32 wuaueng1.dllregsvr32 wucltui.dllregsvr32 wups.dllregsvr32 wups2.dllregsvr32 wuweb.dll also execute following:for %v in ( %systemroot%\system32\ole*.dll ) do regsvr32 /s %v  Message Edited by skripatch on 03-07-2009 02:14 PM

//help will save the world

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Found an ISO for Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, burnt it to a DVD and reinstalling windows 7 onto laptop.
I enter my product key but get the error in the headline above. I have my product ID and product key, what can I do to install windows 7 on my laptop

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Problem 1, I switch on, Windows icon come on then screen goes black and I have to switch off and then on again for the connection to be made.
2, When Windows goes into sleep mode, it will not recover and I have problem 1 again

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I'm trying to install MySql 4.1 on a Vista Home Premium 64bits machine. During installation MySql is scattered all over the program files and the first thing i see is a problem with writing the configuration (ini) file. Parts of the installation files are found in program files, other parts in program files (x86).
With some copy/paste actions I managed to make sure that in both "program files" the installation was equal, it still doesn't work.
During installation I specifically selected the installation path, but Vista ignores this.
Has anybody any idea how to tell Vista ONLY to use program files x86 because otherwise the program won't work. Unfortunately it is not possible to upgrade to MySql 5 or higher, because than the software won't function.

Your help is very much appreciated!!


Answer:MySql 4.1 and Vista Home premium 64 bits

Hi Nick and welcome to Vista Forums

What software are you referring to? If the program in question requires MySql 4.1 then, seeing as though that is an old version of MySql, you should check the software manufacturers website for any updates that would enable you to run the program on a more recent version of MySql.

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I have an Acer Aspire Laptop that I am getting very frustrated with. Any help with this issue would be greatly appreciated. My son had this laptop origianlly and got so frustrated he just stuck in the top of his closet for a few years. Now I'm needing
a computer and he gave me the laptop. I have researched and done so many different things I'm ready to pull my hair out. I decided to make sure everything was backed up and ran the eRecovery Program on here from Acer back to the Factory Default settings. I
have uninstalled the McAfee Security Suite and added VIPRE Antivirus Home. I also uninstalled Bing Bar (I have no use for it), newsXpresso (no use for it), Norton Online Backup, Times Reader. I tried to do a manual update for Windows and I'm still getting
that error code. Please help.

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While installing windows 10, I am getting errors C1900101-20003

Answer:Why am I not able to upgrade Windows 10 from Windows 7 Home Premium?

You should really provide more info about this. Are you using a laptop / pc? At which state does the error occur?
One common cause of this error is overheating if you are using a laptop. In this case laptop turns off while installing and error occurs. You should place your laptop in a cool place. You could try to put a fan blowing to bottom of the laptop etc.

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