You got yourself a brand new operating system? Good for you. Staying with the times, giving back to the economy and playing with some new technology is what you are in it for.
What we hope does NOT happen to you is having issues upgrading from your operating system to Windows 7.
I will run down some Windows 7 upgrade issues we have seen and how to get around them. This is a good article to read before beginning your upgrade.
If you do not read the whole article first – at least read this: do not remove your existing XP or Vista partition if you are upgrading! You will need it installed. The CD media will not help!
The first Windows 7 upgrade issues we will address is probably the most common. Upgrading from Windows XP is not supported. I know Windows 7 seems like the next version up from XP but it is not. The only clear upgrade path will come from Windows Vista. When you try to upgrade from Windows XP or an earlier release of Windows you will see this error pop up.
All we can do is follow Microsoft’s link to tell us how to use Easy Transfer to copy all your files and settings. This will in essence do a clean install and still retain most of your settings and all of your files.
To save you some legwork the application (Easy Transfer – which works like XP’s settings and file transfer wizard) is located on your DVD that came with your Windows 7 retail box. It is in E:\support\migwiz – that is as long as your DVD drive is E:\ If yours is D:\ or F:\ replace the drive letter before the path. Run through it and it will guide you to copying your data over.
The next issue is a doosey – I have not seen it happen yet but it has been reported by some of my techs in the wild time and time again. The dreaded hang at 62% during the upgrade process. Microsoft describes it as:
When you try to upgrade your computer from Windows Vista to Windows 7, the upgrade process stops responding at 62% indefinitely.
There seem to be numerous reasons why this actually happens but they have provided a Fixit file that should clear up your issues the next time you try to re-run the upgrade from Vista to Windows 7. You can grab the FixIt file directly from Microsoft but take head – ONLY USE THIS IF IT IS STUCK ON 62% – no other number!
To fix this problem automatically, restart the computer where the upgrade to Windows 7 fails at 62%. Your computer will roll back to Windows Vista. Either download the following fix to a flash drive or to a CD or return to this article on the machine where the upgrade fails. If you return to this article on the machine where you experience this problem, click the Fix this problem link. Click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.
And for our final Windows 7 upgrade issue, we will be looking at what happens if you purchased a Upgrade disk but you’ve already formatted your Vista or XP partition. Chances are you are getting the error that your product key is not valid. This is kind of true and kind of false. The issue is that you need to have the Vista partition installed in order to complete the upgrade. Upon further investigation the error is really “The product key provided does not allow for a full install better luck next time”
You really need to have XP SP3 or Vista SP1 installed on your hard drive to proceed. You will need to break out that installation disk from your previous operating system, install it and then proceed with your upgrade!
Aren’t you glad you read this before you upgrade? Wait”¦.oh sorry. But at least you have some solutions right?! And don’t forget to check out our 15 tips and tricks for Windows 7 here.