Three Windows 7 Upgrade Issues & How To Avoid Them

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7Head1You 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!

Windows 7 upgrade issues

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.

Windows 7 upgrade issues

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.

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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”

Windows 7 upgrade issues

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 15 Best Windows 7 Tips and Hacks 15 Best Windows 7 Tips and Hacks Read More .

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  1. Joosto
    February 19, 2010 at 1:12 am

    In my opinion the best thing to do is use this site: http://www.videosonlinetorrent... get a beta version of windows 7 and try it out first on a test machine before buying it not everyone is going to love it. I personally do but some are still XP fanboys all the way.

  2. Joosto
    February 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    In my opinion the best thing to do is use this site: get a beta version of windows 7 and try it out first on a test machine before buying it not everyone is going to love it. I personally do but some are still XP fanboys all the way.

  3. Cibertek
    February 18, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    There is in my opinion almost no good reason to ever do an in-place upgrade of W7. A clean install has got to be the first choice in almost every case. Even if your licensing is the issue, pony up for the full price or wait until you can buy a new machine.

    I also use Easy Transfer almost everyday upgrading my clients and it works on XP too. In fact, I keep the transfer file on a Thumb drive if possible just in case something goes wrong down the line.

  4. Tom, the Computer Guy
    February 18, 2010 at 8:37 am

    A note about the last tip... you actually don't need to reinstall XP/Vista if you've already dropped a nuke on the old partition.

    The trick is to do a Custom install on the blank partition.

    Run through all the screens, accepting the fact that it won’t activate, and let it start the 30 day trial period. Then, from inside your fancy-new Win7, re-run the install - but this time tell it to upgrade. Run through all the screens again... VIOLA... activation successful.

    This is known as the "double-install" method - and from what I understand, is 100% approved by MS. I know for a fact that it works perfectly, as I just did it for my own new machine last month.