How to do an upgrade install of Win7 Ultimate over Win 7 home premium

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  1. pvanc

    pvanc Honorable Member

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    Hello,
    I am trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on a Windows 7 Home premium 64-bit laptop. I started upgrade install and it does a compatibility report and stops there and puts it on desktop. Report is blank. How can I get beyond that blank report and install my new software? Please respond so I can upgrade my OS

    Thanks,
    pvanc
     
  2. Drew

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    Are you trying to do it this way?...

    Start machine w/ the OS install disc in the optical drive; BIOS screen says "Hit any key to boot from CD/ROM"; you do that; then, hit Install Now; window comes up w/ Upgrade & Custom Install choices.. you pick Upgrade & carry on from there. Should work w/out a problem.

    Cheers,
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    pvanc Honorable Member

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    I did not realize that all I had to do was insert my Windows 7 Ultimate key and it would upgrade to Ultimate. So I am all set.

    Thanks for your answer
    pvanc

     
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    pvanc Honorable Member

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    Drew.
    I am now trying to upgrade Windows 7 Home Premium with Windows 7 Ultimate on my desktop which is 32-bit. I tried doing it by using Windows Upgrade Anytime. Tried several times and after a few minutes the upgrade fails ( it went smoothly on the 64-bit laptop). So I tried doing the upgrade install using the Windows Ultimate disk and I get to the compatibility report, again putting that report on the desktop and that compatibility report is blank, no incompatibilities. The only choice I have is to close the window and that stops the installation. So then I tried the boot from CD/ROM as you suggested and I got to the compatibility report and it said to restart from hard disk and install from hard drive. So now what I need is a way to bypass the compatibility report and to be able to continue with the upgrade install. Please help. I would rather do an upgrade install to Ultimate as I have been having problems with the Windows 7 Home Premium and wish to refresh the OS files.
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    pvanc
     
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    Why does it sound like you're using a 64-bit disc on a 32-bit machine?
     
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    I have a 32-bit copy of Windows7 Ultimate which I tried to use on the 32-bit desktop. I have a 64-bit copy which I used on the 64-bit laptop. I now am unable to get the desktop to boot up. And I have a key for the Anytime Upgrade for both 32 and 64 bit, different key for each computer. That worked on the laptop but not on the desktop. The files are still there on the hard drive but the computer won't boot up from the hard drive or the cdrom. I finally tried to do a clean install from my Windows Home premium 32 bit and that even failed. I ran startup repair several times and it does not show any problems. I did get an error 0x490, googled that and could not figure out what to do. Guess I have to give up. Last time I tried the startup repair the OS showed up as "recovered" not as Windows 7. Don't really know what to do now.

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  7. Drew

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    Error code = 0x490"

    • How to fix?

    To resolve this no boot issue, try following steps:

    To run the Bootrec.exe tool, you must start Windows RE, following steps:

    1. Put the Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.

    2. Press a key when you are prompted.

    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then click Next.

    4. Click Repair your computer.

    5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.

    6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.

    7. Type Bootrec.exe, and then press ENTER.

    Note To start the computer from the Windows Vista or Windows 7 DVD, the computer must be configured to start from the DVD drive. For more information about how to configure the computer to start from the DVD drive, see the documentation that is included with the computer or contact the computer manufacturer.


    Bootrec.exe options
    The Bootrec.exe tool supports the following options. Use the option that is appropriate for your situation.

    Note If rebuilding the BCD does not resolve the startup issue, you can export and delete the BCD, and then run this option again. By doing this, you make sure that the BCD is completely rebuilt. To do this, type the following commands at the Windows RE command prompt:

    > bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
    > c:
    > cd boot
    > attrib bcd -s -h -r
    > ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
    > bootrec /RebuildBcd

    /FixMbr

    The /FixMbr option writes a Windows 7 or Windows Vista-compatible MBR to the system partition. This option does not overwrite the existing partition table. Use this option when you must resolve MBR corruption issues, or when you have to remove non-standard code from the MBR.


    /FixBoot

    The /FixBoot option writes a new boot sector to the system partition by using a boot sector that is compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7. Use this option if one of the following conditions is true:

    > The boot sector has been replaced with a non-standard Windows Vista or Windows 7 boot sector.

    > The boot sector is damaged.

    > An earlier Windows operating system has been installed after Windows Vista or Windows 7 was installed. In this scenario, the computer starts by using Windows NT Loader (NTLDR) instead of Windows Boot Manager (Bootmgr.exe).


    /ScanOs

    The /ScanOs option scans all disks for installations that are compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7. Additionally, this option displays the entries that are currently not in the BCD store. Use this option when there are Windows Vista or Windows 7 installations that the Boot Manager menu does not list.


    /RebuildBcd

    The /RebuildBcd option scans all disks for installations that are compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7. Additionally, this option lets you select the installations that you want to add to the BCD store. Use this option when you must completely rebuild the BCD.

    After following the above i then ran the following from command prompt:

    > bootrec /fixmbr

    then

    > bootrec /fixboot
     
  8. pvanc

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    Drew,
    Thanks for your directions. I was able to get my Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit on desktop back up and running to some extent. It is still acting funny. I would like to just do an upgrade installation of Windows 7 Ultimate, have the disk and key. I got the install going and it went through loading files, starting setup. ask me to agree, etc. Then a compatibility window comes up and is blank ( with no incompatibilities) says it is putting copy on desktop. The only choice I have is to close that window which stops the installation. when I click on the desktop report it takes me online and just shows blank page. I am already running Windows 7 and do not have any incompatible programs.
    How can I bypass that report and get on with the installation? I need to refresh all the files as I am still having problems with the Windows Home Premium SP1. I tried booting from the cdrom but it tells me I have to install by putting disk in CDRom from Windows. so I am still go round and round trying to get this computer working right. I know I have some corrupt files in Win7 Home Premium and would like to replace the files with fresh ones, preferrably without doing a clean install. Is there some workaround the compatibility issue

    Thanks
    pvanc

    QUOTE=Drew;256393]Error code = 0x490"

    • How to fix?

    To resolve this no boot issue, try following steps:

    To run the Bootrec.exe tool, you must start Windows RE, following steps:

    1. Put the Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.

    2. Press a key when you are prompted.

    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then click Next.

    4. Click Repair your computer.

    5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.

    6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.

    7. Type Bootrec.exe, and then press ENTER.

    Note To start the computer from the Windows Vista or Windows 7 DVD, the computer must be configured to start from the DVD drive. For more information about how to configure the computer to start from the DVD drive, see the documentation that is included with the computer or contact the computer manufacturer.


    Bootrec.exe options
    The Bootrec.exe tool supports the following options. Use the option that is appropriate for your situation.

    Note If rebuilding the BCD does not resolve the startup issue, you can export and delete the BCD, and then run this option again. By doing this, you make sure that the BCD is completely rebuilt. To do this, type the following commands at the Windows RE command prompt:

    > bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
    > c:
    > cd boot
    > attrib bcd -s -h -r
    > ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
    > bootrec /RebuildBcd

    /FixMbr

    The /FixMbr option writes a Windows 7 or Windows Vista-compatible MBR to the system partition. This option does not overwrite the existing partition table. Use this option when you must resolve MBR corruption issues, or when you have to remove non-standard code from the MBR.


    /FixBoot

    The /FixBoot option writes a new boot sector to the system partition by using a boot sector that is compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7. Use this option if one of the following conditions is true:

    > The boot sector has been replaced with a non-standard Windows Vista or Windows 7 boot sector.

    > The boot sector is damaged.

    > An earlier Windows operating system has been installed after Windows Vista or Windows 7 was installed. In this scenario, the computer starts by using Windows NT Loader (NTLDR) instead of Windows Boot Manager (Bootmgr.exe).


    /ScanOs

    The /ScanOs option scans all disks for installations that are compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7. Additionally, this option displays the entries that are currently not in the BCD store. Use this option when there are Windows Vista or Windows 7 installations that the Boot Manager menu does not list.


    /RebuildBcd

    The /RebuildBcd option scans all disks for installations that are compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7. Additionally, this option lets you select the installations that you want to add to the BCD store. Use this option when you must completely rebuild the BCD.

    After following the above i then ran the following from command prompt:

    > bootrec /fixmbr

    then

    > bootrec /fixboot[/QUOTE]
     

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