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I'm trying to upgrade a xp machine to vista then to windows 7. So I don't have to do a fresh install. this computer is for a print shop and although I have everything backed up there is alot of stuff on there that would be a pain to reinstall. the computer has a TB HD and i tried upgrading it to vista earlier and it got stuck @ 20% gathering files. It was there for like 2 hours and then gave me a blue screen but since taking out 2 of the 4 gb memory it works fine then I rebooted and it rolled back.

I got a dell vista ult dvd and am attempting it again. it goes threw no problem upgrade wise but again is stuck on 20% for some odd reason ? there is alot of files on this mahine, id say least 300gb of data alone for stuff he works on for his business.

Anyone have an idea why this upgrade seems to be hanging up at this point ? anyone have any insight, suggestions ?

I have no perennials plugged in just the basic stuff needed..

the end result is to get this to windows 7...

any help is greatly appreciated...Thanks all
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You DO NOT have to use Vista.
Just make sure that your system is compatiable with Win7 and go for it.
Backup everything incase there is any issues with the Upgrade.

Make sure that your system is nice and clean and without issues
As you may carry the issues over during the upgrade.
I prefer Fresh Installs and recommend them over Upgrading.

p.s.
I have a lot of Adobe programs that take about 3hrs to install all
And SQL Server 2005 takes about an hour to install
Plus other programs.
It is well worth a complete fresh install in the long run.

Good Luck
Carrzkiss

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Also.
With the Vista stopping at 20%, you may have an issue that you are unaware of.
Also make sure that the CD is not scratched and that the CDRom Drive is working properly.

Good Luck
Carrzkiss
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So I can put windows 7 ult in the computer and upgrade directly from it ? someone told me it couldn't be done ? have you done this before ?

Well I'm not even half way through on the vista upgrade, ill cancel it out and let it rollback and then put win 7 in there boot the computer and let it upgrade form the desktop..should i leave the network cable plugged in so it can get upgrade updates ? I need to have this done by 7am EST and ill be falling asleep in next 120 minutes. I just want to be sure. thanks for a quick response...
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this guy is a print shop guy he also has alot of adobe programs and cd4 and so on. that's why he has so many files on the computer most of them are all his customers work he has completed. i used acronis to preform full backup before touching anything...
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also a fresh install is out of question with my time limit and everything that would have to be done to get it going again. that's why im in the upgrade scenario, he also has these very expensive printers and stuff and all the software installed that's another reason why i'm trying to do a upgrade over a fresh install (which i would prefer also)
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so just to be sure if i cancel this vista upgrade and let it roll back i can put the windows 7 disc in and let it upgrade it that way ? I'm pretty sure that's what you said, just wanted to be sure im pretty nervous to get this done with the deadline and all...

thanks again
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i canceled the upgrade from xp to vista and put 7 in and it wouldn't allow me to upgrade, it told me to use windows easy transfer. i have to start over again on the upgrade....snaps but ohh well it was worth a shot i suppose...i just hope this goes somewhat quickly...ahhhhhh
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No I have not, as I mentioned, I do not do Upgrades, they to me degrade the installation of the newer OS..

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-xp-to-windows-7

All the expensive printers will most likely have to be reinstalled after the upgrade, not sure on this one, you will have to wait and see for that one.

Some of the programs may and may not work properly after the upgrade, you will just have to wait and see.

To do a full install of my system takes about 6hrs.
That is from start to finish and back up designing and web site work.
To charge someone for an undertaken such as like mine, would be around $100.00-$150.00 that is with full backup and fresh install and reinstallation of applications on a custom partitions drive.

Good Luck, just view the link above and have at it.
Carrzkiss
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Another option: Laplink sells a version of PCmover (http://www.laplink.com/pcmover) which allows you to do a direct upgrade from XP to 7, carrying forward as many or as few programs as you want. I haven't yet used it, but I've heard good reviews. I plan to use it in the near future.
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I fell asleep last night around 1am and the vista upgrade was continuing and then woke up at 3am and the computer was at the XP desktop, i figured it failed so i just shut it down to deal with it in the morning. so i get home 45 minutes ago and power up the computer and here it is back to the upgrade screen and now it says its to far into cancel the upgrade, i believe its at about the area it got hung up on yesterday where it canceled on its own.

idk what to do this customer is somewhat understanding but he thinks im an idiot. I have been working on computer for almost 14 years now, i have over 350 customers all built word of mouth and everyone is completely happy with my service. i try explaining to my customer whats happening and i think he just thinks im an idiot. I don't know what gives with this machine and why its being like this. i upgraded 3 other systems this week all successfully and few fresh installs. this dell is killing me. im trying to keep cx happy and get this job done.

why is this taking so long, i know it has alot of files on it but its just taking way to long to complete all this....i don't know if something is failing, i replaced both the hd few months ago all too 2 tb drives, when i got blue screen yesterday i took out 4gb of memory and no more blue screen.

any input is appreciated..thanks all

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Try putting in the Win7 disk and see if it will take off with it?
That is the only suggestion that I have for you without physically seeing the issue for myself.
Sometimes it is hard to help troubleshoot issues over the internet.

Get the system back on the XP desktop.
Then stick in the Win7 CD
When it launches, choose to UPGRADE
And then see what happens.
IF
It does the same thing as Vista did and freezes on about 20% or so.
Then you will most likely have to do a Fresh install on the system.

Good Luck
Carrzkiss
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any idea what is causing this...right now im stuck at expanding files at 20%, ill give it another 30 minutes or so. its just hanging out as usual...it wont let me cancel or anything...hopefully this will just finish up but who knows..worse case i will do a fresh install but the reason for it was to make like easier but in the end i could of did it 5 times already compared to this...

ill post shortly..thanks
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I remember running into an issue like this while install Win7 on my system.
Luckily the Motherboard would boot from USB, so I connected my USB CDRom drive to the system and stuck in the CD and it continued on, a little slower than I would like, but at least it installed.

Once thing that you can try.

Take the CD out of the Drive bay.
Wait and see if an error pops up about the CD being missing.
Then stick the CD back in again and see if it will take off and continue?
(This worked for me once)

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The only other choice, is to remove the CD
Reboot the computer
Try to get back on to your XP Desktop.
(Last known good configuration) If available
And then put your Win7 CD in and choose to Upgrade and see if it will install
Without issue?

Good Luck
Carrzkiss
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... just to make things perfectly clear....

There is no direct "in-place" upgrade path from WinXP to Win7.

Yes, you can do a "serial upgrade" from WinXP->WinVista->Win7.   But most folks would suggest against that, and instead recommend you do a fresh intall.
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bottom line is this job was a disaster in the making. i didnt even think that upgrading to windows 7 would knock all my printer out and take as long as it did...it took me 14 hours to upgrade form windows xp to vista and then another 9 hours to upgrade to 7 from vista...
 
everyones input was helpful but i had to do the inplace upgrade due to files and stuff, i do wish i woulda done a fresh install instead..woulda saved me huge headaches and still issues...

thanks everyone for your help and info-knowledge...
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Fresh Installs are better all the way around.
I told you that the printer drivers and other issues would arise when you did the upgrade, and that is why I suggest that you do the FRESH install.

Food for thought, at least next time you will know what to do to some headache and time.

Carrzkiss
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everyones info was helpful and useful...

laplink is some good software for the future...
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