I wish to repair a friend's Dell desktop. Initial problem is still apparent: hang on splash; after
replaced memory (same class) but upgrade from 1GB to 2GB..
But still a hang on boot. Dell repair OS option on F8 does not fix. Will try my own Vista Upgrade DVD, not the Dell install disk.
I think it best to get the Vista OS operating before upgrading to Win 7 Premium Upgrade OS?
Friend wants Win 7 instead of that (blank) Vista. (no question mark).
Right approach? As to how can the upgrade go well re. transfer wizard to migrate folders,
if the Vista OS is corrupted or maybe some hardware issues I do not know about?
Even a clean install might be an issue if there is still some hardware issue (not driver)?
Will either a clean install or upgrade to Win 7 not proceed if a hardware issue should prevent an install?
I do not want to waste a key code on a faulty install of Win 7.
I'll first try some Vista fixes on Weds. 12/28; such as: boot from full M/S Vista upgrade disk & run a repair. Run chdisk /p /r option if Vista install disk does not fix the freeze after loading mup.sys issue while booting. Other suggestions? I do not want to spend a whole day on Vista,
when Win 7 might correct a corrupted registry.
I forgot in my earlier repair attempt tonight, that I should have removed all USB devices, used P/S2 mouse & keyboard, then tried installing a PCI VGA card, as video is now Dell internal on MOBO. I didn't have such hardware with me at the Christmas party.LOL ho ho
So advice is requested as to whether I am advised to repair Vista before upgrading to Win7.