Academic Win7 64 but pro upgrade - the down load ISO makes a non bootable DVD - what to do?


It wont install from XP 32 windows - install. says op sys not supported !
And it wont boot ............

Driving me insane this.

I have win xp 32 now -  I got a Academic Win7 64 but pro upgrade downloaded and burned to DVD.

I down loaded it from Microsoft, licence was purchased via Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC)

I really dont like upgrades as there are issues like this one.  its never ever straight forward

Is there an accompanying boot DVD Im missing?

A reseller sold me this.  He knew I had xp.  win 7 win 7
fcekAsked:
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Run5kConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If it's not actually a boot DVD, you may have a problem.  If it will only upgrade from within a Windows environment, that won't work with your current system configuration.  As it says in the message displayed in your screen shot, in order to install Windows 7 on a Windows XP machine you would need to boot directly from a Windows 7 disc and perform a Custom (a.k.a. clean) install after backing up all of your important files and folders.

The bottom line is that you can't actually "upgrade" from Windows XP to Windows 7:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd772579(WS.10).aspx
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davidlevans13Commented:
Did you burn the disc as an ISO disc? Some burner applications require you to specify it will be a boot disc.

http://www.freeisoburner.com/   is a good way to burn ISO discs.

And, the upgrade from XP to Windows 7 is not an upgrade as in, just put some more stuff over old stuff, but a clean install situation.

You will lose all data on the disc unless you save it to a removeable media or separate disc.
There is no way to do this without it being a clean install.
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davidlevans13Commented:
Other more basic question. Is your boot priority set to boot from CD first OR are you selecting it from the boot order option during start up?

On my machines it is F12 at startup to select boot order.
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fcekAuthor Commented:

I used ImgBurn

Will gladly try that one you have giv ene a url for.

Eyes like blighted cherries here.
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fcekAuthor Commented:


davidlevans13:

Its def not a boot dvd I ended up with.
Other disks will boot in this PC.
The one I burned doesnt

So its not that.
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davidlevans13Commented:
I mentioned the ISO burning thing because I have often forgotten to check the ISO or Bootable option on more general purpose burning software...  That was why I got the ISO burner thing, cause that is all it does if I remember correctly.
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fcekAuthor Commented:


Plan B.

If i load vista on this PC can I trigger a setup.exe from the dvd in the win desktop.

i.e. is my only option to boot?
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Run5kCommented:
Yes, as you can see in the TechNet article that I referenced, if you upgrade to Vista first you can then upgrade to Windows 7.  However, that would be a bit messy... two consecutive upgrades like that.  I'm a big fan of clean installs, but yes, it would work.
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davidlevans13Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes, you can do an upgrade from Vista to Win 7 in the desktop, but I do not advise it.

I tried that a couple of times and wound up with all kinds of troubles ( lots of functions not working properly)

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davidlevans13Commented:
Ther is some info here about re-downloading that file.

https://windows7.digitalriver.com/DRHM/store?Action=DisplayDownloadInformationPage&SiteID=mswpus&Locale=en_US

There was a place where you could download Windows 7 ISO's, but I can't find it now.
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fcekAuthor Commented:


Im all for a fresh install my self.

Im donloading another option of win7 upgrade (with no sp1) perhaps that will boot.

Im waiting on the burn to finish on http://www.freeisoburner.com/ 

Oh god what a way to start the new year in IT.

Suffering for your art.
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Run5kCommented:
Hopefully you will have better luck this time, but I'm rather confident that it wasn't your burning software.  The consensus opinion is that ImgBurn is the best freeware disc burning software on the market.
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davidlevans13Commented:
I found a place to download ISOs of win 7...

http://www.techno360.in/forum/archive/index.php/t-625.html

The links are on that page.
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fcekAuthor Commented:


Unfortunately my licence is for an upgrade, so no down load for me there.

Anyway that ISO burning ap didnt do any better.  Its not a working boot disk !

Ok will see how the other ISO now down loading works.

Night all.
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fcekAuthor Commented:


So my finding to date ..........

The upgrade  .iso downloads are not bootable.
Cant upgrade xp 32 bit to 64 Win 7 via windows.

Ive installed Vista and will see if I can upgrade to Win 7 32 bit via windows. I want to blast away Vista and if I cant I will just buy the full version of Win 7.
 
Lesson learned here, stay away from upgrades.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Sorry to be late to this but have you got a 64-bit system you could use?
Try unpacking the download on the 64 not  a 32-bit system.  Once the .iso is produced you can use any version to burn it and you should find the resultant DVD is bootable.
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fcekAuthor Commented:
Upgrades are to be avoided me thinks.
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