is there a way to upgrade to win 7 without being able to boot to existing OS?
Posted on 2013-09-21
I have a computer that has Win XP Home OEM 32bit on it. Not sure what happened, but it won't load windows. It gets the the loading screen with the windows logo and the status bar, sits for 20 seconds or so and shuts down... I've swapped RAM, with no luck.. Wanted to try a repair install, but it won't give me the repair option when I boot to the disk. If i press enter on the existing partition, it warns me an existing OS is loaded though.. I've tried using an XP home OEM and a retail disk. Also tried using a pro disk.. None of them gave me the option to repair..
I was going to upgrade it to Windows 7, but using the upgrade option requires you to run the disk from windows..
I do not want to do a fresh install as there are way too many programs and tons of Data that would need to be restored..
Any suggestions on booting into XP or is there a way to upgrade to win 7 without being logged into windows?