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Upgrade from XP While Having Damaged System32 Files


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#1 Suds37

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 11:56 AM

Alright, so I want to upgrade a computer that is running Windows XP currently to Windows 7. I know that it is possible and that this computer is capable of running Windows 7, and I have the Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade package. However, there was some damage done by a virus on this computer. The virus was removed, but there are System32 files that are damaged as a result. The owner of the computer had this machine custom built, and they don't have any of the disks for Windows or anything to try running a repair. I am wondering if running the upgrade will fix the problems with System32 files or if they will even be a factor in the upgrade. Shedding some light on this situation would be great! Thanks in advance.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 12:26 PM

There is no direct upgrade path from XP to W7. You will essentially be doing a clean install, so it really makes no difference at all:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-xp-to-windows-7

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:15 PM

Alright, so can I use the Windows 7 Upgrade package to do this? Or will it require me to get the whole new OS for the extra $100?

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:36 PM

Read this too ... http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/131041-upgrade-install-xp-windows-7-a.html

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 03:12 PM

Yes, I understand that I can upgrade. I am definitely aware of that. What I want to make sure of before I open the package is whether or not the Windows 7 Upgrade package will work with the jump from XP to 7 to do a 'clean install' or will I have to pay the extra money for the full blown version of it? That's where I'm lost.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 03:19 PM

http://www.winsupersite.com/article/windows-7/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 04:12 PM

From Allan's link above:

If you're an XP user, there's no way to do an in-place upgrade. So you have to perform a migration, which consists of three steps


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Posted 01 June 2011 - 11:48 AM

To clarify a bit:

a. There is no direct upgrade path from XP to Win 7 where the XP programs, etc. remain intact. The result is a clean install of Win 7, using the upgrade version of Win 7.

b. The upgrade version of Win 7 Home Premium can be used to do said clean install...but the system must reflect XP before the install can actually begin. It matters not what problems the XP install has, all Win 7 does is to verify that user qualifies to use the upgrade version of Win 7.

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