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Upgrade from XP to Windows 7


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#1 mpetro1

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 06:03 PM

Hi,

I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right forum!

I'm trying to upgrade a Dell Dimension E510 from Windows XP to Windows 7. I ran the Windows upgrade advisor. It said my computer is compatible for Windows 7.

I'm trying to boot from the CD-ROM, but for some reason I can't.

Under the Boot Sequence I have.........

1. Onboard or USD Floppy Drive  (not present)

2. Onboard SATA Hard Drive

3. Onboard IDE Hard Drive            (not present)

4. Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive

I tried setting to Boot from Onboard or USB CD-ROM, but all I get is a black screen and nothing happens. I made that option number 1.

I assume I must be doing something wrong, that's why I'm coming here for help!

Also I tried using an external CD-ROM, but that did not work either!

 

Thank You in advance,

Mike



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Posted 23 February 2014 - 06:34 PM

How did you acquire windows 7?

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 06:57 PM

I bought it from Amazon.com. This is my second one I bought from Amazon. The first one I upgraded my son's computer and it works fine.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 01:39 AM

Can you move #4 to #1?  IOW, put the Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive as your first boot listing.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 03:00 AM

CD-ROM

Windows 7 installs from a DVD so you won't be able to use any drive that is only a CD-ROM. If the drive is actually the standard spec CD-RW DVD-ROM unit, does it read other DVDs OK? Also, if the Win7 DVD is brand new and has never been tried before, see if it will boot on another computer in case the disc itself is faulty.


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#6 mpetro1

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 11:43 AM

For some reason it is not reading DVD'S. I tried the Windows 7 DVD in another computer it starts to run. I went into Windows Media Player and tried a DVD that way, but it said the drive was busy.

This is my device....... HL-DT-ST DVD+RW GWA4164B

 

In Device Manager it says this device is working properly. Should I uninstall and see what happens.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:08 AM

When you're booting from a DVD, Windows is not functional, so the fault is in the drive. You could try cleaning the laser lens, but most likely the DVD section of the dual laser has failed.


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 10:25 PM

Sorry I was being stupid.......I didn't realize the external drive I was using was only for CD'S! I switched over to a DVD external drive and I was able to upgrade XP to Windows 7!! Everything is working good so far. Still updating windows.

 

I would like THANK everyone who gave me advice!! Also I would like to THANK Bleepingcomputer for having this website to help others with computer issues!

 

Great Job Guys and Gals!!

Thanks Again,

Mike



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 03:27 PM

Good news! Thanks for letting us know how it worked out.


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