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Upgrading Windows Vista to Windows 7. DVD drive doesn't boot windows install

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#1 JazzMahn


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Posted 14 October 2017 - 12:40 PM

Can use some help.  I am helping a friend upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7.  I have backed up all the data from the Vista computer but when I choose the computer to boot from the Windows 7 Disk it sits for awhile and then goes back into booting Windows Vista.  The computer is a HP with plenty of resources.  I would think it should at least boot into the Windows 7 Installation Disk.  For some reason it doesn't.


I do have a external drive that I can use.  Can I copy the contents of the Windows 7 installation disk and then use the installation files that I copied to install Wndows 7.


Thanks in advance for any and all help.



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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 14 October 2017 - 12:50 PM

Is the optical drive set as the first boot device in BIOS? 


What is the model number of the HP? 


I had a Vista laptop that needed a BIOS update before upgrading to Windows 7.

Edited by JohnC_21, 14 October 2017 - 12:55 PM.

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 04:13 PM

With the serial number of the HP system we would be able to zero in on all the details about it (and still know the model).


Where did you get this "Windows 7 disc" - is it a genuine Windows 7 installation CD/DVD that you have used on some other system in the past, did you make it, borrow it, buy it, etc.


Have you verified that the CD/DVD is bootable in another system (you don't have to "do" anything - just see it it boots).


What testing have you done for the CD/DVD drive on the Vista system - it is a CD/DVD drive in the Vista system, right?


Are you able to launch/run the Setup.exe on the Windows 7 disc:





Edited by joseibarra, 14 October 2017 - 04:14 PM.

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