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November 6, 2009
8:47 AM
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Need some Windows7 Advice.

I received an upgrade to Windows7, but I am concerned about losing programs and files. I haven't done and upgrade in a long time. I prefer a clean install, but it isn't an option this time.

I was hoping that someone could share how to install Windows7 upgrade without losing progams and files.

I'm going to Vista 64 home to Windows 7 64bit Professional. Will I still be able to use all of my free downloads that I got from Dottech.org or GOTD? I'd hate to lose all of the great programs I've aquired over the last year.

I don't want to jump in feet first without some experienced users who have taken the plunge.

I thank you in advance for your assistance.

Vidimo Se!

November 6, 2009
1:54 PM
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I haven't done it yet myself, but you will have to do a clean install even though you have an upgrade disk. The upgrade should have an option for a "custom" install. Since you are going from Vista Home to 7 Pro you do not have a choice--Microsoft will not let you do an "in-place" upgrade.

You will have to backup your files. I think that Microsoft has some sort of Easy Transfer utility (in Backup and Restore Center) that will back most things up. But you will still have to re-install all of the applications.

As for the GAOTD software, unless you can dig up the license keys (by searching the registry, etc.) you will probably not be able to use them. The GAOTD software is meant to be installed on that 1 day only.

November 6, 2009
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Thanks Karen,

That is what I was afraid of,

Is it the same if I upgrade from vista home premium to windows 7 home premium?

Meaning will I lose all of my installed programs by upgrading? I know some are windows 7 compatable but don't want to lose all of the good stuff I've gotten this last year.

I do appreciate your assistance.

Thanks so Much!

Vidimo Se!

November 6, 2009
5:56 PM
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If you are going from Vista Home Premium 64-bit to 7 Home Premium 64-bit you should be able to do an "in-place" upgrade. But if you are going from 32-bit to 64-bit, you need to do a clean install. Some of it may not work with 7, but most probably will. You could try running the MS Upgrade Advisor to see if it warns you of any incompatibilities. But its not foolproof.

November 6, 2009
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Thanks again Karen,

You have answered my question. I am going from Vista 64 to Windows 64. I will use the upgrade advisor, thank you for reminding me of that.

Depending on how many programs I lose, I may just go ahead and do a full install of Windows 7 Pro.

I do wish Microsoft made it easier to do upgrades from home to premium but what can we do.

But thanks again, you have been most helpful.

Vidimo Se! Smile

November 19, 2009
3:26 PM
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Ok, I downloaded the Windows 7 Pro from the Student website. I was waiting to install because I needed to back up everything and wanted to see what program I would lose. It gives me a .exe file called. DLMWin7Pro64US. exe.

It is only 346 kB so I'm assuming this is the download tool. or not? When I try to run it I get an error, "Invallid access to memory location"

I've looked everywhere online and tried to call M.S. but get put on hold or can't get thru. Does anyone know what the DLMWIn7ProUs.exe is for certain?

I thought it was the downloader for the ISO to burn to DVD. I hope I'm right. But I still can't run it becase of the error message.

Anyone else had this problem? Otherwise, I will have to wait for the DVD to come by mail, had to pay extra for that but glad I did. MS is going to help me anytime soon, I've been calling and calling and even e-mailed them.

Thanks,

Vidimo Se!

November 19, 2009
6:48 PM
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November 19, 2009
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Thanks, I've been searching all night. I think their is something wrong with the download tool. I tried it with AV turned off, bare bones but still the same issure.

I will try and redownload the tool again and hpe it works this time otherwise, i'm tired of searching all of this and find no answeres at all. not from you, You all have been great, its got to be the downloader.

I'm just going to redownload again and see if it is working. If not, I'll just want for the darn DVD to arrive. I hate to take up so much of everyones time. To bad they don't make this easier, but at least I will get the DVD in the mail, that should be full prof. I will have to do a full install but that's ok, I'm ready, I've been waiting so I will be ok. I sure hope this isn't a univeral problem. Some folks may not have ordered the additional CD, at least I have a backup if this doesn't work. No harm in waiting another week.

My Pc is fine, actrully very new so 6 GB of ram and plenty of hard drive space. If I find the answer I will let everyone know would hate to see others stuggle with this. Tsk,Tsk.MS. It has to be the download tool, seems it can't connect with the download site.I should try midnight or something again.

Thanks for all of the help, I will let you all know how it turns out with this downloader tool not working.

Vidimo Se!! Much appreciated. You are all so kind and helpful.

Vidimo Se!

November 21, 2009
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Well, I wanted to update everyone, there is something wrong with Technet. Their tool isn't working and from what I am told you don't even get an ISO, you get an .exe file. But I'm not positive because it won't work.

I will have to wait until the DVD arrives but what a shame, not everyone bought the extra ($) DVD.

Still, if you are a student or know of a student let them know then can get Windows 7 Pro upgrade for $29.99.
Here is the link:
http://www.microsoft.com/student/discounts/theultimatesteal-us/default.aspx#

They have it way at the bottom toward the right. They will send you an email with 2 links, one for the Home premium and one for the Pro, just make sure you double check your getting the pro not the premium. It's the same price.

November 22, 2009
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I'm not sure what the problem you are having with the download manager. I downloaded the download manager and ran it with no issues. It actually downloads 3 files: setup1.box, setup2.box, and an .exe file. If you then run that .exe file, it creates a subdirectory called expandedSetup and this expandedSetup directory has several subdirectories and files including the autorun.inf and setup.exe files.

Running the autorun.inf file appears to start the windows installer. I actually canceled out of it because I'm not ready to do the install yet.

I took the contents of that expandedSetup directory and created a ISO from it and burned that to a disk. But it is not a bootable DVD and I'm not sure how to make it be one.

November 22, 2009
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That stinks they don't even give you an ISO, what if you need to do a reinstall.

Not sure how to make an ISO. When I finally heard from TechNet/Ulitmate Steal, they said the tool was broken that is whay I couldn't download it.

I'm probably better off then just waiting for the DVD. It only cost me about $13.00 for the DVD. Maybe you can go online and still order it to have.

Perhaps som other Dottechies can tell you how to make an ISO out of all of those folders. I've done it but it's been a long time. So I don't want to give you the wrong advice.

Thanks for letting me know, I did ask them for an ISO I'll be checking it out today and if it isn't I'm not going to mess with all of these files. They should have made it easier. The price is great but not if you have to run into all sorts of problems and need to make an ISO from Scratch.

I have Power ISO but it's old and I haven't use it in sometime. Asharf wrote about some free ones "Image burn " I think was one of them. You might check the seach bar here to see.

I'll let you know what happens.

November 23, 2009
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Well I finally got it installed, but had to do a clean install.

Now I remember what a pain it is to try and add everything back. It will take forever.

Even the little things you must find answers for, like how to increaset the font size or change the colors of the toolbars.

I'll be busy for a long time, I lost some of my goodies I got from here and there. But it should all workout just fine.

I wanted to thank everyone who tried to help. It was technet, they ddidn't give me the right tool to download the software It took about 10 emails to finally get it.

But thanks to all, it will be interesting putting everything back and learning how to use Windows 7.

Vidimo Se!

November 30, 2009
3:59 PM
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Blah, I'm still using XP-Pro. all though I do have 7 premium. and as of yet. have not done the big move. this machine is pretty much geared for gaming. MMOS it's strong all around. except for room in the box for a new drive which was my plan at first. so my idea is to use PCmover from laplink http://www.laplink.com/pcmover/pcmoverupgradeassistant.html.

In my odd way of thinking lest i don't have to go nuts trying to find all the stuff i use and installing things.The next problem is time, i'm going to try for next week.making sure I have plenty of Advil on hand as well.

In the end everything will be OK. If it's not OK then it's not the end.
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