I am trying to do an upgrade from Vista Home 64 bit to Win7 Ultimate 64 bit, but every time I do, I get an error that says the versions are incompatible. I forget the exact wording, but it literally says cannot upgrade 64 bit version to this 64 bit version, depsite the fact Win7 Ultimate is reported to be compatible with everything. I even tried to do the x86 install after x64 failed out a few times (I know, I didnt actually expect it to work). I honestly think that this version of Vista was so chewed up that it's failing due to corruption in Vista, when I got this machine to work on it was crawling with viruses (Vundo, doesnt open .exe's, all the fun stuff). Usually I just do a clean install, but the lady who gave me this machine begged me to try and save her programs. I can honestly say I've never seen this incompatibility error before though, any ideas?
Well if it was that screwed up I would load Ubuntu from CD save her documents, photos, music, favorites, and desktop items and do a fresh install. After you install fresh have her load all her Apps then help her make a image for next time.
I know, it's always against my best judgement to upgrade over a virused-up environment, even after cleaning most of them up. I did end up convincing her that it simply would not work, backed up her pictures, music, and documents, and did a nice fresh install of Win7. I think this time her kids were the most helpful, as when I said I could either do a clean install or leave her with Vista, both of them chimed in loudly in favor of 7, tipping the scales way in my favor