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January 28, 2010 8:17:31 AM

Hello
I started installing my free dell upgrade to windows 7 software last night, it's 62% completed but now the screen is frozen, I installing on dell inspiron 1545, any suggestions
January 28, 2010 9:33:24 AM

Thanks for the reply, had a look at the page but even if I do shift f10 as instructed, nothing happens. I can't even restart, it's totally frozen
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a b $ Windows 7
January 28, 2010 9:37:07 AM

Are you upgrading from Vista??

Have you done this ???
To resolve this problem yourself, follow these steps:

1. Restart the computer. Then, your computer will roll back to Windows Vista.
2. Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.
3. On the Advanced tab, click Environment Variables.
4. Under System variables, click New.
5. Type MIG_UPGRADE_IGNORE_PLUGINS in the Variable name field.
6. Type IphlpsvcMigPlugin.dll in the Variable value field.
7. Click OK three times to close the dialog boxes.
8. Start the upgrade installation again.

Please do this and again restart the upgradation process.
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January 28, 2010 9:54:24 AM

Thanks again, I saw the above but the cursor is just going round & round as if trying!! I've unplugged but obviously battery is fully charged on laptop, it's not allowing me to do anything. Should I insert my vista disc & see what happens?
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a b $ Windows 7
January 28, 2010 9:57:30 AM

Was it rolled back to vista successfully??
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January 28, 2010 10:08:14 AM

It won't let me restart, so should I insert my vista back up disc?
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a b $ Windows 7
January 28, 2010 10:10:21 AM

No buddy! just press the power button for 5-10 seconds continuously.
Laptop will switch off. then start it manually again.
It'll roll back to vista.
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January 28, 2010 11:09:41 AM

Thanks buddy, I can't believe I'm being such an idiot today!! I wasn't holding the power button long enough. It's rolled back to vista. I have to head off to work now, so I won't be able to attempt to install windows 7 until tomorrow. Can I ask, is it a good idea to complete the 62% tasks before I re-attempt or just try again?? I did everything the compatibility disc told me to do last time, so I thought I was all set!! I really appreciate all your help. Have a good day
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a b $ Windows 7
January 28, 2010 11:13:56 AM

before starting next try to upgrade, run the fix .. just follow instructions in microsoft website, you can do it manually by yourself or a fix tool is there. you can use that also.

All the best for successful upgrade ;) 
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January 29, 2010 5:38:19 PM

An update!! The manual fix didn't work although this time the screen says please wait at 62% instead of transfering ex amount of total amount, it's been like this for 30mins so I guess it's safe to say the manual fix hasn't worked. Ok, next I will try 'fix it for me'
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January 29, 2010 6:06:00 PM

Just had another thought, maybe I should try the custom install as opposed to the recommended install ie. The one that checks for the latest drivers, what do you think? Thanks
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January 29, 2010 9:59:02 PM

Fit it for me hasn't solved the problem either!! I'm at a loss, don't what to try next. Any help? Would be much appreciated
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a b $ Windows 7
January 29, 2010 11:08:30 PM

Test your hardware and see what you find

Second - why upgrade? just do a clean install, upgrade is discusting
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a b $ Windows 7
February 1, 2010 1:52:48 AM

Hi Win 7! Sorry for late reply! was at weekend!
You can go for the clean install, before doing that Please Backup all your data to an External Drive.

Clean Install Windows 7 with Upgrade Media.
This will defenitely help you for doing a Clean Install using an upgrade media.
I did same for my studio 1450. But I didn'y got any problems during manual activation.
If you get any problems during activation, go for Method #2: registry hack method mentioned there, worked fine for my buddy's Studio 17.

Please use format option and wipe your HDD, in order to avoid or take over any errors in new install.
Waiting for your reply after trying clean install :) 
All the best. :) 
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a b $ Windows 7
February 1, 2010 2:03:47 AM

Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 (custom installation).

This also may help you, for custom installation.

Custom install mentioned here is doing installation without formatting HDD. Hope it wont help you.

For Doing a Clean install, you have to boot from the Upgrade DVD and install.

You can boot from a upgrade media, since both upgrade and full installation disks are same but the product keys only will vary.

For these clarifications, Check the Paul Thurrott's Supersite link, I mentioned in previous reply. It'll give you a step by step clean installation of Win 7 using upgrade media and Product activation.

Please do Format, to avoid errors, and Please do back up all your data before trying Clean install.

P.S: If you are doing a Clean Install, wiping HDD, get ready to install all applications once again. It may pain a bit, but you will get an error free system :) 
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