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Win7 64 install error

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May 28, 2009 8:01:56 AM

i have vista64 loaded on a new hard drive and downloaded win7 64 and got this error: "You can’t upgrade 64-bit Windows to a 32-bit version of Windows". i double checked my vista dvd and it only has 64 on it. under system information it reads that it's a 64 build. even downloaded the 32 win7 version and got the same error. even had a friend burn it on a flash drive. still the same error. why is it reading that i have a 32 os?
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May 28, 2009 8:11:51 AM

It's saying you already have 64bit windows Vista and that it can't upgrade that to 32 bit windows 7. You need to download Windows 7 x64 and install that if you want to do an upgrade. Alternatively you could do a clean install of 32bit on a different partition/drive.
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May 28, 2009 8:17:45 AM

as posted, i tried w7 64 and got the error
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May 28, 2009 8:18:59 AM

Vista 64 can not be 'upgraded[' to windows 7. Download Windows 7 RC and make a proper install disk and install Windows 7 RC as a stand alone installation. The installation of of Windows 7 RC has nothing to do with a current installation of Vista 64.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/default.aspx
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May 28, 2009 8:27:03 AM

i have a second hard drive in my computer. would it be best to put it there or partition my main drive?
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May 28, 2009 8:33:24 AM

Use the download link and burn a proper install disk of windows 7 RC. Boot to the disk and install it as a stand alone OS system with nothing to do with an existing Vista 64 installation. Installing it on the second spare HD would be the easy way. A boot menu will appear when the system is powered on asking which OS you want to boot to, Windows 7 or Vista 64.
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May 28, 2009 8:37:58 AM

thanks, i'll give it a try
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May 28, 2009 8:41:05 AM

If you have Nero installed, that program will burn an install disk after downloading the Windows 7 RC installation. Other DVD burning software will also work if installed on your system.
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May 28, 2009 9:56:40 AM

had it on a smart drive. got win7 up and working!! thanks badge for the help
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May 28, 2009 6:27:03 PM

Revelie,

It is not recommended to "upgrade" any operating system to Windows 7RC. When installing any operating system it is always recommended to perform a CLEAN install on either a seperate partition or a seperate hard drive.

For more information, assistance and additional resources head on over to Microsoft Springboard.

http://tinyurl.com/832nco

Jessica
Microsoft TechNet / Springboard
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