Can't upgrade from xp home to vista

February 16, 2009 at 23:18:40
Specs: XP HOME, e4500 2.2/ 2.00gb
Can't upgrade from xp home to vista ultimate

error message i get is "can't update boot configuration"

i googled for the solution and all i see is modifing a registry file. that particular file doesn't need to be renamed or modified because its already like that.

i disabled my antivirus software, even "msconfig" to stopped the services all together and nothing....

looked in the BIOS for boot time protection, didn't see any.

since its a upgrade can't install vista from the beginning. I knew when upgrading it wasn't going to be smooth which is fine cause i thiught i could solve the problem but... guess not... any advice?

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February 17, 2009 at 00:24:30
Did you try doing a clean installation by going the Upgrade path ?

When Windows XP is running, start Vista installation and choose Advanced... instead of Upgrade and see if you can install that way.



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February 17, 2009 at 00:44:20
yup did that already too, same problem.

i just edited my boot.ini to a default one i found online.

mine had something like "no execute" or something like that before "/fastdetect"

that did nothing too

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February 17, 2009 at 04:46:01
I would have to say if you have a partition or a extra harddrive on your computer backup all your system files. Afterwhich restart your computer and have it boot from the cd rom, do a clean install and migrate all your important files back after the install completes.

Jim R

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February 17, 2009 at 04:53:21
If you have a blank spare HDD, then you can clean-install Vista starting with the Upgrade Vista DVD.

Or you can try at your own risk the following solution I found at:


This issue may occur if the UpperFilters registry entry has become
corrupted or is set to a blank value. Certain programs that may be
installed on the computer may have modified this registry entry.

This registry entry is located in the following location:

Value name: UpperFilters
Value type: REG_MULTI_SZ
Value data: PartMgr (default)

Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry
incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These
problems might require that you reinstall the operating system.
Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the
registry at your own risk.

To resolve this issue, restore the default value for the UpperFilters
registry entry, and then restart the computer. To do this, follow these
1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
3. In the results pane, right-click UpperFilters, and then click
4. In the Value data box, type PartMgr, and then click OK.
5. Exit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.
6. Insert the Windows Vista DVD, and then upgrade the computer to
Windows Vista.




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