Big mess... I bought my computer with vista..

November 30, 2010 at 07:34:55
Specs: Windows XP
I purchased a computer from best buy with Vista on it, later I downgraded(or upgraded) to XP due to incompatibility with software and programs. It's been 3 years since then and now I want to reformat my computer or upgrade my XP to windows 7. I looked for my partitions but couldn't find any... it comes up blank so I'm worried about what will happen if I reformat my current windows XP....I'm not a computer genius... Any suggestions? Steps? Thanks in advance

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November 30, 2010 at 08:10:41
You would first see if your computer is supported /has drivers for windows 7.

When you go into disk management what do you see for your hard drive?

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November 30, 2010 at 08:35:21
"I looked for my partitions but couldn't find any" How are you doing that?

If you had incompatible programs that wouldn't work with Vista what do you intend to do about that in Windows 7?

Post the FULL model of your computer.

Download the Windows 7 upgrade adviser and install it to determine where you stand. Get it from the link below.

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November 30, 2010 at 09:28:23
you CANNOT upgrade from windows XP, you have to do a fresh install of windows 7. If you had vista previously installed I would bet that your pc will meet up to windows 7 installation. Download the updrade advisor as response #2 suggested and be sure to have everything plugged in that you use on a regular basis, printer, etc. Good Luck

PS: it sounds like you didn't understand how to run programs in compatibility mode which is a great feature on vista as well as windows 7.

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December 2, 2010 at 08:50:51
Shows Disk1(Removable E),2(Removable F),3(Removable G),4(Removable H), then CD ROM 1,2,3. and that's IT.

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December 2, 2010 at 08:55:15
Go to Windows Disk Management and post the information there for fixed drives (not CD).

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