Upgrade Netbook Windows XP to Windows 7

February 2, 2010 at 14:26:08
Specs: Windows XP
Hi. I'm trying to upgrade my Samsung N130 from Windows XP to Windows 7. I'm attempting to install a "custom installation" from a windows 7 upgrade disk in my external DVD Drive.

I'm following the steps as shown on another website (sorry I can't get a link into the message). I get to the point where I start the setup.exe and click on Install Now. At this point I'm given the error message "Windows Setup cannot find a location to install temporary files". It tells me it needs 686 MB. I'm fairly sure I have enough space - I have 1GB memory in the netbook. I've attempted to look at my partitions but I'm not sure what to do after that point.

I've tried looking this up in Google but the results are confusing me.

Can anyone point me in the right direction to fix this?


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#1
February 2, 2010 at 14:43:46
Did you set the netbook to boot from the external drive or are you trying to run setup from windows xp?

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#2
February 2, 2010 at 14:54:24
Running from XP.

Well, that's how the instructions I'm following work. Use the Windows Easy Transfer facility to save Win 7 files across. Then use the Setup facility to do a custom install. I get to this point and the error message appears and I can't go any further.


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#3
February 2, 2010 at 15:51:27
When you get to the install Windows 7 part of the process, choose "Upgrade", not "Custom"

Please see this:
http://www.nirmaltv.com/2009/08/06/...


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#4
February 2, 2010 at 16:00:47
Sorry, I should clarify. The message appears before I get to select Upgrade or custom or anything else.

I run the setup facility, click on Install Now and this is when the message appears. I don't get to the screen to choose Upgrade or Custom.

The only other option on the setup menu is to Check Compatability Online. I already checked my compatability with the online scan. It said my netbook was fine. I wouldn't have decided to upgrade otherwise.


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#5
February 2, 2010 at 17:31:13
You can't run it from XP if I believe what MS says.


Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#6
February 2, 2010 at 18:47:43
You need to run a "full" install from outside of Windows.

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#7
February 2, 2010 at 20:03:18
And what that probably means is that you MAY succeed in getting Windows7 installed but it will be full of bugs.

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#8
February 2, 2010 at 20:53:17
To summarize and clarify:
You can upgrade install from within Vista but since you have XP, you must do a full install. The upgrade program will not work from within XP AND upgrade will not install properly on top of XP anyway.
YOU CAN use the UPGRADE DVD to do a CLEAN complete install, BUT you need to make your BIOS recognize your external DVD drive as a BOOT DRIVE (It will probably reboot 2 or more times during the install and it must be back to the DVD disk). As long as you have already backed up your files onto a separate medium, AND made sure that you have already downloaded drivers for your motherboard and any graphics onto a USB device, AND have medium for reinstalling ALL of your programs ready, go ahead and install Windows 7 fresh and clean.

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#9
February 3, 2010 at 05:26:31
If you are using a Windows 7 upgrade disk to do a clean install you will probably have to use the same route as with Vista. Clean install from the upgrade disk without inserting product key. Use the advanced disk option to scrub the hard disk clean before install starts. When install finished immediately run Windows 7 upgrade from within Windows 7 and then insert product key when requested. The product key is for an upgrade so you won't be able to activate Windows 7 unless you've done an upgrade. Use disk cleanup to delete the old windows files the upgrade automatically backs up.

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#10
February 3, 2010 at 16:08:22
"The product key is for an upgrade so you won't be able to activate Windows 7 unless you've done an upgrade."

Not true.

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#11
February 3, 2010 at 18:14:46
There was some issue with using drives formatted by xp. W7 changed enough to cause issues. You should or will have to re-format the partition.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#12
February 8, 2010 at 08:25:44
Linafae,

You will need to boot from the external DVD drive as opposed to selecting the "Setup.exe" file within Windows XP. Please note that when migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 you will not have an "in place upgrade" option. You will however have the option to select "custom" install when prompted. The Windows 7 install process will then copy all of your data in "My Documents" over to a Windows.old folder within Windows 7 itself. All applications and documents stored in other locations will have to be reinstalled / transferred manually.
For more information on the Windows 7 Upgrade, please go here: http://bit.ly/3DvynK

For additional assistance with the migration of Windows XP to Windows 7, please go here: http://tinyurl.com/mhbep4

Jessica
Microsoft Windows Client Team


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#13
February 8, 2010 at 15:01:20
To be perfectly honest, if you still have XP running I would leave it
that way until Microsoft issue a fix for the battery issues many
are encounting, take a look here...
http://social.technet.microsoft.com...

Computers... designed to entertain,help with work but most of all to frustrate you!


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#14
February 9, 2010 at 12:29:10
Easy Fix:
Download 7zip and right click he CD drive and extract the .iso to C:\install (create the install folder yourself). Then open that folder and click on that setup.. It will work then..What you are doing is placing the temporary files for Windows 7 setup. Windows setup won't have to do it, thus bypassing errors.

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#15
February 10, 2010 at 21:14:12
You would still need to access those files from outside of Windows XP to properly work such as from some other bootable disk.
BETTER: Just make sure yout DVD drive is first in boot order, pop in the install DVD for Windows 7 and restart. It will do the work for you (((note: back up first!!!))).

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