windows 7 install stopping

May 7, 2011 at 05:56:32
Specs: Macintosh
started off with vista on a computer my brother built for me approx three years ago, im not sure. not exactly sure what components are in the computer. windows vista was working properly until about three days ago, when after going out for the night. i came bak and the computer was off and would not start up. i dont have my original windows vista install cd anymore so i decided to make a move to windows 7. windows vista was 32 bit, and windows 7 is now 64, i heard there was a problem going from 32 to 64. i never removed vista from my computer, i thought i partitioned my hard drive within the install of windows 7? or do i have to do that in dos? i dont know everything about computers but im sure i can keep up. my windows 7 disk boots, and loads up until after the starting windows screen. also if i have to delete it from dos, how do i do that.

any help, thanks - mike

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May 7, 2011 at 06:09:35
There is no upgrade from a 32 bit to a 64 bit so you have to do a clean install, which means if you don't save your data before you do this, it will be gone after the install of windows 7. So if you wish to save anything you do it before the install of 7. When you boot off windows 7 disk and it brings up the partitions to install, go into advanced options and delete any partitins there. Then let Windows 7 create and install on a new partition. However, the fact your install does not finish usually indicated a hardware issue or compatibility issue, it may also explain why vista crashed. I'd start checking power supply, ram test, hard disk test.

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