Solved Can't install Windows 7/8/10 over Vista

Hewlett-packard G60-530us notebook
January 21, 2016 at 08:01:15
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premum SP2, AMD Phenom Quad core, 8.0 GB Ram, Nvidia GFoce GT610
Can't install Windows 7/8/10/whatever over Vista.
Bought HP computer from Sam's with Vista Home Premium, SP2, 64 bit. Came with only a recovery disc, no OS install disc.
Cannot upgrade without the original install disc for this specific computer.
Hope someone can point me in the right direction. Wish I could afford a new computer.
Thanks.

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January 24, 2016 at 11:28:59
"If you format the drive, the upgrade disk will not work"

100% incorrect. Obviously you've never done it before.

"What is the best way to go? WIN 7,8 or 10? OEM or full price? Home or Pro version? (arrrgh!?)"

Why needlessly waste your money? Just wipe the drive & install Win7 using the upgrade disc but do NOT enter the product key. After it's installed, install it again but this time, enter the product key. The 1st installation will qualify as the "upgrade from" OS. I've done this before on several occasions & know that it works. After the 2nd installation is complete, you'll be all set. The installation is legal/genuine & will activate as it should. And then if you feel you must, you can upgrade Win7 to Win10 for free.

Don't believe me? Google it. There are plenty of sites that explain exactly how it's done. I already posted a link stating Microsoft is OK with it.

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#1
January 21, 2016 at 10:25:50
Are you trying to upgrade, or are you trying to install a new OS?

What version of OS disk are you using for the install?


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#2
January 21, 2016 at 13:07:50
"Came with only a recovery disc, no OS install disc"

You must have bought it at least 6 years ago. Why not just wipe out all partitions, create a single new partition & then install Windows from scratch? That way you'll get rid of all the crap you've accumulated over the years & start with a clean slate. You will lose all your files & programs so make sure you make backup copies 1st.

If you have an upgrade disc, you can still wipe the drive & install from scratch. Simply do the installation & as soon as it's complete, do it over again but this time, upgrade the OS you just installed.

http://www.infoworld.com/article/26...


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#3
January 21, 2016 at 14:31:39
What disk are you using and how are you going about it?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
January 22, 2016 at 04:48:19
Was trying to upgrade. I will now wipe the drive and install a new OS. Thanks.

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#5
January 22, 2016 at 04:55:55
Hate to do it, but I will follow your suggestion. I am concerned that if it won't install 7 I wion't be able to reinstall Vista with my recovery disc.
Thanks for your input.

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#6
January 22, 2016 at 05:00:53
Using a Windows 7 upgrade disc. Other responders are recommending that I wipe the drive and do a full install of 7.... (or 8?).
Thanks.

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#7
January 22, 2016 at 05:26:11
If you have an upgrade disk, that's what it is. It will upgrade the existing OS to Windows 7. If you format the drive, the upgrade disk will not work. Also, you will not then be able to restore the system to Factory settings, as the Recovery partition will be gone.

It all depends on what you want to do..upgrade, or purchase a full OS disk and not have to rely on the old version of Windows for anything.

Keep in mind, if you go the Full OS route, you will need to make sure to backup any data you have before changing the OS.


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#8
January 22, 2016 at 06:16:13
OK, Thanks.
Now the hard part. What is the best way to go? WIN 7,8 or 10? OEM or full price? Home or Pro version? (arrrgh!?)
Your recommendation would be most appreciated.
After I get the right OS,I will copy my data, and hope that my years-old product keys will work when I reinstall programs.
Cheers!

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#9
January 22, 2016 at 08:40:25
"After I get the right OS,I will copy my data"

Are you saying you have already backed up your data somewhere?

If the only copy of your data is on the computer, when you load a new OS your data will then be gone, as was pointed out in response #7.

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#10
January 22, 2016 at 17:15:18
I mispoke. I do a daily backup of docs/finance/passwords/photos and a few databases to a flash drive, so that part is ok.

I'm thinking of diving right in to WIN 10 home or pro. Comments/recommendations?

I really appreciate your help. Thanks.


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#11
January 22, 2016 at 17:32:08
That's a hard question. I've used the Win 10 upgrade on three computers. One went perfectly, another took four goes and a lot of trickery to get there, the third installed fine but I spent 3 weeks getting it right.

A full install is likely to go a lot better but it's all down to whether MS will be able to find suitable drivers for the hardware.

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#12
January 24, 2016 at 11:28:59
✔ Best Answer
"If you format the drive, the upgrade disk will not work"

100% incorrect. Obviously you've never done it before.

"What is the best way to go? WIN 7,8 or 10? OEM or full price? Home or Pro version? (arrrgh!?)"

Why needlessly waste your money? Just wipe the drive & install Win7 using the upgrade disc but do NOT enter the product key. After it's installed, install it again but this time, enter the product key. The 1st installation will qualify as the "upgrade from" OS. I've done this before on several occasions & know that it works. After the 2nd installation is complete, you'll be all set. The installation is legal/genuine & will activate as it should. And then if you feel you must, you can upgrade Win7 to Win10 for free.

Don't believe me? Google it. There are plenty of sites that explain exactly how it's done. I already posted a link stating Microsoft is OK with it.

message edited by riider


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#13
January 25, 2016 at 03:25:48
Awesome. I'm on it! Thanks mucho.
MPD

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#14
August 19, 2016 at 12:33:35
check the operating system, it's best to reinstall windows.

see more Windows 7 USB Install

https://windowsfreeapps.com/windows...


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#15
August 19, 2016 at 14:52:28
Re #14

This post was last visited on Jan 25, it is marked as Solved and #13 bears that out.

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