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I'm trying to upgrade from 64-bit Vista to 64 bit Windows 7. When I run the installation disk, I'm getting the following error message, which appears to be contradictory in my opinion: ----------------------------- The following issues are preventing Windows from upgrading. Cancel the upgrade, complete each task, and then restart the upgrade to continue. You can?t upgrade 64-bit Windows to a 32-bit version of Windows. To upgrade, obtain a 64-bit version of the installation disc, or go online to see how to install Windows 7 and keep your files and settings. 32-bit Windows cannot be upgraded to a 64-bit version of Windows. To upgrade, obtain a 32-bit version of the Windows installation disc. --------------------- What am I doing wrong?

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  • Dan S. Feb 04, 2010

    I am hoping for a solution that does not require me to do a "clean install." According to their Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor (which I ran first) the only problems indicated were: a compatibility issue with MS Office 2000 (which I uninstalled), and my HP 410 copier/printer (which says "we don't have compatibility information on this device"). Everything else has a green check mark next to it. What else can I do?

  • Dan S. Feb 05, 2010

    Both responses I've had so far have told me to do a "clean install," and that's what I'd like to AVOID if at all possible. When software has an upgrade option, I can only assume that it's supposed to operate that way; and since I'm having trouble, I'd like to try to figure out why it isn't doing what it's supposed to. Thanks to the others who have tried to help.

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Hello.
1 set your bios to boot from cd or dvd,hold down f2 or delete key while booting up.Bios boot options need to be set to cd dvd as first or top of the boot order.
2 Insure your win 7 install dvd is 64 bit not 32 bit they may have sent you 2 dvds one 32 one 64.If you downloaded upgrade follow instructions on how to make a bootable disc.

A link for win 7

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help

3 Put dvd in dvd drive and reboot pc,strike a key when prompted to boot from dvd.select option 1 for drive if asked.

4 Important..choose clean install,this will over ride previous installs and save your vista to a windows old file,youll need this for authentication.

5 follow insatll instrucions.

Hope this helps

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    mpcheesman1 Feb 05, 2010

    The clean install is an upgrade,unless you bought the full version.

    Saying clean install is not the best choice of words since all your old vista files will be saved.In other words your not going to format.



    Ive found that upgrading from xp to win 7 the clean method worked best,also for vista.

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I have seen this type of problem before, the only real way around it is to install a fresh copy of windows 7 not to upgrade, you will receive a message that asks you if you want to keep the previous windows in a folder called old windows, from there you will be able to access all your old files and programs, be aware though some programs may not work on windows 7, and you may need to have updated drivers for the systems peripherals. So when you run the windows 7 disk choose clean install and go from there. i hope this helps

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Regarding the concern, please make sure that you are trying to install 64 bit of Windows 7 and not 32 bit of Windows 7.

It is not possible to install 64 bit Windows 7 on a 32 bit Windows Vista and same goes for 32 bit Windows 7 on 64 bit Vista.

Let me know if you need any further help.

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