upgrade win 7 from a cd

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Post Posted November 4th, 2018, 10:06 am

With the win 7 cd in it tells me I have to load the driver for the hardware.It says there's no windows on the the PC. In what folder on the cd would I find the driver it's asking for? There is a folder labeled Boot X with 2.4 mbs of data that has with files from 2010 that must be from the original install. and the cd. Jt has folders like boot upgrade etc. If it can't find windows on the PC does that mean i have to do a complete install that would wipe out all my files?

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Post Posted November 4th, 2018, 12:52 pm

What operating system are you upgrading from, XP or Vista? It might help if you posted the exact options and error messages, you can take a picture of your screen with a digital camera or phone to look at the error messages later. If you have a desktop computer, do you know if your hard drive is connected directly to the computer and not to a RAID card? Windows 7 does not want to install as a direct upgrade to XP, in theory you could upgrade to Vista and then to Windows 7. Popular magazines give suggestions involving ways to backup your user account and restore it after: ... windows-7/

Before you proceed you should probably be doing some backups.


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Post Posted November 4th, 2018, 9:34 pm

See ... _the_forum

There is a windows 7 upgrade advisor program still available at ... aspx?id=20 that "scans your hardware, devices, and installed programs for known compatibility issues, gives you guidance on how to resolve potential issues found, and recommends what to do before you upgrade."

I'd normally expect the windows 7 installer to default to using generic drivers for most devices if it can't find the manufacturers drivers. So your keyboard, mouse and graphics board would work, but wouldn't have any extra features etc. Did you consider downloading drivers from the vendors web site onto another CD or a USB flash drive beforehand? They'd probably be more uptodate that whats on the CD.

You might find Windows Seven Forums handy. They have a drivers subforum.

Mainstream support for windows 7 ended on January 13, 2015 (can only get security fixes now). Extended support ends January 14, 2020 (true end of life). The reason I mention that is I wouldn't be surprised if Mozilla started dropping support for Windows 7 in Firefox, Thunderbird etc. later that year in order to simplify their code.

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