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Windows 7 Upgrade Causing Endless Reboot

4:58 pm on Oct 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Windows 7 Upgrade Causing Endless Reboot [pcpro.co.uk]
Microsoft is struggling to find answers for people whose attempt to upgrade to Windows 7 has sent their machine into an endless reboot cycle.

Reports of the problem first began appearing on Microsoft's support forum on Friday, the day after the operating system was first released. According to the complaints, Windows 7 claims the upgrade has failed and that Vista will be restored.

However, when the machine reboots it offers the same error and reboots again in an endless circle. Despite numerous reports of the problem, it seems Microsoft is still no closer to an answer and tempers are becoming frayed.

7:59 am on Nov 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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So far I have done 30 W7 installs for my clients. 20 were clean and went with ZERO problems. Of the ten remaining 2 were difficult (as I predicted to the clients at the time). Legacy software in 16bit MAY have problems... and did. Solved one. Did not solve the other. Three of the machines were "light" video wise. Solved those... one with a driver update, the other two by upgrading the video hardware. One machine was ram light. Solved that with a motherboard upgrade, ram upgrade, video upgrade (duh, rebuilt the son-of-a-gun).

However, did not encounter the recurring reboot problem others have reported.

At times I wonder about "media" reports re: MS... sounds a lot like the "media" reports regarding conservatives in the US... :)

So far W7 looks okay... being what Vista should have been out of the box.

That said, I don't like the MS options offered which seem to be Upgrade (at your peril) Clean install (back up and reinstall or lose your stuff) and What You Expected to Get (and pay through the nose). Each level sub-divided three times at breakpoints consumers cluster about...

I can't build computers for profit anymore because of the hardware market/pricing, but I can make a buck installing OS and software on boxes... so I guess I should say "thank you!" for yet another opportunity to make a few bucks.

6:54 pm on Nov 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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So is this the joy I'll be getting when my W7 Ultimate 64 bit upgrade disc arrives for my 3 month old laptop that's currently running Vista Ultimate 64 bit? Maybe I should just put it on the shelf for a while until the dust settles.
10:01 pm on Nov 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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icedowl, do a clean install if you can.

The problems you are hearing about are very small considering the scale(millions) of Win7 upgrades that go without a hitch vs a small number of glitches(thousands).

So proceed with caution - unistall all AV/AS software(reinstall it later), back up important data, make a boot disk and go ahead with the upgrade.

I have not had a problem yet(upgrades I did myself), err on the side of caution if you are that concerned.

I work at a retail store(long story) and am making my rounds as PCs are piling up for the upgrade, most just because the customer is now afraid to do the work themselves because of something they read on the internet.

I am not an MS cheerleader or anything, but the anti-MS bloggers are really running away with this one. I make my living on the web and from PCs, 80% running Windows.* the rest *nix.

I have as many crisis situations on both OSs.......

Don't heed the call of the haters, upgrade if you wish.

11:46 pm on Nov 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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there is no dust to settle just people babbling at anything they can get their hands on.

I wouldn't even mess with an upgrade, just format and start fresh.

But if you do wish to upgrade go for it.

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