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I have Windows XP 32-bit installed on an ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe with 2x 500gb drives in RAID1 using the NV RAID controller. On this there are 3 partitions (XP, XP backup and DATA) There are also 4x 500gb drives in RAID10 using the Silicon Image 3114R RAID controller.

I just purchased a Windows 7 64-bit as an ISO download upgrade version which I promptly burned to DVD and attempted to perform an upgrade installation. Here is the error message I am getting:

Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing partition.

Firstly, where are these "Setup log files" located?

Second, does this mean I need to find compatible (64-bit?) drivers for the Mainboard and put them on floppy?

As suggested on another forum, I tried downloading the nVidia Mainboard RAID drivers for Windows 2003 64-bit. I loaded the drivers successfully using the Load Driver button, but pressing NEXT still returns this error.

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Upgrade usually works better when you start it after booting XP, from XP.

See Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7.


Since you indicated that you are upgrading from 32-bit XP to 64-bit Windows 7, this is a totally new installation, where you cannot keep any of your old programs or system settings.

The procedure to follow in this case seems to be in the NVIDIA RAID Installation Guide. It does mention an "ASRock Support CD", so I hope that this has something to do with your computer.

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Doesn't work. It says it's not a supported version i.e. can't install 64-bit from within 32-bit XP. – glenneroo Mar 12 '11 at 17:06
Added some more stuff. – harrymc Mar 12 '11 at 17:53
I found the answer through another forum, but thanks, it's a good document to have anyways! – glenneroo Mar 12 '11 at 18:42
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I should have mentioned that I have 2 RAID arrays (on both Mainboard controllers) configured. After reading around forums some more, I finally came across an answer that worked:

Disconnect ALL drives (USB, HDD, card-readers, etc.) before starting the installation.

Apparently in my case, the 2nd set of (RAID) drives was messing with Windows Setup. I just unplugged the SATA cables from the drives and installation worked without any errors.

After the installation was almost finished I was asked for my license key, which I inputted but Windows rejected. I found out that I because I formatted the main XP partition, the installer was unable to find a previous XP installation. Couldn't they just ask for the original XP CD and key? :(

Lesson learned? If you are upgrading from XP to 7 using the Upgrade DVD, don't format your XP drive! Windows 7 will rename your old Windows for you. Just make sure to use the Windows Easy Transfer tool to backup users first.

I had to re-install XP, which was even more difficult as I had to load the NV-RAID drivers onto floppy using the special MAKEDISK.exe tool. Then, because I formatted the 1st and 2nd partitions, the 3rd partition became partition #1 -> C: which after the 1st reboot (during install) I got some error about not finding the boot drive (not NTLDR, the other one ;). I then proceeded to back everything up to a USB drive using Ubuntu-on-a-stick which took forever (4+ hours). Afterwards I was able to delete all partitions and create a new one as the first. **phew**

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You can't do an upgrade installation from a 32 bit version of Windows to a 64 bit edition. Just doesn't work. Just do a "custom install" (that is, a simple "fresh" installation) and you'll be fine. You also can't upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7. (Source: MS TechNet: Windows 7 upgrade paths)

Please bear in mind that upgrade licenses do not require upgrade installations! An upgrade license doesn't mean you have to do an upgrade installation.

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You had me quite upset for a moment! Then I went back to the EU store page (…) which states: "All Windows XP and Windows Vista products qualify for a Windows 7 upgrade." – glenneroo Jan 16 '11 at 23:23
Like I said, they qualify for an upgrade license, but not for an upgrade installation. – Tobias Plutat Jan 17 '11 at 7:32
What's the difference? Is not 1 license equivalent to 1 installation? Or do you mean I have to use different ISO images? – glenneroo Jan 18 '11 at 12:25
The difference is: – Tobias Plutat Jan 18 '11 at 12:27
The point is: You don't have to do an upgrade installation just because you have an upgrade license. – Tobias Plutat Jan 18 '11 at 12:54

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