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I tried to upgrade windows 7 from my disk and even from my friends disk.

if i start windows 7 and then start setup i never see this screen.

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if i boot from cd, i see that screen, but when i click upgrade, it tells me to start windows and then begin setup.

Does anybody know what's wrong?

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i have windows 7 x64 ultimate and the disk is same – bilal fazlani Aug 15 '12 at 9:16
@bilalfazlani: No worries. I think Mario's answer is correct. Some advice: Please put a little more effort into your writing your posts (better title, as well as better spelling and grammar if you're able to). Too many typos or vague words makes people not want to put in the effort to answer you. – Mehrdad Aug 15 '12 at 9:18
The last edit that was done to this question made it even more vague. I have to downvote for the simple the fact, the user is unable or not willing, to full explain what their question is. – Ramhound Aug 15 '12 at 11:56
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If you'd like to do an upgrade, start setup from within your existing Windows installation.

If you'd like to do a fresh install (i.e. the second option), boot directly off the DVD (either change boot priority in BIOS or use some hotkey to determine the boot medium; look in your BIOS manual for reference).

The whole selection is essentially misleading, cause one option will always just tell you to do the other thing, rather than letting you pick that option.

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yes i want to do upgrade. and i am running setup after starting windows. cant see that screen. does this have to do anything with my disk? – bilal fazlani Aug 15 '12 at 9:27
The whole process might have changed with Windows 7, so I guess it automatically does an upgrad rather than a fresh install. Otherwise (e.g. not having a valid upgrade option), it would show the selection again with the first option being greyed out. If you're unsure, just do a full disk backup (something you should do anyway before upgrading your OS), then install/upgrade. – Mario Aug 15 '12 at 10:11
1 - when i booted from from dvd and tried to install it said : start windows, begin setup and CHOOSE UPGRADE. – bilal fazlani Aug 15 '12 at 10:14
2 - when begin setup from windows, screen dint show up, i tried to contiune installation, it said ur previous windows files will be stored in windows.old folder. – bilal fazlani Aug 15 '12 at 10:15
Okay, maybe something outdated. Or it detects an incomplete previous installation? Did you cancel the installation at any time (e.g. by powering down)? Also: What version of Windows have you got so far? – Mario Aug 15 '12 at 10:16

I believe you should boot from the DVD (when booting your system) and not from within your current Windows environment. In the latter it will assume that you want to do an upgrade.

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yes i want to do upgrade. and i am running setup after starting windows. cant see that screen. does this have to do anything with my disk? – bilal fazlani Aug 15 '12 at 9:29
@bilalfazlani - You cannot upgrade to Windows 7 if you are already running Windows 7. – Ramhound Aug 15 '12 at 11:54
@Ramhound : yes you can. I am positive about that. and here is the prrof : – bilal fazlani Aug 15 '12 at 11:56

If you want to upgrade the current windows from which you started the installation, then you may have to do it by booting directly from the DVD.

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okay. thanks i will try it right now. – bilal fazlani Aug 15 '12 at 9:36
no maaan.. i got the screen but when i clicked on upgrade, it says start windows and then choose upgrade. and it never gives that screen when i start installation from windows.! – bilal fazlani Aug 15 '12 at 9:59

The reason you don't see the screen is, most likely, because you're already running Windows 7. There is nothing to upgrade.

Additional Information

To upgrade your Windows installation you must boot into Windows and install from there. If you want a custom installation, you must boot from a Windows installation media.

To perform an upgrade, you can't start, or boot, your computer from the Windows 7 installation media.


So you will only have one valid option in either case.

However, the source linked above shows that there should be the selection screen. But, to my understanding, it will always be an upgrade installation when performed from a booted Windows installation.

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when booted in win7 and startet installation, it will create windos.old folder and do clean installation if selected. – bilal fazlani Aug 15 '12 at 10:31
or else if upgrade is selected, it will upgrade. IDEALLY. – bilal fazlani Aug 15 '12 at 10:32
@bilalfazlani: Okay, what's your question? – Oliver Salzburg Aug 15 '12 at 10:35
@bilalfazlani - First you don't even have free space to install Windows 7. The second problem you have is you are ALREADY running Windows 7. – Ramhound Aug 15 '12 at 11:50

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