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Ive got a computer with windows XP 32bit installed on it and I want to upgrade/clean install it to Windows 7 64bit.

I've tried the following:

  • booting from the CD
  • booting from USB

I changed the bootoorder in my BIOs to boot from CD/USB first and I tried to format the hard drive but it won't let me do that.

None of the above have worked and I'm running out of ideas, is there anything else I can try to install a fresh version of windows?

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What is going wrong when you tried installing Windows with a CD or USB? – inixsoftware Sep 14 '13 at 20:27
where did you get this version of windows 7 64bit? – Sickest Sep 14 '13 at 20:37
The only upgrade option from Xp 32 to win7 64 is a clean reinstallation. That should just work (assuming you have a 64 bit capable system, which is almost any PC from the last decade). – Hennes Sep 14 '13 at 20:38
I've run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and its says that its compatible. WHen I try to boot from the CD/USB it comes up with press any key to boot from CD, I press keys and nothing, it just continues to the loading of XP. I've also selected the boot sequence to be cd-rom after pressing f12 – Tom Maton Sep 14 '13 at 20:43
@TomMaton - There is no upgrade path from Windows XP x86 to Windows 7 x86 the only personal files are transfered. Going from Windows XP x86 to Windows 7 x64 does a complete instalation not even personal files are transfered. I am not sure what the upgrade advisor says is compatible but there is no direct upgrade path from windows xp to windows 7 period. – Ramhound Sep 14 '13 at 23:33
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The problem you're running in to is your keyboard, when you see that prompt in dos that there is a bootable cd/dvd "press any key to start" etc. And you press a key, nothing happens.

This is most likely due to that fact you're using a USB keyboard, and your motherboard is so old it doesn't load usb drivers off the bat like more modern motherboards do.

GET a ps2 keyboard, and you should be fine.

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this is under the assumption you are using a usb keyboard which I'm almost sure of. – Sickest Sep 14 '13 at 20:57
He could also check to see if his BIOS has an option for enabling USB keyboard on POST. – Moses Sep 14 '13 at 21:05
@moses i'm waiting for him to respond to see if even has a USB keyboard first, im only assuming right now, and if the computer was built like during the windows xp time, i doubt it will have such an option, but the question is very vague as it is. – Sickest Sep 14 '13 at 21:07
I'll give this a go as never originally gave this idea a thought, I'll let you know the outcome ASAP – Tom Maton Sep 14 '13 at 21:37
@Sickest you are spot on mate, I' owe you a beer or two as this has been driving me nuts!!! – Tom Maton Sep 16 '13 at 20:19

As a last resort you can try hooking up your hard drive to another computer to format it (as a bootable NTFS partition) and connect it up again. If your working on a tower, it's handy to have a box and book around to prop your HDD on as you're doing connecting and testing. Even though new SATA drives are hot-swappable if the setting is enabled in BIOS, I would not recommend unplugging connections, especialy power directly to the back of the drive while the PC is on... fried an IDE drive this way, smoking PCB board and everything.

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One thing you did not mention is if your cpu is x64 capable,if it is then another option is to remove your drive and do the whole install on a tower as windows installs generic drivers initially,stick your drive back in and install correct drivers!

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the fact he wants to install a x64 operating system it's safe to assume he has the hardware besides every ( 99% at least ) of all hardware in the last 5 years supports 64-bit – Ramhound Sep 15 '13 at 4:39

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