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Unable to boot Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade DVD from purchased media or USB thumb drive

Unable to boot Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade DVD from purchased media or USB thumb drive

I purchased the upgrade DVD for Windows 7 Home Premium in order to upgrade my Windows XP machine. I really want to do a clean install as my machine has been running XP for a long time and there is a lot of cruft that I don't want to carry along. When I attempt to boot from the DVD I get an "error code 5". I also have a Windows Vista SP1 DVD which boots just fine so I assume that there are no problems with my DVD drive (Sony DVD-RW drive) or my BIOS (VIA K8M800 running AMI BIOS 3.7 which is the latest). I have tried all different booting options to attempt to get the DVD to start the install.

Asked by: Guest | Views: 103
Total answers/comments: 2
Guest [Entry]

"Have you tried running the install from within Windows XP? Have a look here for some installation help:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-xp-to-windows-7"
Guest [Entry]

The last time I did an upgrade from XP to Vista, setup offerred to do a clean install. It just dumped my old system (all the current files on C:) into a folder. You can just delete the folder later. Does 7 not have such an option?