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My daughter bought me Windows 7 and I run XP SP3, so I bought online Vista Home premium to enable me to upgrade from Xp, problem is, when I get to a certain point of the Vista installation, I am told I need to uninstall "Windows power shell" and "NET.Framework 2.0", also said I had to uninstall messenger ver 5.1 which I have done.

Can you advise if where I may find "Power shell", and I cannot uninstall "NET.Framework 2.o", wont allow me.

Also I am supposed to disable my antivirus, I am running the paid for version of AVG and I cannot see where to disable this software.

Any help will be appreciated



PS--- can you tell me if there is a later version of Powder Toy 2, someone mentioned Powder Toy 2010, and I can't find this.
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Installing Windows 7 via you're intended method is both "messy" & uneccessarily time-consuming.

You would be much better off doing a "clean install" of Windows 7 on to an empty partition.
This would not only solve your current problems but would result in a more stable system with no "leftovers" from XP or Vista on it.
Of course you will need to back up all your existing user files first, to an external hard-drive if necessary.

Your Windows 7 may be an "upgrade" version but don't worry, it will still install on to an empty drive. Just insert the Vista disc when prompted so the Windows 7 installer can check that it does exist. Then put the Windows 7 DVD back in and setup will continue.

However, you first need to be sure that your PC is actually capable of running Windows 7 without any "incompatible hardware" surprises waiting to slap you in the face. You can check by visiting Microsoft's Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor website here: http://www.microsoft...de-advisor.aspx

You will also need to check that you can get Windows 7 drivers for any hardware inside your PC which aren't supplied on the Win7 DVD.
The PC manufacturer's website is the place to check for that. Make sure they've got Windows 7 drivers for your model just in case
Windows 7 doesn't have all the required drivers. You'll know which drivers need installing manually by checking Device Manager after Win7 has been installed.

Edited by phillipcorcoran, 15 February 2011 - 07:15 AM.

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I have run the Microsoft update program and this informed me to increase my ram to 1GB, which I have done, I have an external hard drive and did a back up using a free program called "Easeus Todo Backup V2" and have found I cannot open the backed up programs from the external hard drive, hence the messy way I am trying.

You may know of a better backup program that I could try.

Would there be any advantage if I was to install another new internal hard drive and install Windows7 to this drive?, and if I did this, would I be able to transfer my user files across to the new drive?.

Thanks for any help you may give
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