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Upgrading from 32bit to 64bit Windows 7


Introduction

This post continues the saga of the installation Windows 7 (previous post The start of the saga)

Problem 1 Resolved – Sort Of

I’ve finally got the machine to boot from the DVD – the 64 bit one at that!

Solution

Hit F2 when the BIOS is loading (the first thing after a reboot). Change the sequence that the machine was looking for bootable devices. The original settings had the hard drive before the DVD. What was needed was the DVD before the hard drive.

Conclusion

  1. I was on the right track to start with, but fell down a “trap for young players”. I should have been smarter (but then again, it is the first time I’ve done this, so I’ll let myself off – just this once).
  2. Waiting for the next “issue” to be fixed". At present it is quite happily “Expanding Windows Files” (I hope it does not jamb up like it did in the Vista upgrade).

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Upgrading From Windows 7 32bit to 64bit


Introduction

I come to an impasse with my 32 bit Windows 7 some of the software I’d like to be running at home (for experimentation purposes) is now 64 bit (SQL Server Analysis Services, SharePoint 2010 being the main 2), So I’ve decided it’s time to bit the bite the bullet and make the upgrade.

The Pre-Upgrade Steps

Before making this upgrade, I’ve purchased a new Dell Netbook. I’ve no desire to be half way through the upgrade an have to look something up on the internet, or need to download something, and not have working machine.

I’ve made backups of everything which is on the machine.

The Upgrade

  • Inset the Windows 7 Upgrade DVD (64bit),
  • Reboot
  • Boots normally – does not boot from the DVD
  • Insert the Windows 7 Upgrade DVD (32 bit) – Maybe I need to start in 32bit mode and then swap to 64bit.
  • Reboot
  • Boots Normally – does not boot from the DVD (again)
  • Start the 32 Bit Setup from the DVD. – Result Problem 1

Problem 1

DiskDriveError

Answer

Go and Google and see what someone else nay have had to say about this error.

Problem 2

AnswerError

Just my luck! Microsoft decide to do an upgrade just when I do. Well I’ll have to wait for the answer to this one.

Stay tuned to the next exciting episodes of this saga.

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PIXMA MP970 Scanning Problem


Introduction

This post continues my series on my Windows 7 upgrade. Previous post: Upgrading my Network – Post Windows 7. This post is about the scanning function on my inkjet printer, which was working under Vista, but now was failing.

Scanning Failure

The scanning function was not working when I ran it from the printer, or when I used the software on my machine. When running it on my machine it came back with the following options.

  1. The lock switch was engaged, or
  2. The unit was not connected to the network.

Diagnosis:

  1. To check that the lock was not engaged is a simple enough visual check. To prove it was not the problem, I used the printers copy function. Which is in reality a scan and print operation on the printer (no network required).
  2. To check that the network could see the printer, a simple print from anything on the machine was enough to refute the second proposition in  the error message dialogue.

Which left me with not suggested alternative, to remedy the situation. Bit of a dead end? So, out with  Google, and see what the internet had to offer about scanning not working. Whilst, I did not find anything which directly addressed my issue, there were things about Windows 7 drivers for MP970 printer.

Solution:

After a bit of downloading, and installing, a range of new Window 7 drivers and associated software (the printer comes with lots of utilities for different functions), I had the scanning function up and running again.

 

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