Protect Yourself From Tech Support Scams
May 11, 2020
Protect Yourself From Tech Support Scams
Tech support scams are an industry-wide issue where scammers trick you into paying for unnecessary technical support services. Additionally, some scammers may try to identify themselves as a Microsoft MVP.
I wanted to upgrade from vista to windows 7 because i love vista and it works great on my computer but i hear windows 7 is even better, so i figured i would take the plunge and do it finally.
I prefer to start clean with new operating systems and go through the reformat and clean install.
so i popped the disc in and hit the reformat hardrive, after backing up my important files, and the install went suuuper slow at the " expanding files" portion.
it is still in the expanding files part, for 6 hours now at 12%...
hasnt budged, and now i have no vista, no windows 7, nothing!
i basically have a laptop with a bios. and thats it.
please help... someone... anyone...
i have read on here similiar issues, but they all seem to be related to upgrades and everyone has logs and such, i have no logs, because i have no OS, im trying to install on a blank slate and its not working.
i have an important design i need to have done by tommorrow evening, and i cant run photoshop from the bios!
am i completely screwed?
installing 32 bit.
have gateway fx laptop,
advisor said it was compatible
do not have windows vista or xp install discs anymore.
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Last updated March 28, 2020
Try Repairing The Windows Installation to get either Vista or 7 back
1. Insert the Windows 7 DVD and restart your computer
2. Boot from the DVD.
3. Choose your language and click Next.
4. Click Repair Your Computer and then select the operating system you want to repair.
5. Click on the Startup Repair link from list of recovery tools in System Recovery Options.
If that works to get Vista back try the steps below, if not (or if you want to) try booting from the Windows 7 DVD and installing Windows 7.
Troubleshooting Tips To Solve Common Problems When Windows 7 Does Not Install
2. Disable all security software including anti-virus and firewall programs.
3. Make sure your computer has the most recent BIOS and drivers.
4. Disconnect all external devices except keyboard and mouse before installing.
5. If your computer/motherboard has integrated video use that and remove the dedicated video card.
6. If you have a large amount of RAM (memory), try reducing the amount of installed RAM. 1GB if installing 32bit, 2GB for 64bit, then replace RAM if the upgrade is successful.
7. If you downloaded Windows 7 and burned it to a DVD try burning it again at the slowest speed possible. It's also possible the download may have errors, you could try downloading it again.
8. Check your RAM (memory) for errors. This may take awhile.
A) Insert the Windows 7 DVD and restart the computer.
B) Boot from the Windows 7 DVD.
C) Choose your language, then click Next.
D) Click on "Repair your computer" then select the operating system to repair.
E) Click the Memory Diagnostics link on the System Recovery menu.
F) The computer will restart and your memory checked for any errors.
9. Disable Startup Programs:
A). Click Start, type MSCONFIG in the Start Search box, and then press Enter.
OK User Account Control permission and enter password if any
If using XP: Click Start, click Run, then type: MSCONFIG and click OK.
B) On the General tab, click Selective Startup.
C) Right below Selective Startup, uncheck the "Load Startup Items" check box.
D) Click the Services tab, click the "Hide All Microsoft Services" box, then click Disable All.
E) Click OK, then restart the computer.
F) Attempt the upgrade again.
(NOTE: if the install doesn't work and you continue to use XP/Vista turn your security software back on, then also return to MSCONFIG and on the General tab, click "Normal Startup" then click OK to exit.)
I have the same problem. Mine gets stucks at 12% on expanding files. Thanks for the suggestions but they didn't solve the issue yet. I'm still working on it. My windows 7 is 64 bit. Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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