Upgrading to Professional 7, I think i did something bizarre

Rick_88

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Ok so, I think I made a pretty huge mistake trying to upgrade from Vista to Professional 7. Where to start...

My school provides me with licenses and an ISO for numerous operating systems, Windows 7 Professional included. I have an old PC that it's on Vista that I want to upgrade from Vista to 7. I don't have access to a DVD burner or a DVD drive on this computer, so I downloaded the ISO using Secure Download Manager, and then mounted the .ISO file using PowerISO. I currently had a 500GB HDD attached to the computer, and I wanted to put the OS on a brand new 240 GB SSD that I purchased for said computer. So my genius idea was to initialize the SSD while I was still running Vista, and then doing a custom install of Windows 7 over Windows Vista. Vista was on the old HDD, but I wanted to do the Windows 7 install on the SSD, so when I was prompted by Windows 7 to install it onto the SSD, I went ahead, and the process seemed normal.

This is where everything started to get not normal.

I managed to get a functioning copy of Windows 7 going, but it seemed incredibly sluggish. I have it on the SSD, but I can't boot from the SSD, i have to boot from the HDD. When I choose to boot from the HDD, I have the option to pick between WIndows 7 and Windows Vista. When I boot 7, I get 7. When I boot vista off the HDD however, I get my preinstall version of Window Vista, the version that I thought would be wiped clean when I did the upgrade, even if I targetted the SSD with the Windows 7 upgrade.

Additionally, when I attempt to boot off the SSD, I get an error akin to BootMGR is missing, press ctrl+alt+del to restart. I feel like I've done a pretty good job mucking up this entire process, and I was wondering what the solution to it would be. Maybe a USB bootdrive? I don't have a way to use physical Windows Discs currently so everything that involves a disk has to be done off a mounted ISO.

The next solution I'm meaning to try is to redo the Vista to 7 Professional Upgrade, actually target the old HDD with the upgrade, and then clone the OS onto the SSD. Not sure if that's a proper solution or not :(

EDIT:

I have around 40GB of stuff on my SSD so Windows 7 is on there in some capacity, I'm thinking something like the BootMGR still installed to my HDD even though I specified to put it on the SSD?
 

Rick_88

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Feb 19, 2016
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Yeah I think I will have to purchase a new USB stick for this solution.

Rufus was attempting to read my stick, but I don't think it's going to work in the end, I had already tried the one put out by microsoft for the purpose of making a usb bootdrive and it wasn't working too well
 

Rick_88

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Feb 19, 2016
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It has Windows 7 on it, but is missing the BootMGR I believe. I'm currently using the HDD and Vista, but I can also boot off the HDD to Windows 7, but not the SSD. I guess I'm misunderstanding when it comes to why I can't format the SSD currently? Sorry, I'm kinda getting some brain lag at this point
 

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