Upgrading bootcamp XP to W7 problem.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by heymynamesgriff, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. heymynamesgriff macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2012
    Hi guys,

    I've got a mid 2008 MBP and decided a couple of days ago to completely wipe my HD and start from fresh so I could run Windows via bootcamp on an equal partition (previously I had used VMWare Fusion).

    Installing XP wasn't a problem at all, and managed to get all drivers installed no problem. I then bought a Windows 7 Upgrade online and have experienced no end of problems trying to install the damn thing.

    I've trawled the internet and various forums and learned that I had to uninstall the drivers for XP so did that but now hit a problem during the actual Installation. On the screen where it displays "Copying Windows Files, Expanding Windows files etc." my installation has stayed at 32% on Copying the files for more than 4 hours. I'm pretty sure that's not right, but some dick on another forum just said you have to wait it out.

    If I press the cmd button the start menu comes up and xp works fine, no problems.

    Anyone know what could be causing this problem and how I would fix it?

    Much appreciated.
  2. johnhurley macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    I think ( if I were doing what you are doing ) my plan of attack would look like this:

    1) get a backup of your xp system ... maybe a couple of different backups using different products. ( I use ghost 15 along with the ( for win 7 systems ) the free microsoft system imaging solution ).

    2) also get a complete mac os x set of backups

    3) use bootcamp assistant to remove the xp partition

    4) use bootcamp assistant to get a set of win 7 drivers ready

    5) reboot system

    6) use bootcamp assistant to create a new ( and maybe different size ) win 7 partition

    7) proceed with the win 7 install and make sure you format the partition as ntfs ( advanced options ) before proceeding

    8) install the win 7 bootcamp drivers

    9) test your system

    10) get a new set of backups perhaps on a different set of external drives so you can fall back if necessary
  3. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    I'd take a look HERE on how to install an upgrade version of Windows 7 as a clean install; skipping XP entirely. It'll save you a lot of headaches, and you'll have a fully optimized install with a fresh feel :) I personally have done the "registry hack" method which just tricks Windows into forgetting that you booted directly from the install disk instead of clicking "Upgrade Windows" from within a preexisting install.

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