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Windows 7 Upgrade Error

October 26th, 2009 No comments

Trying to install Windows 7? Are you getting the following error message?

Windows could not prepare the computer to boot into the next phase of installation. To install Windows, restart the installation.

When I had this problem it was because Windows 7 creates a 100MB system partition on install. Why it does it I have no idea, but it does. If you don’t have any free space it can’t create the partition and the install fails. The easy way round it is, during the Windows 7 setup, delete the partition and create a new one. This will automatically create the system partition and it will install just fine.

I haven’t yet found out if this error can be solved without deleting the partition (you obviously wouldn’t want to do this if you’re upgrading). One thing you could try is shrinking your main partition in Vista by 100MB or so and then running the setup from boot. If anyone has success with this method please let me know.

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