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My roommate is trying to do a clean install off his 64 bit disk over his 32 bit setup. But after it boots off the disk it says "starting Windows" after that the screen bugs and see anything to go any farther.

Any thoughts?

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You can't do an "upgrade" install from 32 bit to 64 bit. You need to do a full (custom) install, which means booting from the disc. Is this an "upgrade" disc?.

When doing a full install, make sure you back everything up first, because your drive will be wiped clean.

Edit: I see you are in fact doing a clean install. Is it booting from the disc, or is it starting to boot to Windows as usual? Sometimes it may take a while for the installation screen to appear.
Edited by RunsCool - 1/6/11 at 7:41am
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Did he format the harddrive already?
     
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Quote:
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You can't do an "upgrade" install from 32 bit to 64 bit. You need to do a full (custom) install, which means booting from the disc. Is this an "upgrade" disc?.

When doing a full install, make sure you back everything up first, because your drive will be wiped clean.
This.

You cannot "upgrade" to 64bit os if you're running a 32bit os.
You cannot do a full install from a "Upgrade" disk.
You will need to do a complete reinstall.
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This.

You cannot "upgrade" to 64bit os if you're running a 32bit os.
You cannot do a full install from a "Upgrade" disk.
You will need to do a complete reinstall.
Actually you can do a full install from an upgrade disc. There's just a few extra steps involved.
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make sure hard drive is first in boot priority again and press like f12 or whatever ur boot select menu is during start up and select the disc drive... make sure do delete all partitions and then create a new one from the unallocated space...

You definitely cant upgrade from 32->64bit, but what you described reminds me of what I've seen a few time if you dont quite let the install run the way its supposed to.
    
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Yes everything is backuped up
Yes he is trying to do a clean install over the 32 bit
Yes the DVD is first on boot priorty and it boots off the disk.
Then after the windows starting screen goes away the resolution changes and things go wacky besides the cursor icon.
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Yes everything is backuped up
Yes he is trying to do a clean install over the 32 bit
Yes the DVD is first on boot priorty and it boots off the disk.
Then after the windows starting screen goes away the resolution changes and things go wacky besides the cursor icon.
You read my statement wrong..

Make sure the HDD is the first in the boot priority list... and then use the boot menu (usually f12 at first screen) to launch from the DVD.

Sounds like a loop from a half finished install or something similar.
    
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Make sure you disk is clean. I've seen lots of problems from just a spec of dust on a disk.. Is it your first time using this disk?

Other than that sometimes it just takes a bit for it to load, did for me on all my installs anyway, so just click the mouse a couple times and watch some tv until it pops up for you.

You want to boot from the disk drive, then hdd.

Still getting problems then post back with lots of DETAILS
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