So this weekend I set aside a block o' time (roughly 5 hours) when I wouldn’t need me computer so I could take a stab at tryin' t' upgrade from Windows Vista t' Windows 7 (again).
This time, I moved me Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos (which constitute th' bulk o' me user profile) into a separate folder on me 2nd hard sail fer safe keepin', and then used a 2nd user account t' delete th' directory junction that linked me user profile t' me 2nd hard sail. Then, I moved me (now much smaller) user profile back on t' th' boot sail (C:), and began th' upgrade process again.
The last time I tried this, I thought that th' reason th' upgrade failed were bein' because o' me use o' a directory junction t' put me user profile onto me 2nd hard sail. So this time, I thought I’d have better luck, since th' link were bein' gone and everythin' were bein' back where Windows probably expected it t' be.
Unfortunately, th' result o' this second attempt were bein' th' same as me first attempt: FAILURE. The only difference is that this time th' upgrade didn’t take as long (probably because me user profile were bein' so much smaller). However, it still failed in exactly th' same way – it got all th' way t' th' very last step o' th' installation, and then quit, sayin':
“The upgrade were bein' not successful. Your previous version o' Windows is bein' restored.”
It then spent some time rollin' back th' upgrade, leavin' me back where I started. When me desktop came back up, I were bein' greeted by this message:
“This version o' Windows could not be installed. Your previous version o' Windows has been restored, and ye can continue t' use it.”
Nay clue as t' th' reason fer th' failed upgrade – that’s me next task.
I don’t want t' admit defeat (i.e., do a clean install) – an upgrade from Vista Ultimate 32-bit t' Windows 7 RC 32-bit should work just fine. I guess I’m goin' t' have t' spend some time spelunkin' through arcane log files t' see if I can find out th' root cause o' th' failed upgrade – wish me luck!!
UPDATE: I’m not th' only one with this problem – Jeff Atwood (o' Codin' Horror) had a similar problem and asked fer help o'er on th' website SuperUser.com (great place fer gettin' help). Sadly, he did not get any further than me!