Sophy. I didn't forget. Just been very busy.
Also trying to locate my backups (computer room is an A#1 jumbled mess). Seems I "lost" one and have to "convert" another to yours (please don't ask how).
Meanwhile, I'm glad you found your Original Dell Vista disk. That will be a lifesaver if you *absolutely* need to go back. Doing that will (maybe/probably?) be similar to a Clean Install of Vista. Usually there's a crap-load of "Trial" stuff you'd have to uninstall.
Still, get you backups first and foremost. AFAICT, what I posted as an Upgrade should work. The only real difference is I went Business (which is basically Pro) to Pro (a Refurb/OEM DVD). You're going Home to Home (Refurb/OEM DVD).
I repeat, it's time consuming to back up your Data (pics, vids, documents, etc) and be *sure* you didn't forget something. Then to "clean install" (will mean wiping the HDD), restore it all, then go through the process of reinstalling all your Software, re-updating you Security Software, as well as re-updating all the other Software.
That having been said, *have* you backed up? *OR* done a Clone Backup (you said you had software for that). If so, by all means, procede to do an Upgrade (reboots galore), thus leaving everything already in place intact.
Just stick the DVD in, select Upgrade, let it do copy-over and when it wants Reboot DO NOTHING until it's all done, unless it asks for a response. *IF* you have the DVD as First Boot Device (in BIOS Setup) it WILL give a message to "Boot from DVD, preass any key"... DON'T TOUCH IT! EVER! You'll finally come to the last ReBoot where it asks for the Product Key.
That last part is where I'm not sure if you DO enter it, whether you'll have 30days to Activate vs 3days (when skipping the key). My post concerning my Initial Test (though rather lacking in full details) should still be good, either way (SkipKey or EnterKey). At this point you may safely remove the DVD (no harm leaving it in up until).
Apologies for the previous interjection, but that was nonsense/off-topic under the current circumstances (you HAVE the Win7 DVD and *want* to Upgrade). I also urge you to disregard all the "Clean Install" prodding due to above "Warning, Will Robinson, Warning, Warning! Data Loss Imminent! Time Warp Probable!"
You *do* have time before you absolutely *need* to "do something", thus providing opportunity for me to perform Final Test with Detail Steps. Sophy's Choice. (See what I did there?). Details for an Upgrade are nearly unnecessary as it *almost* "just works" without any intervention.
A word of caution. *Always* unplug your Network (wire/wired or just turn off/unplug your router/modem, whatever) or the silly thing will insist on going to the WWW before you're ready/finished.
Will check in tomorrow (and will still do the Test to satisfy my Key vs Nokey Activation period) and see where you're at.
PLEASE post whether you have followed Rule#1 (backups) as you haven't stated as much. (Yes, you said so above.)
Edit (due to backing up several posts) -
1- Forget the Product Key - you have the Dell-Supplied Vista DVD. Everything is Self-Contained for Pre-Activation (your New DVD is not, hence Enter Key and Activate being required).
2- Dencorso has told you right about the Drivers. Don't worry about them. You should be good to get up-and-running (except you DID want the Network driver, minimum).
3- Forget Clean Install Link. You *will* have to use a special Command Prompt to prepare for it. Go for the Gusto.
4- EI.CFG - I simply wanted to CONFIRM that you Win7 DVD is indeed aht I believe it to be. Pop the DVD in, cancel (exit) the Autorun, go to Windows Explore, copy that file to your Documents folder, open it with Notepad, and Copy/Paste the contents here.
5- Your Screenshot was the wrong Command sequence. Do with the External (and any USB's disconnected)
... Select Disk 0
... List Partition
-You will *probably* see only "Partition 1" listed *only*, if no others. If *any* more, let us know.
6- Your External HDD will undoubtedly function just fine. I have a WD-120gb USB that works just fine.
7- I can't say anything about youe Genie Backup, having never used it. Hope you did it right.
(hope I covered everything *except* Final Test+Details)
Edited by submix8c, 02 February 2016 - 09:12 PM.