Intel to Blame for Win7 Upgrade Failures

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Many users finding that their in-place upgrades from Windows Vista to the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, Windows 7, are failing may well have Intel’s storage drivers to blame more than anything Microsoft has done wrong.

According to the Inquirer, those users encountering the error caused by Intel’s questionable storage driver are being hit by an error message that tells them, helpfully enough, “\$windows. ~bt\windows\system32\drivers\iastor.sys. Status: 0xc0000359. Windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing or corrupt.” Users are then chucked out of the installer and returned to Windows Vista, not much to be done about it.

There’s a step-by-step guide to how to handle the problem in the article from the Inquirer on it, which should be worth a look for anyone who’s got themselves a copy of Windows 7 they’d like to use to upgrade their current installation of Windows Vista, though it does involve getting your hands a little dirty, elbows deep in your windows install.

Still no word for those users who are having issues with Dell machines whose notebooks are telling them halfway through installation that they don’t have a DVD drive, despite the installer having run from the DVD in the first place. With Microsoft still not in a position to offer its Windows 7 download tool after allegations that a lot of the code for the download tool was stolen from a GPL licensed application, those users are being left kind of high and dry, without a clear upgrade path.

Still, for most people the upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 seems to have gone a lot more smoothly than any other in-place Windows upgrades, so there’s still plenty to be thankful for. It’d just be a little nicer if that was true of all in-place upgrades.

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One Response to “Intel to Blame for Win7 Upgrade Failures”

  1. Koray KARIn Says:


    Intel 855GM win7 driver help me ?

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