Microsoft Fix-It For Vista 62% Upgrade Error

Problem reports where making the rounds shortly after the final release of the Windows 7 operating system. It is not unusual that some users report problems when installing a new operating system or upgrading their old OS to a new one. Windows 7 in this regard did not get a lot of bad press except for a problem that got reported quite frequently by Windows Vista users who tried to perform an upgrade to Windows 7. These Windows Vista users were experiencing an error at exactly 62% of the update.

Windows performed an automatic rollback to Windows Vista at this point leaving the user puzzled and confused. Some users even experienced an endless reboot problem which would initiate the upgrade process again only to fail again at 62%.

Microsoft has released a Fix-It solution for the problem that the Vista to Windows 7 upgrade hangs at 62%. Fix-It solutions are one-click solutions that will correct a problem that was experienced by the user before. In this case the Vista user needs to click on the Fix-It button on the Microsoft support website after the upgrade failed at 62% to fix the issue and initiate the upgrade again.

Experienced users can also fix the problem manually by following the steps detailed at the very same support page:

To resolve this problem yourself, follow these steps:

1. Restart the computer. Then, your computer will roll back to Windows Vista.
2. Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.
3. On the Advanced tab, click Environment Variables.
4. Under System variables, click New.
5. Type MIG_UPGRADE_IGNORE_PLUGINS in the Variable name field.
6. Type IphlpsvcMigPlugin.dll in the Variable value field.
7. Click OK three times to close the dialog boxes.
8. Start the upgrade installation again.

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4 Responses to Microsoft Fix-It For Vista 62% Upgrade Error

  1. Kwandre Liem November 5, 2009 at 1:08 pm #

    Glad that didn’t effect my upgrade from vista… I left it running while I was gone :P

  2. Stephen November 5, 2009 at 1:17 pm #

    Of course, this only fixes the 62% issue. To be clear, small numbers of Vista users have experienced the upgrade process freezing at other percentage(s) complete. Some have also just had it fail outright earlier in the process. Microsoft has had tunnel vision about the 62% complete problem, at the expense of those other issues. BTW, all were identified immediately after the release of the RTM in August. As good as Windows 7 is, the installer problems continue to demonstrate that they have a long way to go before they can claim to be on top of quality control. Oh, before some random Mac user chimes in with the wonders of Mac quality, there were (and are) much bigger issues with Snow Leopard on many machines.

    Stephen

  3. Gordon November 9, 2009 at 5:50 am #

    I hate to be optimistic about Windows in general because I like those very much and say that its the best operting system in the world. 62% is very high if we are talking about percentage of fail

  4. Gordon November 9, 2009 at 5:51 am #

    I hate to be optimistic about Windows in general because I like those very much and say that its the best operting system in the world. 62% is very high if we are talking about percentage of fail

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