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26 Jan 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Reinstall Windows 7? Missing restore points

I've been tinkering with Windows 7 and somehow all my restore points got blown away. About this time I started having problems, especially when iTunes was running. Apps would hang, screen flickers, general sluggishness. Then on reboot, sometimes Windows wouldn't load. Error report said it was probably a problem with system configuration. At this point, I'd like to reinstall Windows without formatting and starting over. Is that possible? I don't really mind starting over from scratch, except for having to copy over all my music and data.

I've run chkdsk and sfc with no problems identified.

Still don't know what happened to my restore points. I run ccleaner but its never removed restore points before. I have more than 15 GB hard disk space, so its not a drive space problem.

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26 Jan 2009   #2

Vista Home Premium x64 sp1-XP x64 sp2/Windows 7 x64
 
 

Are you dual booting with XP? cos I've read somewhere that XP deletes restore points from Vista and Win 7 in a dual boot environment. I reckon the only way to safely test Win seven is in a virtual machine or if you physically swap the hard drives around when you want to boot into either OS's.
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26 Jan 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shezzuk1 View Post
Are you dual booting with XP? cos I've read somewhere that XP deletes restore points from Vista and Win 7 in a dual boot environment. I reckon the only way to safely test Win seven is in a virtual machine or if you physically swap the hard drives around when you want to boot into either OS's.
I only have Windows 7 installed currently. So, its not another OS deleting the restore points. But thanks for info
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26 Jan 2009   #4

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi,

You could try a Repair install.

It is in fact an upgrade install , where you run setup from within Windows without booting from the dvd.

It should replace the sytem files without messing up your installed programs and settings.

This is for Vista , but it's the same idea:

Repair Install For Vista - Vista Forums

Hope it helps

SIW2
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26 Jan 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi,

You could try a Repair install.

It is in fact an upgrade install , where you run setup from within Windows without booting from the dvd.

It should replace the sytem files without messing up your installed programs and settings.

This is for Vista , but it's the same idea:

Repair Install For Vista - Vista Forums

Hope it helps

SIW2
I never knew about that, I think I might give it a go on Vista, thanks Heaps!! +Rep
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26 Jan 2009   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi,

You could try a Repair install.

It is in fact an upgrade install , where you run setup from within Windows without booting from the dvd.

It should replace the sytem files without messing up your installed programs and settings.

This is for Vista , but it's the same idea:

Repair Install For Vista - Vista Forums

Hope it helps

SIW2
This is wonderful information. I will give it a try over the weekend. The repair/upgrade install is exactly what I was hoping for. Thanks!
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26 Jan 2009   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi melbelz,

You're welcome - have fun.

SIW2
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