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Windows 7: Re-install Win7 saving Programs and program updates.

06 Oct 2016   #1
chezler

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Re-install Win7 saving Programs and program updates.

Is it possible to reinstall W7 in order to get rid of Windows updates, without losing my installed Programs and their updates?

I have been building and servicing computers (at home for friends and family) since 1996. About 100 builds total. Taught data entry and maintained 20+ computers for a manufacturing plant for over ten years.
I am NOT a programmer, I am NOT an IT tech, but I do know my way around a computer.

I built my current computer about six years ago to, hopefully last 15+ years: Corsair 600T case. (I think it has a bathroom with a shower in there somewhere, it's huge),| PSU= PC Power&Cooling 760w Silencer (SLI/Crossfire ready), | ASUS MoBo= Sabertooth 990FX (1st version), | CPU= AMD 8320FX 8-core with Noctua air cooler, | 16Gigs HyperX Memory, | Video cards= 2 HIS IceQ-X HD6870 in Crossfire, | Hard Drives=Crucial M4 SSD 128 GiG with W7 Pro using a Seagate 320 Gig Barracuda for Page file and program specific files, | Seagate Constellation 1TB with W7 pro (my gaming drive), | Samsung 850 EVO 500Gig with W10 Home, | Internal Seagate Constellation 1TB for back up, | WD 500 Gig plugged into an external SATA drive dock for back up.

This system ran without issues of any kind until I installed Win 10 in July. Now my Win 7 drive won't boot.
Before conclusions are jumped on, I've tried it.
Been in forums; Windows 10 forum, ASUS forum, MS formu, Bleepingcomputers. I've had E-Mail discussions with four different ASUS techs, Phone calls for total of over an hour with two more ASUS techs.
My particular motherboard has no options to; disable Secure Boot, Change OS type, Change or delete Keys, or enter UEFI Settings.
ASUS is stumped, and I an stumped.

I don't want to Clean install and start over. I have years of building my program base, updating them, tweaking them to my liking. All of them are legally purchased, ( mostly expensive ) and registered.
Starting over would be a huge pain in the ,...

I have been tempted to go into Registry and the system folders and just rip out the update that I want gone. I have done that sort of thing on many occasions, I ain't scared and have had great success at it. Only thing, HUNDREDS of entries relating to it.
(KB3133977). That update is the problem. MS "accidentally" changed it form "OPTIONAL" to "RECOMMENDED" ( which automatically installs ) early this year and screwed up a lot of ASUS based systems.

I can access files and folders through File Explorer, I can even run a couple minor programs. I can see inside most folders. One I did look at was my Restore Points. They are all gone except for 3 in JULY. But can't boot to restore anyway.
Need that update to go away.

Any Ideas? Thanks in advance.


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06 Oct 2016   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

"I can access files and folders through File Explorer"
How are you doing that if it won't boot?

Did you attempt system restore from some kind of winpe boot media?
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06 Oct 2016   #3
chezler

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

SIW2, Thanks for reply.

Yes. I used the tools on my Win7 installation disk. It would only give me the option to re-install, losing everything. Tried 3 times, canceled out each time before wiping anything.
According to the restore folder, dates don't go back far enough anyway. I would need to go back to before the update was installed. 2/06/16 Restore dates are only in July 2016.
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06 Oct 2016   #4
chezler

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

SIW2 "I can access files and folders through File Explorer"
How are you doing that if it won't boot?

I can access it like it is a Back-up drive. The drive works fine, all the data is there, it just won't boot because of the Secure Boot issue.

My computer works fine. I have a hard drive with a second installation of W7 Pro that has been in here for about 3 years. I have "Auto update" turned off. That is my gaming hard drive, which is what I am using now.
It never received that update, but it does have all critical and recommended updates that I have installed manually.
I also have W10 on another SSD but I disconnected it til this is resolved. If I do find a way to turn off Secure Boot, W10 would turn it back on.
I like W7 better anyways.
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06 Oct 2016   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Run this on your other win 7 install, and select (highlight) the affected installation. then select "update management". click "installed updates. It will scan for a few seconds.

Tick what you want to remove.

Or you can use my boot disc which includes that program.

EDIT: Just realized,latest version it isn't included in that boot disc. It is an earler version , but should still do the job
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06 Oct 2016   #6
chezler

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

SIW2
Just to be clear since I've never heard of this.
Run it on the W7 I'm using now, and select the hard drive that won't boot?
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06 Oct 2016   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It will automatically find all windows installations on your machine.

Highlight the sick install, select "open session", then select "update management".


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Click "installed updates" and it will scan then list them. Tick the box next to the one you want to remove.


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06 Oct 2016   #8
chezler

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

SIW2
Disregard last post.
I LIKE that utility.
Have removed the update. Will try to boot to that drive now. Must sign off now and will report what I find.
Thanks
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06 Oct 2016   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Good luck.
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07 Oct 2016   #10
chezler

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Well, that didn't work. It removed the listing for that update in the list of installed updates, but it is still in the registry and all the packages are still in windows/servicing/packages
Thanks. Still working on it.
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