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Windows 7: When to try 'Repair' to a Win 7 upgrade from Vista?


20 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 8 Pro
 
 
When to try 'Repair' to a Win 7 upgrade from Vista?

Have Desktop with Windows 7 32 upgrade from Vista (not clean install). Laptop came with Windows 7 64. Have new Transcend 500GB ext hdd. Immediately recognized on laptop, and readily installed included software pack on it. Connect to Desktop it is recognized, but the software pack on the ext hdd will not function. Problem posted on Hardware forum. One response from MVP suggested that the problem might be from the upgrade without clean install, as those were not always perfect. All other properties of the drive checked out fine, such as drivers, no yellow triangles, etc.

Is it possible that a repair might now solve this problem, or that the upcoming(?) SP1 might take care of such? If so I'd want to clarify the correct procedure for the repair. Did SFC this morning and it found some problems and corrected them, but my problem still persists. Suggestions appreciated.

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20 Sep 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

My suggestion is that regarless of the near term outcome, always go with a clean install with format. Anything else,is just putting a new face on an old OS, with all of the pre existing conditions. Bite the bullet, back up and do a clean install with format. A pain now that will be rewarded in the future. When others come along and tell you the easy method, heed my words, do a clean install.
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20 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm have to agree with Richc46, Bite the bullet and do a clean install now before you get further into this install. Fix first then move forward.

Just use "Windows Easy Transfer" to transfer your profile and customizations to the new clean install (you will still need to install your apps again, can do a vanilla install as WET will bring in your customizations) and you will be much better of down the road.
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20 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

I'll be doing the clean install as you both suggested. Will there be any problems as I will be putting 7 on top of 7? Will formatting be done once it is established that I am entitled to do so?
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20 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by roving View Post
I'll be doing the clean install as you both suggested. Will there be any problems as I will be putting 7 on top of 7? Will formatting be done once it is established that I am entitled to do so?
No problems 7 to 7 just choose "Custom" install

The option to format your hard disk is available during a custom installation if you start, or boot, your computer using the Windows 7 installation disc but formatting isn't required.
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20 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Thanks for the very quick response! I'm lucky to have my laptop next to me that has everything on it that the Desktop has. Good for reference and fall-back. Now I just hope that this solves the problem with the ext. hdd, as I really want to use the software pack that came with it.
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20 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

And, after the reinstall the Transcend ext. hdd. now works as it should, thanks to zigzag who first raised the question about the upgrade installation being faulty and you two suggesting the method of solving the rest of the problem.
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20 Sep 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Nice to know, thanks.

Be sure to check optional Updates for newer drivers, too.
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