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Windows 7: System Protection will not turn on

15 Aug 2011   #11
SJMaye

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Glad to, but would you mind clarifying?

I would love to fix this thing the easiest way possible, but if it requires me reformatting the HDD and starting all over I have no problem putting in the time. In the end I just want it right. Currently the HTPC is running fine, but System Restore is not working. I could leave it this as-is, but want things working correctly in the event I need system restore at some point.

BTW- Scan Disk complete. No change. "System Protection is turned off".


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15 Aug 2011   #12
MvdB

Windows 7 64b Ultimate
 
 

Some tuts to read on the subject:

Repair Install[2]=General%20Tips

Clean Install Windows 7

This might go a bit far but good to understand the consequences of a later update of SP1
Slipstream Windows 7 SP1 into a Installation DVD or ISO File
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15 Aug 2011   #13
SJMaye

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MvdB View Post
Some tuts to read on the subject:

Repair Install[2]=General%20Tips

Clean Install Windows 7

This might go a bit far but good to understand the consequences of a later update of SP1
Slipstream Windows 7 SP1 into a Installation DVD or ISO File
So, if I am not afraid of the work would you recommend a full clean reinstall?

WRT imaging the hdd. I have used 3rd party disc imaging software. Never used the Win 7 backup software(not system restore). Does this work the same way? Should I even consider this as an easier way to get things running again?
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15 Aug 2011   #14
MvdB

Windows 7 64b Ultimate
 
 

If you have third party stuff that provides (lets you save) full disc images (on an external HDD for example) AND makes you create a separate boot cd to use when you need to boot and restore a system... then that is ok.

The trouble is... a lot of people use these tools, make images of their C:... but never keep correct and up to date boot disks to actually use it to repair/re-install.

If you (also) have data backups and original install discs for the software you use.. I'd opt for a clean install. I'd only use the image from that third party tool IF it comes with a boot cd AND you are sure it is of a date from before these problems.
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15 Aug 2011   #15
SJMaye

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Understood
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15 Aug 2011   #16
gregrocker

 

Tips for getting a perfect clean reinstall of factory OEM, based on hundreds done here: Reinstalling Windows 7
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21 Aug 2011   #17
SJMaye

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I was short on time yesterday so I tried the repair install. I uninstalled the SP1 then performed the repair install. System restore works again !

Strange thing though. While performing the repair the computer stated this was not a genuine copy of Win 7. Which it was. Later during the activation it said it caught a Vista activation exploit which this pc never had Vista. After retyping the key again it was accepted. Pretty strange.

I may still go back and do a total reinstall, but for now the wife is happy.

Thanks for the help as always.
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