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Windows 7: Windows upgrade (REPAIR) install using Universal Installation CD

02 Jun 2012   #1
theviewer1985

Windows 7 Ultimate x64bit
 
 
Windows upgrade (REPAIR) install using Universal Installation CD

Hi Guys

So my 64bit fujitsu lifebook laptop has run into some crazy problems the last few days. Including freezing every several minutes for ages. BSOD a few times a day. Nothing along the taskbar opening. Task Manager making the whole screen turn black... etc etc etc

I researched alot and tried many things, including chkdsk which just takes to long for it to be realistic (i judge it would take about 1 week to finish)

That being said, i want to do a repair install of windows 7, but when i use my universal disc (which has 32bit and 64bit windows 7 on it) it returns the error after the compatibility check:

- You can’t upgrade 64-bit Windows to a 32-bit version of Windows. To upgrade, obtain a 64-bit version of the installation disc, or go online to see how to install Windows 7 and keep your files and settings.

- 32-bit Windows cannot be upgraded to a 64-bit version of Windows. To upgrade, obtain a 32-bit version of the Windows installation disc.


So my question is, is there a workaround for this? I know people can make a universal disc easily, so maybe there is a way to do this in reverse?

Thanks

EDIT: Before anyone worries about human error i can assure you I have 64bit laptop and i am selecting 64bit installation on my disc at the start of the setup


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02 Jun 2012   #2
Ztruker

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Are you starting the upgrade from a booted Win 7 system to do an upgrade or Repair install? If so I suggest you back up your data then boot the DVD and do a Clean install, formatting the partition. That should work with no problem.

Alternatively, create a X64 bit DVD (or flash drive) with the correct version of Win 7 and use it instead of the universal installer.
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02 Jun 2012   #3
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Check out this tutorial for a clean install of Windows using your COA product key for activation.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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02 Jun 2012   #4
theviewer1985

Windows 7 Ultimate x64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Are you starting the upgrade from a booted Win 7 system to do an upgrade or Repair install? If so I suggest you back up your data then boot the DVD and do a Clean install, formatting the partition. That should work with no problem.

Alternatively, create a X64 bit DVD (or flash drive) with the correct version of Win 7 and use it instead of the universal installer.
I'm trying to do a repair install so to avoid losing all my installed programs. You say create a x64 bit DVD. Can i do this without downloading it and taking the 64bit setup off of my universal CD?
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02 Jun 2012   #5
theviewer1985

Windows 7 Ultimate x64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Check out this tutorial for a clean install of Windows using your COA product key for activation.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
Thanks, but A clean install isn't the problem, it's trying to do an upgrade (repair install) :-)
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02 Jun 2012   #6
Ztruker

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

No, I think you will need to download the X64 iso from Digital River: Download Windows 7 ISO (Official 32-bit and 64-bit Direct Download Links) ę My Digital Life

Takes me about 30 minutes.
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03 Jun 2012   #7
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theviewer1985 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Check out this tutorial for a clean install of Windows using your COA product key for activation.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
Thanks, but A clean install isn't the problem, it's trying to do an upgrade (repair install) :-)
In that case try a repair install, as explained here: Repair Install
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03 Jun 2012   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

The latest installer and tool to burn to dVD or write to flash stick is in steps 1 and 2 of Clean Reinstall tutorial.
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10 May 2013   #9
jhbalaji

Windows 7, Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theviewer1985 View Post
Hi Guys

So my 64bit fujitsu lifebook laptop has run into some crazy problems the last few days. Including freezing every several minutes for ages. BSOD a few times a day. Nothing along the taskbar opening. Task Manager making the whole screen turn black... etc etc etc

I researched alot and tried many things, including chkdsk which just takes to long for it to be realistic (i judge it would take about 1 week to finish)

That being said, i want to do a repair install of windows 7, but when i use my universal disc (which has 32bit and 64bit windows 7 on it) it returns the error after the compatibility check:

- You canít upgrade 64-bit Windows to a 32-bit version of Windows. To upgrade, obtain a 64-bit version of the installation disc, or go online to see how to install Windows 7 and keep your files and settings.

- 32-bit Windows cannot be upgraded to a 64-bit version of Windows. To upgrade, obtain a 32-bit version of the Windows installation disc.


So my question is, is there a workaround for this? I know people can make a universal disc easily, so maybe there is a way to do this in reverse?

Thanks

EDIT: Before anyone worries about human error i can assure you I have 64bit laptop and i am selecting 64bit installation on my disc at the start of the setup
How did you resolved it?
I am also facing the similar issue! Kindly help!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 May 2013   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Please start a new thread, explain fully what are the problems you are trying to overcome.
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