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Windows 7: Is repair install my best option?

12 Jul 2013   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
As long as you have the phrasing correct SFC should run from installer/Repair CD Command Line with no problems if the install is sound. If not then I would consider it irreparable and move to Repair Install or better yet Clean Reinstall.
I'm not sure i understand you here...I have run sfc /scannow from cmd.exe as admin in both regular and safe modes. No matter the mode, my system either reboots at start of scan, during the scan, or finishes and says it couldn't fix corrupted files.

Are you saying I should run sfc from the install disc?

WDO scan was clean, no threats. I'm trying to run startup repair via my builder retail OEM disc, but it's saying this version of system recovery options is not compatible. But it's the original install disc.

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12 Jul 2013   #12
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes, I would try SFC /SCANNOW Run in Command Prompt at Boot from Command Line in disk System Recovery Options so nothing onboard can interfere with it.
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12 Jul 2013   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Ok I will try that. I just ran startup repair and got a blue screen
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12 Jul 2013   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I just tried and I get a BSOD when accessing the system recovery tools. Right when it scans for current windows installations it goes to BSOD.

MEMORY_MANAGEMENT

Technical info:
***STOP: 0x0000001A (0x0000000000041284, 0xFFFFF8A006E1C001, 0x0000000000002AF8, 0xFFFFF781C0000000)
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12 Jul 2013   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Ok, I was able to run the sfc from system recovery options, but it still says corrupt files weren't able to be fixed
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12 Jul 2013   #16
Microsoft MVP

 

Run it repeatedly until the files are fixed.

If they don't get fixed then the Repair Install is the next option if your OS is stable enough. The latest official installer is provided in the tutorial. Make it bootable to use for rescue purposes, but always back up your files.

Again, if this is the corrupt factory preinstall then I'd do a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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12 Jul 2013   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Run it repeatedly until the files are fixed.

If they don't get fixed then the Repair Install is the next option if your OS is stable enough. The latest official installer is provided in the tutorial. Make it bootable to use for rescue purposes, but always back up your files.

Again, if this is the corrupt factory preinstall then I'd do a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
Ok, I will keep running sfc. But how will I know if they don't get fixed? Obviously if it says all is good then it fixed everything, but how do I know if I should stop repeating it or if it's helping when I run it?

As I was typing this, during the third scan I got a BSOD
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12 Jul 2013   #18
Microsoft MVP

 

Read the cbs log as shown in Option Three of SFC /SCANNOW Command.

Three times should be enough.

If it fails after three times and is stable enough to run the Repair Install then I'd do that next.

However if this is the corrupt factory preinstall with the ruinous bloatware and useless interfering duplicate utilities, then you should do the superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to get the best performance which you may have never even had on that PC if it has a factory preinstall.
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12 Jul 2013   #19

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Ok I will attempt to reach the CBS log as described in your link

And I used a builders Orem installation, so no added programs. One of the perks of building your own system
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12 Jul 2013   #20
Microsoft MVP

 

Compare the install you did with the install in the blue link. If it varied much or could benefit from the tools and methods we've discovered over four years work best for Windows 7, then I'd consider doing a new perfect install.

If your happy with the install you have then the Repair Install might set it right but still will transfer back in some settings that may be corrupt or problematic. Since they take about the same amount of time I'd do the Clean Reinstall. Reinstalling programs should be stretched out over time to see how each affects performance, so I usually wait until the program is needed after reinstall.
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