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Windows 7: Log in goes back to login

17 Nov 2015   #11
copiman

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I have a Western Digital My Book External Drive I can use. Normally I just drag the files to it. But if you know of a way to do it I would be very interested. I need to learn as much as I can. I'm a student learning computers and networks.


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17 Nov 2015   #12
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by copiman View Post
I have a Western Digital My Book External Drive I can use. Normally I just drag the files to it. But if you know of a way to do it I would be very interested. I need to learn as much as I can. I'm a student learning computers and networks.
You will need about 650 GB of free space on your external drive. Have you got that much? If so, go to this site Macrium Reflect Free and down load Macrium Reflect. It is a free program and one of the best. Install it on your PC and clone the entire C: drive to the external disk. When you have the files there you can launch the Recovery Partition and put the new Windows in your PC. Let me know if you have any questions on the procedure. I will check the site regularly tonight. I will then tell you how to get the cloned files to your new C: drive. Later
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17 Nov 2015   #13
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote:
I guess I have no other option but to use the recovery partition.
Personally i would try a Repair Install before a Recovery or Clean Install.
See this tutorial for more info: Repair Install

Quote:
I need to learn as much as I can.
I've learned
- Keep periodic System Image backups for the [C] OS+Programs partition (i use Macrium).
- Keep all important User Data backed up, and not stored on the [C] partition.
- Store User Data on a different partition than the [C] drive (OS+Programs).
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17 Nov 2015   #14
copiman

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Quote:
I guess I have no other option but to use the recovery partition.
Personally i would try a Repair Install before a Recovery or Clean Install.
See this tutorial for more info: Repair Install

Quote:
I need to learn as much as I can.
I've learned
- Keep periodic System Image backups for the [C] OS+Programs partition (i use Macrium).
- Keep all important User Data backed up, and not stored on the [C] partition.
- Store User Data on a different partition than the [C] drive (OS+Programs).

The link you provided indicates it is now impossible to do repair installs with Windows 7. See post # 1925 to 1932 on the link. Let me know what you think. I have an ISO w/ SP1 or if you know of a more current place, I can burn another.

Will a repair cause a problem with the recovery partition if it fails? I ask because right now I can back up files, do recovery, do Windows updates, reload files and 3 programs. This is not my PC, it belongs to a friend. I have never done a repair install, just read the tutorial.
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17 Nov 2015   #15
copiman

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by copiman View Post
I have a Western Digital My Book External Drive I can use. Normally I just drag the files to it. But if you know of a way to do it I would be very interested. I need to learn as much as I can. I'm a student learning computers and networks.
You will need about 650 GB of free space on your external drive. Have you got that much? If so, go to this site Macrium Reflect Free and down load Macrium Reflect. It is a free program and one of the best. Install it on your PC and clone the entire C: drive to the external disk. When you have the files there you can launch the Recovery Partition and put the new Windows in your PC. Let me know if you have any questions on the procedure. I will check the site regularly tonight. I will then tell you how to get the cloned files to your new C: drive. Later
I have plenty of space on the external drive. Installed Macrium. Started the clone and got a Incompatible disk selected. The sector size on the PC drive is 512 and the external is 4096 (I think). Not sure what to do next.


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17 Nov 2015   #16
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by copiman View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Quote:
I guess I have no other option but to use the recovery partition.
Personally i would try a Repair Install before a Recovery or Clean Install.
See this tutorial for more info: Repair Install

Quote:
I need to learn as much as I can.
I've learned
- Keep periodic System Image backups for the [C] OS+Programs partition (i use Macrium).
- Keep all important User Data backed up, and not stored on the [C] partition.
- Store User Data on a different partition than the [C] drive (OS+Programs).

The link you provided indicates it is now impossible to do repair installs with Windows 7. See post # 1925 to 1932 on the link. Let me know what you think. I have an ISO w/ SP1 or if you know of a more current place, I can burn another.

Will a repair cause a problem with the recovery partition if it fails? I ask because right now I can back up files, do recovery, do Windows updates, reload files and 3 programs. This is not my PC, it belongs to a friend. I have never done a repair install, just read the tutorial.
A W7 ISO w/ SP1 is the latest version.
I've never done a Repair Install, so i can't answer specific questions such as
"Will a repair cause a problem with the recovery partition if it fails?"

I never needed to do a Repair Install because i do periodic System Image backups.
I've done many restores on my systems using imaging programs such as Macrium or Acronis.
I've got home-built PC's, so i don't have a "Recovery Partition".

You can ask questions in the tutorial for better answers and advice from the tutorial author Shawn Brink.
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17 Nov 2015   #17
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by copiman View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by copiman View Post
I have a Western Digital My Book External Drive I can use. Normally I just drag the files to it. But if you know of a way to do it I would be very interested. I need to learn as much as I can. I'm a student learning computers and networks.
You will need about 650 GB of free space on your external drive. Have you got that much? If so, go to this site Macrium Reflect Free and down load Macrium Reflect. It is a free program and one of the best. Install it on your PC and clone the entire C: drive to the external disk. When you have the files there you can launch the Recovery Partition and put the new Windows in your PC. Let me know if you have any questions on the procedure. I will check the site regularly tonight. I will then tell you how to get the cloned files to your new C: drive. Later
I have plenty of space on the external drive. Installed Macrium. Started the clone and got a Incompatible disk selected. The sector size on the PC drive is 512 and the external is 4096 (I think). Not sure what to do next.

You don't say what size the External Drive is but I am assuming it is a big one. Make a partition of about 1.50 TB on the external drive. Make sure it is empty. Then try to clone again in that partition. Hopefully that will make the sectors sizes right. Let me know.
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17 Nov 2015   #18
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by copiman View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Personally i would try a Repair Install before a Recovery or Clean Install.
See this tutorial for more info: Repair Install

I've learned
- Keep periodic System Image backups for the [C] OS+Programs partition (i use Macrium).
- Keep all important User Data backed up, and not stored on the [C] partition.
- Store User Data on a different partition than the [C] drive (OS+Programs).

The link you provided indicates it is now impossible to do repair installs with Windows 7. See post # 1925 to 1932 on the link. Let me know what you think. I have an ISO w/ SP1 or if you know of a more current place, I can burn another.

Will a repair cause a problem with the recovery partition if it fails? I ask because right now I can back up files, do recovery, do Windows updates, reload files and 3 programs. This is not my PC, it belongs to a friend. I have never done a repair install, just read the tutorial.
A W7 ISO w/ SP1 is the latest version.
I've never done a Repair Install, so i can't answer specific questions such as
"Will a repair cause a problem with the recovery partition if it fails?"

I never needed to do a Repair Install because i do periodic System Image backups.
I've done many restores on my systems using imaging programs such as Macrium or Acronis.
I've got home-built PC's, so i don't have a "Recovery Partition".

You can ask questions in the tutorial for better answers and advice from the tutorial author Shawn Brink.
From your reply I am assuming the Win 7 disk you have is not the one that came with the PC. If that is correct, you will not be able to do a Repair Install with it.
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17 Nov 2015   #19
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Repair install media has to be done with the same version that is installed, that is the main problem most people have.

They are still viable options with the right media though.

This post here has more info on ISO's if you need one,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
You can do a torrent download from here for some of the versions: Download Windows 7 ISOs, Legally and for Free

You need to install a torrent client. I looked at the ones suggested and didn't like any except for qTorrent which doesn't try to install a bunch of scamware. I used it to download Windows 7 Pro X86 and X64 and compared the md5 checksums with what they posted and they matched. Now I need to find somewhere to compare them against actual md5 checksum values from Microsoft Downloads or at least MS published.

Good luck.

Edit: Compared them with the MSDN Technet MD5 sums and they match so these are good, safe ISOs to use,
I'm curious why you chose clone instead of image?
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17 Nov 2015   #20
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
em with the MSDN Technet MD5 sums and they match so these are good, safe ISOs to use,

I'm curious why you chose clone instead of image?
Derekimo -- He is going to clone, so he can save his Docs, run his Recovery Partition and then take the Docs from the clone and reinstall them on his PC. He could not do that with an image.
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