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Windows 7: repair install problem

09 May 2011   #1
dc57

windows 7
 
 
repair install problem

Hello,

I've been trying to fix my problem with changing the wallpaper and themes but have had no luck at all. Believe me, I've tried everything! So, I thought the only answer was a repair install. I followed the instructions from this site carefully and thought it would work, but after it starts to check compatibility, it says my current version of Windows is newer than the upgrade and cannot continue.

Is there something I can do to fix that or am I just screwed? My current system has service pack 1 installed.
Thanks in advance for all your help.


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09 May 2011   #2
dc57

windows 7
 
 

Ok, after doing a little more reading, I see it's the service pack that's causing the problem. Thanks anyway.
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09 May 2011   #3
SIW2

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You would need to get an install dvd with the service pack included.
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09 May 2011   #4
dc57

windows 7
 
 

Thank you for your response.
Yeah, I don't think it's worth it to go through all that just to fix the wallpaper problem. I was hoping for an easier fix, but there doesn't appear to be one. I can still change my wallpaper using Firefox, so that's not too bad.

Thanks for your help.
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09 May 2011   #5
gregrocker

 

Are you not able to change the background by rightclicking Desktop, choosing Personalize, then setting the Desktop Background from the dropdown menu, browsing to your own pictures if you want them?
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10 May 2011   #6
dc57

windows 7
 
 

No, that doesn't work. Also, If I try to open a picture, right-click on it and choose set as background, I get the following error "the image can't be set as wallpaper. An internal error occurred."

If I try to change the theme, nothing happens. The pictures in the themes are not displayed, although the color changes, the picture never does.
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10 May 2011   #7
gregrocker

 

Have you run SFC -SCANNOW Command?

Especially if you were modding themes or otherwise tweaking, I would also try System Restore to your earliest point. Win7 is too lean to tolerate tweaking so it may require a clean reinstall if the Repair Install won't work.

If you can't find a Win7 installer with SP1 for your version to Repair Install you can try uninstalling SP1 to run the Repair. uninstall Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
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10 May 2011   #8
dc57

windows 7
 
 

Yes, I have run SFC and it didn't find any problems. I have not tried uninstalling SP1, so maybe that might be the way to go. Thanks for your help.
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10 May 2011   #9
dc57

windows 7
 
 

Uninstalling SP1 didn't work. Oh well....I guess I'm stuck with it.
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10 May 2011   #10
gregrocker

 

If you download a Win7 installer with SP1 from the web, be sure to rightclick scan the ISO with Malwarebytes and check the HASH against the official HASH located on the Technet Downloads Windows 7 page under download details.
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