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Windows 7: How to do an install upgrade on a computer that will not start

03 Oct 2011   #1
eagle223

Win 7
 
 

My computer has a problem starting. MBR problem.
I'd like to do an installation that preserves everything.
Is it possible?

The computer will not start to do an "upgrade" repair. However I can remove the HD and attach it to a running computer. Can I use the running computer to do the upgrade install in the damaged hard drive and then put it back in the original computer?


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03 Oct 2011   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Eagle223,

I'm sorry, but you can only do a repair install from within the started OS, and not from within another OS either.

If you can give us some more details about your MBR problem, then hopefully one of us may be able to help fix it.

Have you already tried to do a startup repair? Sometimes it make take running it 3 times to fully work.
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03 Oct 2011   #3
eagle223

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Eagle223,

I'm sorry, but you can only do a repair install from within the started OS, and not from within another OS either.

If you can give us some more details about your MBR problem, then hopefully one of us may be able to help fix it.

Have you already tried to do a startup repair? Sometimes it make take running it 3 time to fully work.
I tried the startup repair several times, now it will not even boot to the point that I can initiate the startup without the DVD.
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03 Oct 2011   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Best to do a Startup Repair from CD/DVD.

What boot errors are showing?
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03 Oct 2011   #5
eagle223

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Best to do a Startup Repair from CD/DVD.

What boot errors are showing?

I installed the hard drive in another computer and it found a virus in the MBR and cleaned it.
Now it can't boot to the point of repair and the only way to do a startup repair is with the DVD. It fails to fix it.
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03 Oct 2011   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

First put the Hd Drive back in the other PC, & backup all your files.
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03 Oct 2011   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

When you have backup all your files,
Using the CLEAN ALL command in diskpart, clean Hd Drive ready for a Reinstall.
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Clean Install Windows 7
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