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Windows 7: Windows 7 Pro 64 bit repair install fails

26 May 2012   #31
geverl

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You didn't report back a single step which I gave you and then ask me this?

I was referring to Clean Reinstall, to reassure you that we would have your back because I read that you were worried about having to do that.

You'll get no help insulting volunteers who have helped thousands of users here, and have been awarded the highest honors in the tech world for it.

Take it to a shop.
I don't know whether you saw it, but I did comment on your different points within the quote.


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26 May 2012   #32
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by geverl View Post
I've a dual boot system with GRUB 1.99 in the MBR. Once again, I am here to AVOID a clean reinstall and I am not going to wipe my HD.

This is a known issue with GRUB bootloader on the HD. It corrupts Win7 in many ways including blocking a Repair Install. The only solution at that point is to Clean Reinstall making sure to wipe the HD using Diskpart Clean Command .

As I explained earler you only have to get a Clean Reinstall once then save a Win7 backup image to use in place of future reinstalls, to re-image the HD or its replacement in 20 minutes.

The only safe way to dual boot using GRUB is on separate HD's or using this procedure outlined by one of our Moderators: Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7

One intermediate step you might try is to backup Ubuntu partition using Macrium, then wipe that partition using free Partition Wizard which may remove GRUB sufficiently to resolve the Win7 corruption. Partition Wizard Use the Bootable CD - Option Two.

However it is likely the boot sector itself which needs wiping.
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26 May 2012   #33
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Well done Noel for putting all that effort in.

There are 3 things I would try :

1. Pop the dvd in the drive, try running repair install in compatibility mode - rt click setup.exe and under the compatibility tab select the earliest o/s that is listed ( I think it is Vista SP1 ).

I am not hopeful that will work - but it's worth a go.

2. You could try replacing those 20 or so files by copying them from the dvd.You would need another o/s - or preferably a decent pe to open up the install.wim with 7-zip and copy them to their respective locations.

3. Do you have Shadow Copies?

If you can't get repair install to work - this is the best way to avoid a clean reinstall.

If so, and it is from before the trouble started - it is possible to replace the entire o/s from a shadow copy.

I would probably have done this a lot earlier.
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29 May 2012   #34
geverl

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by geverl View Post
I've a dual boot system with GRUB 1.99 in the MBR. Once again, I am here to AVOID a clean reinstall and I am not going to wipe my HD.

This is a known issue with GRUB bootloader on the HD. It corrupts Win7 in many ways including blocking a Repair Install. The only solution at that point is to Clean Reinstall making sure to wipe the HD using Diskpart Clean Command .

As I explained earler you only have to get a Clean Reinstall once then save a Win7 backup image to use in place of future reinstalls, to re-image the HD or its replacement in 20 minutes.

The only safe way to dual boot using GRUB is on separate HD's or using this procedure outlined by one of our Moderators: Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7

One intermediate step you might try is to backup Ubuntu partition using Macrium, then wipe that partition using free Partition Wizard which may remove GRUB sufficiently to resolve the Win7 corruption. Partition Wizard Use the Bootable CD - Option Two.

However it is likely the boot sector itself which needs wiping.
After 2 days of work, I'm fully operational again. Given the useless "error messages" provided by my "professional" operating system, I can only assume that gregrocker was right and that the dual boot with GRUB 1.99 in the MBR caused the problem. So I've followed the instructions and done a diskpart clean on the whole disk, then a reinstall of everything.

Many thanks to all of you for your energy and efforts to help, which I very much appreciate.

Cheers,

Gilles
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19 Nov 2014   #35
carrotguy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Simple Fix

Assign a drive letter to that hidden partition and everything should be ok.

Hope this helps someone else out.
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