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Windows 7: Repair Install - basic questions not covered in tutorial


13 Aug 2012   #1

7 Pro 64
 
 
Repair Install - basic questions not covered in tutorial

I’ve read the Repair Install tutorial several times and I don’t believe these questions are covered:

1) My computer only came with ‘Factory Restore’ discs (actually, I had to burn them myself). So these are *not* Win 7 discs per se, and I have to download one from the links in the tutorial – correct? (I do know how to work with iso files)

2) How do registration, serial numbers etc. work if I’m downloading a copy of Win 7 from a website? Won’t that just be some sort of demo version? Also, does any of this violate my warranty?

3) I have no idea what this means: “Device drivers – have these ready to install”. Doesn’t a computer have scores if not hundreds of drivers? Where do I find them? Or does that just mean drivers for obvious externals like a wireless adapter?

4) Do I download the x86 or x64 version? My existing Win 7 is 64 bit, but half my programs are in a folder called c:\Program Files (x86). I’m confused.

5) I have Win 7 Pro. How do I know if I have the N version?

Many thanks. This is my last hope for a severely damaged OS!


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13 Aug 2012   #2

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by catalogue View Post
1) My computer only came with ‘Factory Restore’ discs (actually, I had to burn them myself). So these are *not* Win 7 discs per se, and I have to download one from the links in the tutorial – correct? (I do know how to work with iso files)
The restore disks should work just fine. Make sure you save all your files to a flash drive or something of the like if you plan on restoring using the disks.
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2) How do registration, serial numbers etc. work if I’m downloading a copy of Win 7 from a website? Won’t that just be some sort of demo version? Also, does any of this violate my warranty?
The license code should be on the side of your computer. You just enter that in, and it checks it online. Sometimes, you will need to install the LAN driver first so it can connect, often found on the CD that came with the motherboard titled drivers.
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3) I have no idea what this means: “Device drivers – have these ready to install”. Doesn’t a computer have scores if not hundreds of drivers? Where do I find them? Or does that just mean drivers for obvious externals like a wireless adapter?
A single computer requires a few drivers based on hardware. As mentioned, these are either found on a CD, or online. CD drivers can at times be outdated. Online, you can 1. look up the company of your computer to find the drivers, or 2. look up individual components in your computer for the company who made them. If you tell me what your computer is called, I can look it up if you need me to.
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4) Do I download the x86 or x64 version? My existing Win 7 is 64 bit, but half my programs are in a folder called c:\Program Files (x86). I’m confused.
64bit will have both x86 and x64, while 32bit will only have x86. Only use 64bit if you have 4GB of RAM or higher.
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5) I have Win 7 Pro. How do I know if I have the N version?
Which country are you from? America should only need the regular version. Install Win 7 pro.
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13 Aug 2012   #3

7 Pro 64
 
 

Thanks for the quick reply - much appreciated.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
The restore disks should work just fine. Make sure you save all your files to a flash drive or something of the like if you plan on restoring using the disks.

I thought Factory Restore wipes your computer completely 100% clean and puts it back the way it came from the factory – which I don’t want, at this point.

I was under the impression Repair Install was a way to, well, repair the OS while keeping all your files (though of course you have to back up, to be safe) – which is what I want .

And I thought the trade-off is that it keeps your files, but may not repair a severely damaged OS, and that you escalate to Factory Restore if Repair Install doesn’t work. Is this correct?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
The license code should be on the side of your computer. You just enter that in, and it checks it online.
My computer doesn’t have that. It didn’t come with anything on paper or on the computer that shows the license code. It’s a normal Thinkpad purchased from the Thinkpad site. Not a bootleg or anything.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
Sometimes, you will need to install the LAN driver first so it can connect, often found on the CD that came with the motherboard titled drivers.
I don’t have a separate motherboard.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
Online, you can 1. look up the company of your computer to find the drivers
Ah, OK. I looked up my model at the Thinkpad site and there’s roughly 100 drivers(!) In many cases there seem to be alternatives. I mean, not just 32- or 64-bit, but drivers for configurations or features that could be different from one computer to the next, even with the same model number.

Attached is a screengrab showing the bewildering choices, just for the hard drive.

I’m thinking it could be a very bad idea to try to figure out which are the right ones. Or would it be fine to just throw all of them on the computer and let it ignore any unnecessary ones? Could that mess things up?


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13 Aug 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Repair install works fine for most Factory OEM. Just be sure you download the same version and bit rate, burn or write it correctly to stick or DVD. You need the bootable media for rescue purposes and repairs later on.

Reactivation should be automatic since the Factory SLP activation file stays onboard and should be functional. If not use the Product Key on the COA sticker, same as in a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

No retail PC can be sold with Windows without a COA sticker as pictured in tutorial. Look under the battery if it isn't on the bottom. If not there, contact HP to ask why they sold you an Thinkpad without the legally-required sticker.

Your drivers will all be in place when it restarts as they are now. If you haven't been keeping up with optional Updates after enabling Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware, then the latest installer with SP1 may refresh some drivers.

Make your HP Recovery disks, Backup your files and a Windows 7 backup image so you have a path back although I've only seen one fail without rolling back in the three years we've helped with countless numbers of these.
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13 Aug 2012   #5

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

In addition to the great info Greg gave you above,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by catalogue View Post
I thought Factory Restore wipes your computer completely 100% clean and puts it back the way it came from the factory – which I don’t want, at this point.

I was under the impression Repair Install was a way to, well, repair the OS while keeping all your files (though of course you have to back up, to be safe) – which is what I want .

And I thought the trade-off is that it keeps your files, but may not repair a severely damaged OS, and that you escalate to Factory Restore if Repair Install doesn’t work. Is this correct?
Factory restore does restore to the original state, that is why I said you would have to save your files. If you don't want that, then follow Greg's advice on repairing it. Have you tried an SFC scan to see if it would fix it?: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
That last statement is correct, more or less
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by catalogue View Post
It’s a normal Thinkpad purchased from the Thinkpad site.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
Sometimes, you will need to install the LAN driver first so it can connect, often found on the CD that came with the motherboard titled drivers.
I don’t have a separate motherboard.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
Online, you can 1. look up the company of your computer to find the drivers
Ah, OK. I looked up my model at the Thinkpad site and there’s roughly 100 drivers(!) In many cases there seem to be alternatives. I mean, not just 32- or 64-bit, but drivers for configurations or features that could be different from one computer to the next, even with the same model number.

I’m thinking it could be a very bad idea to try to figure out which are the right ones. Or would it be fine to just throw all of them on the computer and let it ignore any unnecessary ones? Could that mess things up?
Well, what kind of computer is it? And what country are you located in? And if you install the wrong driver, yes, it can mess things up. All 100 drivers are not all particular to your system, unless they list old drivers with new ones.
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13 Aug 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

He wants to run a Repair Install.

It will already have the drivers installed, or will refresh them if needed from installer.
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13 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

I gotta ask, why do you want to know more about a repair install ?
Is there something wrong with the pc ? you don`t say.
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13 Aug 2012   #8

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
He wants to run a Repair Install.

It will already have the drivers installed, or will refresh them if needed from installer.
Yea, I forgot to write that in. The drivers are fine, the reason I put forward the driver suggestion was supposed to be if he wanted to update any old drivers. I try to recommend that if someone wants to.

But if he is fine with the drivers he has now, there is no critical reason why he needs to update them. Thanks for helping to clear this up
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15 Aug 2012   #9

7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
I gotta ask, why do you want to know more about a repair install ?
Is there something wrong with the pc ? you don`t say.
Ha, yes, good question. My computer has lost all of these functions:

- wired and wireless networking
- firewall
- System Restore
- Diagnostic Policy Service

For firewall, I get two error messages. Under Control Panel > Windows Firewall I get Error code 0x6D9. Under Services.msc I get:
"Windows could not start the windows Firewall service on Local Computer. Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start."


For Diagnostic Policy Service I get this error:

"Windows could not start the Diagnostic Policy Service service on Local Computer. Error 5: Access is denied"


The reason I didn't post my problems: long story...



I had previously posted them at Microsoft (social.technet...). One time, in the past, I posted a problem to two different sites (NOT two forums within a single site! - and only one such posting) and was severely reprimanded. It appears that some forums will ban people for such things. Whether sevenforums is that way, I have no idea.


Solutions I've tried to sort out this mess include System File Checker, Kaspersky TDSSKiller - neither one found anything - and MS Windows Firewall Fix It.


I'm looking to Repair Install as a way to avoid a total Factory Restore.

I can put this all in a new thread. But maybe these two are the only options?
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15 Aug 2012   #10

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Unless you are doing something illegal or against the rules, no one will care what you do

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