Thank you for your responses. I don't know why slipstreaming causes me so much confusion. I have read the tutorial on this forum several times. Slipstream Windows 7 SP1 into a Installation DVD or ISO File
and still have a mental block. I'm sorry to appear so dense in all this. You have to use small words with me.
(1) Are you saying that if I have a copy of Windows 7 with sp1 (not slipstreamed) I can use this tutorial to slipstream the updates to make a new iso with which I CAN install windows but I CAN'T use to do a repair install?
(2) With the resulting slipstreamed disk could I then convert it into a universal install disk?
(3) Is the only way to do a repair install is to have an un-slipstreamed, original , non-universal disk?
For some reason I have never had much luck using SFC in Windows 7 so I have always just copied the user's personal files & done a complete new install using the universal disk I have already created & then downloading all the updates but this really takes a lot of time and effort especially when I don't always have access to their applications. Every once in a while I have been successfull doing a non-destructive repair install. I think the key to whether or not I have success is in the disk that I use. I don't have copies of each individual versions of Windows 7 both with and without sp1. To be honest, I don't understand all the exceptions involved with what will work, such as whether or not sp1 came preloaded or was installed through Windows update. I am looking for the best method that takes the least amount of time without losing user data. What are your suggestions? Why oh why can't it be as easy to repair an unbootable Win 7 system as it was with XP.