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Windows 7: Can't do a Windows 7 no-reformat, nondestructive reinstall

08 May 2015   #1
pcysmith

windows 7 home premium SP1 x64
 
 
Can't do a Windows 7 no-reformat, nondestructive reinstall

Hi all,

I need some Magic.
I am trying to do a Windows 7 no-reformat, nondestructive reinstall. I have my original Win7 Sp1 (64BIT) installation DVD, my original 25-character product key, and a current backup.

When I run the setup.exe, the blue "Install Now" window appears. I click install now and another window opens saying, "Setup is copying temporary files". The disk runs for a while and then
goes back to the "Install Now" screen. And that's it. If I click "Install Now" again, it goes back to the installing files screen again. This repeats over and over in a loop.

I have tried it with my Firewall and anti-virus programs turned off. Same thing.
I made an ISO file from the disk and used Rufus to create a bootable Win7 USB drive and tried to do the install from that but the same thing happened.

Can you help?

Paula

Operating System:
OS: windows 7 home premium SP1 x64
CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 @ 1.86GHz
Conroe 65nm Technology
RAM:
8 GB DDR2
Motherboard:
Intel Corporation DG965WH (J1PR)
Graphics:
DELL E198WFP (1440x900@75Hz)
Intel G965 Express Chipset Family (Intel)
Storage:
931GB Western Digital WDC WD1002FAEX-00Y9A0 (SATA)
232GB Western Digital WDC WD2500JD-00HBB0 (SATA)
Optical Drives:
SONY DVD RW AW-Q170A SCSI CD-ROM Device
DVDRW IDE 16X SCSI CD-ROM Device
Audio:
High Definition Audio Device


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08 May 2015   #2
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

Quote:
I have tried it with my Firewall and anti-virus programs turned off. Same thing.
That sounds to me like you are trying to do it while booted to Win7 instead of booting to the disc. Since it's a full version it probably can't happen, have to install when booted to the disc and same for the USB.
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08 May 2015   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Is this what you are trying to do.

From post #1
Quote:
I am trying to do a Windows 7 no-reformat, nondestructive reinstall.
Take a look at this tutorial by Brink.

Repair Install
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08 May 2015   #4
pcysmith

windows 7 home premium SP1 x64
 
 

I read Brinks's tutorial and tried to follow it. That's where I got the info.
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08 May 2015   #5
pcysmith

windows 7 home premium SP1 x64
 
 

My problems started a while back when I couldn't install windows updates for .net framework and IE 11. Then I there was a Microsoft Security Essential program update that wouldn't install. I read everything I could find. Tried various Microsoft Fixit
prgrams...those did nothing or wouldn't install at all. I think the problem is with Windows installer itself because I don't have any trouble installing other software.
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08 May 2015   #6
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

This might help the Windows Installer problem:
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...or=-2147217396
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08 May 2015   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Just a idea.
Remove every hard drive except the one with Windows 7 install and try again.
I personally have never had that tutorial fail me.

Could you post using this tutorial by Golden so we can take a look at Disk Management.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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08 May 2015   #8
pcysmith

windows 7 home premium SP1 x64
 
 

Thanks Berton. I looked all over the place and can't find any way to download Windows Installer 5.0. Am I missing something?
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08 May 2015   #9
pcysmith

windows 7 home premium SP1 x64
 
 

Is this what you need?


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08 May 2015   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Unhook disk #1 and see if it will boot.
We need to make sure Disk '0' partition 'C' will boot.
If it boots try the Repair install again.
If every thing work as it should do this below.

Remove the active flag form "G" and try again with another reboot. Windows see 2 active partitions and don't know what you are trying to do.

What is on "G" ?
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