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Windows 7: Trying to reinstall Win 7 SP1 and not lost my stuff

05 Jul 2016   #11
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

Either you didn't follow the tutorial previously posted or you missed this.

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You can only do a repair install from within Windows 7.
You do not boot into the Windows 7 dvd to do the repair install but you have to load the disk while running Windows and run the setup program. Windows attempted a clean install and that failed so now your install is screwed. The first thing that you should do is to download a bootable linux distribution such as Ubuntu or knoppix, make a dvd of it, boot into that dvd, attach an external hard drive or thumb drive, and attempt to recover any files that haven't been overwritten. Then you will need to perform a clean install of Windows. Do not at this point attempt anything else until you have recovered your data.


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05 Jul 2016   #12
Eric3742

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rbaron View Post
I did the install that said (something Like) Click here if you don't want to erase or lose all of your files etc."

It is on this screen......

You should not be doing upgrade.
This is like; Windows 7 UPGRADE to Windows 10.
Upgrade means that your have an existing Windows OS, hence Windows 10 is using "upgrade", not retail.
This is to create another Windows version over the existing version, if any (option)
It may rename your existing Windows version to another folder, if any. (option)
Then the upgrade will take over all the folder from the existing windows version.

I would say you do not really understand between "Upgrade" and "Custom advanced"
For upgrade you may not be able to select and similar to re-install.
Custom with Advance is for you to choose what you want to install, it is not fully install, as what you think.
Unless you did not select which individual files (prog) - this is what you thought.

The message could mean a full install.

In the first place, if you follow bigmck on using "System Restore", this problem will never appeared.
I did encountered problems, and decide in not losing my data & license software, i used system restore.
Result: Every in order as problem resolved.

Do understand this feature from Windows, on "System Restore". There are also procedure.


bigmck Provide some suggestion to him.
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05 Jul 2016   #13
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

You did not want to do "Upgrade". Read what it says in Message 9. It installs a newer version of Windows. You are not doing that. Most likely a portion of your Windows is gone. You have to install everything again. You should not have done anything. We were working together and their were other things to try yet, but no need now. Your next step might as well be Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version Let us know how it is going. == Try one thing before you do a Clean Install. Shut down your computer and see if it boots. If not, the Clean Install is in order. If it does boot, get back to us.
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06 Jul 2016   #14
Eric3742

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rbaron View Post
Ok, I finally got the Windows 7 software to reinstall itself and keep my programs BUT.....

I'm starting to panic. Everything went fine up until the step of: Transfering files, settings, and programs started. All went well and it made it to 72% restored. This is where it has stuck. I get a message at the bottom of the window saying, Please wait..... and the numbers are 1165432 of 1165748. And that's where it is staying. Just Please Wait, then how much was transferred and over and over again.

Anyone have any suggestions? It has been like 30 minutes and that is how far it got. It's 30 minutes of the transferring files and settings step.
Should you encountered this stuck at 72%, turn off the computer (switch off power), as this is acceptable.

When the computer start, just keep pressing (touch and let go, repeatedly) on key F12
F12 is it will go into Start Menu option, then select install, by DVD.
If the process still stuck at any $, then turn off.

Turn on the computer and keeping tapping the F12, alternately F2 to Bios menu.
Select the DVD of Win 7 to boot.
When it ask for format, it is best to select FULL Formatting.

This will mark a bad sector in hard disk if found to be corrupted.
This way it will effectively no writing to that bad sector.
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06 Jul 2016   #15
rbaron

Windows 7.... 64 bit
 
 

No, it does not boot. I get the "unexpected error" message. Then I click the OK button and it is in a loop.

I downloaded a copy of knoppix but I am NOT sure how to use it. Also, I do not have another PC to work from. Just a MacBook Pro which is what I am using now to type this.

After downloading knoppix, I don't see anything for a Mac to create the DVD to rescue my data. Do I just copy all the files downloaded to a dvd and boot from that? That's what I will try to do.
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06 Jul 2016   #16
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

I've never personally burned an ISO from mac but I've seen the option. Follow this guide and let us know how it goes. How to burn ISO disc images - Mac OS X Hints
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06 Jul 2016   #17
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rbaron View Post
No, it does not boot. I get the "unexpected error" message. Then I click the OK button and it is in a loop.

I downloaded a copy of knoppix but I am NOT sure how to use it. Also, I do not have another PC to work from. Just a MacBook Pro which is what I am using now to type this.

After downloading knoppix, I don't see anything for a Mac to create the DVD to rescue my data. Do I just copy all the files downloaded to a dvd and boot from that? That's what I will try to do.
When you turned off your PC, files were loading and what was on your HDD was corrupted. It may be impossible to save anything, I don't know. My advice would be to do a Clean Install with the instructions from Message #13. That will be your fastest way to get this problem behind you.
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06 Jul 2016   #18
rbaron

Windows 7.... 64 bit
 
 

I want to thank you guy's for all the help you offered me. It is all back to normal now.

Before I started messing with the C drive I had made a Windows Image Backup of the drive. I was able to find or should I say, stumble on the recovery part of the Windows 7 DVD.

Anyway, long story short, it is all recovered and everything is where it is suppose to be so thanks again for all the help.

One more thing..... can someone direct me to a good backup program so in the event this happens again I can restore everything the way it was before or should I just stick with the Windows Backup?
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06 Jul 2016   #19
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rbaron View Post
One more thing..... can someone direct me to a good backup program so in the event this happens again I can restore everything the way it was before or should I just stick with the Windows Backup?
Macrium Reflect Free

Windows Backup does not work well for me.
Macrium works perfectly for me, best thing since sliced bread
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06 Jul 2016   #20
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

I agree Macrium Reflect is the best. Just get the Free One, you don't need the Pay Copy. Set the automatic backup for once a week and forget about it. It only takes 15 minutes to restore. You will be glad you did one day.
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