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Windows 7: Will Repair Install work with Windows Anytime Upgrade?

29 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional
Will Repair Install work with Windows Anytime Upgrade?

I upgraded from Windows 7 Home Premium(OEM) to Windows 7 Professional using Windows Anytime Upgrade. Since the upgrade is done online, with no DVD provided, is there any way to do a Repair Install? I allready tried the OEM RE-install disk, and setup won't allow the install. It is an install DVD, not an image restore disk.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

29 Nov 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP


You have a Premium locked DVD which now needs to be Professional.

The solution is to unlock all versions in the installer, which can be done by:

downloading the DVD files to your desktop,

editing the Sources folder to delete the ei.cfg file,

then recompiling the files into an ISO using this tutorial: Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files

Then use ImgBurn at 4x speed with Verify to burn your DVD. Never fails.

You should now be able to do your repair, or even clean reinstall from boot with that DVD by choosing Pro since you have a pro key, although I would def make a system image backup in case Anytime keys prove to not work in regular installs.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium

After you get it sorted out

Most all of us agree that an upgrade is not the route to take. It leaves useless files on your system and can cause conflicts.

Save all you Documents, Pictures, contacts, videos, music, etc to a flash drive,

Be aware, you will need to re-install your 3rd party applications.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

29 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional
Clean Install

Thank you for the good information, I will burn the DVD and do a clean install. I purchased this Dell to replace an unexpected motherboard failure, chose the OEM mainly due to budget considerations. Had to go through a long service ticket to get Dell to send me an install DVD. No one at MS seems to know much about how the Anytime Upgrade process works, or if they can provide me with an upgrade DVD, told me to check back later. Seven Forums provides much better information than Microsoft!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Nov 2009   #5
Microsoft MVP


Well we still need to know for sure if Anytime keys work in reinstalls, as the reports around here are split and confusing so far. So even running a repair install (which requires re-activation) is a risk.

That's why I again suggest you use Windows 7 backup imaging to save a System Image to an external or secondary internal HDD, so that if the Anytime key is rejected you can come in here for immediate help and if necessary reimage to try another route.

MS needs to get its act together and provide a path to doing Repair installs and reinstalls on an Anytime Upgraded OS!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional

I do have an image backup, however one of the problems I am trying to correct is that windows file backup will not work, returns an error 0x8007002 " The file cannot be found". I have a complete harddrive image using a third party backup.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Nov 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP


You have one of those situations where you cannot afford to lose your OS (until you get a repair install to work so you know you have the ability to reinstall), so I would suggest SIW2's solution to having a failsafe image backup: Use two different programs.

On the very last XP install which would run the Sanjet 4070 scanner for slides here, I used Acronis and Macrium free. This way if one fails, the other one has it's back.

Suggest you also set up a Windows 7 Image backup saved externally. This might get the backup center working correctly so you can try your file backup again. If it returns the same error, post it here in a new topic for maximum attention troubleshooting.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 Professional

Thanks, good advice. I will be working on this late tonight, and tomorrow, and will post back and let you know.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7 Professional

I created a DVD that will install all versions of Windows 7 by copying the setup files from the OEM DVD to my hard drive, deleting (dvd files)\support\efi.cfg, creating an ISO image using ImgBurn, and burning the image to a bootable, dual layer DVD(image is over 6 GB). vLite would not work with the OEM DVD.

Well, the Anytime Upgrade key won,t work with a clean install or a Upgrade Reinstall. It appears the only path is to reinstall the OEM OS(in my case Windows 7 Home Premium), then use Any Time Upgrade from the Start Menu to reinstall the Upgrade(in my case Win 7 Pro). The key won,t work for a clean install, even if you install the OEM first, and if you try an Upgrade Repair Reinstall, setup tells you the only path to upgrade to a higher version of Windows 7 is to go to Windows Anytime Upgrade from the Start Menu. So thats what I did, a clean install of Windows 7 Home Premium(OEM), and installed Windows 7 Pro using Windows Anytime Upgrade. Activation of the upgrade went fine using the key I had allready purchased.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Dec 2009   #10
Microsoft MVP


Sorry to hear it. This is a glaring problem with these Anytime upgrades which MS needs to address soon.

Now we know for sure that Anytime Upgrade keys DO NOT work when reinstalling Windows 7 upgraded version, only to Upgrade the lesser version by unlocking features.

It is even more important now that you use Windows 7 backup imaging (or a 3rd party app which isn't built in) to save a System Image so that you never have to reinstall Windows 7 again, just boot into the install/repair DVD's Repair console and "Recover Using an Image" to reimage your HD (or a replacement) in 15 minutes.
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